The Crime Buffs Guide to Outlaw Washington D.C. by Ron Franscell (September 2012)

Publication Date:
September 2012
Globe Pequot Press

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On September 10, 2012
Last modified:September 10, 2012


Short crime summaries, organized with GPS coordinators for those who wish to visit (where available) in an easy-to-follow format. I don't just like it, I LOVE it!

The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw DC by Ron Franscell
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Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia. As the murder capital of America, it’s no surprise many Americans have played on D.C. initials and refer to it as the “District of Crime.”

D.C. is a cesspool of criminal activity and it’s not all occurring on the “The Hill” as evidenced in the newest release from award winning author Ron Franscell, The Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw D.C.

Readers begin their journey at the former St. John’s Orphanage where sadistic child serial killer Albert Fish was abandoned by his mother at five years old, through the sites which played a role in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, then traveling the Maryland area to the “bad boy of baseball” Babe Ruth’s birth home and the present-day housing of the miniature Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death and, last but not least, weaving among the graves of those buried at Arlington Cemetery.

From historical to contemporary crimes, Franscell covers it all his thorough and well-organized book which can serve as entertaining reading for the crime buff and/or act as a tour guide for your next trip to the nation’s capital. Each featured site is accompanied by a brief summary of it’s importance and provides GPS coordinates so that arrival is as easy as the press of a few buttons.

But the best part, in my opinion, is the writing isn’t your text-book, cut-and-dried recounting in other “travel guides” but the bits of humor sprinkled among facts otherwise mundane.

“In September 1989, President George H.W. Bush…displayed a baggie of crack cocaine that had been bought across the street from the White House…Agents later revealed that the setup was harder than you might think: The crack dealer didn’t know where the White House was. – page 21

I loved the last two Crime Buff’s Guides and now I’m adding one more to my list of all-time favorites. The Crime Buff’s Guide to Outlaw Washington, D.C. has earned a spot on my bookshelf.

A unique, double-purpose book – what’s not to love? Don’t miss the adventure!

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