Stolen, Smuggled, Sold: On the Hunt for Cultural Treasures

By Nancy Moses

Stolen, Smuggled offered: at the Hunt for Cultural Treasures tells the darkish and compelling tales of iconic cultural items that have been stolen, smuggled or offered, and at last again again to their unique proprietor.

There are many books approximately museum heists, Holocaust paintings, insider robbery, trafficking in antiquities, and stolen local American items. Now, there’s ultimately a booklet for most people that covers the complete terrain. The ebook comprises full-color photographs of the objects.

Stolen, Smuggled, bought features seven brilliant and precise tales within which the reader joins the writer as she uncovers a cultural treasure and follows its often-convoluted path. alongside the best way writer and reader come upon a solid of attention-grabbing characters from the underbelly of the cultural international: unscrupulous grave robbers, sinister middlemen, ruthless artwork buyers, venal Nazis, canny attorneys, valiant lecturers, unstoppable investigative newshounds, unwitting curators, and devoted govt officers. tales contain Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, the typeset manuscript for Pearl Buck’s The sturdy Earth, a ceremonial Ghost Dance brief from the bloodbath at Wounded Knee, the robbery of 4,800 old audio discs by means of a best legit on the nationwide documents, a lacking unique replica of The invoice of Rights, the mum of Ramses I, and an historical treasure from Iraq.

While every one tale is interesting in and of itself, jointly they handle one of many most popular matters within the museum international: how one can take care of the thousands of things that experience breaks within the chain of possession, suspicious possession documents, or no provenance in any respect. the difficulty of possession touches on specialist practices, overseas protocols, and nationwide legislation. It’s a monetary factor because the illicit alternate in antiquities and cultural goods generates up to $4 billion to $8 billion a yr.

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Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption

By Shon Hopwood

Law Man is an improbable-but-true memoir of redemption -- the tale of a tender financial institution robber who turned the best jailhouse legal professional in American background, and who replaced not only his personal lifestyles, however the lives of all people round him.
 
Shon Hopwood was once an outstanding child from an exceptional Nebraskan family members, a small-town basketball superstar whose mom and dad had all started a neighborhood church. Few who knew him as a pleasant teenager might have imagined that, presently after returning domestic from the army, he’d be adrift with few customers and plotting to rob a bank.  yet rob he did, committing 5 heists ahead of being apprehended.
 
Only twenty 3 and very likely dealing with twelve years in Illinois’ Pekin Federal criminal, Shon feared his lifestyles was once already over. He’d shamed himself and his loving friends and family, and part of him desired to die.  He wasn’t definite firstly if he’d continue to exist the legal gangs, yet slowly glimmers of wish appeared.  He earned a few admire at the legal basketball courtroom, got a gentle movement of letters from homeland good wishers, together with a notice from a different woman whom he’d proposal too attractive to ever pay him discover – and, so much crucially, he secured a task within the criminal legislations library.
 
It was once an task that might turn out his salvation.
 
Poring over the library’s thick criminal volumes, Shon came across that he had a knack for the legislations, and he quickly turned the go-to man for inmates looking support. Then got here a request to write down a posh petition to the superb court docket – a high-wire act of jailhouse lawyering that had by no means ahead of met with success. 
 
By the time Shon walked out of Pekin felony he’d pulled off a chain of felony miracles, earned the timeless gratitude of diverse inmates, received the lady of his desires, and outfitted a brand new existence for himself some distance more than whatever he may have imagined.
 
A tale that combines moments of high-adrenaline with others of deep poignancy, Law Man is a robust reminder that even the worst error should be redeemed via religion, labor and the affection and help of others.

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My Dark Places

By James Ellroy

"Astonishing . . . unique, bold, brilliant."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

In 1958 Jean Ellroy used to be murdered, her physique dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb.  Her killer used to be by no means stumbled on, and the police brushed aside her as a casualty of an inexpensive Saturday evening. James Ellroy used to be ten while his mom died, and he spent the following thirty-six years working from her ghost and trying to exorcize it via crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy surrender running.  He went again to L.A., to determine the reality approximately his mother--and himself.  

