Thursday, April 26, 2018
Murderess on the Loose: The 1922 Hammer Wrath of Clara Phillips , New Historical True Crime Short, by R. Barri Flowers
From award-winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers and bestselling author of Murder During the Chicago World’s Fair, Murder of the Doctor’s Wife, Murder at the Pencil Factory, and The Pickaxe Killers, comes the gripping historical true crime short, Murderess on the Loose: The 1922 Hammer Wrath of Clara Phillips.
On the evening of Wednesday, July 12, 1922, Los Angeles, California, was the scene of a shocking and deadly assault. The victim was an attractive twenty-one-year-old widow named Alberta Meadows. Her death came as the result of a vicious hammer and boulder attack on a twisting dirt road at the bottom of a hill in the subdivision of Montecito Heights on the city’s northeast side.
The violent act was perpetrated by a romantic rival named Clara Phillips, who lured the unsuspecting victim to the unlikely crime scene. The twenty-three-year-old murderesses’ actions were spurred by jealous rage as Mrs. Meadows was the mistress of Clara’s husband, Armour Phllips, an oil stock salesman who was three years her senior.
The heinous crime was witnessed by Peggy Caffee, a friend, who was too frightened to lift a finger to stop the attack. Afterward, Clara and Peggy fled the murder scene in the victim’s brand-new Ford automobile. Surprisingly, the killer’s husband Armour came to her aide in ditching the vehicle and fleeing Los Angeles by train, before self-preservation kicked in and he reconsidered his own actions after the fact, alerting authorities as to her whereabouts, leading to an arrest.
Clara Phillips was given the moniker, “Tiger Woman,” by the overzealous L.A. press of the day after a police detective on the case suggested that Alberta Meadows looked like “she had been mauled by a tiger.”
But Clara didn’t go away quietly, proving to be not only a cold-hearted killer, but a fabricator and masterful escape artist before justice for the victim finally had a chance to be served in what proved to be one the 20th century’s most disturbing acts of homicidal violence.
Included are bonus excerpts of R. Barri Flowers’ bestselling historical true crime book, The Dreadful Acts of Jack the Ripper and Other True Tales of Serial Murder and Prostitutes, and historical true crime shorts, The Pickaxe Killers, Murder at the Pencil Factory, Murder of the Doctor’s Wife, and Murder During the Chicago World’s Fair.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
From R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and bestselling author of Murder During the Chicago World’s Fair, Murder at the Pencil Factory, and Murder of the Banker’s Daughter, comes the riveting historical true crime short, Murder of the Doctor’s Wife: The 1867 Crimes of Bridget Durgan.
On the evening of Monday, February 25, 1867, Mary Ellen Coriell was brutally murdered at her home in Newmarket, New Jersey. The cold-blooded nature of the murder was shocking enough for residents of the town and elsewhere, but even more disturbing was that the culprit turned out to be the victim’s housemaid, an attractive young Irishwoman named Bridget Durgan. The circumstances surrounding the murder--including jealousy, obsession, and delusion--were as old as time itself. The crime would come at a very steep price for the murderess who would be executed for the heinous act.
The death of Mary Ellen Coriell also weighed heavily on the object of Bridget’s affections, the heartbroken victim’s husband, Dr. William Coriell, who would be left to care for the couple’s young daughter alone. The unspeakable tragedy would also be felt throughout the community for many years to come.
The sad tale of Mary Ellen Coriell's untimely demise at the hands of someone she trusted and was ultimately betrayed by is a must for students of history, true crime, and homicide.
A complete bonus story, Murder of the French Lover, chronicles the May 21, 1892, scandalous murder of Madame Lassimonne in Paris, France, by romantic rival, Claire Reymond, and its stunning outcome.
Other bonus material include excerpts from R. Barri Flowers' bestselling true crime shorts, Murder During the Chicago World’s Fair, Dead at the Saddleworth Moor, Missing or Murdered, and an excerpt from the author’s true crime book, Serial Killers and Prostitutes.
Murder of the Doctor’s Wife is available in eBook, print, and audio from Amazon, Audible, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and other booksellers.
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Monday, March 6, 2017
R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and bestselling author of Serial Killers & Prostitutes and The Sex Slave Murders, brings together six of his best previously published true crime stories in this captivating third volume of Murder and Menace: Riveting True Crime Tales.
Murder of the Banker's Daughter: The Killing of Marion Parker tells the tragic story of a child's abduction in Los Angeles in 1927, her brutal murder, and the intense manhunt for and capture of a young and elusive killer.
