Book Review – 100 Most Infamous Criminals by Jo Durden Smith

First published, 2007

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Guess who’s researching for a book…

In this brilliantly concise guide, each of a hundred criminals gets a few pages explaining their background, their crimes, and the consequences of them. The book is only 281 pages long, according to Amazon, so there’s no flowery language or padding here. It’s just the facts, crisply written.

Of course, I agree entirely that we should spend more time on the victims of crimes and remember their names, not those of their monsters. Fact is, sometimes a name that’s sort of half familiar crops up in conversation, or in some pop culture reference on an animated show and you wonder why that’s ringing a bell.

This is the book for those situations. From Mafia men, to Bundy, Gacy, and Manson, to Sutcliffe, Jack the Ripper, Lord Lucan, and Harold Shipman, to less well-known but equally frightening people throughout history, this is an excellent reference, thoroughly researched and well written.