5 #truecrime books on my TBR for 2020

Happy Monday lovelies!

The last couple of days with my parents home have been pretty hard. Playing Real or Not Real isn’t nearly as uplifting as Katniss and Peeta made it look. And last night I spent some time talking on the phone with a friend about true crime things and it got me to thinking about some true crime books on my TBR pile that I’d like to get too this year.

I’ve been slowly making my way through Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule and I’m finally nearing the end. I’ve really enjoyed reading this one but it has been slow going cause I have to be in the right mood to read true crime. True crime is really fascinating for me but I also regularly think someone is in my house so I don’t read books, watch documentaries, or listen to podcasts about it that often. Honestly the only reason I got any sleep while living in Seattle was because I lived in a semi-secure building on the 6th floor.

Anyways…here are 5 true crime books on my TBR for 2020!

1. The Phantom Prince by Elizabeth Kendall


Ted Bundy was probably the first serial killer I ever learned about. Having lived most of my life in Washington State it’s kinda odd when he doesn’t come up. And going to school at the University of Washington where he also went to school and murdered several young women was…surreal to say the least. I spent a lot of my time in grad school along “The Ave” and in the same libraries Bundy frequented. I try not to think about it too much. This book was written by Bundy’s long time girlfriend and her daughter and I’m interested to read about their life both with him and afterwards. Originally published back in the 80’s this book went out of print until recently. This new expanded version came out at the beginning of 2020.

2. The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas


Mindhunter was an amazing show and I’ll be forever mad that Netflix canceled it after 2 seasons. John Douglas, who Holden in the show is based off, was one of the founding members of the Behavioral Science Unit in the FBI and reading about those early years of profiling in Mindhunter was fascinating.

3. Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller, and Ken Armstrong


This one is going to be really hard for me to read and I haven’t been able to watch the Netflix series. But it’s also one of those books (and shows) I feel like I need to read/watch. Out of all of the books on my TBR for 2020 this is the one I will most likely not get too, even though I really want to read it.

4. Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer: The Death Row Interviews by Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth

It feels kinda odd to have Bundy on this list twice but I’m really interested in reading about his death row interviews and I also have this books on my shelves right now. It made the cut to come home with me rather than go into storage. Also the Netflix show wasn’t what I expected so I want to see how the book deals with these interviews.

5. American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan


Like most people I don’t know much about Israel Keyes. And honestly that’s terrifying. “The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as “a force of pure evil,” Keyes was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried “kill kits”–cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools–in remote locations across the country.”

Probably won’t get much sleep tonight, especially now that my dog is sleeping in my parent’s room with them rather than with me.


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