Murder in Calaveras County: The Horrific Tale of Serial Killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng recounts the vicious crimes of the deadly pair in in Calaveras County, California, during the mid-1980s, including kidnapping, rape, torture, and videotaping their murdered victims.
The Xerox Repairman Mass Killer: The Story of Byran Koji Uyesugi is the disturbing tale of Honolulu, Hawaii's worst mass murder as a disgruntled employee opened fire on coworkers in a tragic case of workplace violence that reverberated around the country.
The "Sinful" and "Folsom Wolf" Killers: The Tale of James Marlow and Cynthia Coffman relives the cross-country rape, robbery, and killing spree of a career criminal and white supremacist and a troubled woman before their terror came to an end.
Murder in Mission Hill: The Tale of Carol Stuart and Charles Stuart is the heartbreaking story of a pregnant Boston lawyer's untimely death, uxoricide, use of the race card to mislead authorities, and the unraveling of the murder mystery to a shocking conclusion.
The Boney and Claude Murders: The Serial Crimes of Alvin Neelley and Judith Ann Neelley tells the twisted story of a serial killer couple who likened themselves to Bonnie and Clyde in the modern era as they tortured and murdered their victims till justice was served.
Included is a bonus excerpt from the historical true crime reference book, Murders in the United States: Crimes, Killers and Victims of the Twentieth Century, by R. Barri and H. Loraine Flowers.
Other bonus excerpts include the bestselling crime thriller novel, Before He Kills Again, and the psychological thriller novel, Killer in The Woods, by R. Barri Flowers.
A bonus short story mystery thriller, Kill and Say Goodbye, is also included with the collection.
Available in Kindle, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, Google, and Smashwords.
Be sure to read as well the first two gripping volumes of Murder and Menace: Riveting True Crime Tales, available in eBook, print, and audio.
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R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and the bestselling author of Serial Killers & Prostitutes and The Sex Slave Murders, brings together seven of his best previously published true crime stories in this captivating second volume of Murder and Menace: Riveting True Crime Tales.
Mass Murder in the Sky: The Bombing of Flight 629 tells the unbelievable and horrifying tale for all aboard a United Air Lines plane in 1955 when an act of vengeance by a ruthless and unlikely killer is carried out.
Killers of the Lonely Hearts: The Tale of Serial Killers Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck is the gripping story of sex, jealousy, and preying on lonely women by murderous con artist lovers during the 1940s and the ultimate price they paid.
Murder of a Star Quarterback: The Tragic Tale of Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi tells the riveting story of an NFL sports legend, his young mistress, jealousy, money, and desperation that spins dangerously out of control in Nashville, leading to deadly results.
Murder on Cromwell Street: The Chilling Story of Serial Killers Fred and Rosemary West chronicles the twisted lives of Britain's most infamous serial killer couple and the horrors they inflicted upon their young female captives, including bondage and murder, over two decades before the terror finally came to an end.
The Gold Special Train Robbery: Deadly Crimes of the D'Autremont Brothers tells the harrowing story of a daring robbery by determined siblings in search of gold on the Southern Pacific Railroad Express Train bound for San Francisco in 1923 that ended in murder and mayhem.
The Most Wanted Killers: The Serial Crimes of Alton Coleman and Debra Denise Brown relives the frightening rape, robbery, and murder spree by an African American serial killer couple over a two month stretch, while making the FBI's Most Wanted List.
Murder in Bellevue: The Killing of Alan and Diane Johnson tells the horrific tale of an Idaho couple who were gunned down in their own home in a shocking and unforgettable case of family violence that turned deadly.
Also included is a bonus excerpt from the author's bestselling true crime book, The Sex Slave Murders: The True Story of Serial Killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego, a deadly married couple who preyed upon teenage girls and young women to fulfill perverted sex slave fantasies.
Other bonus excerpts include, Dead in Kihei, from the Eddie Naku Maui Mystery series and a noir mystery short story, The Wrong End of a Gun, by R. Barri Flowers.
Available in Kindle, iTunes, Nook, Google, Smashwords, and Kobo.
Also available are Murder and Menace: Riveting True Crime Tales, Vol 1 and 3.
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Murder During the Chicago World's Fair: The Killing of Little Emma Werner (A Historical True Crime Short)
From R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and bestselling author of Murder at the Pencil Factory and Murder of the Banker's Daughter comes the powerful historical true crime short, Murder During the Chicago World's Fair: The Killing of Little Emma Werner.
