From the summer of 1979 through the spring of 1981, Atlanta, Georgia was held under siege by a serial killer and dozens of victims started to appear. The series of murders, which became known as the "Atlanta Child Murders case," gripped the city of Atlanta with fear and shocked the nation because most of the victims were children. The fact that the victims were all black and mostly male caused many in Atlanta's black community to fear that their children were being targeted by a racist conspiracy.

Jack Rosewood

Child Killer: The True Story of the Atlanta Child Murders

MUST-READS

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

by michelle McNamara 

Before her untimely death, Michelle McNamara was dedicated to her sleuthing site The True Crime Diary, a site dedicated to giving cold cases the attention they deserve. She came across The cases of the East Area Rapist of Sacramento, The Visalia Ransacker, and the Original Night Stalker. Crimes that terrorized the entire state of California for years. When criminal investigators finally connected the cases through DNA evidence, it gave Michelle serious momentum to try and help solve the case with lead investigator Paul Holes.

Michelle's dedication borderlines obsession with the California mystery man who effected hundreds of lives, even after his crimes.  The HotmessHeroes have nearly completed the journey of what the late Ms. McNamara deemed, The Golden State Killer. Once you pick up this book, you won't be able to put it down.

mindhunter

by John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker 

If you've ever wondered how the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit works, then you need to read Mindhunter. This non-fiction masterpiece mixed together by actual crimes investigated by the famed FBI Criminal Profiler John E. Douglas is nearby impossible to put down.

 

Georgia Hardstark co-host of the My Favorite Murder podcast raves about the book multiple times and so now we are going to continue the fandom. 

 What if you got to know someone that turned out to be one of America's most prolific serial killers? How would you react? What would you do? 

Ann Rule, one of true crime's most prominent authors received her notoriety from this very book. It dives into her personal friendship with Ted Bundy and the investigation following his several arrests (and escapes). The book is unique given the insight you get into the many faces that make up the murderous Theodore Robert Bundy. You get to the chance to witness his strengths and weaknesses that turn out to be interchangeable–both his need to be well-liked and his need for total control.

 

If you like page turners...pick The Stranger Beside Me.  

By Ann Rule

The Stranger Beside Me

Under The Harrow

BY Flynn Berry 

FICTION

When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. 
 
Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can’t return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can’t trust them to find her sister’s killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora’s fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers. 

A riveting psychological thriller and a haunting exploration of the fierce love between two sisters, the distortions of grief, and the terrifying power of the past, Under the Harrow marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

Brave

BY Rose McGowan

NON-FICTION

Rose McGowan is a hotmessheroes team favorite. Her unapologetic sense of self combined with her Charmed past makes her a legend. Beyond lies the history that creates the legendary actress and activist. We are excited to read Brave for part of an episode coming this season.

"My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same." -Rose McGowan

Not without my sister

by celeste jones, kristina jones & juliana buhring

NON-FICTION

This book is the autobiographical, first-hand account of cult SURVIVORS. These three sisters tell the grizzly tale of a most bizarre childhood...of their lives in the infamous Children of God cult.

This book is devastatingly bittersweet. You can't help but cry at their experiences, and cheer for their bravery. 

This is a book that may be triggering to survivors of abuse and assault, so read at your discretion. 

Green River, running red

by ann rule

NON-FICTION

It's no surprise that we love Ann Rule...in fact, one of her other books i on this list.

 For a future episode of our minisode sub-series called A Psycho's Path, we are researching this infamous Washington State Killer.  Rule gives us a glimpse into not just the monster that is Gary Ridgway, but also fantastic account of all of the known victims. 

We heavily recommend this book to our true crime fans!

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