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In this spellbinding true story, a pair of award-winning CNN investigative journalists track down the mysterious French psychic at the center of an international scam targeting the elderly and emotionally vulnerable, resulting in an expos of one of the longest running cons in history. While investigating financial crimes for CNN ...
A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History
In this spellbinding true story, a pair of award-winning CNN investigative journalists track down the mysterious French psychic at the center of an international scam targeting the elderly and emotionally vulnerable, resulting in an expos of one of the longest running cons in history. While investigating financial crimes for CNN Money, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken were intrigued by reports that elderly Americans were giving away thousands of dollars to mail-in schemes. With a little digging, they soon discovered a shocking true story. Victims received personalized letters from a woman who, claiming amazing psychic powers, convinced them to send money in return for riches, good health, and good fortune. The predatory scam has continued unabated for decades, raking in more than $200 million in the United States and Canada alone--with investigators from all over the world unable to stop it. And at the center of it all--an elusive French psychic named Maria Duval. Based on the five-part series that originally appeared on CNN's website in 2016 and was seen by more than three million people, A Deal with the Devil picks up where the series left off as Ellis and Hicken reveal more bizarre characters, follow new leads, close in on Maria Duval, and connect the dots in an edge-of-your-seat journey across the US to England and France. A Deal with the Devil is a fascinating, thrilling search for the truth and is long-form investigative journalism at its best.
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27.300000 USD

A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History

by Melanie Hicken, Blake Ellis
Hardback
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DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU focuses on stories of people in danger, sometimes from strangers and sometimes from the people they know and love.
Don't Look Behind You: Ann Rule's Crime Files #15
DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU focuses on stories of people in danger, sometimes from strangers and sometimes from the people they know and love.
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10.490000 USD

Don't Look Behind You: Ann Rule's Crime Files #15

by Ann Rule
Paperback
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A delightful read for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace. --Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake Delivers all the lo-fi spy shenanigans and caught-red-handed schadenfreude you're hoping for. --NPR A lively romp. --The Boston Globe Grim fun. --The New York Times Brilliant ...
Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
A delightful read for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace. --Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake Delivers all the lo-fi spy shenanigans and caught-red-handed schadenfreude you're hoping for. --NPR A lively romp. --The Boston Globe Grim fun. --The New York Times Brilliant topic, absorbing book. --The Seattle Times The most literally escapist summer read you could hope for. --The Paris Review Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So off she sets on a darkly comic foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear--but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks. Greenwood tracks down a British man who staged a kayaking accident and then returned to live in his own house while all his neighbors thought he was dead. She takes a call from Michael Jackson (no, he's not dead--or so her new acquaintances would have her believe), stalks message boards for people contemplating pseudocide, and gathers intel on black market morgues in the Philippines, where she may or may not obtain some fraudulent goodies of her own. Along the way, she learns that love is a much less common motive than money, and that making your death look like a drowning virtually guarantees that you'll be caught. (Disappearing while hiking, however, is a way great to go.) Playing Dead is a charmingly bizarre investigation in the vein of Jon Ronson and Mary Roach into our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to give up their lives--and their families--to start again.
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16.800000 USD

Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud

by Elizabeth Greenwood
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Comprised of shocking and spin-chilling true crime cases, the main one being the murder of 45-year-old Chuck Leonard. Chuck was a teacher and counsellor at a school, but also a playboy, not an easy mix. He lived luxuriously, which was all built on lies. Chuck was in New Orleans when ...
But I Trusted You: Ann Rule's Crime Files #14
Comprised of shocking and spin-chilling true crime cases, the main one being the murder of 45-year-old Chuck Leonard. Chuck was a teacher and counsellor at a school, but also a playboy, not an easy mix. He lived luxuriously, which was all built on lies. Chuck was in New Orleans when he met Teresa. She was a pretty, big-breasted, blonde, and he thought she was wealthy. She found him handsome and believed that hewas wealthy. They were both wrong, both of them living on pretence. They didn't discover that until they were married. She was disappointed to learn she had to find a job. Teresa soon gave birth to their daughter, Morgan, and they both adored her. Neither was faithful, however. Teresa met a very wealthy man in Hawaii. He was married, but his wife was in L.A. with their adopted son to seek medical help for the boy. Teresa's lover saw many other women, too. In the meantime, Chuck was having an affair with a young Teacher's Aid at his school. The marriage broke down and Teresa moved out. Chuck was worried that Teresa would take Morgan to Hawaii and he would never get to see her. Teresa was worried that Chuck would fight her for custody and she would lose out with her wealthy lover. She figured he had to die. At the end of January, 2003, just after dawn neighbours found Chuck's naked body lying on his icy front walk--just short of the front gate. He had been shot, but by whom?
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9.440000 USD