On Tuesday, May 9, 1893, seven-year-old Emma Werner was the victim of a brutal and lethal attack in Chicago, Illinois. The dreadful murder came at the start of the city's much ballyhooed 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair. It coincided with the heinous crimes of ruthless serial killer Herman Webster Mudgett, who built a hotel called the World's Fair Hotel to house and profit from the Fair visitors needing a place to stay. The hotel was a death trap for unsuspecting, mostly female, guests and employees alike.
Emma’s killer was twenty-one-year-old George Craig, who worked as a painter at the World's Fair. By the time the Fair was over, the mayor of Chicago, Carter Harrison, would be assassinated by Patrick Eugene Prendergast, a disgruntled newspaper worker. And before the shocking final disposition to the murder of Emma Werner could come to pass nearly four years later, Craig and Prendergast would cross paths in jail, Mudgett and Prendergast would be executed, and Craig would be set free in what many saw as an unbelievable miscarriage of justice and misguided sense of compassion for the cold-blooded child killer.
The tragic tale of Emma Werner’s short life and its chilling convergence with other tragedies against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair is revealed in the pages of this historical trip down memory lane.
Included are bonus excerpts of R. Barri Flowers' bestselling true crime shorts, Murder at the Pencil Factory, Murder of the Banker's Daughter, and The Pickaxe Killers.
Murder During the Chicago World's Fair: The Killing of Little Emma Werner is available in Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Google Play, kobo, and Smashwords.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and the bestselling author of Serial Killers & Prostitutes and The Sex Slave Murders, brings together seven of his best previously published true crime stories in a single volume for the first time in this gripping collection:
Murder and Menace: Riveting True Crime Tales (Vol. 1)
Murder at the Pencil Factory: The Killing of Mary Phagan is a more than a century old tale of child murder, anti-Semitism, racism, and mob violence.
Dead at the Saddleworth Moor: The Crimes of Serial Killers Ian Brady & Myra Hindley tells the shocking story of dark fantasies, pornography, rape, and murder in Northern England.
The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family's Nightmare is the harrowing real life tale of a mass family murder, by one of their own, in Amityville, New York.
Missing or Murdered: The Disappearance of Agnes Tufverson is a puzzling historical mystery involving an attractive New York attorney and her husband, who was a Yugoslav army captain, and a ship bound for Europe but missing a passenger.
The Scarborough Rapist: The Vile Crimes of Killers Paul Bernardo & Karla Homolka tells the disturbing tale of a Canadian serial killer couple, rape, and sibling murder.
The Pickaxe Killers: The Chilling Tale of Karla Faye Tucker & Daniel Garrett is a frightening story of how vengeance and drug use led to a vicious double murder in Houston, Texas.
The Sunset Strip Killers: The Story of Douglas Clark & Carol Mary Bundy is a dark tale of fantasies, prostitution, kidnapping, and serial murder in Hollywood, California.
Also included is a bonus excerpt from the author's bestselling true crime book, Serial Killers and Prostitutes, which includes tales on such killers as Jack the Ripper, the Edmonton Serial Killer, Aileen Wuornos, and Kendall Francois.
A second bonus is the complete mystery short story, Target of a Killer, that readers are sure to find riveting.
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Thursday, December 29, 2016
New True Crime Audiobook just released today by RJ Parker Publishing, Inc.and R Barri Flowers. Available on Amazon, iTunes and Audible.
Serial Killers and Prostitutes, by award-winning criminologist and Ripperologist R. Barri Flowers, taps into the best-selling author's expertise on serial murderers and sex trade workers in offering an in-depth look at four noteworthy cases in which the two worlds collide.
Jack the Ripper, the unidentified Victorian serial killer of at least five prostitutes in the dangerous section of London, known as Whitechapel, in 1888. The Ripper, who slashed and horribly mutilated his sex worker victims, set the tone for diabolical, vicious serial slayers to follow for all time.
Aileen Wuornos was a white American prostitute, who doubled as a serial killer in murdering seven johns in Florida between 1989 and 1990. She claimed they tried to or succeeded in raping her during the course of prostituting herself. In the process, Wuornos ended up being apropos for this book as a sex worker and serial predator.
Kendall Francois was an African American serial killer, dubbed the "Poughkeepsie Killer," who strangled to death eight streetwalker prostitutes in Poughkeepsie, New York, between 1996 and 1998. Francois used his own residence as a horrifying house of homicides and burial ground.
The Edmonton Serial Killer represented one or more mostly unidentified serial killers who targeted and murdered dozens of prostitutes in the city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, between the mid-1970s and the early 2000s, and possibly beyond that. The sex trade worker victims were often picked up in the city's red-light district, murdered, and dumped in various killing fields in rural areas around Edmonton.