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What do Jack the Ripper, Jesse James, The Texas Servant Girl Annihilator, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Jack the Kisser have in common? They were all subjects of true crime newspaper reporting in the 1800s. And now these stories and that of many others are brought together in their original form in a two-volume set: TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES: ​Serial Killers, Outlaws, What do Jack the Ripper, Jesse James, The Texas Servant Girl Annihilator, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Jack the Kisser have in common? They were all subjects of true crime newspaper reporting in the 1800s. And now these stories and that of many others are brought together in their original form in a two-volume set: TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES: ​Serial Killers, Outlaws, and Justice ... Real Crime Stories From The 1800s. Compiled and commented on by New York Times bestselling author and former detective Mike Rothmiller, these classic works of journalism resurrect astonishing stories that will take the reader on a fascinating journey back in time to when these horrific tales mesmerized a nation. Some may find these articles and their descriptions of people and crimes shocking by today’s standards, but they are representative of the most colorful true crime stories of the day TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES, Volume Two, includes stories about Billy the Kid, Jesse James, the legendary “Jack the Ripper,” Lizzie Halliday, Anna Maria Zwanziger, Jack the Haircutter, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Nebraska Murderer, and many more shocking stories. Follow along as these reporters from another century visit the crime scenes, interview witnesses, and pen the stories of murder, evil, and swift frontier justice.


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What do Jack the Ripper, Jesse James, The Texas Servant Girl Annihilator, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Jack the Kisser have in common? They were all subjects of true crime newspaper reporting in the 1800s. And now these stories and that of many others are brought together in their original form in a two-volume set: TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES: ​Serial Killers, Outlaws, What do Jack the Ripper, Jesse James, The Texas Servant Girl Annihilator, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Jack the Kisser have in common? They were all subjects of true crime newspaper reporting in the 1800s. And now these stories and that of many others are brought together in their original form in a two-volume set: TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES: ​Serial Killers, Outlaws, and Justice ... Real Crime Stories From The 1800s. Compiled and commented on by New York Times bestselling author and former detective Mike Rothmiller, these classic works of journalism resurrect astonishing stories that will take the reader on a fascinating journey back in time to when these horrific tales mesmerized a nation. Some may find these articles and their descriptions of people and crimes shocking by today’s standards, but they are representative of the most colorful true crime stories of the day TRUE CRIME CHRONICLES, Volume Two, includes stories about Billy the Kid, Jesse James, the legendary “Jack the Ripper,” Lizzie Halliday, Anna Maria Zwanziger, Jack the Haircutter, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Nebraska Murderer, and many more shocking stories. Follow along as these reporters from another century visit the crime scenes, interview witnesses, and pen the stories of murder, evil, and swift frontier justice.

58 review for True Crime Chronicles, Volume Two: Serial Killers, Outlaws, And Justice ... Real Crime Stories From The 1800s

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andd Becker

    History enthusiasts might enjoy stepping into the past to explore the sensationalism of 1800s newspaper reportage. Against the backdrop of gruesome murders, the author makes effective use of metacommentary. I received an advance review copy for free. I am posting this review voluntarily.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    I received a recently published digital copy for free via BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. I was expecting more commentary I suppose, and not simply reprintings of the original coverage. I also take issue with the descriptions of those murdered by Jack the Ripper and the referring to them all as prostitutes, when more recent research has indicated this is not actually the case. Whether they were or not doesn't really matter anyway, they were all brutally murdered by a monster, but con I received a recently published digital copy for free via BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. I was expecting more commentary I suppose, and not simply reprintings of the original coverage. I also take issue with the descriptions of those murdered by Jack the Ripper and the referring to them all as prostitutes, when more recent research has indicated this is not actually the case. Whether they were or not doesn't really matter anyway, they were all brutally murdered by a monster, but continuing to write inaccurate information is not helpful.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emily Ross

