May 18, 2013 — Less than two months into her study abroad program in Italy, Amanda Knox was accused and eventually convicted of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher. After her conviction was overturned, Knox returned home to Seattle — and now faces a potential retrial. Knox tells her story in a new memoir.
Jan 27, 2013 — Bill Macumber, a respected member of his Arizona community, was convicted of a grisly 1962 double murder. Late last year, however, he was released from prison. A new book tells the story of a flawed investigation and legal process that cost Macumber 38 years of freedom.
Dec 13, 2011 — Impostors can be scheming, even villainous, but their stories tempt us with an attractive possibility — the chance to wear a mask. Writer David Anthony suggests three tales about nefarious characters that let us indulge in our fascination with the art of manipulating outward appearances.
Oct 19, 2011 — Why do gruesome stories draw us in? What is it about tales that chill us that we can't stay away from? Author Bruce Machart doesn't have the answers, but he does have three recommendations of books that explore the depths of human depravity.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion by Ron Hansen. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 13, 2011 — Ron Hansen's latest novel, A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion, fictionalizes an infamous crime of sexual transgression. In 1927, Ruth Snyder killed her husband, Albert, after falling in love with a lingerie salesman. Hansen's sexy fictionalization of the real-life murder sizzles with the spirit of the Roaring '20s.
Apr 11, 2011 — In an ancient Greek tale, Clytemnestra kills her husband, Agamemnon, after he sacrifices their daughter, Iphigenia. New Yorker journalist Janet Malcolm spots parallels in a case from a Forest Hills, N.Y., courtroom. Her telling of the case shakes and disturbs you like the smartest nonfiction can.
Apr 22, 2010 — Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown shares with Steve Inskeep the best things she's been reading lately: on making too much money, almost selling sex, and murder in a city known for sin.
Oct 3, 2009 — Forty-five years ago, the bodies of two young black men turned up, brutally mangled, in a tributary of the Mississippi River. In a new book, author Harry MacLean explores the trial of reputed Klansman James Ford Seale for the murders decades later — and Mississippi's continued struggle with its racial history.
Aug 5, 2008 — Just hours before he died last month, Samuel Snow finally got his wish. The Army formally apologized to the World War II vet and affirmed his honorable discharge. NPR's Tony Cox speaks with journalist Jack Hamann, author of On American Soil, and Lashell Drake, granddaughter of one of the exonerated veterans.