A Guide to 7 Unique True Crime Gifts

By Nicky M. | Arcadia Staff
If you turn on your TV for long enough, you’re sure to find a crime show. Whether it’s the fictional Law & Order or the true crime Forensic Files, it seems that people are obsessed with the catching of a killer. If you know a true crime fanatic, however, you’re probably hard-up to find them a unique gift for this holiday season. That’s why we’re here to help, with stories of the macabre, novelty murder notes, and a bloody curtain for good measure.

Jack the Ripper. Jeffrey Dahmer. Charles Manson. For many, these names send chills down the spine with images of some of the world’s most feared serial killers. But for a true crime fan, their stories are a fascinating look at the human psyche gone wrong, and a mystery to be solved. At the holidays, a true crime fan is sure to appreciate a gift that appeals to their love of the macabre.

Whether your true crime fan is young or old, these 7 gifts for true crime fans will encourage their gruesome interests and love for justice. These gifts will let a true crime fan showcase their passion, develop their detective skills, and even introduce them to crimes even they’ve never heard of before.

) The Corpsewood Manor Murders of North Georgia1) The Corpsewood Manor Murders of North Georgia, by Amy Petulla

In 1982, Tony West and Avery Brock made a visit to notorious Corpsewood Manor under the pretense of a celebration. They brutally murdered their hosts, Dr. Charles L. Scudder and Joseph (Joey) Odom. But these murders were most than just savage – rumors surrounded the two murdered men, with claims of witchcraft and Satanism abundant. In the Corpsewood Manor, Satantic symbols were abundant, and Dr. Scudder’s Jeep even had large pentagrams painted on its doors. Shrouded in mystery, Amy Petulla attempts to make sense of the case in The Corpsewood Manor Murders of North Georgia. Today, the animated trial, its occult-worshipping victims, and greedy murderers have earned this homicide a permanent place in North Georgia folklore.


2) A Smithsonian Science Finger Print Kit

For the young amateur detective, learning the tools of the trade is the first step towards becoming a true investigator. This Smithsonian Science Finger Print Kit will teach your favorite would-be Nancy Drew about one of the most well-known piece of crime scene evidence, and the science behind fingerprint collecting. From lifting fingerprints off surfaces, to the three basic types of fingerprints, your favorite sleuth is sure to become an expert in forensic evidence.

Death on the Devil's Teeth: The Strange Murder That Shocked Suburban New Jersey3) Death on the Devil's Teeth: The Strange Murder That Shocked Suburban New Jersey, by Jesse P. Pollack & Mark Moran

As Springfield residents decorated for Halloween in September 1972, the crime rate in the quiet, affluent township was at its lowest in years. That mood was shattered when the body of sixteen-year-old Jeannette DePalma was discovered in the local woods, allegedly surrounded by strange objects. DePalma was thought to have been a runaway, but was found in her local woods, missing an arm, and surrounded by intentional arrangements of sticks and stones. Jesse Pollack and Mark Moran explore the discovery of Jeanette’s body, the countless theories about her death, and the frustrating cold case in Death on the Devil's Teeth: The Strange Murder That Shocked Suburban New Jersey.


4) Jack the Ripper’s “From Hell” Letter

Long before the time of serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer and the Zodiac Killer, there was Jack the Ripper. The notorious killer terrorized the backstreets of London, and led police on a wild goose chase that was never quite completed. Any true crime aficionado will know Jack the Ripper, and will appreciate this remake of his “From Hell” letter, which the killer originally sent with half a human organ. This reproduction has been expertly antiqued and stained to create a great novelty gift for those who can’t get enough of the macabre.

Missouri's Mad Doctor McDowell: Confederates, Cadavers and Macabre Medicine5) Missouri's Mad Doctor McDowell: Confederates, Cadavers and Macabre Medicine, by Victoria Cosner & Lorelei Shannon

Body snatcher. Grave robber. Mad scientist. Brilliant surgeon. Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell was known by many things in 19th century Missouri, not least for suspending his dead daughter in a copper cylinder filled with liquid in a bid to preserve her beauty. In Missouri's Mad Doctor McDowell: Confederates, Cadavers and Macabre Medicine, authors Victoria Cosner & Lorelei Shannon explore Missouri’s Dr. McDowell, and the strange stories that have surrounded his life and work. Did he really leave his daughter’s body in a cave? Was he insane? True crime fans will love discovering the truth of one of the country’s most reviled physicians.


6) A Blood Bath Shower Curtain

For a true crime fan, the films of Alfred Hitchcock are most likely some of their favorites. This blood bath shower curtain not only recalls the shower scene of Hitchock’s famous Psycho, but also allows a crime fan to showcase their love of all things bloody and gory. And in those moments their passion isn’t on full display, the shower curtain can be pulled aside to hide the evidence!

The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroit’s Infamous 1930s Murder Mystery7) The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroit’s Infamous 1930s Murder Mystery, by Karen Dybis

Detroit was full of stark contrasts in 1931. Political scandals, rumrunners, and mobs lurked in the shadows of the city's soaring architecture and industrious population. In the middle of this commotion was Rose Veres, known as the “Witch of Delray.” Veres, who ran a boardinghouse in the Delray neighborhood, was rumored to control her neighbors and boarders, and to have murdered countless men who came to stay with her. In The Witch of Delray: Rose Veres & Detroit’s Infamous 1930s Murder Mystery, Karen Dybis explores the Witch’s last murder, and the story that rocked Great Depression Detroit

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