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Wensley Clarkson - Author

About the Author

Wensley Clarkson has written numerous true crime books, including biographies of Brink's-Mat defendant Kenneth Noye, ex-Great Train Robber Charlie Wilson, and legendary south London criminal Jimmy Moody. The Noye book, Public Enemy No. 1, was one of the ten bestselling true crime titles of the 1990s.

Featured books by Wensley Clarkson

Hash The Chilling Inside Story of the Secret Underworld Behind the World's Most Lucrative Drug

Hash The Chilling Inside Story of the Secret Underworld Behind the World's Most Lucrative Drug

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

For millions of people across the world, lighting up a joint is no more controversial than having a cup of tea. But in Hash Wensley Clarkson explores the dark and sinister side of this multi-billion pound business: one fuelled by a brutal underworld network of dealers, drug barons, bent cops and even terrorists. Sex, intimidation, bribery and murder are all employed in a quest for vast profits. Travelling from the lawless Rif mountains in Morocco to darkened warehouses in Spain, protected by heavily armed gangsters, this is a revelatory roller-coaster ride through the secret world of Hash.

Other books by Wensley Clarkson

Cocaine Confidential True Stories Behind the World's Most Notorious Narcotic

Cocaine Confidential True Stories Behind the World's Most Notorious Narcotic

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/09/2018

Cocaine is the world's most notorious narcotic. It underpins a vast, multi-billion pound underworld with a dark and deadly side. But who really are the shadowy people behind this chilling network? The coca farmers, the jungle sweat-shop workers, the smugglers, the suppliers, and, ultimately, the dealers who provide for the world's hundreds of millions of users. Cocaine Confidential goes inside the lives of all these characters to reveal their stories for the first time. Along the way you'll meet hitmen, pimps, desperate former international footballers, coke barons, mules, hardened traffickers and corrupt cops as the truth is unravelled in a roller coaster ride through this secret world.

Killing Goldfinger The Secret, Bullet-Riddled Life and Death of Britain's Gangster Number One

Killing Goldfinger The Secret, Bullet-Riddled Life and Death of Britain's Gangster Number One

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2018

The inside story of the life and death of Britain's criminal kingpin and the empire he built KILLING GOLDFINGER charts the extraordinary rise and spectacular bullet-riddled fall of John Palmer, the richest, most powerful criminal ever to have emerged from the modern British underworld. During the late 1990s, Palmer was rated as rich as The Queen by the Sunday Times Rich List. Palmer earned his nickname Goldfinger after smelting (in his back garden) tens of millions of pounds worth of stolen gold bullion from the 20th century's most lucrative heist; the Brink's-Mat robbery. Palmer then used his share of the millions to become the vicious overlord of a vast illegal timeshare property empire in Tenerife. At the same time,Goldfinger financed huge international drugs shipments as well as some of the most notorious UK robberies of the past 30 years, including the GBP50m Securitas heist in Kent in 2006 and, many believe, the Hatton Garden heist in 2015. Palmer vowed to hunt down all his underworld enemies. But in the end it was those same criminals who decided to bring his life to an end. Murdered in June 2015, with charges of fraud, money laundering and worse pending, this book tells his murky story for the first time. As outrageous and bullet-riddled as the hit Netflix series Narcos, Killing Goldfinger tells the true story of Britain's underworld kingpin, who turned the sunshine holiday island of Tenerife into his very own Crime Incorporated and then paid the ultimate price.

Killing Goldfinger The Secret, Bullet-Riddled Life and Death of Britain's Gangster Number One

Killing Goldfinger The Secret, Bullet-Riddled Life and Death of Britain's Gangster Number One

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2017

KILLING GOLDFINGER charts the extraordinary rise and spectacular bullet-riddled fall of John Palmer, the richest, most powerful criminal ever to have emerged from the modern British underworld. During the late 1990s, Palmer was rated as rich as The Queen by the Sunday Times Rich List. Palmer earned his nickname Goldfinger after smelting (in his back garden) tens of millions of pounds worth of stolen gold bullion from the 20th century's most lucrative heist; the Brink's-Mat robbery. Palmer then used his share of the millions to become the vicious overlord of a vast illegal timeshare property empire in Tenerife. At the same time, Goldfinger financed huge international drugs shipments as well as some of the most notorious UK robberies of the past 30 years, including the GBP50m Securitas heist in Kent in 2006 and, many believe, the Hatton Garden heist in 2015. Palmer vowed to hunt down all his underworld enemies. But in the end it was those same criminals who decided to bring his life to an end. Murdered in June 2015, with charges of fraud, money laundering and worse pending, this book tells his murky story for the first time. As outrageous and bullet-riddled as the hit Netflix series Narcos, Killing Goldfinger tells the true story of Britain's underworld kingpin, who turned the sunshine holiday island of Tenerife into his very own Crime Incorporated and then paid the ultimate price.

Sexy Beasts The Inside Story of the Hatton Garden Heist

Sexy Beasts The Inside Story of the Hatton Garden Heist

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2016

The Hatton Garden Heist captured the public's imagination more than another other crime since The Great Train Robbery. It was supposed to make a fortune for a team of old time professional criminals. Their last hurrah. A final lucrative job that would send the old codgers off on happy retirements to the badlands of Spain and beyond. It seemed to be the stuff of legends. Tens of millions of pounds worth of valuables grabbed from secretive safety deposit boxes in a vault beneath one of the most famous gold and jewellery districts in the world. But where did it all go wrong for this band of old time villains? And why did the gang's bid to pull off the world's biggest burglary turn into a deadly game of cat and mouse featuring the police and London's most dangerous crime lords? Nobody is better placed to reveal the full story of the Hatton Garden Raid than Britain's best-connected true crime writer Wensley Clarkson. Through his unique contacts inside the London underworld, he's persuaded those who really know the truth to reveal the chilling details behind Britain's biggest ever burglary.

Armed and Dangerous

Armed and Dangerous

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/07/2016

For decades drugs dominated the UK underworld, but in recent years several major robberies - or heists - have grabbed the headlines. The first and most notorious of these was the Great Train Robbery of 1963, an audacious assault and the first modern-day crime of its kind. In this entertaining and engaging exploration of real-life British crime, underworld expert Wensley Clarkson tells the stories behind the twelve most daring armed robberies ever staged in the UK. This 'dirty dozen' includes the notorious Chainsaw Gang Blackwall Tunnel raid of 1975, the drama of the huge Brinksmat gold bullion robbery of 1983 and the biggest cash theft in British history - the 2006 assault on the Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent. Using first-hand accounts and rare anecdotes, Clarkson offers the thrills, spills and action of these dramatic crimes, told in compelling detail.

