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  • Big Book of Missouri Ghost Stories, The (Big Book of Ghost Stories)
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 0811711498 (0-8117-1149-8)
    Hardcover, Stackpole Books

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    The Show Me State's creepiest accounts of ghosts and hauntings, including . . .

  • St. Louis's most haunted house, the Lemp Mansion
  • The smiling ghost of Meramec Caverns
  • Mysterious spirits of the Young Brothers Massacre
  • Hannibal's haunted Rockcliffe Mansion
  • Hornet Spook Light near Joplin
  • Spirits at the family farm of Jesse James
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  • Bloody Chicago
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523485 (1-892523-48-5)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    The "Dead Men Do Tell Tales" saga begins with the first book in the series by Troy Taylor and reveals the dark and crime-ridden history of Chicago! Join the author for a look at how the crime, violence and death of yesterday have created the hauntings of today in what has been called "the most haunted city in America"! This page-turning thriller delves into Chicago's tales of crime, corruption, violence and bloody murder, from the days of gangland violence to the most perplexing unsolved mysteries in the city, and presents a unique perspective on the origins of Chicago's many ghost stories and unsettling legends. Discover the bloodcurdling events that have spawned some of Chicago's greatest ghost stories, including: Torso Murders & Unsolved Crime, the House of Weird Death, Marshall Field Jr. Mystery, Chicago's Jack the Ripper, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Legend & Lore of John Dillinger, Murder Castle of H.H. Holmes, Sausage Factory Murders, Ghosts of the "Ragged Stranger" Case, Leopold & Loeb, Grimes Sisters Murders, Ghosts of Wolf Lake and Much More!

  • Confessions of a Ghost Hunter
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523280 (1-892523-28-0)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    Author and real life ghost researcher Troy Taylor brought his years of experience with the paranormal to readers with his best selling manual, The Ghost Hunters Guidebook. But how did he compile that information and what experiences did he base his research on? Those questions are now answered in this account of the authors lifelong fascination with the unexplained!

    This unsettling book chronicles Taylors adventures, and misadventures, with paranormal research, recounting his own personal experiences with ghosts, hauntings, haunted houses and more. Youll find the stories to be compelling, often humorous and sometimes chilling as Taylor recalls his first paranormal investigation, his trips to famous haunted places, his experiences with witnesses, houses that werent haunted, and real ghosts! In addition to Taylors accounts of his own experiences, each chapter includes new information on conducting your own investigations with new insights, theories and ideas on how best to track down authentic evidence of ghosts! Its a strange and amazing journey and one that no ghost enthusiast will want to miss!

  • The Devil Came to St. Louis
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523469 (1-892523-46-9)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    According to legend, the most famous exorcism in American history occurred in St. Louis in 1949, creating a mystery that continues to endure to this day. But what really happened in this enigmatic case? How much of the mysterious story that has been told over the years is truth and how much fiction? Author Troy Taylor, who has examined many cases of ghosts and the unexplained over the years, has spent more than 10 years researching the facts behind this chilling story --- searching through old records, visiting the sites associated with the exorcism and even interviewing the last remaining witnesses to the strange events. This book now reveals the results of his work, unveiling the true facts behind what occurred in St. Louis in 1949 and allowing the reader to judge for himself whether the victim in the case, "Robbie Doe", was really possessed by demons or not. This eye-opening and horrifying book is not for the faint of heart and is liable to have you sleeping with the lights on long after you have closed it pages for the final time!

  • Taylor, Troy: Down in the Darkness
    Down in the Darkness
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523310 (1-892523-31-0)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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  • Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters, EGP42001
    by Engine Publishing, Martin Ralya, John Arcadian, Patrick Benson, Walt Ciechanowski, Scott Martin, Matthew Neagley, Kurt Schneider, Troy Taylor , Phil Vecchione
    ISBN 0615321860 (0-615-32186-0)
    Softcover, Engine Publishing