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received a recently published digital copy for free via BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. So, this book got off to a bad start by asking the question, is Jack the Ripper really that well known, and then proceeds to talk about Jack the Ripper and Ripper-esque killers for the next 30% of the book. The book itself did feel very much aimed towards an American audience which left me, a non-American, feeling a little alienated from the bulk of the book. That being said, truthfully, this bo I received a recently published digital copy for free via BookSirens in exchange for an honest review. So, this book got off to a bad start by asking the question, is Jack the Ripper really that well known, and then proceeds to talk about Jack the Ripper and Ripper-esque killers for the next 30% of the book. The book itself did feel very much aimed towards an American audience which left me, a non-American, feeling a little alienated from the bulk of the book. That being said, truthfully, this book is basically newspaper articles put together with the author putting half a page to a page of his own thoughts for each of the killers. It felt a little pointless reading because there was no new information on any of the cases, no new opinion from the author, no particular reason for this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    First of all, I was lucky enough to win this Kindle free read from a Goodread's give-a-way for my honest opinion. One of my favorite genres is mystery or crime, so having to read this book was a joy for me. I also read the first book in this 2 book series and probably enjoyed that book a tad more. These books include actual newspaper articles about the crimes in this book. What shocked me is that back in that time, they certainly didn't shy away from telling all the gruesome facts of the murders First of all, I was lucky enough to win this Kindle free read from a Goodread's give-a-way for my honest opinion. One of my favorite genres is mystery or crime, so having to read this book was a joy for me. I also read the first book in this 2 book series and probably enjoyed that book a tad more. These books include actual newspaper articles about the crimes in this book. What shocked me is that back in that time, they certainly didn't shy away from telling all the gruesome facts of the murders and what physically was done to the body. I enjoyed the assassination of Abe Lincoln as we visited the theater where he was shot and the house that he was carried where a doctor was called to attend to the President. This is a good read for anyone interest in history and murderers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    In this book, each story starts with a paragraph or two of commentary by the author (editor, really), followed by one or more newspaper articles from back in the day. These vintage accounts are fascinating, but they make up more than 95% of the book and they're italicized, which makes for some eye strain. I would have preferred that the author's comments appear in italics and the newspaper text appear in normal print. In this book, each story starts with a paragraph or two of commentary by the author (editor, really), followed by one or more newspaper articles from back in the day. These vintage accounts are fascinating, but they make up more than 95% of the book and they're italicized, which makes for some eye strain. I would have preferred that the author's comments appear in italics and the newspaper text appear in normal print.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

    Very interesting read about some true crimes. I wasn’t expecting to read newspaper articles that have been reproduced in the book though. I thought it would contain more of the author’s thoughts and ideas and maybe some new evidence. I do feel more knowledgeable about these crimes now. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Lierop

    History, especially Royal History, always has fascinated me very much. But murder and crime also is a part of the society, sadly. So, it was very interesting to read all these stories with a fresh look from the author. I learned many things from this book, reading it was very easy and interesting! I would recommend True Crime Chronicles to people who are interested in all aspects of history. I want to give a 5 star rating! I received an advance copy for free by BookSirens and I'm leaving this review vo History, especially Royal History, always has fascinated me very much. But murder and crime also is a part of the society, sadly. So, it was very interesting to read all these stories with a fresh look from the author. I learned many things from this book, reading it was very easy and interesting! I would recommend True Crime Chronicles to people who are interested in all aspects of history. I want to give a 5 star rating! I received an advance copy for free by BookSirens and I'm leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you for giving me this excellent reading chance!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan van der Walt

