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Best Fact Crime Edgar Award Winners and Nominees

Complete List of All Since 1948

The Edgar Awards, which first were awarded in 1946, are given in a number of different categories. All Best Fact Crime Edgar Award Winners and Nominees since the award began in 1948 are listed below.

1998 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE DEATH OF INNOCENTS, by Richard Firstman and Jamie Talan (Bantam)
Nominated:
OUR GUYS: THE GLEN RIDGE RAPE AND THE SECRET LIFE OF THE PERFECT SUBURB, by Bernard Lefowitz (University of California Press)
THE NAPOLEAN OF CRIME: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ADAM WORTH, MASTER THIEF, by Ben MacIntyre (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
BITTER HARVEST: A WOMAN'S FURY, A MOTHER'S SACRIFICE, by Ann Rule (Simon & Schuster)
MAY GOD HAVE MERCY: A TRUE STORY OF CRIME & PUNISHMENT, by John C. Tucker (Norton)

1998 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: TO THE LAST BREATH, by Carlton Stowers (St. Martin's Press)
Nominated:
DEATH SENTENCE, by Jerry Bledsoe (Dutton)
TOUGH JEWS, by Rich Cohen (Simon & Schuster)
GREENTOWN, by Timothy Dumas (Arcade)
ONE OF OURS, by Richard A. Serrano (W. W. Norton)

1997 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: POWER TO HURT, by Darcy O'Brien (Harper Mass Market Paperbacks)

1996 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE, by Pete Earley (Bantam Books)
Nominated:
MINDHUNTER by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker (Scribner)
BORN TO KILL by T. J. English (Wm. Morrow)
UNFINISHED MURDER by James Neff (Pocket)
BY TWO AND TWO by Jim Schutze (Wm. Morrow)

1995 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE, by Joe Domanick (Pocket)
Nominated:
BEFORE HE WAKES by Jerry Bledsoe (Dutton)
MISSISSIPPI MUD by Edward Humes (Simon & Schuster)
IN THE BEST OF FAMILIES by Dennis McDougal (Warner)
BREAKDOWN by Eileen McNamara (Pocket)

1994 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: UNTIL THE TWELFTH OF NEVER, by Bella Stumbo (Pocket Books)
Nominated:
LINDBERGH: THE CRIME, by Noel Behn (Atlantic Monthly/Grove)
FINAL JUSTICE, by Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith (Dutton)
THE MISBEGOTTEN SON, by Jack Olsen (Delacorte)
GONE IN THE NIGHT, by David Protess & Rob Warden (Delacorte)

1993 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: SWIFT JUSTICE, by Harry Farrell (St. Martin's)
Nominated:
THE TRUNK MURDERESS: WINNIE RUTH JUDD, by Jana Bommersbach (Simon & Schuster)
BLOOD ECHOES, by Thomas H. Cook (Dutton)
EVERYTHING SHE EVER WANTED, by Ann Rule (Simon & Schuster)
MY HUSBAND'S TRYING TO KILL ME, by Jim Schutze (HarperCollins)

1992 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: HOMICIDE: A YEAR ON THE KILLING STREETS, by David Simon (Houghton Mifflin)
Nominated:
WITNESSES FROM THE GRAVE: THE STORIES BONES TELL, by Christopher Joyce and Eric Stover (Little, Brown)
BOSS OF BOSSES: THE FALL OF THE GODFATHER: THE FBI AND PAUL CASTELLANO, by Joseph F. O'Brien and Andris Kurins (Simon & Schuster)
DEN OF THIEVES, by James B. Stewart (Simon & Schuster)
DEATH OF ELVIS: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, by Charles C. Thompson II and James P. Cole (Delacorte)

1991 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: IN A CHILD'S NAME, by Peter Maas (Simon & Schuster)
Nominated:
GOOMBATA, by John Cummings and Ernest Volkman (Little, Brown)
BEYOND REASON, by Ken Englade (St. Martin's)
A DEATH IN WHITE BEAR LAKE, by Barry Siegel (Bantam)

1990 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: DOC: THE RAPE OF THE TOWN OF LOVELL, by Jack Olsen (Atheneum)
Nominated:
THE BLOODING: THE TRUE STORY OF THE NARBOROUGH VILLAGE MURDERS, by Joseph Wambaugh (Perigord/Morrow)
WASTED: THE PREPPIE MURDER, by Linda Wolfe (Simon & Schuster)
THE DEATH SHIFT: THE TRUE STORY OF NURSE GENENE JONES AND THE TEXAS BABY MURDERS, by Peter Elkind (Viking)
MURDER IN LITTLE EGYPT, by Darcy O'Brien (Wm. Morrow)

