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Editors: Steven Chermak and Frankie Y. Bailey

Title: Crimes of the Centuries

Subtitle: Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials in American History

Place: Santa Barbara, CA

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Year: 2016

Pages: 1077pp. (3 volumes)

ISBN-13: 9781610695930 (hardcover) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781610695947 (ebook) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century | American History: U.S. History


Link: Google Books (Limited Preview)



Frankie Bailey, School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany

Steven Chermak, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University


»This multivolume resource is the most extensive reference of its kind, offering a comprehensive summary of the misdeeds, perpetrators, and victims involved in the most memorable crime events in American history.
This unique reference features the most famous crimes and trials in the United States since colonial times. Three comprehensive volumes focus on the most notorious and historically significant crimes that have influenced America's justice system, including the life and wrongdoing of Lizzie Borden, the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, the killing spree and execution of Ted Bundy, and the Columbine High School shootings.
Organized by case, the work includes a chronology of major unlawful deeds, fascinating primary source documents, dozens of sidebars with case trivia and little-known facts, and an overview of crimes that have shaped criminal justice in the United States over several centuries. Each of the 500 entries provides information about the crime, the perpetrators, and those affected by the misconduct, along with a short bibliography to extend learning opportunities. The set addresses a breadth of famous trials across American history, including the Salem witch trials, the conviction of Sacco and Vanzetti, and the prosecution of O. J. Simpson.« (Source: ABC-CLIO)

Entries: Vol. 1: Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal (Iraq) (2003-2004), Alcala, Rodney (1943- ), Arbuckle, Roscoe "Fatty," Murder Trials of (1921-1922), Baker, Lena (1900-1945), Bianchi, Kenneth (1951- ), and Angelo Buono (1934-2002), Big Dan Gang Rape Case (1983-1984), Boston Strangler Murders (1962-1964), Brandon, Teena, Murder of (1993), Bryant, Kobe, Rape Accusation against (June 30, 2003), Carpenter, David (1930- ), Celia (a Slave), Murder Trial of (1855), Central Park Jogger Case (1989), Chessman, Caryl (1921-1960), Coleman, Alton (1955-2002), Cotton, Ronald (1962- ), Dugard, Jaycee, Kidnapping of (1991), Glen Ridge (NJ) Rape Case (March 1, 1989), Goudeau, Mark (1964- ) | Vol. 2: Louima, Abner, Sexual Assault of (Brooklyn, NY) (1997)

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