1. “The mysterious story of Billy Milligan,” Daniel Kies
Billy Milligan is the first person in US history who was found not guilty of committing crimes because of a dissociative identity disorder: 24 people lived in it. Daniel Kiz’s book is a documentary novel that faithfully expounds Milligan’s story. If you are fascinated by the biographies of mentally ill people, the nature and symptoms of their diseases, you will also like Billy Milligan’s Mysterious History.
2. The Zodiac, Robert Graysmith
“Zodiac” – perhaps the most famous serial killer, whose identity has not yet been established. He became famous not only for crimes, but also for interaction with the media and the police. The Zodiac sent letters with ciphers to newspapers with the requirement to publish them on the front pages and was always one step ahead of the investigators.
Robert Graysmith, a cartoonist from the San Francisco Chronicle, for 13 years, was obsessed with a secret maniac. In the book, he published the results of his investigation and offered his own view of the identity of the murderer.
3. “American tragedy”, Theodore Dreiser
The instructive story of Clyde Griffiths, who from his youth dreamed of a luxurious life and a place in a secular society. The obsession with this dream brought the hero to the crime.
The plot is based on the murder in 1906 by Chester Gillett of his girlfriend Grace Brown. Gillette’s story is just one of such precedents (there were about 15 of them all) that inspired Theodore Dreiser to write the American Tragedy.
4. Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
An autobiographical novel by Gregory David Roberts, a former drug addict and robber who escaped from an Australian prison. Once in Bombay, the hero quickly gets acquainted in criminal circles, engaged in smuggling and arms trade and soon becomes a weighty figure in the Indian mafia.
Roberts’s amazing story has a happy ending: Gregory is now a law-abiding citizen, reunited with his family.
5. “Lust for life”, Irving Stone
Irving Stone’s novel about the life of the famous Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. The author investigated the correspondences of the artist with his brother Theo, which allowed to reliably recreate the history of the creation of “Potato Eaters”, “Sunflowers” and other paintings, as well as a biography of a genius who had fallen into insanity and committed suicide at the age of 37.
6. “Catch Me If You Can”, Frank William Abingale
The autobiography of Frank Abigneyl, who crossed the law line at the age of 16. Hiding from law enforcement agencies, he forged documents and successfully performed the role of a pilot, lawyer or doctor. The experience of fraud also helped Abigney to earn his first legal million.
“Catch Me If You Can” tells an amazing adventurer’s story, which, it seems, can emerge victorious from any situation.
7. “The Pass of Dyatlov, or the Mystery of the Nine,” Anna Matveeva
The death of the Djatlov group in the mountains of the Northern Urals is a terrible and mysterious story, the decisive role in which is attributed either to the military or to the aliens. Anna Matveeva in her story leads the narrative on behalf of the girl who is investigating the secrets of the Dyatlov Pass. The book contains a number of facts about the tragedy. The author also offers 16 possible reasons for the death of the tour group, simultaneously assessing their probability.
8. “In thin air,” John Krakauer
Again a tragedy, again a mountain. This time John Krakauer talks about the death of climbers during the ascent to Everest on May 11, 1996, when eight members of the expedition died as a result of bad weather and bad preparation. Kracauer did not restore the chronology of events on the archives – he himself was a member of the tour group.
Each of the survivors tells the story of this tragedy in their own way. “In thin air” is probably the most popular version of the development of events.