True Crime Book Club (REMOTE)

The True Crime Book Club is led by the true crime aficionado Rachel Newton Cumley. We would like to extend an invitation to all of our true crime enthusiasts. Our book discussions aim to bring people together to talk about books in a safe and inviting atmosphere. Our meetings are lovely and inclusive; we invite you to attend. Come and enjoy a lively discussion about the chosen book with other readers.

Join us on Wednesday September 16th 6pm for True Crime Book Club. This month’s pick is The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas.

The legendary FBI criminal profiler, number-one New York Times bestselling author, and inspiration for the hit Netflix show Mindhunter delves deep into the lives and crimes of four of the most disturbing and complex predatory killers, offering never-before-revealed details about his profiling process, and divulging the strategies used to crack some of America’s most challenging cases.

The FBI’s pioneer of criminal profiling, former special agent John Douglas, has studied and interviewed many of America’s most notorious killers–including Charles Manson, “Son of Sam Killer” David Berkowitz and “BTK Strangler” Dennis Rader–trained FBI agents and investigators around and the world, and helped educate the country about these deadly predators and how they operate, and has become a legend in popular culture, fictionalized in The Silence of the Lambs and the hit television shows Criminal Minds and Mindhunter.

Twenty years after his famous memoir, the man who literally wrote the book on FBI criminal profiling opens his case files once again. In this riveting work of true crime, he spotlights four of the most diabolical criminals he’s confronted, interviewed and learned from. Going deep into each man’s life and crimes, he outlines the factors that led them to murder and how he used his interrogation skills to expose their means, motives, and true evil. Like the hit Netflix show, The Killer Across the Table is centered around Douglas’ unique interrogation and profiling process. With his longtime collaborator Mark Olshaker, Douglas recounts the chilling encounters with these four killers as he experienced them–revealing for the first time his profile methods in detail.

Going step by step through his interviews, Douglas explains how he connects each killer’s crimes to the specific conversation, and contrasts these encounters with those of other deadly criminals to show what he learns from each one. In the process, he returns to other famous cases, killers and interviews that have shaped his career, describing how the knowledge he gained from those exchanges helped prepare him for these.

A glimpse into the mind of a man who has pierced the heart of human darkness, The Killer Across the Table unlocks the ultimate mystery of depravity and the techniques and approaches that have countered evil in the name of justice.

Due to the time and effort we put into organizing our book clubs if you choose to purchase the book elsewhere, already own it, check it out from the library, or purchase the ebook/audiobook we ask members to pay a $5 book club fee on our website. Thank you for understanding and supporting us.

The True Crime Book Club is led by the true crime aficionado Rachel Newton Cumley. We would like to extend an invitation to all of our true crime enthusiasts. Our book discussions aim to bring people together to talk about books in a safe and inviting atmosphere. Our meetings are lovely and inclusive; we invite you to attend. Come and enjoy a lively discussion about the chosen book with other readers. Starting in August we will be meeting every third Wednesday at 6pm.

Join us on Wednesday October 21st 6pm for True Crime Book Club. This month’s pick is I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara.

You’ll be silent forever, and I’ll be gone in the dark.

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true-crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark–the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death, now updated to include a revised afterword and coverage of the Golden State Killer’s arrest–offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true-crime classic–one that fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

Due to the time and effort we put into organizing our book clubs if you choose to purchase the book elsewhere, already own it, check it out from the library, or purchase the ebook/audiobook we ask members to pay a $5 book club fee on our website. Thank you for understanding and supporting us.

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If You Tell by Gregg Olsen
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American Predator by Maureen Callahan
Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt
Columbine by Dave Cullen
American Kingpin by Nick Bilton