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    Featuring a foreword by gaming industry legend Monte Cook, Eureka contains 501 complete adventure plots usable with almost any roleplaying game, plus GMing advice and tools for making the most of every plot. If you game once a week, that's nearly 10 years of adventures, all right here in the largest collection of its kind ever published. Written by nine veteran game masters - the authors of the most widely read game mastering blog on the planet, Gnome Stew - Eureka is more than just adventure seeds. Each plot includes a hook to draw your players in, an outline detailing enough material for a complete adventure, generally in the form of 3-5 meaty encounters, and any game mastering notes, plot twists, and advice you might need to turn that plot into a fun night of gaming. Adventure hooks alone don't give you much to work with, but fully developed adventures can be hard to personalize and fit into an ongoing game. Eureka is the perfect middle ground: We provide the main ingredients, and you decide how to prepare them. Packed with ideas and inspiration, this massive collection is designed to be the ultimate adventure toolkit: * Fantasy, science fiction, and horror plots: 167 of each, all easily adaptable to multiple genres * Clear, concise game mastering advice: We show you how to adapt plots to other genres (effectively giving you 464 fantasy, 420 sci-fi, and 338 horror plots) and how to turn Eureka plots into full-blown adventures * The tools you need: Plots are grouped by theme, from "Revolt" to "Mistaken Jealousy," and categorized by tags like intrigue, exploration, and combat-heavy * Four indexes: Quickly find a plot for any situation by genre, tag, title, or author * No game mechanics and no proper names: These system-neutral plots are simple to use and easy to personalize to your game

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  • Taylor, Troy: Field Guide to Haunted Graveyards (Haunted Field Guide Series, Book 4)
  • Taylor, Troy: Flickering Images: The History & Hauntings of the Avon Theatre (Haunted Decatur)
  • Ghosts by Gaslight
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523493 (1-892523-49-3)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    Journey back in time with author Troy Taylor as he delves into the history and mystery of the Spiritualist movement and the efforts of the first ghost hunters to investigate the earliest evidence of contact with the spirit world! Beginning with the Fox sisters, "Ghosts by Gaslight" explores the famous and little-known mediums and proponents of Spiritualism, the mysterious cases that baffled the scientists of the day and even the incidents of outright fraud that have given the period such a colorful reputation. The book's second half is devoted to the scientists, researchers and magicians who investigated the claims of the Spiritualists and how they debunked --- and accepted - the strange incidents that occurred. This is a chilling, mystifying and entertaining addition to the history of ghost research and a must-have book for curious history readers, ghost buffs, paranormal investigators and anyone else who wonders about the things that go bump in the night!

  • Ghosts on Film
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523396 (1-892523-39-6)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    Author and ghost researcher Troy Taylor once again delves into the supernatural with a guide to the history and mystery of spirit photography. In this latest installment in the popular "Haunted Field Guide" series, the author takes an in-depth look at the controversial and mysterious history of spirit photography, including a look at the mediums and scientists who pioneered the field and the most famous pictures that allege to be ghosts captured on film. The book also includes a detailed exploration of the way that cameras have impacted the field of paranormal research and a recounting of some of the best-known cases where cameras played a crucial role, as well as a detailed guide for using your own camera in ghost investigations. Other sections of the book feature an examination of how cameras capture ghostly images, the forms that paranormal energy takes, hints and tips on using cameras in ghost research, step by step guides to photographic investigations and chapters on analyzing photos, detecting photographic trickery, accidental photos, camera operations and much more! This is a must-have book for any ghost hunter's collection!

  • Haunted Alton: History & Hauntings of the Riverbend Region
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523086 (1-892523-08-6)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    Readers can take a trip back in time and discover the people and places of yesteryear and find out why Alton, Illinois, has been named one of the most haunted regions in America. Explore its early history, then prepare for a spine-tingling look at the area's legends, lore, ghosts and hauntings.

  • Taylor, Troy: Haunted Chicago
    Haunted Chicago
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523299 (1-892523-29-9)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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  • Taylor, Troy: Haunted Decatur Revisited
    Haunted Decatur Revisited
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523108 (1-892523-10-8)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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  • Haunted Illinois: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Prairie State (Haunted Series)
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 0811734994 (0-8117-3499-4)
    Softcover, Stackpole Books

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    The mysterious and often violent history of Illinois has made the state a haven for restless spirits. This volume explores the supernatural side of the Prairie State, with stories on the horrors of an old slave house, the numerous spirits of Alton's McPike Mansion, the cemetery where the dead walk, the Spring Valley Vampire, the ghosts of the Bartonville Asylum, Chicago's famous Resurrection Mary, and the spirit world of Abraham Lincoln.