In My darkish areas, our such a lot uncompromising crime author tells what occurred while he teamed up with an excellent murder cop to enquire a homicide that everybody else had forgotten--and reclaim the mummy he had despised, wanted, yet by no means dared to like. What ensues is a epic of loss, fixation, and redemption, a memoir that also is a background of the yankee method of violence.

"Ellroy is extra strong than ever."
--The Nation  

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Journey Into Darkness

By John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker

Within the no 1 "New York instances" bestseller "Mindhunter," John Douglas, who headed the FBI's elite Investigative aid Unit, instructed the tale of his extraordinary and terrifying occupation monitoring down essentially the most heinous criminals in historical past. utilizing behavioral profiling and legal investigative research to get into the top and psyche of either the legal and sufferer -- to think what they felt on the severe second -- Douglas helped crack many excessive profile situations, together with the Trailside Killer, the Atlanta baby murders, and the Tylenol murders. Now, operating back together with his co-author Mark Olshaker, Douglas delves additional into the felony brain with a chain of chilling new situations in "Journey into Darkness" stick with the FBI's leading investigative profiler as he penetrates the minds and factors of the main terrifying serial killers.

In "Journey into Darkness," Douglas profiles vicious serial killers, rapists, and baby molesters. he's elementary, blunt, frequently irreverent, and outspoken, yet takes pains to not glorify any of those murderers. many of the precise situations Douglas discusses contain:

    The Clairemont killer -- Six girls have been discovered stabbed to loss of life in San Diego, 3 within the comparable house complicated. In each one case, the killer entered via an unlocked door or window within the overdue morning to early afternoon. A suspect was once in custody, tied to at least one of the murders via a DNA fit. Douglas used to be referred to as upon to take advantage of his profiling strategies to hyperlink the opposite 5 murders to the suspect. Douglas checked out the "signature" of the killer, and located that each one the murders have been dedicated by means of an analogous guy. The prosecution used the profile to strength the jury to discover the defendant responsible of all six murders, in the event that they felt he was once in charge of the single homicide. Celophus Prince was once came across in charge on all counts.

    The schoolgirl murders -- What grew to become Canada's "trial of the century." a number of schoolgirls disappeared in 1992; their our bodies have been dumped a number of weeks later, crushed and sexually attacked. Canadian police enterprises contacted the FBI for assistance on the case and to get a profile at the killer and, in accordance with witnesses, his partner. Following the recommendation of the Investigative help Unit in Quantico, Canada aired a tv distinctive entitled "The Abduction of Kristin French," permitting agent Gregg McCrary to explain the killer's profile on air. understanding that the assassin and his companion will be looking at, he deliberate to confront the unknown killer, assuring him he will be stuck. Paul Bernardo used to be arrested on February 17, 1993, became in via his spouse and accomplice in crime, Karla Leanne Homolka.. The profile was once lifeless at the money.

    Richmond's First Serial assassin -- In 1987, Richmodd, Virginia, used to be struck by way of a serial rapist/murderer. The Richmond police referred to as upon the Investigative aid Unit in Quantico to make up a profile of the offender. The crimes and profile beared a notable resemblance to a string of burglaries, rapes and murders in Alexandria, Virginia, numerous years sooner than. Agent Steve Mardigian then formulated a posh approach that stuck the killer who healthy the profile to a tee. within the approach he helped loose a wrongly convicted guy, who as a result of his low intelligence point, had turn into burdened and confessed to the crime.

    The brutal and sadistic homicide of Suzanne Marie Collins, a gorgeous younger Marine at the verge of a super occupation. The offender used to be stuck and confessed to her killing, yet his tale was once very various than what particularly occurred. by way of delving into Sedley Alley's brain, Douglas helped carry the assassin to justice, recreating the night from the viewpoint of a sadistic and offended guy. Suzanne Collins' frightening finish haunts Douglas to this day.