1989 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, by Harry N. MacLean (Harper & Row)
Nominated:
A GATHERING OF SAINTS, by Robert Lindsey (Simon & Schuster)
MONKEY ON A STICK, by John Hubner and Lindsey Gruson (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
FAMILY OF SPIES: INSIDE THE JOHN WALKER SPY RING, by Pete Earley (Bantam)
THE COCAINE WARS, by Paul Eddy with Hugo Sabogal and Sara Walden (Norton)

1988 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: CBS MURDERS, by Richard Hammer (Wm. Morrow)
Nominated:
DREAMS OF ADA, by Robert Mayer (Viking)
ENGAGED TO MURDER, by Loretta Schwartz-Nobel (Viking)
THE MAN WHO ROBBED THE PIERRE, by Ira Berkow (Atheneum)
TALKED TO DEATH, by Stephen Singular (Beechtree Books/Morrow)

1987 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: CARELESS WHISPERS: THE TRUE STORY OF A TRIPLE MURDER AND THE DETERMINED LAWMAN WHO WOULDN'T GIVE UP, by Carlton Stowers (Taylor)
Nominated:
INCIDENT AT BIG SKY: SHERIFF JOHNNY FRANCE AND THE MOUNTAIN MEN, by Johnny France and Malcolm McConnell (Norton)
THE POISON TREE: A TRUE STORY OF FAMILY VIOLENCE AND REVENGE, by Alan Prendergast (Putnam)
UNVEILING CLAUDIA: A TRUE STORY OF SERIAL MURDER, by Daniel Keyes (Bantam) WISEGUY: LIFE IN A MAFIA FAMILY, by Nicholas Pileggi (Simon & Schuster)

1986 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: SAVAGE GRACE, by Natalie Robins and Steven M. L. Aronson (Wm. Morrow)
Nominated:
THE AIRMAN AND THE CARPENTER: THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING AND THE FRAMING OF RICHARD HAUPTMANN, by Ludovic Kennedy (Viking Penguin)
AT MOTHER'S REQUEST: A TRUE STORY OF MONEY, MURDER AND BETRAYAL, by Jonathan Coleman (Atheneum)
THE MURDER OF A SHOPPING BAG LADY, by Brian Kates (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
NUTCRACKER: MONEY, MADNESS, MURDER: A FAMILY ALBUM, by Shana Alexander (Doubleday)
SOMEBODY'S HUSBAND, SOMEBODY'S SON: THE STORY OF THE YORKSHIRE RIPPER, by Gordon Burn (Viking Penguin)

1985 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: DOUBLE PLAY: THE SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL KILLINGS, by Mike Weiss (Addison-Wesley)
Nominated:
EARTH TO EARTH, by John Cornwell (Ecco Press)
EVIDENCE OF LOVE: A TRUE STORY OF PASSION AND DEATH IN THE SUBURBS, by John Bloom and Jim Atkinson (Texas Monthly Press)
THE MOLINEUX AFFAIR, by Jane Pejsa (Kenwood Publishing)
MURDER AT THE MET, by David Black (Dial Press)

1984 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: VERY MUCH A LADY, by Shana Alexander (Little, Brown)
Nominated:
DEADLY FORCE, by Lawrence O'Donnell, Jr. (Wm. Morrow)
JUDGEMENT DAY, by Bob Lancaster and B. C. Hall (Seaview Putman)
SON, by Jack Olsen (Atheneum)
THE VON BULOW AFFAIR, by William Wright (Delcorte)

1983 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE VATICAN CONNECTION, by Richard Hammer (Holt, Reinhart & Winston)
Nominated:
BIG BUCKS, by Ernest Tidyman (Norton)
DEADLY INTENTIONS, by William Randolph Stevens (Condon & Weed)
INDECENT EXPOSURE, by David McClintock (Wm. Morrow)
SOMEBODY IS LYING: THE STORY OF DOCTOR X., by Myron Farber (Doubleday)

1982 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE STING MAN, by Robert W. Greene (Dutton)
Nominated:
BY REASON OF DOUBT, by Ellen Godfrey (Clarke, Irwin & Co.)
THE DAY THEY STOLE THE MONA LISA, by Seymour V. Reit (Summit)
THE MINDS OF BILLY MILLIGAN, by Daniel Keyes (Random House)
PAPA'S GAME, by Gregory Wallance (Rawson Wade)

1981 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: A TRUE DELIVERANCE, by Fred Harwell (Knopf)
Nominated:
ASSASSINATION OF EMBASSY ROW, by John Dinges and Saul Landeau (Pantheon)
THE TRIAL OF POLICEMAN THOMAS SHEA, by Thomas Hawser (Viking)