But I Trusted You: Ann Rule's Crime Files #14

by Ann Rule
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One wintery night on quiet Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington, Russ Douglas spent Christmas with his estranged wife, Brenna. She agreed to let him visit his children even though they were headed for divorce. He left Brenna Douglas's home in Langley on the morning of December 26, 2003 ...
Practice to Deceive
One wintery night on quiet Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington, Russ Douglas spent Christmas with his estranged wife, Brenna. She agreed to let him visit his children even though they were headed for divorce. He left Brenna Douglas's home in Langley on the morning of December 26, 2003 to run some errands. But hours passed and Russ didn't return home as he'd promised his children he would. Nor did he come back during the night. On the afternoon of December 27, a couple walking down a rural road noticed a vehicle in the driveway of a cabin. Since many of the places were vacant during the winter, neighbours kept an eye out for strangers. Curious, they walked up the cabin's driveway to check inside. They saw a man in the front seat, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. They immediately put in a call to the Island County Sheriff's Office. The dead man was easily identified; it was Russell Douglas. But what came next in this homicide case surprised law enforcement and captured the attention of the entire town when the suspects included an aging beauty queen, her guitar-teacher lover, and Russell's widow, Brenna, owner of the local beauty salon. With her trademark aplomb, Ann Rule unravels the fascinating story of a murder, a small town, and a number of potential killers.
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28.99 USD

Practice to Deceive

by Ann Rule
Hardback
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A delightful read for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace. --Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake Delivers all the lo-fi spy shenanigans and caught-red-handed schadenfreude you're hoping for. --NPR A lively romp. --The Boston Globe Grim fun. --The New York Times Brilliant ...
Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud
A delightful read for anyone tantalized by the prospect of disappearing without a trace. --Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake Delivers all the lo-fi spy shenanigans and caught-red-handed schadenfreude you're hoping for. --NPR A lively romp. --The Boston Globe Grim fun. --The New York Times Brilliant topic, absorbing book. --The Seattle Times The most literally escapist summer read you could hope for. --The Paris Review Is it still possible to fake your own death in the twenty-first century? With six figures of student loan debt, Elizabeth Greenwood was tempted to find out. So off she sets on a darkly comic foray into the world of death fraud, where for $30,000 a consultant can make you disappear--but your suspicious insurance company might hire a private detective to dig up your coffin...only to find it filled with rocks. Greenwood tracks down a British man who staged a kayaking accident and then returned to live in his own house while all his neighbors thought he was dead. She takes a call from Michael Jackson (no, he's not dead--or so her new acquaintances would have her believe), stalks message boards for people contemplating pseudocide, and gathers intel on black market morgues in the Philippines, where she may or may not obtain some fraudulent goodies of her own. Along the way, she learns that love is a much less common motive than money, and that making your death look like a drowning virtually guarantees that you'll be caught. (Disappearing while hiking, however, is a way great to go.) Playing Dead is a charmingly bizarre investigation in the vein of Jon Ronson and Mary Roach into our all-too-human desire to escape from the lives we lead, and the men and women desperate enough to give up their lives--and their families--to start again.
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27.300000 USD

Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud

by Elizabeth Greenwood
Hardback
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War Dogs: The True Story of How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History
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16.800000 USD