Douglas delves into different circumstances, together with Polly Klaas' abduction and homicide through Richard Allen Davis, the tragedy that result in the production of Megan's legislation; the kidnapping and homicide of six-year-old Cassandra Lynn Hansen, who was once snatched from a night church carrier; and the vicious homicide and sexual attack of Nancy Newman and her daughters, eight-year-old Melissa and three-year-old Angie in Anchorage, Alaska. He additionally explores the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, targeting the double murder in simple terms from a behavioral point of view. Douglas examines what the evidence at and surrounding the crime scene informed in regards to the killer from a behavioral perspective. From Douglas's profile, the single workable suspect so far is O.J. Simpson.

With "Journey into Darkness, " Douglas offers greater than a glimpse into the minds of serial killers; he demonstrates what a robust weapon behavioral technological know-how has turn into. Profiling criminals is helping not just to trap them, but additionally is helping society know how those predators paintings and what will be performed to avoid them from amazing back. Douglas focuses specially on pedophiles and baby abductors, absolutely explaining what drives them, and the way to maintain young children clear of them. As he issues out, "The top strategy to defend your kids is to grasp your enemy." He contains 8 principles for protection, a listing of steps mom and dad can take to avoid baby abduction and exploitation, the way to realize sexual exploitation, uncomplicated ideas of protection for kids, and a chart, in response to age, which information the protection abilities kids must have to guard themselves.

In his assessment for "Mindhunter" in "The big apple occasions publication evaluation, " Dean Koontz acknowledged, "Because of his insights and the ability of the cloth, he leaves us shaken, gripped via a quiet grief for the blameless sufferers and anguished via the human condition." trip into Darkness keeps this perilous journey into the psyche of the serial killer, but additionally bargains a glimmer of wish that profiling may well allow legislations enforcement to work out the symptoms of a serial killer's brain and intrude earlier than he kills, or kills again.

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The Bad Nurse

By Sheila Johnson

Murder by means of Medicine

In the small southern city of Ider, Alabama, every person knew Karri Willoughby as a loyal nurse, loving spouse, and mom of 2 babies. whilst she used to be accused of killing her stepfather Billy Junior Shaw with a deadly injection of the anesthetic Propofol, outraged family and friends rallied to her defense.

Overnight Karrie grew to become a media sensation, portrayed as an blameless younger girl stuck up in a poor tragedy—until 4 years later, while she walked into court docket and pleaded to blame as charged. in basic terms then did the entire scope of her crimes emerge.  Nurse Karri was once unmasked as cold-blooded, conniving murderer.

Investigative journalist Sheila Johnson attracts on hundreds and hundreds of pages of formerly unseen police documents, interviews, recordings and videotapes, to create a haunting real-life mystery of medication, kinfolk, and betrayal.

Includes Dramatic Photos

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Ted and Ann - The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy

By Rebecca Morris

New version. The gripping tale of 1 of the the main attention-grabbing chilly circumstances of the 20 th century - used to be eight-year-old Ann Marie Burr serial killer Ted Bundy's first sufferer? She disappeared from their Tacoma, Washington local early on a summer time morning in 1961. Her physique used to be by no means discovered, there have been no clues, no ransom call for and no arrest. used to be Bundy telling the reality while he advised a hypothetical tale approximately killing Ann and dumping her right into a muddy pit? With new information regarding Ted Bundy’s early life, interviews with those that knew him top, and the thoughts of the Burr relations, "Ted and Ann – The secret of a lacking baby and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy," has been known as "an surprising fulfillment" (Gregg Olsen) and "fascinating" (Ann Rule). this can be no traditional precise crime publication and belongs on a shelf with the non-fiction works of Erik Larson, Jon Krakauer, David Grann, and Simon Baatz.

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That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer Who Almost Got Away

From her first project in 1998 to discover a rise within the variety of lacking girls to the harrowing 2002 interrogation of convicted serial killer Robert Pickton, Lori Shenher tells a narrative of big police failure—failure of the police to exploit the data approximately Pickton to be had to them, failure to appreciate the darkish global of drug habit and intercourse paintings, and failure to avoid wasting extra girls from their killer.

Shenher explains how police unwillingness to think the ladies have been lacking or murdered, jurisdictional squabbles, and a terror of tunnel imaginative and prescient conspired to depart ladies unprotected and susceptible to a serial killer approximately 3 years after she first bought a tip that Pickton should be in charge. She unflinchingly finds her personal ache and mental misery due to those occasions, which left her not able to paintings with or belief the police and the felony justice procedure. That Lonely component of Hell finds the deeper truths in the back of the factors of this tragedy and the myriad methods the system—and society—failed to guard weak people.

