The Annals of Unsolved Crime

By Edward Jay Epstein
(Melville House Publishing, Hardcover, 9781612190488, 347pp.)

Publication Date: February 15, 2013

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One of America's most acclaimed investigative journalists re-investigates some of the most notorious and mysterious crimes of the last 200 years
The beloved head of the UN dies in a tragic plane crash . . . witnesses unearthed years later suggest it wasn't an accident. Theories behind the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe change yearly, and some believe Jack the Ripper was a member of the royal family. History books say Hitler burned down the Reichstag--but did he? And who really organized the conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln?
Acclaimed investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein cut his teeth on one of the most notorious murder mysteries of the 20th century in his first book, "Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth," one of the first books on the assassination and an instant bestseller. His conclusion? The Commission left open too many questions.
He examines those questions here, as well as some of the most famous "unsolved" or mysterious crimes of all time, coming to some startling conclusions. His method in each investigation is simple: outline what is known and unknown, and show the plausible theories of a case. Where more than one theory exists, he shows the evidence for and against each. And when something remains to be proved, he says as much.
In "The Annals of Unsolved Crime," Epstein re-visits his most famous investigations and adds dozens of new cases. From the Lindbergh kidnapping to the JonBenet Ramsey murder case, from the Black Dahlia murder to anthrax attacks on America, from the vanishing of Jimmy Hoffa to the case of Amanda Knox--Epstein considers three dozen high-profile crimes and their tangled histories and again proves himself one of our most penetrating journalists.

About the Author
Edward Jay Epstein is the author of 15 books, eight of which have been excerpted in the New Yorker, Atlantic, and Sunday Times of London. He received his PhD from Harvard after receiving his master's degree in government from Cornell. His master's thesis on the search for political truth became the best-selling book Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth.. His doctoral dissertation on television news was published as News From Nowhere. He is the recipient of numerous foundation grants and awards, including the prestigious Financial Times/ Booz Allen prize for both best biography and best business book for Dossier: The Secret History of Armand Hammer.
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