    I have received this book as an ARC from the author (through BookSirens) in exchange for an honest review. The author, Mike Rothmiller is a historian, former cop, and Army medic. This gives him the perfect background to add his insights to these true crimes from the past, using the Authors Commentary found right through the book. This is Volume 2 in the True Crime Chronicles Series and can be read as a stand-alone book. Just like Volume 1, it covers real crime stories from the 1800s. “It was a time I have received this book as an ARC from the author (through BookSirens) in exchange for an honest review. The author, Mike Rothmiller is a historian, former cop, and Army medic. This gives him the perfect background to add his insights to these true crimes from the past, using the Authors Commentary found right through the book. This is Volume 2 in the True Crime Chronicles Series and can be read as a stand-alone book. Just like Volume 1, it covers real crime stories from the 1800s. “It was a time when criminals were viewed criminals, and in most cases, justice was swift and unforgiving.” - Mike Rothmiller. True Crime Chronicles: Volume Two (Kindle Location 41). Wild Blue Press. The book contains actual reports printed in various newspapers at that time. The crimes and injuries are often described very graphically, and many expressions and terms used today will be considered as politicly incorrect or racist. These reports have been used as is, with only a comma added here and there for easier reading. The book is divided into seven sections 1. Introduction 2. Serial Killers 3. The Other “Jacks” 4. The Old West 5. The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 6. Short Crime Stories 7. Photos The section about serial killers kicks off with the notorious Jack the Ripper and includes others like Lizzie Holiday, The Texas Servant Girl Annihilator, an assassin Anna Maria Zwanziger, The Nebraska Killer, The Atlanta Ripper and The New York Ripper. Their methods vary from a physical assault like stabbing and mutilation to more indirect methods like poisoning. Many different weapons like knives and axes were used. The victims were mostly women from different races and social classes. Most serial killers were men, although the few women mostly acted out of revenge. The “Other Jacks” are killers whose methods shared similarity to those of Jack the Ripper. Although often reporters used the label of "Jack" or “Ripper” to attract the attention of the public and sell more papers. There are some interesting and puzzling crimes here like one villain who sneaked up on girls and cut their braids and two others who simply kissed or hugged them. And the weird case of Jack the Cutter who walked around with his shears to shorten their long skirts with at least three inches! Famous villains of the Old West are Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Billy the Kid, Jesse James and Tiburcio Vasques. It also details the mass execution at Mankato. The author uses selected reports to provide context and detail about The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It covers the pursuit and death of the assassin as well as the arrest and execution of his co-conspirators. I have enjoyed the Short Crime Stories most of all the sections in the book. These short pieces were used as “fillers” and in those times were just part of everyday life. It varies from civil justice, swindling, revenge, burglary, lover’s quarrels resulting in death and the case of the Deadly Blue Gum Negro. And lastly, an embalmed corpse which raised the question? Murder or a practical joke? The last section shows pictures of many of the criminals detailed in the book. This is my favourite quote from the book “and as the men were absent, the church was soon surrounded by the women, and the five burglars were caught.” - Mike Rothmiller. True Crime Chronicles: Volume Two (Kindle Locations 3575-3576). Wild Blue Press. Although many of the names are familiar to me, it was interesting to learn more about their history and crimes, and how and if, justice was served at the end. Same for those that I did not know about at all. Overall Assessment The news reports used gave an accurate and detailed description of the different cases. Although in some cases where quite a few reports were included, it did tend to become a bit repetitive. I suggest that you should not read the book in one sitting but read it one case at a time. The reason for this is first, that it contains a lot of details. Secondly, the writing style used during that time can be quite difficult to read because of the long sentences and little punctuation used. Bottomline I would recommend the book to those interested in history and true crimes from the past. Trigger Warning: Death, Violence, Rape, Abuse, Suicide, Sex, and Profanity