Legal Highs Inside Secrets of the World's Newest and Deadliest Drugs

Legal Highs Inside Secrets of the World's Newest and Deadliest Drugs

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Legal Highs are without doubt the biggest drug scourge to blight the world since recreational drugs first hit the streets more than 100 years ago. Their growing menace opens up a new front in the drug war, shifting the battle line from the Colombian jungles, Moroccan valleys, Afghan hills and the Winnebagos of New Mexico to especially constructed laboratories on the outskirts of Shanghai and other cities across the globe. But who are the shadowy characters behind the extravagant new drugs such as 'bath salts' and 'Miaow Miaow'? The scientists, the rogue boffins, the factory sweat-shop workers, the smugglers, the suppliers, and, ultimately, the dealers who sell tens of millions of packets of these substances every week? Why are so many people from all walks of life now consuming Legal Highs in such large quantities? This book will go inside the lives of all these people to reveal for the first time the true stories behind the emergence of the most deadly narcotics the world has ever seen.

Legal Highs Inside Secrets of the World's Newest and Deadliest Drugs

Legal Highs Inside Secrets of the World's Newest and Deadliest Drugs

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2015

Legal Highs are without doubt the biggest drug scourge to blight the world since recreational drugs first hit the streets more than 100 years ago. Their growing menace opens up a new front in the drug war, shifting the battle line from the Colombian jungles, Moroccan valleys, Afghan hills and the Winnebagos of New Mexico to specially constructed laboratories on the outskirts of Shanghai and other cities across the globe. But who are the shadowy characters behind the extravagant new drugs such as 'bath salts' and 'Miaow Miaow'? The scientists, the rogue boffins, the factory sweat-shop workers, the smugglers, the suppliers, and, ultimately, the dealers who sell tens of millions of packets of these substances every week? Why are so many people from all walks of life now consuming Legal Highs in such large quantities? This book will go inside the lives of all these people to reveal for the first time the true stories behind the emergence of the most deadly narcotics the world has ever seen.

Deadly Seduction

Deadly Seduction

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: eBook Release Date: 10/06/2014

Young, Glamorous and Sexy, She Was Every Man's Fantasy...And A Nightmare of Death For Her Husband.She Hid Her Criminal Past...Prominent Indiana attorney Jimmy Grund thought he'd found the woman of his dreams when he wed his second wife Susan. But beneath the silky blond society lady lurked a calculating, evil-tempered seductress whose murderous future was about to rival her sordid past.She Plotted A Brutal Murder...While she hid her previous marriages and an appalling crime from Jimmy, she was soon plotting to get her hands on his fortune. When Jimmy Grund finally found out the truth about his wife, he told her he was divorcing her. But no one left Susan Grund.She Killed Her Husband With A Gun Stolen From His Own Son...All of Peru, Indiana was stunned when it was revealed the fatal bullet came from a gun stolen from young David Grund. Yet even that paled next to Susan's incredible testimony that she had carried on a two-year affair with the innocent teenager, who denied the affair and was not implicated in the crime.Wensley Clarkson's Deadly Seduction is the story of a real femme fatale, who spun a web of deceit and murder that shocked an entire town.

Slave Girls

Slave Girls

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: eBook Release Date: 10/06/2014

Secret prisoners behind closed doors, they were real-life Cinderellas-- with no hope of rescue. Nowhere to run...nowhere to hide...nowhere to turn...Enter today's sordid world of slaves and masters, where innocent young girls are sold to the rich, and subjected to horrifying degradation.Beautiful Laxmi was the servant of two Arab princesses who regularly beat her and even yanked out her gold teeth. Bleeding and hysterical, she escaped-- only to be returned to the evil sisters.Helen was allowed two to four hours of sleep a night by the married couple who kept her. Rarely did a day pass that she wasn't slapped, kicked, punched, and beaten by this cruel doctor and his wife.Marita was sold by her husband to his best friend as a sex slave. He forced her to endure horrific beatings-- often locked in wooden stocks.Virtual captives in the mansions of the rich and famous, they risked their lives to tell their stories for the first time, in Wensley Clarkson's Slave Girls.With 8 pages of revealing photos.

Cocaine Confidential True Stories Behind the World's Most Notorious Narcotic

Cocaine Confidential True Stories Behind the World's Most Notorious Narcotic

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

Cocaine is the world's most notorious narcotic. It underpins a vast, multi-billion pound underworld with a dark and deadly side. But who really are the shadowy people behind this chilling network? The coca farmers, the jungle sweat-shop workers, the smugglers, the suppliers, and, ultimately, the dealers who provide for the world's hundreds of millions of users. Cocaine Confidential goes inside the lives of all these characters to reveal their stories for the first time. Along the way you'll meet hitmen, pimps, desperate former international footballers, coke barons, mules, hardened traffickers and corrupt cops as the truth is unravelled in a roller coaster ride through this secret world.

Hash The Chilling Inside Story of the Secret Underworld Behind the World's Most Lucrative Drug

Hash The Chilling Inside Story of the Secret Underworld Behind the World's Most Lucrative Drug

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

For millions of people across the world, lighting up a joint is no more controversial than having a cup of tea. But in Hash Wensley Clarkson explores the dark and sinister side of this multi-billion pound business: one fuelled by a brutal underworld network of dealers, drug barons, bent cops and even terrorists. Sex, intimidation, bribery and murder are all employed in a quest for vast profits. Travelling from the lawless Rif mountains in Morocco to darkened warehouses in Spain, protected by heavily armed gangsters, this is a revelatory roller-coaster ride through the secret world of Hash.

Armed Robbery

Armed Robbery

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2013

In the last fifty years, the changing face of British crime has turned the UK into the wild west of Europe. For decades drugs dominated the UK underworld, but in recent years a spate of major robberies - or heists - has grabbed the headlines. The first and most notorious of these was the Great Train Robbery of 1963, an audacious assault on both a train and British social sensibilities, as the first modern-day crime of its kind. In this entertaining and engaging exploration of real-life British crime, seasoned underworld expert Wensley Clarkson tells the amazing stories behind the twelve most heinous armed robberies ever staged in these islands. The dirty dozen of heists includes the notorious Chainsaw Gang Blackwall Tunnel raid of 1975, the drama of the huge Brinksmat gold bullion robbery of 1983 and the biggest cash theft in British history - the 2006 assault on the Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent, in which more than GBP53 million was taken in used bank notes. The inside stories of these dramatic crimes are told in compelling detail, including first-hand accounts and rare anecdotes.

Hash The Chilling Inside Story of the Secret Underworld Behind the World's Most Lucrative Drug

Hash The Chilling Inside Story of the Secret Underworld Behind the World's Most Lucrative Drug

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2013

For millions of people across the world, lighting up a joint is no more controversial than having a cup of tea. But in Hash Wensley Clarkson explores the dark and sinister side of this multi-billion pound business: one fuelled by a brutal underworld network of dealers, drug barons, bent cops and even terrorists. Sex, intimidation, bribery and murder are all employed in a quest for vast profits. Travelling from the lawless Rif mountains in Morocco to darkened warehouses in Spain, protected by heavily armed gangsters, this is a revelatory roller-coaster ride through the secret world of Hash.

