The Killer’s Trail: Gianni Versace’s Murderer

Gianni Versace appears to have been the crescendo of a cross-country murder spree that landed 27-year-old Andrew Cunanan on the F.B.I.’s Ten Most Wanted list. From the truth about Cunanan’s childhood, to the bloody crime scenes he left behind in Minneapolis, Chicago, New Jersey, and Miami, Maureen Orth follows the twisted psychological path that ended only when Cunanan turned the .40-caliber murder weapon on himself.

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Killer@Craigslist

The “Craigslist Murder” was a crime made possible by the Internet, and the prime suspect was apprehended through online sleuthing. But the killing of Julissa Brisman allegedly by Boston University medical student Philip Markoff is still a very human mystery, with dark sexual overtones and surprising contradictions.

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Unholy Communion: Paul Shanley and Clergy Sexual Abuse

For more than 30 years as a Catholic priest, Father Paul Shanley moved among Massachusetts parishes, a Boston youth ministry, and a gay motel in Palm Springs, California. Everywhere he went, he allegedly created a special kind of hell for the boys, some as young as six, who have since accused him of rape and abuse. Now, as the 71-year-old Shanley faces trial, the author discovers the devastation left in his wake, finds evidence that his fellow clergy suspected him, and exposes the grotesque indifference of the Boston Archdiocese to anything but the threat of scandal.

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Fort Bragg’s Deadly Summer of 2002

After a string of slayings and suicides at the base, the army is grappling with its domestic-violence problem. In three cases, model soldiers who’d served in Afghanistan killed their wives. Were they simply unable to leave the war behind, or did an anti-malaria drug turn them psychotic?

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Patty Hearst: Victim or Terrorist

When Patricia Hearst returned to the San Francisco Federal courthouse last week to petition for her freedom, she was backed up by her family, a phalanx of nine lawyers and all the resources of the formidable Hearst wealth.

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The Case of Patty Hearst

Was Patty merely the victim of a kidnapping, brainwashed into cooperating with her captors as her father suggested – or was she in fact a voluntary convert to the SLA cause and a willing accomplice of its terrorism?

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