Watch Out Behind You: 7 Mysteries from the Past

Watch Out Behind You: Mysteries from the PastYou may have noticed that books, podcasts, and shows about crime are more popular than ever these days. People love to learn about how mysteries are investigated and solved, true or not. And the techniques for solving crimes are constantly evolving. It sounds amazing, but DNA testing has only been used to help identify criminals for 30 years. That’s not a long time, considering how long humans have been around.

So what did crimes, crime-solving, investigations, and trials look like years ago without all this relatively newfangled technology? How did the police find the bad guys before DNA testing or even fingerprinting was around? How did people react when they couldn’t get updates on a trial every minute on social media? Here are seven great books that examine just that: life—and death—before technology.




Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor, co-host of All the Books, a Book of the Month judge, and above all else, a ravenous reader. She resides in Maine with her cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon. You can see pictures of her cats and book hauls on Twitter @MissLiberty and Instagram @franzencomesalive.