In the Name of Satan

In the Name of Satan

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2013

A lovely teenage girl's final goodbye..."e;I love you and I'm going to bed,"e; were the last words Elyse Pahler ever said to her parents. But she would never dream again, for the pretty blond 15-year-old was about to begin a walking nightmare that would end in her grisly stabbing murder.Three depraved schoolboys' deadly fantasies...Later that night Elyse slipped out of her parent's house for a bit of forbidden fun. She never suspected that three local boys - two of whom rode the school bus with her - were outside in the dark waiting...waiting to perform a human sacrifice - in the name of Satan.An unspeakable atrocity that stunned a nation...The DA claims that teenagers Royce Casey, Jacob Delashmutt, and Joe Fiorella - all in a band called Hatred - believed they had found the ultimate offering to make to the Prince of Darkness. They would sacrifice an innocent young girl, a virgin. Prosecutors say the three boys dragged a terrified Elyse to a deserted area they believed was the devil's altar, where, after being drugged, and attacked, she died of multiple stab wounds.For eight months Elyse's body lay hidden in a eucalyptus grove until an unexpected tip to police revealed the ghastly crime. In The Name of Satan is an unthinkable American tragedy, a horrifying voyage into deepest evil imaginable.

Mother's Day Murder

Mother's Day Murder

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: eBook Release Date: 28/05/2013

The Black WidowThey met while working together at a Taco Bell in Augusta, Georgia: seventeen-year-old Larry Kelley and thirty-one-year-old wife and mother Gina Spann. Their unusual friendship soon blossomed into something much more when Gina invited Larry to live with her, her husband Kevin, and their teenage son. While Kevin slept in a back room of the house, Larry and Ginal shared the master bedroom, flaunthing their love in front of Kevin.The Humiliated HusbandBut it didn't stop there. Gina enlisted Larry and three of his friend to murder huer husband and cash in on his $300,000 life insurance policy. So on Mother's Day of 1997, two teenagers knocked on the Spanns' door, and when Kevin opened it, shot him point-blank. As Kevin Spann's lifeless body hit the ground, his two assassins sauntered away casually.The Lovesick TeenagerPolice zeroed in on the motley crew soon enough -- and each would pay heavily for their crime. Gina, Larry, and two of his friend would each receive life sentences for the ruthless murder of Kevin Spann. In a case as twisted and shocking as fiction, bestselling author Wensley Clarkson explores this volatile web of sex, greed, and murder that ended in deadly disaster.

Death at Every Stop

Death at Every Stop

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: eBook Release Date: 28/05/2013

THE SPREE KILLINGS THAT TERRORIZED THE NATIONApril 29, 1997--The body of 28-year-old Jeffrey Trail found wrapped in a rug in a Minneapolis apartment. May 3--Fishermen find the body of 33-year-old architect David Madson in Minnesota's East Rush lake. May 4--The tortured body of wealthy 72-year-old real estate investor Lee Miglin found in his garage. May 9--45-year-old caretaker William Reese found in a New Jersey cemetery with a bullet in his head. July 15--World-renowned fashion designer Gianni Versace shot twice in the back of the head and left to die in front of his South Beach mansion.THE CAT AND MOUSE CHASE THAT GRIPPED THE COUNTRYThe man responsible for these horrific slayings was Andrew Cunanan, a cunning, cold-blooded killer who eluded police for three months until July 23rd, 1997, when, after a harrowing standoff on a Miami houseboat, police found Cunanan inside the boat--dead by his own hand. But as the tragic crime spree comes to an end, the mystery is just beginning--who was Andrew Cunanan and what led him to savagely murder five men? What was his relationship to the victims? And how did a handsome, privileged young man venture so far into the dark side?THE FINAL ENDING THAT SHOCKED THE WORLDDescribed as everything from a flamboyant playboy to a transvestite prostitute to a gold-digging "e;kept man,"e; Andrew Cunanan has remained an enigma--even in death. Now, in this searing expose, author Wensley Clarkson examines Cunanan from the inside out, revealing never-before-told facts about his life, including:- The truth about the wife and child he claimed to have had- A scandalous affair Cunanan claimed to have had with an older TV star- The tragic childhood that sparked his fury- How Cunanan starred in gay porno videos- Cunanan's deadly obsession with Tom Cruise- And much, much, more

Women Behind Bars

Women Behind Bars

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2013

They were once sweet little girls--sugar and spice, and everything nice. Now they're cold blooded criminals, behind the bars of America's most dangerous prisons--hardened women doing their time. how and why did they cross to the dark side? What makes women kill husbands, lovers, family, and innocent strangers? Step aside and meet:Patty: the prison beauty slaughtered her mother, father, and little brother after falling in love with an evil Svengali twenty years her senior.Michelle: She lovingly tends the flowers on the prison grounds. Only those who know her best know how she kicked her husband to death.Cynthia: A typical St. Louis girl--until she met a jailbird and embarked on a murderous rampage worthy of Natural Born Killers.Author Wensley Clarkson has used his unique, unlimited access to some of America's toughest prisons to reveal the shocking world of female criminals--from their illicit love affairs to race relations, prostitution, protection rackets, drug smuggling, and more.Plus: what happened to notorious criminals Amy Fisher and Pam Smart? Now their tawdry lived behind bars are revealed.

The Curse of Brink's-Mat Twenty-five Years of Murder and Mayhem - The Inside Story of the 20th Century's Most Lucrative Armed Robbery

The Curse of Brink's-Mat Twenty-five Years of Murder and Mayhem - The Inside Story of the 20th Century's Most Lucrative Armed Robbery

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2013

'It wasn't only Britain's biggest heist, it became the bloodiest' Mail on Sunday The inside story of the 20th century's most lucrative armed robbery. On 26 November 1983 six armed robbers escaped with GBP28 million worth of gold bullion from a Brink's-Mat warehouse at London's Heathrow Airport. The heist made the careers of many of the underworld's biggest names, and changed the face of British crime for ever. In the years following the robbery, many of those involved, innocent and guilty alike, have been sent to an early grave. Two decades on, the death toll is still rising. Nobody knows more about that extraordinary morning's events than Wensley Clarkson. Nobody is better placed to track the vicious, violent and unexpected waves that followed in its wake, or bring to life its cast of larger-than-life characters. From small-time crime in south-east London, to 'the heist of the century' and its bloody consequences, Wensley Clarkson's The Curse of Brink's-Mat is an epic tale of villainy, gold and revenge.