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  • Haunted President "The History, Hauntings & Supernatural Life of Abraham Lincoln"
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 189252340X (1-892523-40-X)
    Softcover, WHITE

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    This book explores the history, the hauntings and the supernatural life of Abraham Lincoln. Learn about the president's dark visions, his obsession with the death of his son Willie, the secrets of Lincoln's Tomb and more.

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  • Haunted St. Louis: History & Hauntings Along the Mississippi
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523205 (1-892523-20-5)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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  • The Haunting of America: Ghosts & Legends of America's Haunted Past (History & Hauntings)
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523175 (1-892523-17-5)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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  • The Haunting of America: Ghosts and Legends of America's Haunted Past
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 0760782520 (0-7607-8252-0)
    Hardcover, Barnes and Noble

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    The Haunting of America: Ghosts and Legends of America's Haunted Past [Hardcover] Troy Taylor (Author)

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  • Into the Shadows
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523213 (1-892523-21-3)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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  • Monsters of Illinois: Mysterious Creatures in the Prairie State
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 0811736407 (0-8117-3640-7)
    Softcover, Stackpole Books

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    Monsters of Illinois Bigfoot Big Muddy Monster The Piasa Bird The Mad Gasser of Mattoon Other strange creatures, including vampires, alligators in the sewer, out-of-place panthers, thunderbirds, and lake monsters Full description

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  • Troy Taylor: Murder & Mayhem in Chicago's Downtown (IL)
  • Murder & Mayhem in Chicago's Vice Districts (IL) (Murder and Mayhem in Chicago)
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1596296925 (1-59629-692-5)
    Softcover, The History Press

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    From the very beginning, Chicago thrived on its reputation as a wide-open town. After the Great Fire, no part of the city was rebuilt more quickly than the vice districts, where bribed cops and brutal force emboldened professional wickedness to celebrate itself with gala events like the First Ward Ball, begun in honor of a madam's pianist and often so crowded that passed-out drunks couldn't even fall to the floor. Randolph Street was nicknamed Gambler's Row because men gambled with their lives by visiting it. In Little Hell, guns and knives could be rented by the hour. In these seedy areas only put to sleep by Mickey Finn's knockout drinks or Gentle Annie's knockout punches, it is no wonder that Detective Woolridge kept seventy-five disguises, made twenty thousand arrests and was shot at forty-four times.

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  • Murder & Mayhem on Chicago's West Side (IL)
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1596296933 (1-59629-693-3)
    Softcover, The History Press

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    Blazing from the West Side, the Great Chicago Fire left nothing but ashy remnants of the developing city leveling its landscape but certainly not its spirit. While the West Side was home to the infamous O'Leary Barn, it was also where the news of some of the city's most gruesome and horrific crime reverberated throughout the state and across the country. Read about the bloody end of Robert 'the Terrible' Toughy, who undoubtedly lived up to his name, met an ill-deserved fate. Troy Taylor also delves into the life of John Wayne Gacy the depraved man masked by the clown costume and yet again proves to be a master storyteller and historian of Chicago's criminal underworld.

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  • Murder and Mayhem on Chicago's South Side (IL) (Murder & Mayhem)
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1596296976 (1-59629-697-6)
    Softcover, The History Press

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    Lurking below the Loop, behind the industry-driven energy of Chicago, lies the mysterious criminal underworld of the South Side. Recounting criminal exploits of legends like Alphonse Capone, as well as lesser-known stories like the Car Barn Bandits, Troy Taylor captures the intricacies of the most infamous stories of Chicago's South Side. From the gruesome murders committed by the unassuming H.H. Holmes to the mysterious death of Marshall Field Jr., join Taylor as he revisits the South Side's prosperous middle-class days and vividly depicts the strange and horrific crimes that have cast new light on the character of these too often overlooked neighborhoods.

