5 Classic Tales Every True Crime Fan Should Know
Authors and filmmakers have been exploiting other people’s tragedy for…well, forever. Truth was stranger than fiction back in the day, too.
Fritz Lang’s cinematic masterpiece — inspired by serial killer Peter Kürten, who he spent eight days with in a mental institution for “research” — is still studied by criminology students today.
The Wrong Man (1956)
This atypical Alfred Hitchcock flick — based on the true story of Christopher Emmanuel, who was falsely accused of murder — set the style for your favourite procedurals. Law & Order before Dick Wolf.
In Cold Blood (1965)
Truman Capote’s account of a quadruple family homicide in Kansas marked the birth of narrative-driven nonfiction (and noteless journalism).
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
This film is about Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the notorious outlaw couple who captivated the minds of Depression-era America — and, unfortunately, Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
Helter Skelter (1976)
In his book, Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor at Charles Manson’s trial, told all about the murder case that rocked mid-century Hollywood (and ruined a Beatles song).