Mother from Hell She Murdered Her Daughters and Turned Her Sons into Killers

Mother from Hell She Murdered Her Daughters and Turned Her Sons into Killers

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2012

Theresa Knorr seemed like a devoted, loving mother struggling to bring up five children on her own. But what friends and neighbours didn't suspect was that she had become so insanely jealous of her daughters' growing beauty that she arranged terrible deaths for two of them. The sole surviving daughter told police Knorr ordered her sons to drug, torture, then burn alive one girl before starving a second sister to death. At first police found the story so grotesque that they refused to believe it could be true. But evidence continued to mount that left hardened murder squad detectives in a state of shock. After five years Knorr was finally charged with being her children's executioner.

Quentin Tarantino The Man, the Myths and the Movies

Quentin Tarantino The Man, the Myths and the Movies

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2011

Quentin Tarantino is one of the most exciting film directors of recent years. Since the release of Reservoir Dogs, he has become one of the few movie makers to combine critical success with box office clout. With more than 100 interviews with colleagues, friends & family, Wensley Clarkson explores the legend in depth.

Gang Wars on the Costa The True Story of the Bloody Conflict Racing in Paradise

Gang Wars on the Costa The True Story of the Bloody Conflict Racing in Paradise

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2010

For more than a decade, an intense gang war has been raging between British and foreign criminals in Spain's sunny costal regions. The warring factions have left more than a hundred people dead and scores injured, making headlines around the world. These vicious conflicts for control of drugs turf, protection rackets, people smuggling and sex slavery have blighted the reputation of what was once Europe's number one holiday destination and given it a sinister epithet: Costa del Crime. Gang Wars on the Costa reveals the inside story of the crime mobs, their deadly feuds and how this chilling criminal gang culture has evolved at a rate and intensity unlike anything seen before in Europe. With unprecedented access to senior gang members and police officers, Wensley Clarkson traces the roots of these criminals - from Britain, southern Europe, South America and the former Soviet block - and focuses on the emergence of the main gangs, whose rise to power has sparked gun battles and even professional hits.

One Behind the Ear

One Behind the Ear

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2010

Malcolm Deakin, one-time Falklands hero, is a hitman; a classic gangland shooter with twelve ice-cold killings to his name on the streets of London. Each one of these twelve killings is committed without remorse; Deakin does not give a second thought to his hapless victims. But then along comes target number thirteen - It is an old school friend, and as the hitman begins researching the contract he gets the nasty feeling that his intended victim is about to turn the tables on him. One Behind the Ear takes the reader on a nail-biting, roller-coaster ride through the full, face-on-brutality of southeast London's underworld.

Gang Wars of London How the Streets of the Capital Became a Battleground

Gang Wars of London How the Streets of the Capital Became a Battleground

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2010

Gang Wars of London charts the development of organised crime in the capital since 1945, from the post-war street gangs to the drug barons, cyber criminals and terrorists that threaten our safety today. The underworld has thrived for more than half a century but it appears the capital has now entered its most deadly phrase, as vicious gangs from all over the globe are making this city their home. They will do anything to get what they want and challenge anyone who gets in their way: police, civilians or each other. Here, for the first time, is an up-to-date and in-depth account of London's current crime epidemic that threatens to destroy the very fabric of our capital city.

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2010

The path to glory hasn't always been smooth but his performance on the world stagefrom the tender age of 17 when he made his debut for West Ham, to being compared to 1966 World Cup hero Sir Bobby Moorehas transformedRio from an emerging force to a fully accomplished international football star. With World Cup preparations well under way, Rio is set to play a monumental part in England's bid for international glory.

Billy Hill Godfather of London

Billy Hill Godfather of London

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2009

Billy Hill was Britain's first celebrity gangster. Born in London's King's Cross, Hill was a charming character with a deadly edge who elevated himself to the top of the pantheon of organised crime. By the early 50's he had control of the city's gambling rackets & masterminded a heist that set the template for the Great Train Robbery.

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned True Stories of Women Who Kill

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned True Stories of Women Who Kill

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2009

Investigative reporter Wensley Clarkson has spent years researching the most extreme and intriguing cases of women who commit murder. His books on the subject have sold across the world in their tens of thousands. Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned is a gripping collection of twenty of Clarkson's most thrilling true stories. These are the tales of women who challenge our idea of what we still, mistakenly, often think of as the weaker sex. Their characters and backgrounds are as diverse as they are deadly, and their crimes are every bit as shocking as any of their male counterparts'. From the case of the beautiful Diana Perry, who suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband before taking the matter into her own hands, to Bobby, a woman whose gruesome interest in blood led to one of the most horrific seduction killings ever seen, this book tells the chilling stories of women who kill, and examines exactly what triggers their murderous intent. The astonishing truth lies within these pages...

Gang Wars on the Costa The True Story of the Bloody Conflict Racing in Paradise

Gang Wars on the Costa The True Story of the Bloody Conflict Racing in Paradise

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2009

For more than a decade, an intense gang war has been raging between British and foreign criminals in Spain's sunny coastal regions. The warring factions have left more than a hundred people dead and scores injured, making headlines around the world. These vicious conflicts for control of drugs turf, protection rackets, people smuggling and sex slavery have blighted the reputation of what was once Europe's number one holiday destination and given it a sinister epithet: Costa Del Crime. In this explosive book, investigative author Wensley Clarkson reveals the inside story of the crime mobs and their deadly feuds. With unprecedented access to senior gang members and police officers, he traces the roots of these criminals - from Britain, southern Europe, South America and the former Soviet block - and focuses on the emergence of the main gangs, whose rise to power has sparked gun battles and even professional hits. He also exposes, for the first time, the new breed of the so-called 'psycho gangsters', the up-and-coming, cold blooded criminals who have struck fear into the hearts of some of Britain's most legendary criminal kingpins.

Gangs of Britain The Gripping True Stories of the Faces Who Run Britain's Organised Crime

Gangs of Britain The Gripping True Stories of the Faces Who Run Britain's Organised Crime

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2008

Today's gangsters are streets apart from the old-style gang lords of the Fifties and Sixties. The godfathers of old were seen by many as a stabilising influence. Their power inspired respect and they well and truly kept the underworld in check. The 21st century gangs of Britain are far more shady. Their brutality has spread far and wide and they live and thrive in our midst, on the streets and in suburbs where ordinary folk live. The creeping tentacles of crime have never stretched further.Organised crime is now worth more than GBP 10 billion in Britain every year. The old crimes of prostitution and extortion are being dropped in favour of multi-million pound drug deals, bringing gangsters more money and power than they've ever known. It is a cut-throat industry that is conducted in the shadows and driven solely by profit.Acclaimed true crime author Wensley Clarkson has met many of Britain's richest and most powerful gangs. In this fascinating and gripping account, he provides an extraordinary insight into these feared characters and takes us on a journey into the dark and glamorous underworld that seems to prove that, for many gangs, crime really does pay.This book reveals the activities of these gangs to the world, exposing such underworld legends as Kenneth Noye and the Adams family, who hold continuing fascination with lovers of true crime. Wensley Clarkson has a die-hard fan base that buys literally everything that he writes. His investigation leads to the shocking conclusion that crime is the third biggest industry in the UK, subsidising even legitimate businesses.

