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This is a trip to Pennsylvania's darker side,
where crime history is tangled with our nation's history.
From the best-known serial killers to some of
America's biggest crime headlines, it's all here!

The Crime Buff's Guide to


Coming October 1, 2013
from Globe Pequot Press!

In 1791, Philadelphia was the capital of the United States and the fledgling nation's largest city, boasting nearly forty thousand people. And where there are people, there is crime. For every Daniel Boone, Margaret Mead, and Robert Fulton born in Pennsylvania, there was a cannibalizing Alfred Packer, a child-killing Darlie Routier, and a mass murdering George Hennard close behind.

From the congested streets in the City of Brotherly Love to a lonely field near Shanksville, grab your GPS and venture with us to the scenes of some of America's most historic crimes, from the spot where America's first bank robber struck ... to the park where the first school shooting in America happened ... to the birthplaces of legendary Old West outlaws ... to the childhood homes of the innocent and the guilty.

Bestselling crime author Ron Franscell and researcher Karen Valentine are your expert guides as OUTLAW PENNSYLVANIA continues your journey across the American crime landscape!


Watch the book trailer for OUTLAW WASHINGTON DC!

Praise for the CRIME BUFF'S GUIDE series

"The ultimate guilty pleasure book."

"What’s not to love? Don’t miss the adventure!"
— TrueCrimeZine.com

"The research in this book is simply amazing! Ron Franscell has basically re-mapped Texas, specifically pinpointing where all of our most notorious outlaws lived, performed their gruesome deeds, and died. On top of that, he's uncovered riveting stories about outlaws in far away corners of the state that very few us even knew about. For everyone interested in Texas' great outlaw past, this is an indispensable guide."
— Skip Hollandsworth, executive editor of Texas Monthly

"Little-known details peppered throughout the book are what readers of true crime long for. Now, tourists and adventurers alike can also take this new brand of D.C. tour. Whatever their interests, they’re in for a real treat -- and they’re bound to learn something new."
— Cathy Scott, Publishers Marketplace

"Texas has more than its share of unforgettable crime stories that cover a full range of human emotions-from the tragically comical to the unspeakably horrific. None of those stories can be fully understood without the context of place and Ron Franscell's OUTLAW TEXAS, an effective combination of interesting stories, directions, and GPS coordinates, gives us the "what and where" necessary to understand our uniquely Texan true crime heritage."
— Gary Lavergne, bestselling author of "A Sniper in the Tower" and "Bad Boy from Redbud"

"Gifted crime writer Ron Franscell takes you along on an absolutely fascinating road trip. And along the way, be prepared to often hear yourself saying, 'Damn, I didn't know that!'"
— Carlton Stowers, dean of Texas true crime and Edgar-winning author of "To The Last Breath" and "Careless Whispers"

"Can't wait to fire up my GPS. A fascinating trek through Texas crime."
— Kathryn Casey, author of the Texas true crimes "Shattered" and "Descent into Hell"

"The Crime Buff's Guide to The Outlaw Rockies is a fascinating and macabre tour of crime locations and criminal acts where the body count is as high as the altitude. Readers will be reminded that the Wild West was really wild -- and that it still is. Ron Franscell is a thorough and unflinching guide. This book is hard to put down and voyeurs with GPS units should be both thrilled ... and weirded out at times."
— C.J. BOX, New York Times bestselling author

"Ron Franscell knows where the bodies are buried!"

"As a crime writer, Ron Franscell knows the feeling well ... to understand a crime, you have to do more than just read about it in a book or hear about it in a history class. You have to go there."

"One of the best true crime writers going today, Ron Franscell has provided in OUTLAW ROCKIES a fascinating guide to help true crime buffs locate the crime scenes that made the Old Wild West wild, as well as those of the most notorious of modern day homicides. In a lengthy series of well-written 'mini-stories' that also provides the GPS coordinates and addresses, OUTLAW ROCKIES takes the adventurous reader on a historical tour from the haunts of Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch to the Denver home of a radio shock jock gunned down by white supremacists. I can imagine legions of true crime fans with Franscell's book in hand standing in these places, contemplating in real life what the characters of history saw and experienced."
— Steve Jackson, bestselling author of MONSTER

Order now at Amazon!
The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texas
The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Washington DC
The Crime Buff's Guide to the Outlaw Rockies

[Sourtoe]   [Delivered from Evil]   [The Darkest Night]
   [Outlaw Pennsylvania]   [Outlaw DC]   [Outlaw Texas]   [Outlaw Rockies]
   [Angel Fire]   [The Deadline]   [The Obituary]