What are the best non-fiction books about serial killers?

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    #1The Stranger Beside Me

    The Stranger Beside Me
    The Stranger Beside Me is a true-crime novel by Ann Rule published in 1980. This book follows the haunting story of Ted Budy - a law student by day and a notorious serial killer at night.

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    Kelly Brown
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Another great book by Ann Rule. She is truly an icon and the best true crime author our there. Her work never disappoints. To get to know Ted Bundy through her work, is like meeting him and having him tell you about his life. "
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    #2Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

    Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

    Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky is an in-depth examination of some of the most controversial murders in the history of mankind. This true-crime novel was first published in 2004.


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    Donald Freeman
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Very interesting read about the topic of serial killers. I love crime books and this was really eye opening. Recommended for people into this topic."
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    #3Green River, Running Red

    Green River, Running Red
    The deadliest serial killer of all times in America killed 49 women during two decades: The Green River Killer. In this bestseller novel by Ann Rule, who lived a few miles from where some of the corpses where found.


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    Alexander Cook
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Green River, Running Red is the best non-fiction books about serial killers. It really captures the emotions and dark times that happened during the time it happened. "
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    #4The Night Stalker

    The Night Stalker

    The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo is a true-crime novel published in 1996. This book entails the heinous and murderous crimes of Richard Ramirez within three years of killing spree and his controversial death row trial. 


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    Randy Lucas
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I remember hearing news reports about the night stalker while I was growing up. I've been fascinated with serial killers from an early age. This book did an incredible job of detailing the gruesome killing spree of Richard Ramirez. Its one of the most interesting and engrossing books about serial killers and is really well researched."
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    Deviant by Harold Schechter is a biographical true-crime novel originally published in 1989. This book follows the shocking true story of notorious, psychotic killer Ed Gein. 


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    Zhu Deng
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I found Deviant to be one of the best non fiction books about an actual serial killer. The book really gets inside the killer's head and it's helped me to identify similarities in the people I exam at work daily. I recommend this book for anyone at work within the criminal justice system. "
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    #6The Devil in the White City

    The Devil in the White City

    The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America is written by Erik Larson. This tells the story of Henry H. Holmes, a 19th-century serial killer. Published in 2003 by Random House.


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    Jean Evans
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a chilling telling of a serial killer, written with care and an eye for accuracy. These characters bristle with life and you can feel how they were able to con so many for so long--the author balances their charm and sociopathy with beauty. I appreciated that there is also lots of thought and time given to the fair and other historical details of the time, leaving you feeling as though you truly lived in the story. "
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    #7The I-5 Killer

    The I-5 Killer

    The I-5 Killer by Ann Rule is a nonfiction, true-crime novel published in 1984. This book tells the story of a star athlete named Randall Woodfield who claimed at least 45 lives during his killing spree through California to Washington.


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    Moisés Peña
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I read this book after watching scary movies one weekend. I decided I wanted to read about a killer that wasn't fake and in the movies, but real instead. This book about Randall Woodfield was chilling. The scariest part is that he did his killings up I-5 right by where I live! The book was detailed without being too gory. I really liked it. Very informative and pretty chilling."
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    #8The Serial Killer Files

    The Serial Killer Files

    The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers by Harold Schechter is a true-crime novel published in 2003. This book follows the maniac crimes of some of the world's notorious killers.


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    Jason Duncan
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I found the book to be gripping and terrifying, yet I couldn't stop reading. It's crazy how the stories of these serial killers pale in comparison to the Hollywood movies we often see on them. I found the book to be a fascinating insight into the most psychologically disturbed. "
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    #9Female Serial Killers

    Female Serial Killers

    Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters is a true-crime nonfiction mystery book written by Peter Vronsky. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2007 by Berkley Books.


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    Karen Watson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "My daughter needed to write a paper for her freshman psychology class on serial killers. We did not find a lot of material at the library but found this book online. This book contained enough interesting and factual info for her to complete her paper. Focusing on the female serial killers and what makes them the way they are, full of relevant info."
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    #10Relentless Pursuit

    Relentless Pursuit
    Relentless Pursuit: Inside the Escape from Dannemora New York State's Largest Manhunt by Charles E. Guess is a true crime novel originally published in July 2017. This book follows the story of two runaway prison breakers.

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    Gary Holland
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This solution is very well done. It provides the author, genre, as well as a description of what the book is about. The only thing I would debate is whether these convicted killers are in fact "serial killers.""
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    #11The Coldest Case: Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey

    The Coldest Case: Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey

    The Coldest Case: Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey by Johnny Kerns is a true crime nonfiction novel originally published in October 2016. Kerns unravels in this book the brutal assault to JonBenet Ramsey 20 years after her death.


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    Zhang Wan
    Written on April 19, 2018
    " i do not think this is the best"


Best What are the best non-fiction books about serial killers
1The Stranger Beside MeBooks 38 Paid
2Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of MonstersBooks 35 Paid
3Green River, Running RedBooks 31 Paid
4The Night StalkerBooks 31 Paid
5DeviantBooks 28 Paid
6The Devil in the White CityElectronics 26 Paid
7The I-5 KillerBooks 24 Paid
8The Serial Killer FilesBooks 21 Paid
9Female Serial KillersBooks 13 Paid
10Relentless PursuitBooks 0 Paid

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