Wolf Man

Wolf Man

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2008

When the police finally caught up with the 'wolf man' little did they know how far and wide his web of terror had stretched. The rape and murder of British schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson in a youth hostel in France uncovered a cold-blooded killer with multiple victims around the world.Francisco Arce Montes was a twisted rejected loner with an addiction to young girls. In countries ranging from Europe to South America, he had managed to evade justice for more than a quarter of a century. It is now believed that Montes was responsible for more than two dozen killings - his victims were always women and the attacks were always sexually motivated.In this shocking and fascinating book, acclaimed true crime author Wensley Clarkson uncovers the full story of this deeply disturbed sexual predator and killer. He reveals how Montes was banished from his home town, how his first attack on a young girl led to a consensual relationship and to her bearing his child, his fist brushes with the law and how, ultimately, he managed to spread terror across the globe.Meticulously researched and based on over 100 hours of exclusive interviews - including with the killer's shamed family - this is the definitive account of the world's first global serial killer.

Quentin Tarantino The Man, the Myths and the Movies

Quentin Tarantino The Man, the Myths and the Movies

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2007

Quentin Tarantino is the most exciting and fascinating film director of recent years. Since he exploded onto the scene with the release of Reservoir Dogs , he is one of the few movie makers to combine critical success with box office clout. With more than a hundred interviews with colleagues, close friends and family, author Wensley Clarkson explores the enigmatic cinematic legend in depth. Born in 1963, Tarantino was a film buff from an early age and, determined to join the industry, he studied, wrote scripts and polished his already geekily vast knowledge of all things cinematic by working in a video store. True Romance's screenplay was sold early on, but it was the dazzling Reservoir Dogs that was to be his debut and a movie which stunned the world. The hits kept on coming with Pulp Fiction , Jackie Brown and Kill Bill . The whole of Tarantino's dazzling career, his motor mouth reputation and his latest chiller, Grind House, are revealed in a book which draws on sources close to the director, including Connie, Tarantino's mother. Bold, pioneering and always unpredictable, Quentin Tarantino is the ultimate movie director with a fascinating story. Discover it all with this gripping account of his life and times.

The Railway Killer

The Railway Killer

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2007

Angel Maturino Resendez is one of the most notorious serial killers. Found guilty of nine serial murders, his seemingly random methods shocked the world, striking fear into the hearts of thousands who lived along the railroad that the twisted killer travelled in search of blood. For the first time, this is his amazing true story...Described by most who knew him as a quiet, polite, soft-spoken man, a loving husband and father to a baby daughter, nobody would have suspected the monster that lay within this seemingly normal human. In this classic of true crime writing, bestselling author Wensley Clarkson delves deep into the mind of a horrifying murder case to uncover the stunning truth about one of the most grisly episodes in criminal history. This book will shock and intrigue in equal measure - a must for any true crime fan!

Mother Dearest

Mother Dearest

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2007

'Billy Bob doused his sister with gasoline. Theresa Knorr waddled back to the car and started the engine. She watched as her son lit a match, dropped it on the bier and ran back to the car. If you ever tell anyone about this, you're goin' to be next, Theresa told her son.' To friends and neighbours, Theresa Knorr was a devoted, loving mother struggling to bring up five children on her own. Little did they know that, behind closed doors, the same woman was driven by religious extremism, terrible paranoia and an all-consuming jealousy of her daughters' beauty that led to one of the worst cases of serial abuse in history. For years, Theresa subjected her offspring to a barbaric variety of physical and mental torture, culminating in her ordering her two sons to drug, torture and then burn alive one of their sisters before starving another to death. Terrified that she would be next, a third sister had to take action. When the police found her story too far-fetched, she was left with no choice but to escape the house of horrors and fight for justice. It was years before the full, shocking truth came out. This is the true story of a family unit twisted out of all recognition by a mother who perpetrated the most evil of crimes.

Costa del Crime

Costa del Crime

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2006

Ever since the collapse of the extradition treaty with the UK in the late 1970s, Spain's southern coastal strip of the Costa Del Sol has been a safe haven for criminals. The adventures of drug smuggler Howard Marks, the $6 million Security Express raid of 1983, involving Ronnie Knight and Clifford Saxe and the road rage murder by Kenneth Noye, are just some of the dramatic stories in this thrilling compilation. But, Spain's unique status became a thing of the past when the government agreed to reinstate the treaty allowing them to fast-track extraditions. These days, drug dealers are forced to make runs over to the tip of Africa in nearby Morocco, some meeting gruesome ends at the hands of rivals, and unscrupulous property barons who hatch dubious deals to provide homes for the rapidly expanding population, much of which is made up of UK ex-pats. This is the fascinating history of the criminals' favourite playground.

Oh Rio Defender of the World

Oh Rio Defender of the World

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2006

Rio Ferdinand has established himself as one of the world's top defenders. He burst onto the pitch at the young age of seventeen at West Ham, playing alongside other budding talents Frank Lampard and Joe Cole. During his time with the Hammers, the young Ferdinand was honoured to be compared to 1966 World Cup hero Sir Bobby Moore, and it wasn't long before he was picked to represent England himself. Ferdinand quickly became a player in demand, and during his time at Leeds United, Rio played a pivotal role in England's 2002 World Cup campaign. His performances on the world stage transformed Ferdinand from a budding talent to a fully accomplished international star. As his reputation soared, so too did his value on the transfer market, and in the summer of 2002, Manchester United signed the defender with a world-record fee for a defensive player. The path to footballing glory hasn't always been that smooth though - as a young boy, his schoolmate Stephen Lawrence was murdered, then in later years his reputation was blackened by drink-driving shame, and an outrageous holiday in Cyprus. In 2004, his career faced the ultimate test - having missed a routine drugs test, Ferdinand was banned from professional football for eight months. He came back stronger than ever before though, and this book covers the highs and the lows of his illustrious career.

