Crimes of the Centuries: The Cases That Changed Us

Union Square. Jan. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9781454949107. $29.99. CRIME
Award-winning Cincinnati Enquirer investigative reporter Hunt (coauthor, Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes) investigates 25 cases that range from the Salem witch trials of the 17th century to the Chicago Tylenol poisoning murders of 1982. Her crisp prose highlights the details of each crime and its accompanying trial, interspersed with illustrations of sites, people, and documents pertaining to each case. At the end of every case is a “Legal Legacy” sidebar that illuminates the ways in which its precedent affected American jurisprudence. Readers will likely learn something new about cases they thought they previously understood and may be startled to learn about crimes they haven’t heard of before that have impacted the way the justice system works.
VERDICT Fans of true crime will enjoy this collection of tales from the annals of American justice; they will surely come away eager to learn more about the crimes that have meaningfully shaped the judicial system.
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