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  • Mysterious Illinois
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523434 (1-892523-43-4)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    For nearly two decades, Troy Taylor has been delving into the ghosts and haunted places in the state of Illinois but in this book, the author takes a journey down a darker road and takes readers on a search for the strange, terrifying and bizarre in this mysterious region. For centuries, Illinois has played host to the unexplained from the ancient mysteries of Cahokia, the stone forts of southern Illinois, anomalous petroglyphs and many other oddities from our distant past. Journey back in time to this lost era and then go on a hunt for the state's chilling creatures, including Bigfoot, Thunderbirds, phantom panthers, water creatures and some of the strangest beasts to ever walk on four feet --- or two! Finally, take the plunge into the depths of the unexplained as we search for answers to the state's greatest enigmas like the Macomb Poltergeist, Williamsburg Hill, Illinois' spook lights, Watseka Wonder, Illinois' sky mysteries, flying saucer invasions, Illinois vampires, the Mad Gasser of Mattoon and much more! Don't miss out on this amazing book --- including accounts, stories, eyewitness reports and in-depth research that has never appeared in print before! This is a book not to miss and a unique addition to the popular "Haunted Illinois Series".

  • No Rest for the Wicked: History & Hauntings of American Crime & Unsolved Mysteries
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523132 (1-892523-13-2)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    Join author Troy Taylor in a search for some of the most horrifying ghost tales ever told.. tales of murder victims, death and the darkest side of American crime! Experience first-hand the last gasps of those who have returned to haunted the places where they died and the final acts of the merciless killers who stalked their victims into the grave! Discover haunted houses, voices from the grave, vengeful spirits, bloody murders, strange disappearances, unsolved murders, ghosts of the Old West, Gangland hauntings, ghost infested jails and prisons and even the haunted history of some of Americas most famous crimes! Discover the most sinister haunted sites and most blood-curdling tales in America!

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  • Out Past the Campfire Light
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523353 (1-892523-35-3)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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  • Resurrection Mary (Haunted Illinois)
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1892523507 (1-892523-50-7)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    The First Book Ever Written Solely on the History & Hauntings of Archer Avenue & Chicago's Most Famous Ghost, Resurrection Mary! Archer Avenue, the famous haunted highway on Chicago's southwest side, has been a source of fascination for ghost hunters, history buffs and paranormal enthusiasts for decades. In addition to the haunted houses, graveyards and buildings that line this old road, Archer Avenue is home to the one of the most famous ghosts in America -- Resurrection Mary! She has been the subject of songs and the stuff of legend since the middle 1930s but for the first time, Troy Taylor will recount not only scores of sightings and first-hand accounts with this elusive phantom but will reveal the results of his own investigations, from the complete history, her mysterious origins, ghostly encounters and the identity of the "girls who would be Resurrection Mary"! Taylor's book, Resurrection Mary, is more than just a collection of ghost sightings. It's also the first in-depth account of the history, mystery & hauntings of Archer Avenue, a former Indian trail that is one of the oldest roadways in the Chicago region. Other historical hauntings that are explored in the search for Resurrection Mary include hauntings of Chinatown, History & Hauntings of Bridgeport, Archer Avenue's haunted graveyards, Kean Avenue Hauntings, Mysteries of the Forest Preserves, the Maple Lake Spook Light, The Haunted Roadhouse, Hauntings at St. James-Sag Church & Burial Ground & Much More!

  • Season of the Witch
    by Troy Taylor , Taylor, Troy, A.
    ISBN 1892523051 (1-892523-05-1)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    In the early 1800s, the Bell family of Robertson County, Tennessee, was preyed upon by a strange creature that also terrorized the community, tortured the Bells' youngest daughter, and eventually took the life of the family patriarch, John Bell. Taylor delves into the mysterious happenings surrounding this famous case, exploring the many myths and misconceptions regarding the Bell Witch.

  • Taylor, Troy: So, There I Was...
    So, There I Was...
    by Troy Taylor , Len Adams
    ISBN 1892523442 (1-892523-44-2)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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  • Spirits of the Civil War
    by Troy Taylor , Taylor, Troy, A.
    ISBN 1892523027 (1-892523-02-7)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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    Spirits of the Civil War Taylor takes readers along on a spellbinding journey through the bloody events of the Civil War. A fascinating guide to both the strange history and the ghostly locations of the war, the book introduces readers to dozens of haunted sites in both the North and the South. Full description

  • True Crime: Illinois, The State's Most Notorious Criminal Cases (True Crime (Stackpole))
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 0811735621 (0-8117-3562-1)
    Softcover, Stackpole Books

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    Illinois was in many ways born in blood. From the early days of piracy to twentieth-century mob massacres, the state has been plagued with some of the worst crimes in history. This book begins with a general overview of crime in the state and then focuses on its headline stories. Included are the cases of the "Murder Castle" of H. H. Holmes, the intellectual thrill killers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, the bloody St. Valentine's Day Massacre involving Al Capone's South Side mob and Bugs Morans North Side gang, the eight nurses brutally butchered by Richard Speck, and the horrifying rape and slaughter of 33 young men by "Killer Clown" John Wayne Gacy.