Killing Charlie The Bloody, Bullet-Riddled Hunt for the Most Powerful Great Train Robber of All

Killing Charlie The Bloody, Bullet-Riddled Hunt for the Most Powerful Great Train Robber of All

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2006

Killing Charlie charts the extraordinary rise and spectacular fall of Charlie Wilson, the most powerful villain to emerge from the ultimate British crime of the twentieth century: the Great Train Robbery. Wilson moved on from armed robbery to become an all-powerful figure in the drug underworld. But his life of greed and corruption would eventually end when his rivals decided to wipe him off the face of the earth - with the tacit approval of Spanish, British and US drug enforcement agencies. Killing Charlie is a roller-coaster ride through five decades of London's gangland, including a long spell on the Costa del Crime and forays into the deadliest killing fields of all: South America. Meticulously researched, it pulls the reader into Wilson's bizarre, sordid, crime-filled world - one that took him from the mean streets of south London to even harsher prison corridors, and from a quiet life in small-town Canada to the heated, manic, cocaine-fuelled Costa del Sol. Containing interviews with many of Charlie Wilson's former associates, Killing Charlie also reveals how Wilson was feared by many other criminals; how his love of pretty women almost cost him his life; and how he desperately tried to 'retire', only to discover the inevitable - that gangsters never rest in peace.

Kenny Noye Public Enemy No 1

Kenny Noye Public Enemy No 1

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2006

Kenneth Noye is a criminal mastermind and millionaire. The man at the top of organised crime in Britain fled the country after the murder of young motorist Stephen Cameron on the M25. His extradition from Spain caused banner headlines across the country. This book contains sensational material that could never be published until now: information on Noye's criminal dealings, the sinister truth of his life of crime. Bestselling investigative journalist Wensley Clarkson has penetrated the inner sanctum of Noye's closest family and criminal associates to paint a chilling portrait of a brilliant master criminal. Fully updated for the paperback, Clarkson details exactly how Noye continues to control his extensive criminal empire from behind bars.

Little Survivors

Little Survivors

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2005

They are sweet, innocent children without a care in the world. Then they are damaged by evil, cold-blooded adults who brutally take advantage of them. We would like to think that childhood is a happy time, secure and safe. We hear stories which show that this is not always the case. But in this collection of true stories, by turns horrifying and desperately sad, we see that a smashed childhood is all too common. But how and why did these innocent youngsters have their lives so cruelly spoiled? What makes adults abuse children and, ultimately, scar them for the rest of their lives? Little Prisoners tells real stories that are breathtaking in the bravery they reveal of the abused and horrifying in the catalogue of abuse they describe. The lives of ten innocent victims are recounted, as they tell in their own words the heartbreaking stories of how adults callously set about destroying their lives.

Mel Gibson Man on a Mission

Mel Gibson Man on a Mission

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2005

From cult screen actor to major movie director, Mel Gibson has firmly secured his place as a Hollywood player. His latest directorial project, The Passion of the Christ, has landed him centre stage once more, and author Wensley Clarkson reveals Mel's views on the controversy surrounding it. In addition, he'll uncover: the years of girlfriends, drinking and gambling; the inside stories of Mel's Hollywood business deals and how powerful Hollywood figures helped him to overcome his addictions to alcohol and cigarettes, plus the details of his marriage to Robyn and the secrets of his life with his many children. Mel Gibson: Man on a Mission provides an in-depth glimpse into the life of an actor who is a fiercely private man about whom relatively little is really known

John Travolta King of Cool

John Travolta King of Cool

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/08/2005

John Travolta is one of Hollywood's icons. With his trademark piercing blue eyes, he has won a place in the hearts of millions of film fans the world over. From disco king to ice-cool gangster, he has remained one of Hollywood's most popular leading men. This intimate portrait of Travolta's life and work is based one over one hundred interviews with his friends, colleagues and family. It explores his early life and unstoppable determination to forge a career in show business, his involvement with the Church of Scientology and how his relationship with the beautiful Kelly Preston has brought stability to his life. This book will be a must-read for anyone wanting to know more about this amazing star.

Hitmen

Hitmen

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2005

Hitmen are the most cruel and deadly characters in the criminal world. They can show no mercy towards their victims and as hired killers, they will often be the last person the police suspect.

Evil Beyond Belief

Evil Beyond Belief

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2005

This is the story of a man who was addicted to murder; a man who wickedly abused the trust of his patients with horrifying results. Dr Harold Shipman was a pillar of the community, serving on local committees, donating prizes to sports clubs and organizing charity collections. His patients saw him as kind, attentive and never too busy to chat. Yet behind this charming facade lay a prolific serial killer with at least 300 suspected victims. Small, bespectacled Dr Shipman was making house calls - and then committing murder with bloodcurdling expertise and professionalism. This book looks behind the man and reveals how Shipman continued to be a doting husband and father, trusted and liked by most of his patients. It looks at how he was able to get away with murder for so long and why he was driven by a lust for death.

Mother Dearest

Mother Dearest

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2005

The bond between a mother and daughter is like no other. But in the case of the Knorr family, with deranged and deluded mother Theresa Knorr at its head, the love and trust that a child naturally places in a parent was grotesquely betrayed under a perverse and terrible set of circumstances. To friends and neighbours, dark-haired Theresa was a devoted, loving mother struggling to bring up five children on her own. Little did they know that, behind closed doors, the same woman was driven by religious extremism, terrible paranoia and an all-consuming jealousy of her daughters' beauty that led to one of the worst cases of serial abuse and murder in history. This is the true story of a family unit twisted out of all recognition by a mother who perpetrated the most evil of crimes. A story that would not have been told was it not for one surviving daughter.

Mel Gibson Man on a Mission

Mel Gibson Man on a Mission

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2004

From cult screen actor to major movie director, Mel Gibson has firmly secured his place as a Hollywood player. His latest directorial project, The Passion of the Christ, has landed him centre stage once more, and author Wensley Clarkson tells how reveals Mel's views on the controversy surrounding it. In addition, he'll uncover: the years of girlfriends, drinking and gambling; the inside stories of Mel's Hollywood business deals and how powerful Hollywood figures helped him to overcome his addictions to alcohol and cigarettes, plus the details of his marriage to Robyn and the secrets of his life with his many children. Mel Gibson:: Man on a Mission provides an in-depth glimpse into the life of an actor who, despite his up-front public persona, is a fiercely private man about whom relatively little is really known.

Romeo Killer

Romeo Killer

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2004

'I don't know what drives me to kill. All I know is that I like it.' Young, handsome Lesley Eugene Warren was a magnet for the young women who fell for his seductive charm. Little did they know that underneath the beguiling exterior lay a twisted desire to kill. This is a terrifying true account of a serial killer who left a trail of tragedy and death across the East Coast of America. When police eventually caught up with the evil Warren, he admitted that he did not know what drove him to kill. All he knew was that he liked it. These brutal murders shocked and disturbed a community, a community that slept more easily once Warren was finally caught and locked up. Now the horrifying true story is finally revealed in this shocking, sensational book.

