Review: True Crime Stories Volume 5: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases

True Crime Stories Volume 5: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases
True Crime Stories Volume 5: 12 Shocking True Crime Murder Cases by Jack Rosewood
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Due to the popularity crime shows like “Law & Order” (with it’s various versions) and “Cold Case” the public’s fascination with true crime is from from over. True crime fiction also has a pretty solid following with bookstores devoting entire sections to the genre. Jack Rosewood delves into the genre again with his fifth volume of twelve “shocking” cases. I’m pretty interested in the genre myself, though by no means an expert, but most of these cases were ones I’ve read about before or heard about many times as they were highly publicized (Menendez brothers, Scott Peterson, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Robert Blake, and Dominique Dunne). Some were new to me, and those were the ones I found most interesting, especially Susan Schwarz and Victor Licata. As this book is only about 120 pages we are only given a quick overview of the events of the crime and aftermath, which is nice if you are not familiar with the cases. For the ones I was familiar with reading these stories felt somewhat tedious as I didn’t really glean any new information from them. I’d be interested in reading more lesser known crimes and really focusing in on just a couple. I did appreciate that Mr. Rosewood did not get caught up in small details and tried to stay to the facts as much as possible, though he did not stay on neutral ground on any of the stories. Overall I rated this a three out of five, and would read another one. I’d probably recommend this for just people who are casually interested in true crime, as for the people who are really into the genre most of this will just be crimes they already have read about before.

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