Murder Maps USA

Crime Scenes Revisited, Bloodstains to Ballistics


A compendium of killing that plots the most remarkable American homicides between the Civil War and Second World War onto maps and plans, alongside crime scene photographs and compelling expert analysis


ISBN: 9780500252598 Category:

Adam Selzer


The most sensational and intriguing murders from across the USA are re-examined in this disquieting volume, which introduces readers to the most lethal killers from every state. Spanning the period from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Second World War, these are homicides from a seminal period of American criminal history, an era that saw the formation of the first state police agency, the first murderer convicted using fingerprints and the birth of the FBI laboratory.

Every murder case is accompanied by an elegant contemporary map or bespoke floorplan on which the precise movements of both killer and victim are meticulously plotted, offering unrivalled insight into the vital components of the crime. The macabre picture is completed with early mugshots and unnerving crime scene photographs, bringing to life bloodsoaked Wild West saloons, inner city ganglands and the deadly machinations behind famous assassinations.

The killers featured range from the ‘Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run’, who attacked and dismembered his victims in Cleveland’s most unsavoury suburb, to the black widow Belle Gunness, who lured numerous victims to her Illinois farm, and from the infamous Texan bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde to the devious Petrillo cousins in Philadelphia and their contract killing service.

Crime expert Adam Selzer illuminates the details of each case, recounting both the outrageous details of the crimes themselves and the ingenious detective work and breakthrough forensics that solved them. His bloodthirsty tour of America’s criminal underworld uncovers the ruthless scheming of murderers both infamous and little-known, providing a hair-raising anthology to appeal to anyone with a taste for murder.

With 764 illustrations in colour

Additional information

Weight 837 g
Dimensions 18.5 x 26.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 14 October 2021
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Dimensions 18.5 x 26.4 cm
Weight 837 g


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Adam Selzer is an author and researcher specializing in the secret side of history, rescuing long-lost stories from microfilm reels, tracing urban legends to their sources and uncovering the criminal underworld. He has been a tour guide in New York and Chicago, and has written over twenty books. Titles include multiple works of crime history, including H. H. Holmes: The True Story of the Devil in the White City, Mysterious Chicago and The Ghosts of Chicago.