  9. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    I received a copy of this for free. This book is put together by a former LAPD detective, and mainly consists of newspaper articles about crimes in the 1800s. The first 100 pages are about serial killers, and about the first 50 are about Jack the Ripper, of course. Then you have a small section called ''The other Jacks'', which kind of provided a little ''comic relief'' if you can even say that, since they didn't actually murder people. The second big part is about the old West. Not quite my thing I received a copy of this for free. This book is put together by a former LAPD detective, and mainly consists of newspaper articles about crimes in the 1800s. The first 100 pages are about serial killers, and about the first 50 are about Jack the Ripper, of course. Then you have a small section called ''The other Jacks'', which kind of provided a little ''comic relief'' if you can even say that, since they didn't actually murder people. The second big part is about the old West. Not quite my thing, but I'm sure many are interested in that. Then there's a little section about President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, and some short stories. The very end features photos of the people talked about in the book, but I wish they were put in their respective sections. Like many others (especially here in Scandinavia where crime is scarce), I have a morbid fascination with true crime. You should see my youtube history of ''bedtime stories''! I am also fascinated by the victorian era. So Jack the Ripper and other serial killers would be right up my alley. Now, you might be thinking that ''newspaper clippings'' would be quite boring to read. Well let me tell you, journalism in that era was definitely something else! The language is beautiful, and they don't spare any detail. It's like they were investigating these crimes themselves. One article can take up several pages. They can be a little heavy at times, and if you're not used to reading the language from back then, you will probably find it heavy. But I still recommend it for those who are interested in this!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joanna E.Lopez

    A good interesting read This book is perfect for fans who listen to the True Crime podcasts or devour the True Crime books. It takes the reader on a journey of true crimes, killers, and murderers throughout the centuries, including the most famous of them all. Jack the Ripper. This book leads you to the headlines and newspaper clippings of the most notorious killer from his first victim to his last; to the exasperating fact, he was never found or caught. It is a sobering read. It left me kind of A good interesting read This book is perfect for fans who listen to the True Crime podcasts or devour the True Crime books. It takes the reader on a journey of true crimes, killers, and murderers throughout the centuries, including the most famous of them all. Jack the Ripper. This book leads you to the headlines and newspaper clippings of the most notorious killer from his first victim to his last; to the exasperating fact, he was never found or caught. It is a sobering read. It left me kind of shaken b/c the murders are very descriptive and vivid. You feel as if you are inside the room with the policeman when they find the victim. The writing is good and it kept my attention even though I am not really a fan of this kind of book. I did like the fact that they were actual newspaper clippings. You can smell, feel, taste, the past in the words they use to tell the story. The language of the time is shocking. I had to remind myself there was no such thing as political correctness back then so I had to turn off my 21st Century brain and attitudes. Lol. Anyway, I chose it for a change of pace from the romances I read. Lol. I’m glad I did. This is the first time I've read this author and not be my last. I hope to get my hands on volume one. I received a complimentary ARC copy from Booksirens.com. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Devon

    I enjoyed it! There’s nothing more exciting than delving into a bunch of old newspaper articles about crimes from decades or over a century ago. It’s nice to be able to hear from people who lived through it, and I’m also a big fan of how very obviously biased reporters were toward their subjects. I understand that can be both good and bad, but it just makes the writing infinitely more human than a sanitised and clinical report of murder done today. I also enjoyed the author left in the errors fr I enjoyed it! There’s nothing more exciting than delving into a bunch of old newspaper articles about crimes from decades or over a century ago. It’s nice to be able to hear from people who lived through it, and I’m also a big fan of how very obviously biased reporters were toward their subjects. I understand that can be both good and bad, but it just makes the writing infinitely more human than a sanitised and clinical report of murder done today. I also enjoyed the author left in the errors from the day and the language used, too. History is history, man. We can’t escape it, but we can reflect and learn from it. Finally, I also liked that many of the stories involved people who aren’t well-known, sensationalist figures. (Admittedly, though, my interest was piqued seeing Wilkes on the cover as I do so love theatre history and the Booths are a special interest of mine.) Maybe one thing that could serve this writer better in the future—should he do a third volume of these stories—is a little more of his own commentary, at least with some of the cases. I received a digital copy of this book from BookSirens with the stipulation I leave an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darren Bourn