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  • Weird Illinois: Your Travel Guide to Illinois' Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1402788258 (1-4027-8825-8)
    Softcover, Sterling

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    Weird N.J Oh sure, Texas is bigger and California is cooler, but for sheer, out-and-out weirdness, no state even comes close to New Jersey. You probably know of the infamous Jersey Devil, but have you heard of the Matawan Man Eater or the Hoboken Monkey-Man? Maybe you'd like to cruise down haunted Annie's Road in Totowa, or take a stroll through Vineland's bizarre Palace of Depression? These are just some o... Full description

  • Weird Indiana: Your Travel Guide to Indiana's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
    by Mark Marimen, James A Willis, Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1402754523 (1-4027-5452-3)
    Hardcover, Sterling

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    Enjoy a relaxing picnic in Shades of Death Park. Witness those eerie glowing spots known as Moody's Light. Slap another layer of color onto the world's biggest ball of paint, and yes, that really is a pink-spectacled elephant drinking a martini on the side of the road! From a town called Santa Claus to Indiana's most upright citizen--buried that way for almost 200 years--Weird Indiana proves that the Crossroads of America is also the Crossroads of the Weird! 

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  • Weird Virginia: Your Guide to Virginia's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
    by Jeff Bahr, Troy Taylor , Loren Coleman
    ISBN 1402778414 (1-4027-7841-4)
    Softcover, Sterling

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    Virginia is for lovers&and psychics, devil monkeys, and the world's oldest ham. This homage to all things peculiar in the Old Dominion is bursting with the must-see spots other guides leave out. Check out all six haunted sides of the Octagon house, then drop by Foamhenge, a full-scale Styrofoam replica of Stonehenge. It doesn't get weirder than this!

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  • Where the Dead Walk (Haunted Decatur)
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 189252323X (1-892523-23-X)
    Softcover, Whitechapel Productions

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  • Wicked New Orleans (LA): The Dark Side of the Big Easy
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1596299452 (1-59629-945-2)
    Softcover, The History Press

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    Since as early as the 1700s, New Orleans has been a city filled with sin and vice. Those first pioneering citizens of the Big Easy were thieves, vagabonds and criminals of all kinds. By the time Louisiana fell under American control, New Orleans had become a city of debauchery and corruption camouflaged by decadence. It was also considered one of the country's most dangerous cities, with a reputation of crime and loose morals. Rampant gambling and prostitution were the norm in nineteenth-century New Orleans, and over one-third of today's French Quarter was considered a hotbed of sin. Tales in this volume include that of the notorious Axeman who plagued the streets of the Crescent City in the early 1900s and Kate Townsend, a prostitute who was murdered by her own lover, a man who later was awarded her inheritance. Troy Taylor takes a look back at New Orleans's early wicked days and historic crimes.

  • Wicked Decatur (IL)
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1609491602 (1-60949-160-2)
    Softcover, The History Press

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    In 1854, Decatur was nicknamed "Hell's Half Acre." By the 1910s and 1920s, the town was referred to as the "Second Most Corrupt City in Illinois," gaining notoriety as a place where murder, bootlegging, prostitution, kidnapping, gambling and political corruption were common. Members of the Decatur police force, like Troy Taylor's great-grandfather, were hard-pressed to bar the door against crime in a town that seemed determined to remain wide-open. Wicked Decatur presents a rogue's gallery of those who have slipped through the cracks of legality over the past century and a half.

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  • Wicked Washington: Mysteries, Murder & Mayhem in America's Capital
    by Troy Taylor
    ISBN 1596293020 (1-59629-302-0)
    Softcover, The History Press

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    An addictive and fascinating read that traces the criminal history of our nation's capital, from the bloody site of the city's most famous murder to dark deeds involving politicians from both sides of the aisle. Includes a look at the mysteries surrounding the Lincoln assassination, death by duels and the infamous Washington Vampire

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