1980 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN, by Robert Lindsey (Simon & Schuster)
Nominated:
ANYONE'S DAUGHTER, by Shana Alexander (Viking)
BLOOD WILL TELL, by Gary Cartwright (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)
SENTENCED TO DIE, by Stephen H. Gettinger (Macmillan)
ZEBRA, by Clark Howard (Marek)

1979 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: TIL DEATH DO US PART, by Vincent Bugliosi and Ken Hurwitz (Norton)
Nominated:
WHY HAVE THEY TAKEN OUR CHILDREN?, by Jack W. Baugh and Jefferson Morgan (Delacourt)
CRIMINAL VIOLENCE, by Charles Silberman (Random House)
PERJURY, by Alan Weinstein (Knopf)

1978 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: BY PERSONS UNKNOWN, by George Jonas and Barbara Amiel (Grove Press)
Nominated:
CLOSING TIME, by Lacey Fosburgh (Delacorte)
SIX AGAINST THE ROCK, by Clark Howard (Dial Press)
THE VOICE OF GUNS, by Vin McLellan and Paul Avery (Putnam)
JUSTICE CRUCIFIED, by Roberta S. Feuerlicht (McGraw Hill)

1977 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: BLOOD AND MONEY, by Thomas Thompson (Doubleday)
Nominated:
THE MICHIGAN MURDERS, by Edward Keyes (Reader's Digest Press)
MURDER IN COWETA COUNTY, by Margaret Anne Barnes (Reader's Digest Press)

1976 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: A TIME TO DIE, by Tom Wicker (Quadrangle NY Times)
Nominated:
INVITATION TO A LYNCHING, by Gene Miller (Doubleday)
THE HOUSE ON GARIBALDI STREET, by Isser Harel (Viking)

1975 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: HELTER SKELTER, by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry (Norton)
Nominated:
THE MEMPHIS MURDERS, by Gerald Meyer (Seabury Press)
DUMMY, by Ernest Tidyman (Little, Brown)

1974 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: LEGACY OF DEATH, by Barbara Levy (Prentice Hall)
Nominated:
THE IMPLOSION CONSPIRACY, by Louis Nizer (Doubleday)
THE MEDICAL DETECTIVES, by Paulette Cooper (David McKay)
THE PROFESSION OF VIOLENCE, by John Pearson (Saturday Review Press)
BURDEN OF PROOF, by Ed Cray (Macmillan)

1973 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: HOAX, by Stephen Fay, Lewis Chester and Magnus Linkletter (Viking)
Nominated:
THE SANTA CLAUS BANK ROBBERY, by A.C. Greene (Knopf)
SHIPWRECK, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts (Stein & Day)
THEY GOT TO FIND ME GUILTY YET, by T.P. Slattery (Doubleday)

1972 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT, by Sandor Frankel (Stein & Day)
Nominated:
THE DISAPPEARENCE OF DR. PARKMAN, by Robert Sullivan (Little, Brown)
THE GIRL ON THE VOLKSWAGEN FLOOR, by William A. Clark (Harper & Row)

1971 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: A GREAT FALL, by Mildred Savage (Simon & Schuster)
Nominated:
THE NINTH JUROR, by Girard Chester (Random House)
CRIME IN AMERICA, by Ramsey Clark (Simon & Schuster)

1970 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE CASE THAT WILL NOT DIE, by Herbert B. Ehrmann (Little, Brown)
Nominated:
SCOTTSBORO, by Don T. Carter (Louisiana State Univ. Press)
THE VICTIMS, by Bernard Lefkowitz and Kenneth Gross (Putnam)
WHITMORE, by Fred C. Shapiro (Bobbs-Merrill)

1969 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: POE THE DETECTIVE, by John Walsh (Rutgers Univ. Press)
Nominated:
THE MULBERRY TREE, by John Frasca (Prentice Hall)
THREE SISTERS IN BLACK, by Norman Zierold (Little, Brown)

1968 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: A PRIVATE DISGRACE, by Victoria Lincoln (Putnam)
Nominated:
BLACK MARKET MEDICINE, by Margaret Kreig (Prentice Hall)
JUSTICE IN THE BACK ROOM, by Selwyn Raab (World Publishing Co.)
FRAME-UP, by Curt Gentry (Norton)

1967 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE BOSTON STRANGLER, by Gerold Frank (New American Library)
Nominated:
CRIME AND DETECTION, by Julian Symons (Crown)
THE LAST TWO TO HANG, by Elwyn Jones (Stein & Day)

