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The Annals of Unsolved Crime
Title : The Annals of Unsolved Crime
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ISBN : 9781612190488
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352

One of America’s most acclaimed investigative journalists re-investigates some of the most notorious and mysterious crimes of the last 200 years The beloved head of the UN dies in a tragic plane crash . . . witnesses unearthed years later suggest it wasn’t an accident. Theories behind the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe change yearly, and some believe Jack the Ripper wOne of America’s most acclaimed investigative journalists re-investigates some of the most notorious and mysterious crimes of the last 200 yearsThe beloved head of the UN dies in a tragic plane crash . . . witnesses unearthed years later suggest it wasn’t an accident. Theories behind the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe change yearly, and some believe Jack the Ripper was a member of the royal family. History books say Hitler burned down the Reichstag—but did he? And who really organized the conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln?Acclaimed investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein cut his teeth on one of the


The Annals of Unsolved Crime Reviews

  • Grace

    This book was uneven. It covered some well-known and not so well known (at least to me) unsolved or suspiciously solved crimes. I guess the author is a respected investigative journalist and it seemed like he did a bunch of research on these. Two of the unsolved crimes, though, I had never heard of and didn't really care about and he went on and on and on. Other chapters, the crimes were so well known that he did the reader a favor by not rehashing what was common knowledge. It seems I am contra [...]

  • Susan Liston

    Interesting enough, but rather uneven. First off, the 35 or so cases covered are not all unsolved, but many of the solutions are controversial. Some of the more famous cases he spends very little time on, three or four pages, with a passing reference to whether or not he agrees with the conclusion, or which theory he favors if the crime is not solved. Then he will drone at length about some other case that is much less knownexampleur pages on the OJ Simpson case, followed by 32 pages about the D [...]

  • Vanessa

    Well, this was informative. It was also dry, uneven, formulaic, and alternately long-winded and underexplained. Recommended if you need a quick discussion of something in particular or, of course, if you're interested in extremely in-depth discussions of Russian mid-level corruption and political intrigue. Not so much for anyone else.

  • Anna-Kate

    The Annals of Unsolved Crime, by Edward Jay Epstein, is a work of nonfiction that looks at 35 different unsolved, or questionably solved, crimes. Epstein is a journalist who is interested in investigating the unexplained and unexplainable, even years after the fact.The Annals of Unsolved Crime is separated into 35 chapters, which fall under 5 categories, and then the JFK case stands on its own at the end. Epstein went to great lengths to consolidate the facts for each case, from the original not [...]

  • Jody Brannon

    I downloaded this book as a lark, clicking randomly to show another person how easy it is to check out library books via . But I'm glad I chose to read it for many reasons, most specifically because it can help journalism students learn about• famous cases that are much more enjoyable to learn about than a entry • deep reporting, with historical context and nuance you can't really grok in longitudinal coverage• a writer's voice, in offering an "expert" opinion on intrigue and suspicionSur [...]

  • Deb

    Really found the timeline charts helpful and fascinating.

  • Kyla

    I was personally hoping for more murders, but there is an interesting variety of unsolved and international crimes represented. I'd recommend it as a pleasant read in the true crime genre.

  • Kris

    This was a great read for me. Looking at what others think, this book appears to be one of those that you either love or hate and there is just no in between. I loved it. The author is an investigative journalist for Vanity Fair magazine. He looks at a series of crimes that were either unsolved, solved but had questions surrounding the final outcome or solved but not necessarily a true solve.Each chapter discusses a crime. They range from Jack the Ripper to Marilyn Monroe. From DSK and his discr [...]

  • Maria Guzman

    A lot of times, we judge a case based on headlines and popular opinions without delving deeper into it. I admit, I do this at times especially if the case is too sensationalized. Guilt by public opinion! In fact, before reading this book, I was very sure that Amanda Knox was guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher based on sensational news headlines and Knox's photos wearing inappropriate facial expressions during her trial. Epstein's investigative research, however, made me wonder if investigators [...]

  • Kelleigh

    Inconsistent, all over the place, and fraught with grammatic and typographical errors in short, a bit of a mess. I imagine this wasn't a top moneymaker for the publisher, so could understand their not being bothered with the expense of physical reprinting, but ebooks should be a different story, especially when a work contains this many errors -- if there's seemingly no effort to get it semi-right the first time, then corrections need to be addressed. When so little care and attention goes into [...]

  • Paul

    I used to admire Epstein for his book Inquest, one of the first truthful books about the JFK assassination. He has some great stuff here, like the Lindbergh kidnapping being an inside job (I never trusted Anne Morrow--just kidding). But he thinks ridiculous things like Marilyn Monroe committing suicide by giving herself a massive chloral hydrate enema. That's impossible to believe. And he actually thinks Lee Harvey Oswald was a JFK shooter, which has been amply debunked. He also thinks Jeffrey M [...]