Born to Kill

Born to Kill

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2004

As crowds formed outside the mansion to mourn their slain idol - Gianni Versace - one man ripped Versace ads from a magazine and daubed them in the designer's blood as a keepsake. Among the heartbroken fans there was a young man in his mid-twenties watching avidly. He seemed to be smiling. Why? That young man was Andrew Cunanan. In the months before he murdered Gianni Versace with two cold-blooded shots at close range, th crazed killer went on a murderous spree, taking the lives of five men. He eluded police for three months until 23 July 1997. After a dramatic standoff on a Miami houseboat, police found Cunanan inside the boat - slain by his own hand. This text tells a disturbing and intriguing expose of a man driven by an insatiable urge to kill. It examines why one of the world's most famous spree killers went to such evil lengths.

A Marriage Made in Hell

A Marriage Made in Hell

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2004

They met while working together in Georgia: 17-year-old Larry Kelley and 31-year-old wife and mother Gina Spann. Their unusual friendship soon blossomed into something much more when Gina invited Larry to live with her, her husband Kevin and their teenage son. But it didn't stop there. Gina enlisted Larry and three of his friends to murder her husband and cash in on his $300,000 insurance policy. So on Mother's Day 1997, two teenagers knocked on Spann's door and when Kevin opened it, they shot him point-blank. Police zeroed in on the motley crue soon enough - Gina, Larry and two of his friends would each receive life sentences for the ruthless murder of Kevin Spann. In a case as twisted and shocking as fiction, Wensley Clarkson explores this volatile web of sex, greed and murder that ended in deadly disaster.

Devil Woman

Devil Woman

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2004

This is true story of cold-blooded, evil murder. When Jimmy Grund married his second wife Susan, he thought that he had found the woman of his dreams. Here was a beautiful and seductive woman, yet beneath the beguiling exterior lurked a greedy, calculating temptress. When Jimmy discovered his wife's secret past of previous marriages and a terrible crime, he decided to divorce her. This decision proved to be a fatal mistake: Susan Grund was not about to let anyone leave her. The murder of Jimmy Grund was a deeply shocking crime but even more shocking were the revelations that were to unfold subsequent to his death. A chilling tale of deceit and brutality, this is a book that will terrify and mystify in equal measure.

The Devil's Work

The Devil's Work

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2004

I love you and I'm going to bed , were the last words Elyse Pahler ever said to her parents. Little did she know that she was about to begin a waking nightmare that would end in her grisly murder. Later that night, Elyse slipped out of her parents' house for a bit of forbidden fun. She never suspected that three local boys - two of whom took the school bus with her - were outside in the dark waiting to perform a human sacrifice in the name of Satan. Prosecutors say the three boys dragged a terrified Elyse to a deserted area they believed was the devil's alter, where, after being drugged, tortured and raped, she died of multiple stab wounds. For eight months, Elyse's body lay hidden in a eucalyptus grove until an unexpected tip to police revealed the ghastly crime. The Devil's Work is an unthinkable tragedy, a horrifying voyage into the deepest evil imaginable.

Driven to Kill

Driven to Kill

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2004

One Wednesday morning, having murdered his mother at home, overweight, outcast Luke Woodham entered his Mississippi high school, armed with a hunting rifle. He opened fire and then calmly walked out of the school door, leaving two teenage girls dead and another seven students seriously injured. Although Luke was the assassin, behind his acts lay another, more sinister mastermind in the form of Grant Boyette - an 18-year-old devil worshipper who used his fantasy role-playing game to incite six students to hatred, satanism and much more. This book tells the sensational story of how Woodham was driven to kill.

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2003

These are stories of women who challenge our idea of what we often mistakenly think of as the weaker sex. Their characters and backgrounds are as diverse as they are deadly and their crimes are every bit as gruesome as those carried out by their male counterparts. But what drives a woman to kill? Is there a common theme? Is it desperation, as in the case of the beautiful Diana Perry who suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband before taking matters into her own hands? Or could it be pure evil, as in the case of Bobby, a lesbian whose interest in blood led her to lead a sect of like-minded women into one of the most horrific seduction killings ever seen? The astonishing truth lies in these pages.

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2003

Of big-screen names today, Tom Cruise is one of the biggest. His increasingly brilliant and mature performances in films such as Magnolia , Vanilla Sky , Eyes Wide Shut and Minority Report have kept him at the top of his game. And yet there is so much about this elusive character that the fans do not know. In this biography, Wensley Clarkson promises to reveal the truth about his involvement with the Church of Scientology, the controversial beliefs that masked a secret political ambition, the real reason he and Nicole Kidman adopted children and the excruciating truth about their break up.

Rio!

Rio!

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2003

Rio Ferdinand is set to take his place amongst the legends of football. He was signed at 17 to West Ham and selected soon afterwards to play internationally. He transferred to Leeds at 21 for 18 million - then a record for a defender - and his skills soon made him a captain. Following his World Cup performance, he was bought by Manchester United for 30 million, once again breaking all records. This biography details the secrets behind this towering talent. It tells of a childhood on the rough streets of Peckham, how the death of classmate Stephen Lawrence affected him, his controversial behaviour in Cyprus and examines the footballing skills that spellbind stadiums.

A Tale in the Sting

A Tale in the Sting

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2003

Sting is one of the biggest rock stars in the world. Revered by fans, loved by critics, his albums sell in their millions and he has been assured a place in the list of rock music all-time greats. This biography gets straight to the heart of the man behind the public image of this secretive man, revealing aspects of his life that are seldom glimpsed in the media - his difficult relationship with actress Trudi Styler and his acting pursuits. It also reveals the truth about his high profile passion for the environment.

Gangsters

Gangsters

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2003

***THE INSIDE STORIES OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CAREER CRIMINALS IN LONDON...*** Included are such underworld legends as: * The Adams Family * Kenneth Noye * John 'Little Legs' Lloyd Investigative journalist Wensley Clarkson is an acknowledged expert in this field, and has encountered the villains he writes about. The conclusions he draws are astonishing: that crime is the third biggest industry in the UK; that it even helps legitimate businesses survive. The life stories of the various career criminals featured in this book will amaze and shock any law-abiding citizens that read it...

Rio!

Rio!

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2002

Few in the history of football have achieved such greatness so young and so fast as Rio Ferdinand. Signed by West Ham at the age of 17, it wasn't long before he was selected to represent his country at international level. At 21, he was transferred to Leeds for #18 million, then a record for a defender, where his skill and hard work soon earned him his captaincy. After his unforgettable performance against Denmark in the 2002 World Cup, he has been signed to Manchester United for #30 million and once more broken all records. So how exactly did Rio get to be so good? Here, Clarkson reveals the secrets behind Rio's talent and incredible ambition by talking to those who know him best. The book takes a look at his childhood on the rough streets of Peckham, how the death of classmate Steven Lawrence affected him, his controversial behaviour in Cyprus and, of course, the magic that can keep stadiums spellbound.