1966 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: IN COLD BLOOD, by Truman Capote (Random House)
Nominated:
A LITTLE GIRL IS DEAD A, by Harry Golden (World)
THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH, by Michael V. DiSalle with Lawrence G. Blochman (Random House)
MURDERERS SANE AND MAD, by Miriam Allen deFord (Abelard-Schuman)
THE CENTURY OF THE DETECTIVE, by Jurgen Thorwald (Harcourt, Brace & World)

1965 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: GIDEON'S TRUMPET, by Anthony Lewis (Random House)
Nominated:
THE MINISTER AND THE CHOIR SINGER, by William Kunstler (Wm. Morrow)
THE HONORED SOCIETY, by Norman Lewis (Putnam)
THE MOLLY MAGUIRES, by Wayne G. Broehl, Jr. (Harvard University Press)
LAMENT FOR THE MOLLY MAGUIRES, by Arthur H. Lewis (Harcourt, Brace & World)

1964 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE DEED, by Gerold Frank (Simon & Schuster)
Nominated:
FLIGHT 967, by Brad Williams (Wm. Morrow)
THE HIRED KILLERS, by Peter Wyden (Wm. Morrow)

1963 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: TRAGEDY IN DEDHAM, by Francis Russell (McGraw-Hill)

1962 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: DEATH AND THE SUPREME COURT, by Barrett Prettyman, Jr. (Harcourt, Brace & World)
Nominated:
THE SHEPPARD MURDER CASE, by Paul Holmes (McKay)
LIZZIE BORDEN: THE UNTOLD STORY, by Edward D. Radin (Simon & Schuster)
KIDNAP, by George Waller (Dial)

1961 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE OVERBURY AFFAIR, by Miriam Allen deFord (Chilton)
Nominated:
MOSTLY MURDER, by Sir Sydney Smith (McKay)
HEAVEN KNOWS WHO, by Christianna Brand (Scribner's)

1960 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: FIRE AT SEA, by Thomas Gallager (Rinehart)
Nominated:
GREAT TRAIN ROBBERIES OF THE WEST, by Eugene B. Block (Coward McCann)

1959 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THEY DIED IN THE CHAIR, by Wenzell Brown (Popular Library)
Nominated:
THE DEADLY REASONS, by Edward D. Radin (Popular Library)
THE ROYAL VULTURES, by Sam Kollman as told to Hillel Black (Pocket Books)
THE MURDER AND THE TRIAL, by Edgar Lustgarten (Scribner's)
THE INCURABLE WOUND, by Berton Roueche (Little, Brown)

1958 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE D.A.'S MAN, by Harold R. Danforth and James D. Horan (Crown)
Nominated:
THE GIRL IN THE BELFRY, by Lenore Glen Offord and Joseph Henry Jackson (Gold Medal) MEMOIRS OF A BOW STREET RUNNER, by Henry Goddard edited, by Patrick Pringle (Wm. Morrow)

1957 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: NIGHT FELL ON GEORGIA, by Charles and Louise Samuels (Dell)
Nominated:
RUBY McCOLLUM, THE WOMAN IN THE SUWANNE JAIL, by William Bradford Huie (Dutton)
HISTORICAL WHODUNITS, by Hugh Ross Williamson (Macmillan)

1956 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: DEAD AND GONE, by Manly Wade Wellman (Univ. of North Carolina Press)
Nominated:
THE TRUTH ABOUT BELLE GUNNESS, by Lillian de la Torre (Gold Medal)
THE ASSASSINS, by Robert J. Donovan (Harper)

1955 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: THE GIRL WITH THE SCARLET BRAND, by Charles Boswell and Lewis Thompson (Fawcett)

1954 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: WHY DID THEY KILL?, by John Bartlow Martin (Ballantine)

1953 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: COURT OF LAST RESORT, by Erle Stanley Gardner (Wm. Sloane Assoc.)

1952 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: TRUE TALES FROM THE ANNALS OF CRIME AND RASCALITY, by St. Clair McKelway (Random House)
Nominated:
LADY KILLERS, by W.T. Brannon (Quinn)

1951 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: TWELVE AGAINST CRIME, by Edward D. Radin (Putnam)
Nominated:
William T. Brannon for general excellence in fact crime writing

1950 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: BAD COMPANY, by Joseph Henry Jackson (Harcourt, Brace & World)

1949 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: Marie Rodell for her editorship of the REGIONAL MURDER series (Duell, Sloan & Pearce)

1948 Edgar Award Best Fact Crime Winner and Nominees

Winner: TWELVE AGAINST THE LAW, by Edward D. Radin (Duell, Sloan & Pearce)