    I received a recently published digital copy for free from the author and BookSirens.com and am leaving this fair and honest review volunatrily. I was expecting more commentary from the author I suppose, and not simply a re-print of the original coverage. Now keep in mind, some of the original coverage is interesting but I would like a more modern take on some of these stories/investigations (I mean, these happened over 100 years ago so there has to be some new takes on the old news). I was impres I received a recently published digital copy for free from the author and BookSirens.com and am leaving this fair and honest review volunatrily. I was expecting more commentary from the author I suppose, and not simply a re-print of the original coverage. Now keep in mind, some of the original coverage is interesting but I would like a more modern take on some of these stories/investigations (I mean, these happened over 100 years ago so there has to be some new takes on the old news). I was impressed with some of the coverage of Billy the Kid and Jesse James (Jack the Ripper, not so much). The coverage of the Lincoln assassination was interesting as well. The "Filler" pieces that the author included were just that - "Filler" (a collage of one or two paragraph pieces from some newspaper or another). On a scale of five stars, this book rates a solid three stars (my thinking is more commentary would have been have been beneficial). As with all reviews, this is just my five cents worth.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janalyn Prude

    All my favorite genres start with historical but my all-time favorite genre is historical crime I love it! This is the second book in The True Crime Chronicle series. It’s a Book I didn’t no was coming out, but I am so glad it did.From serial killers to lynchings the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to the wild west, but my favorite chapter was the one on short news stories. I really think this author brings a fresh look at all crimes and it’s one I thoroughly enjoyed and wish I could’ve given i All my favorite genres start with historical but my all-time favorite genre is historical crime I love it! This is the second book in The True Crime Chronicle series. It’s a Book I didn’t no was coming out, but I am so glad it did.From serial killers to lynchings the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to the wild west, but my favorite chapter was the one on short news stories. I really think this author brings a fresh look at all crimes and it’s one I thoroughly enjoyed and wish I could’ve given it more than five stars. I highly recommend this book if you like true crime and especially historical true crime the new absolutely love this book. I received this book from book sirens and I am leaving this review absolutely voluntarily. I loved this book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Randolph A Rossi

    The Criminals of the 1800’s Compare Favorably With Today’s Criminals This book like Volume One does a very good job in presenting many different types of criminals. The section on the other Jacks that depicted a Kissing Jack and others was very entertaining. I had previously read about the assassination of President Lincoln but the articles about the assassins really shed light on their emotions as they were to be executed. Overall it was a very illuminating book that I highly recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Mike Rothmiller and the contemporary newspaper articles he chose for True Crime Chronicles, Volume Two kept my interest throughout. Whether I had knowledge about the criminals or had never heard of them, I learned something from each set of articles. In some cases, I discovered a lot. In all, it was a fun read. I recommend the book. This was an Advanced Review Copy that I was able to read for free. The above review is made voluntarily and honestly reflects my opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I was expecting a bit more, perhaps my expectations were too high. Pro’s Nice mix of assorted killers from the 1800’s Text from newspapers Con’s No insights or particularly helpful commentary Could benefit from actual images of the newspapers referenced I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ltlmer2

    Very interesting read for fans of the macabre. Nicely compiled. A bit dry due to the nature of the info, but lots of detail. I found the lesser known cases to be especially intriguing. I received an advance copy for free and am leaving this review voluntarily.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Casey Bates

    I couldn't put this book down , tons of stories I've never heard of some I have . I enjoyed this book . Avid true crime readers won't want to miss. I am going to purchase both volumes. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily I couldn't put this book down , tons of stories I've never heard of some I have . I enjoyed this book . Avid true crime readers won't want to miss. I am going to purchase both volumes. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    It was an interesting read. There was some redundancy and of course spelling errors as the author used articles from the past. I wish I would have read volume one first however I got the opportunity to read the second. I got this book from BookSirens and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne Catalioti

    Very interesting book. I learned some facts I never knew/ or forgot about Lincoln's murder. Looking forward to getting book one. Very interesting book. I learned some facts I never knew/ or forgot about Lincoln's murder. Looking forward to getting book one.

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