Ronaldo King of the World

Ronaldo King of the World

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2002

Born in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro, to an impoverished mother and an alcoholic father, Ronaldo Luiz De Lima overcame his humble beginnings to become one of the greatest footballers the world has ever known. Here, Clarkson uncovers the truth about Ronaldo's life: his modest childhood in the deadly, drug ravaged slums of Rio, where he witnessed friends murdered; his shame and disappointment at the 1998 World Cup in Paris, where he was brought to his knees in front of a world-wide audience of two billion; and his glorious moment of triumph as he overcame all his past troubles to win the 2002 World Cup for Brazil. Ronaldo's mother, father, school teachers and childhood friends all reveal their secrets about the footballing superstar. His amazing career is closely examined through his first coaches in Rio, to PSV Einhoven, Barcelona and Inter Milan, through to Brazil's victory at Japan/Korea 2002.

The Boss

The Boss

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2002

The Boss is a man who commands respect: from his family, from his friends, and from hard men on both sides of the law. A bare-knuckle champion, he finds himself wrongly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. Now free from the constraints of the prison world, he must forge a new life for himself on the outside. As he tries to save his marriage and his tempestuous but loving relationship with his daughter, he embarks upon a bizarre journey through London's underworld, encountering a host of curious villains who stand between him and his efforts to rehabilitate himself. The Boss is a story of hard men and tough villains, a story of honour and respect; of a life on the street where your word is everything, and your fists do the talking.

Hitman

Hitman

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2002

Malcolm Deakin, one-time Falklands hero, is a hitman; a classic gangland shooter with twelve ice-cold killings to his name on the streets of London. Each one of these twelve killings is committed without remorse; Deakin does not give a second thought to his hapless victims. But then along comes target number thirteen...It is an old school friend, and as the hitman begins researching the contract he gets the nasty feeling that his intended victim is about to turn the tables on him. The hitman is set on the same streets and supposedly respectable suburbs where real-life public enemy number one Kenneth Noye made his name. Author P.J.Adams takes the reader on an authentic, nail-biting, roller-coaster ride through the full, face-on brutality of southeast London's underworld in a book that combines the wit of Alfie with the brutality and tangled domestic life of The Sopranos.

Good Doctor

Good Doctor

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: eBook Release Date: 19/05/2002

Fifty-five-year-old Dr. Harold "e;Fred"e; Shipman has a noble dedication to his profession, winning the trust of his patients with ingratiating charm and an old-school bedside manner. In fact, he even made house calls--but his unsuspecting patients has no idea of the evil that lurked behind the friendly facade of the kindly doctor...After thirty years of practice, Dr. Shipman's true nature was finally exposed--that of a calculating killer who delivered his own prescription for death. Authorities eventually unearthed the shocking possibility that the fatherly physician had killed as many as 297 people. As body after body was exhumed from the local graveyard, the question grew more disturbing. How could such a prolific killer remain undetected for so long? What motive drove this seemingly "e;good"e; doctor to his deadly obsession with murder? And just how many people did Harold Shipman kill? The search for answers would take investigators into the life of a man who forever changed the stereotype of the sweet country doctor...

Sisters in Blood

Sisters in Blood

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2002

In this volume, Wensley Clarkson presents yet more horrific stories about women who kill, revealing the truth behind their crimes and examining the motives that drive such women to commit these gruesome acts of violence,

Gangsters

Gangsters

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/11/2001

The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/11/2001

Clarkson has traced the course of the career of Britain's most successful serial murder, Dr Shipman. He has made remarkable discoveries that will forever change Shipman's standing in the canon of serial killers, and he reveals that Shipman's victims were not just helpless little old ladies.

Killer Women

Killer Women

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2001

Wensley Clarkson has researched the murders that women have inflicted upon their men. This book reveals the truth about these women and where they come from.

The Female of the Species

The Female of the Species

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2000

Sting The Biography

Sting The Biography

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2000

Railroad Killer

Railroad Killer

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/1999

Reverend Norman Sirnic and his wife Karen were found in their bloodstained bed with their heads smashed inWhile her husband and daughters were away, pediatric neurologist Claudia Benton received 19 fatal blows to the headJoseph Konvicka, a grandmother of six who loved to garden, was found dead in her home from a blow to the headAngel Maturino Resendez is described by most who know him as a quiet, polite, soft-spoken man, a loving husband and father to a baby daughter. But law enforcement officials suspect that he might be responsible for upwards of eight grisly and random killings in the span of two years, all of which occured near the southwest railroad line that the killer is believed to have ridden on his twisted murder spree. In each case, the same mode of attack--resulting in the same slow and painful death--appears to have been used, pointing to the methodical slayings of a serial killer. Is Angel Maturino Resendez the ruthless Railroad Killer--a sadistic slayer who led police on one of the longest manhunts in history? Bestselling true crime author Wensley Clarkson digs deep into the heart of a horrifying murder case to uncover some stunning answers.

Deadlier Than the Male

Deadlier Than the Male

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/1999

She was going to kill. There was nothing she could do to stop it. The more she thought of her own cruel upbringing, the more she failed to shame herself about committing murder. She could not control her hunger.... Part of the TRUE CRIME series, this book gives insight into the dark minds of some of the world's most sinister women.

Ronaldo 21 Years of Genius and 90 Minutes That Shook the World

Ronaldo 21 Years of Genius and 90 Minutes That Shook the World

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/1998

It should have been a day of crowning glory for one of the world's most impressive footballers. Instead, it literally brought the talented young star to his knees. His worst nightmare came true, and he failed to deliver in the most important game of his life. Investigative journalist Wensley Clarkson charts Ronaldo's career, from his humble beginnings in the Rio slums through his rise to internaitonal stardom. He also reveals the events that led to his performance in Paris on July 12th 1998.

Tom Cruise The Inside Story

Tom Cruise The Inside Story

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/1996

Films like Top Gun , Rain Man and The Firm have turned Tom Cruise into a well-known superstar, yet he is a fiercely private man. Based on information from Cruise's friends, lovers and enemies, this book paints a revealing portrait of the star. It tells of his childhood and the grief he felt when his father walked out on his family and looks at why Cruise's first marriage fell apart. It also looks at Cruise's deep involvement with the controversial Church of Scientology, and reveals the story behind his decision to adopt two children with his wife Nicole Kidman.

The Mother from Hell

The Mother from Hell

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/1995

To friends and neighbours Theresa Knorr was a devoted, loving mother struggling to bring up five children on her own. Yet she had secretly become so insanely jealous of her daughters' growing beauty that she arranged terrible deaths for two of them. The sole surviving daughter told police how Theresa ordered her sons to drug, torture, and then burn alive one daughter, before starving a second to death. At first police refused to believe this wickedness, but evidence continued to mount and after five years, Thersa was finally charged with being her children's executioner.

Mel: the inside Story

Mel: the inside Story

Author: Wensley Clarkson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/1994

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