  • Aubrey

    This book was incredibly informative! I've read my fair share about the more popular of the unsolved crimes - JonBenet Ramsey, the Black Dahlia, Jack the Ripper - but I found the section on state crimes the most interesting. The lengths some of them went to to create cover-ups, or even just frame other international agencies is remarkable. And terrifying. Absolutely terrifying.This book is incredibly well-researched, which is always something I look out for when reading true crime. The author is [...]

  • Peter Herrmann

    A fast, easy read although the writing must not have been either fast or easy (much research was needed; and the author summarized succinctly - I thought - vast amounts of data, which must have taken some effort [often harder to cut words than to add words]). His conclusions about each case seemed (to me at least) well reasoned, although with many cases - as he himself points out - nobody can ever know for sure. Of course readers predisposed with their own theories will probably reject the auth [...]

  • Lynn

    Excellent Review of Unsolved Murder Cases by Investigative ReporterEdward Epstein does an excellent job of presenting the evidence for each case and reviewing it logically prior to providing his opinion as to what he believes happened. Some of the cases will be well known but some are not and even for those that are, you may find facts you weren't aware of or you may not have heard about before. His research is extensive and he provides a recommendation for further reading for each incident. Thi [...]

  • Bethan

    This was a book that looked and sounded great, but disappointed me once I started reading. The array of different crimes and theories were very interesting, but it felt like there was certainly a bias to whichever theory he felt was the most accurate and I feel that certain facts were missing. I picked up this book because I knew there was a chapter on JonBenet Ramsey and I wanted more information about the crime, but I found the chapter sadly lacking and very biased towards John Ramsey. There w [...]

  • David Ward

    The Annals of Unsolved Crime by Edward Jay Epstein ( Melville House 2013) (364.1523) is a very shallow series of sketches summarizing two dozen or so notorious twentieth century crimes. The author supplies about the same level of detail one would find in the newspaper and then offers comments as to whether he agrees with the conclusions reached by law enforcement. It's not poorly written material, it's just that the author offers nothing original or new. My rating: 5/10, finished 11/13/13.

  • Robert Wright

    An interesting survey, but with little new info here.One problem is too little time spent on the most sensational and familiar cases (Jack the Ripper, Lindbergh, Monroe, Kennedy) and too many words for unsolved cases of passing interest to the general reader, but which the author seems to have more familiarity with.Still, not a bad way to while away the time if this sort of thing interests you. Just don't expect many shocking revelations if you are at all familiar with the territory.

  • Kelly Cuellar

    As a collection of research done on some of the most interesting unsolved crimes, this book appealed to me. The issue is some chapters are long, like the Vatican, some are short. There is no consistency. There are a lot of explanations of what the author thinks happened, & sometimes you just feel it's opinion. Just an ok read.

  • Nancy

    This book was not what I expected. The author gives an overview of many well-known crimes--particularly political ones. The overviews are for the most part short. But some are very difficult to follow. His bibliography is probably the most valuable part of the book, so you can examine each unsolved crime more in-depth.

  • Stephanie

    A reasonably interesting book with several historical cases (which I prefer), but the writing is terribly pedestrian when it should be intriguing. I was very disappointed on that level, these cases should be fascinating when written by someone who is a true hand at the craft.But it's a quick, fun little read if you aren't expecting too much.

  • Midnight Blue

    A good book---3.5 stars---more about politics and espionage than I was thinking it would be. By the cover, I was expecting more mob hits and unsolved serial killings. One thing is abundantly clear to me after reading this book; I am way to simple of a person to be involved in politics or espionage so I think I'll stick to non Vatican-related banking! :)

  • Jenn Swanson

    This book had some good points but it was a little uneven. Some of the cases he breezed through and some he spent too much time and pages on. If you enjoy nonfiction and unsolved cases this might be one for you to check out.

  • Christina

    I skipped over the political stuff, but otherwise a good read. I love true crime, but not the length of the books. The short passages on each unsolved crime, plus Epstein's take was interesting, whether I agreed with him or not.

  • Rose Ann

    This book just re-hashed some of the better-known cases of murders, kidnappings and disappearances. It was poorly copy-edited and there were other simple errors, which always makes me wonder what else the author got wrong.

  • Dee Halzack

    Fascinating book. Examines several controversial crimes and deaths throughout history, some well known, some less so. Deaths ibce thought murders that are no longer thought crimes. If you like true crime and history, you'll enjoy this book, whether or not you agree with all the conclusiojns.

  • Veronica

    This was an interesting book to browse through. Some cases were familiar but others were new to me. The author has obviously spent a lot of time researching and thinking about the possible solutions. I may not agree with all of his conclusions but they do give new life into old cases.

  • Savina

    This book gives more insight into some of the worlds most unsolved crimes. Of course there's some cases that we've heard over and over so we know them front to back, but there's some facts that I didn't know until I read this book.

  • Mandie

    Doesn't read like a novel (which I prefer in non-fiction). Great if you want a quick synopsis of a crime and what theories surround them!

  • Matt

    This book was somewhat hit-or-miss. Some of the case studies were really intriguing and added new information to well-publicized cases while others were rather mundane.

  • Sarah

    The author's take on the anthrax mailings was particularly interesting to me.