War Dogs: The True Story of How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History

by Guy Lawson
Paperback / softback
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A collection of newspaper stories by award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard-including Dirty John, the basis for the hit podcast and the upcoming Bravo scripted series starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana. Since its release in fall 2017, the Dirty John podcast-about a conman who terrorizes a Southern California ...
Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders
A collection of newspaper stories by award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard-including Dirty John, the basis for the hit podcast and the upcoming Bravo scripted series starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana. Since its release in fall 2017, the Dirty John podcast-about a conman who terrorizes a Southern California family-has been downloaded more than 20 million times, and will soon premiere as a scripted drama on Bravo starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana. The story, which also ran as a print series in the Los Angeles Times, wasn't unfamiliar terrain to its writer, Christopher Goffard. Over two decades at newspapers from Florida to California, Goffard has reported probingly on the shadowy, unseen corners of society. This book gathers together for the first time Dirty John and the rest of his very best work. The $40 Lawyer provides an inside account of a young public defender's rookie year in the legal trenches. Framed offers an unblinking chronicle of suburban mayhem (and is currently being developed by Netflix as a film starring Julia Roberts). A man wrongly imprisoned for rape, train-riding runaways in love, a Syrian mother forced to leave her children in order to save them, a boy who grows up to become a cop as a way of honoring his murdered sister, another boy who struggles with the knowledge that his father is on death row: these stories reveal the complexities of human nature, showing people at both their most courageous and their most flawed. Goffard shared in the Los Angeles Times' Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2011 and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing. This collection-a must-read for fans of both true-crime and first-rate narrative nonfiction-underscores his reputation as one of today's most original journalistic voices.
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22.17 USD

Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders

by Christopher Goffard
Paperback / softback
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Lying in Wait: Ann Rule's Crime Files: Vol.17
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9.440000 USD

Lying in Wait: Ann Rule's Crime Files: Vol.17

by Ann Rule
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Corruption Officer: From Jail Guard to Perpetrator Inside Rikers Island
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16.800000 USD

Corruption Officer: From Jail Guard to Perpetrator Inside Rikers Island

by Heyward
Paperback
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Practice to Deceive
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8.390000 USD

Practice to Deceive

by Ann Rule
Paperback
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This is the never-before-told, riveting true story about a teenage Christian girl who was seduced online by a charming young Muslim man from Kosovo, and her father who ultimately worked with the FBI to save her from disappearing forever. The Baldwins were a strong Christian family, living in Plano, Texas. ...
Almost Gone: Twenty-Five Days and One Chance to Save Our Daughter
This is the never-before-told, riveting true story about a teenage Christian girl who was seduced online by a charming young Muslim man from Kosovo, and her father who ultimately worked with the FBI to save her from disappearing forever. The Baldwins were a strong Christian family, living in Plano, Texas. When their seventeen-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, met Aadam in a random-match online chat room, she fell for his good looks, his charm, and his respectful conversation. He told her he lived in New York, and they began an online friendship. But over the course of a few months, Aadam revealed that he actually lived in Kosovo and had only pretended to live in New York so Mackenzie would keep chatting with him. The more attached she became to Aadam, the more detached she became from her family. John and Stephanie, Mackenzie's parents, had no clue what was behind their daughter's change in personality, her surprising interest in Islam, her suddenly modest dress, and her withdrawal from friends and family. When Mackenzie's attachment to Aadam increased even more and they became engaged, she started making plans to secretly fly to Kosovo where she and Aadam would be married. But twenty-five days before Mackenzie was scheduled to fly to Kosovo, John found out about his daughter's dangerous plan when three of her friends came forward. John contacted the FBI, and asked for help. Though the FBI did not believe Aadam was trying to radicalize Mackenzie, they were concerned about his intentions, as that part of Kosovo was known for sex-trafficking, human-trafficking, and citizenship frauds. Kosovo was no place for an unaccompanied, na ve teenager to secretly travel and marry a stranger she knew only through online chats. Within the limited time remaining before Mackenzie's departure, John and Stephanie had to confront Mackenzie and stop her before she would be lost to them forever. Told from the viewpoint of both father and daughter, Almost Gone follows Mackenzie's network of lies and deceit and her parents' escalating bewilderment and alarm. More than a cautionary tale, this is the incredible story of unconditional parental love, unwavering faith, and how God helped a family save their daughter from a relationship that jeopardized not only her happiness, but also her safety.
26.240000 USD

Almost Gone: Twenty-Five Days and One Chance to Save Our Daughter

by MacKenzie Baldwin, John Baldwin
Hardback
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