What Keeps Armchair Detectives Awake at Night?

JT Townsend

Author JT Townsend

Join us at the Milford-Miami Township Branch on Saturday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m., when J. T. Townsend, the author of Queen City Gothic: Cincinnati’s Most Infamous Murder Mysteries, will present a program based on his book for adults who are fascinated by the sinister side of Cincinnati’s history. Mr. Townsend is a freelance writer and lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He is the former true crime historian for Snitch Magazine. Copies of Queen City Gothic will be available for purchase following the program.

After reading Queen City Gothic, check out some of the newest true crime books in the library’s collection.

The Good Son by Stella Sands

Rick and Suzanna Wamsley provided their two children with every comfort. But their son, Andrew, had a bitter, rebellious streak, and resented his parents’ disapproval of his girlfriend, Chelsea Richardson. On the night of December 11, 2003, Chelsea and two accomplices entered the Wamsley home where they instantly killed Suzanna. Rick fought his attackers tooth and nail, but couldn’t save himself. It was only a matter of time before investigators closed in on all the perpetrators, including the one who stood to inherit nearly two million dollars, Andrew Wamsley.

In the Still of the Night by Ann Rule

Examines the mysterious death of Ronda Reynolds on a December night in 1998, the coroner’s investigation that determined the death was a suicide, and the eleven-year battle by Ronda’s mother to establish that the case had been mishandled by the coroner.

The Killer of Little Shepherds by Douglas P. Starr

With high drama and stunning detail, relates the infamous crime and punishment of French serial killer Joseph Vacher, interweaving the story of how Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, Emile Fourquet and colleagues developed forensic science as we know it.

The Girls of Murder City by Douglas Perry

Documents the true stories of Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan, the women whose sensational murder trials inspired the musical “Chicago,” and traces the contributions of fledgling reporter Maurine Watkins against a backdrop of Chicago’s Jazz Age culture.

The Devil’s Rooming House by M. William Phelps

Profiles the owner of a rooming house in Windsor, Connecticut, who was accused of murdering two husbands and sixty-six sickly “inmates” between 1911 and her arrest 1916.

A Twisted Faith by Gregg Olsen

Presents the story of a minister who seduced four of his female congregants, and hatched a cold-blooded plot to murder his wife.



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