THE YEAR WE DISAPPEARED by Cylin Busby
A memoir with alternating POVs, that of then-9-year-old Cylin and her then-30-something father, John, the story depicts the attempted murder of John, a Massachusetts cop targeted by a local mobster. In the aftermath of the disfiguring, heartbreaking crime, Cylin’s family is forced to flee the state.
KATIE.COM by Katherine Tarbox
This internationally best-selling memoir, originally published in 2000 under the name Katie.com, chronicles the author’s disturbing experience with an online relationship. Her “internet boyfriend” turns out to be a much older man who assaults her in a hotel room when they first meet up.
HOLE IN MY LIFE by Jack Gantos
Prolific, Printz Award–winning author Jack Gantos turns to true events in his own youth for this tale about dealing drugs and winding up in prison. Serving time alters his life trajectory and sparks his writing career.
GUYS READ: TRUE STORIES by Jon Scieszka
This anthology series features “ten stories that are 100% adventurous, 100% unbelievable—and 100% true,” including tales of tarantula hunting and shipwreck captivity. Editor Scieszka was the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, so while the stories don’t only depict young adults/crime, they have been specifically selected and written to appeal to young adults.
Disclaimer: Some of these are located in Adult Nonfiction.
COLUMBINE by Dave Cullen
Ten years in the making and a masterpiece of reportage, "Columbine" is an award-winning journalist's definitive account of one of the most shocking massacres in American history.
THE MEANING OF MATTHEW by Judy Shepard
Describes the author's struggle to cope with the loss of her son, discussing first-hand the days immediately following his murder in 1998, including the incredible response from strangers, navigating the legal system, and why she became a gay rights activist.
THE NAZI HUNTERS by Neal Bascomb
Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.
IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote
An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.
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THE BORDEN MURDERS by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
Examines the Borden murders, using newspaper articles to recreate the events and the trial and acquittal of Lizzie Borden and exploring Lizzie's story to theorize on what may have happened.