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Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime

Val McDermid is without doubt one of the best crime writers we've got, whose novels have captivated thousands of readers around the globe with their riveting narratives of characters who resolve complicated crimes and confront unbelievable evil. during studying her bestselling novels McDermid has get to grips with each department of forensics, and now she uncovers the background of this technology, real-world murders and the folk who needs to remedy them.

The lifeless talk—to the correct listener. they could let us know all approximately themselves: the place they got here from, how they lived, how they died, and, after all, who killed them. Forensic scientists can free up the mysteries of the previous and aid serve justice utilizing the messages left through a corpse, a criminal offense scene, or the faintest of human lines. Forensics attracts on interviews with a few of these top-level pros, ground-breaking learn, and McDermid’s personal unique interviews and firsthand event on scene with best forensic scientists.

Along the best way, McDermid discovers how maggots accrued from a corpse may also help be certain one’s time of loss of life; how a DNA hint a millionth the dimensions of a grain of salt can be utilized to convict a killer; and the way a workforce of younger Argentine scientists led via a maverick American anthropologist have been capable of discover the sufferers of a genocide. It’s a trip that might take McDermid to struggle zones, fireplace scenes, and post-mortem suites, and produce her into touch with either notable bravery and wickedness, as she lines the heritage of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the state of the art technological know-how of the trendy day.

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Pin Action: Small-Time Gangsters, High-Stakes Gambling, and the Teenage Hustler Who Became a Bowling Champion

By Gianmarc Manzione

"The colour of cash" meets "The great Lebowski." Pin Action is an inspiring and unbelievable tale of transcendence, redemption, survival and one of many maximum, forgotten activities legends in ny urban activities history.

Most folks ponder bowling as a "sport" in citation marks, and bowling alleys are areas with disco balls, matching shirts, and humorous footwear. yet within the Nineteen Sixties, ny urban used to be the guts of "action bowling", a kind of high-stakes playing within which bowlers―often teenagers―faced off for hundreds of thousands of bucks each evening. whilst funds like that's altering palms, you could guess the strain is on (and the balls are rigged), and losses include dire outcomes. yet for a number of children, the area of motion bowling could change into a price ticket off the suggest streets and onto the pro Bowlers organization travel. For Ernie Schlegel, it'd be an opportunity to shed his hustler methods and develop into a bonafide champion.

For the greater than a hundred million bowlers around the globe and for lovers of undying activities histories, Pin Action captures the underbelly of Sixties and '70s manhattan and tells the genuine tale of the way the main infamous motion bowler of all time turned a corridor of Famer. Set within the gritty, flashy, misplaced international of motion bowling, Gianmarc Manzione tells an epic story full of seedy characters, uproarious eccentricities, unbelievable twists of destiny, and a rags-to-riches narrative so loopy it needs to be true.

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Kiss Me, Kill Me: Ann Rule's Crime Files Vol. 9

By Ann Rule

The darkish part of affection isn't any fairy tale....

And whereas we could prefer to think that crimes of the center simply victimize those that will not be cautious, this page-turning number of must-read debts will persuade you in a different way. America's number one true-crime author, Ann Rule unearths how fanatics turn into predators, how intercourse and lust can push usual humans to determined acts, and the way investigators and forensics specialists paintings to resolve the main entangled crimes of ardour. Extracting behind-the-scenes information, Rule makes those unstable relationships completely genuine, and masterfully re-creates the ill-fated chains of occasions in such circumstances because the ex-Marine and martial arts grasp who seduced weak ladies after which destroyed their lives...the killer whose calling card was once a unmarried bloodred rose...the faithless spouse who manipulated and murdered with out conscience...the blind date that set the degree for a killer's brutality...and extra. In each case, the sufferer -- younger and blameless or older and skilled -- unknowingly depended on a stranger with the sociopathic ability to conceal their darkish explanations, till it was once too overdue to flee an online of lethal lies, deadly delivers, and homicidal ownership.

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