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81. Deadly American Beauty: A True Story of Passion, Adultery, and Murder (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
by John Glatt
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Greg DeVillers was a top biotech executive, and Kristen Rossum was embarking on a career in toxicology at the San Diego Medical Examiner's office. They seemed to be happily married, living the American dream. But only months shy of their second anniversary, Kristen found her handsome husband dead from a drug overdose-his corpse sprinkled with rose petals. By his side was their wedding photo. The scene was reminiscent of American Beauty, one of Kristen's favorite movies. Authorities deemed it a suicide.

Until they discovered that the rare poison found in Greg's body was the same poison missing from Kristen's office. Until they discovered the truth about Kristen's lurid affair, about her own long-time drug addiction, and about the personal and professional secrets she would kill to keep hidden-secrets that would ultimately expose the beautiful blonde as the deadly beauty she really was...a Deadly American Beauty
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3-0 out of 5 stars Felt Something Was Missing
I don't know if it was the content, the writing, or Kristen Rossum's soul, but this book just didn't come across to me as very memorable. I saw the story on Dateline or some other show, and that's why I bought the book. I wanted to get the rest of the story, but there really wasn't much more there. I found the book overall to be unsatisfying.

2-0 out of 5 stars B O R I N G
Being a fan of true crime, I picked up this book thinking "this should be an interesting read" however, it was the exact opposite. The Author never really gave much depth to the characters.....maybe they just didn't have any depth. We never find out the reason for Kristen Rossum's raging drug abuse (although it was hinted that an injury ending her chances at becoming a ballerina did it). So what she comes off as, is a spoiled child (which is probably the real reason for her drug abuse)who marries a man, who helps her (for awhile), get off drugs -- which she repays by killing him -- so she could be with her married lover. Sounds like a soap opera....a bad one. If you really want to read a good true crime try "Dead and Buried", "Lethal Intent" or "Scream at the Sky"....definately interesting reads.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Won't Sleep
Kristin Rossum will be in my nightmares!
Not since Nurse Jones murdered the children of San Antonio have I come across an equally heartless female professional. However, Jones could be understood as an unappreciated ego trapped in an average body as opposed to a blonde bombshell and summa cum laude graduate of San Diego State's chemistry program.
Perhaps the author exaggerated a few points such as calling UCSD and San Diego State prestigious and playing up Mike Robertson's star status but he mastered the craft of writing true crime.
Ann Rule, Jack Olson, and now John Glatt put true crime in a league with science fiction, mystery, and horror.

4-0 out of 5 stars This one's for you, Greg de Villers...may you rest in peace.
If ever a book served as proof that drugs do terrible things to people--and potentially far worse to those innocent victims closest to them--then this is the one. It also serves as a vivid example of why you should "never judge a book by its cover." Physically beautiful though she may be, Kristin Rossum is exactly the opposite inside.

Glatt paints a portrait of Kristin as a stunningly lovely, highly intelligent toxicologist, with a dark side that clearly takes over completely once she begins using drugs. We are led to believe that an injury suffered years earlier, which prevented her from pursuing her promising ballet career, was the impetus for her descent into drug abuse. Perhaps...

Yet, as I read this book I got the uncomfortable feeling that the only real "excuse" for her actions is the fact that something is missing in her very soul. She reminds me of sociopathic Pam Smart, the murderess from NH who enticed students into doing her bidding by killing her husband (also named Gregg). Both "Gregs" were very good guys, yet both of their pretty wives appeared to have ice cold blood in their veins. In Rossum's case, drugs joined that ice water, setting the stage for a real tragedy.

How terribly sad that Ms. Rossum would end up murdering Greg de Villers, the one man who truly cared enough to forgive her for past transgressions (of which there were many) and go above and beyond to save her. Depicted as heartbreakingly kind, extremely handsome, talented, and a rising young star in the business world, this was a young man who most women would have been only too proud to marry.

His biggest "flaw" seemed to be giving someone like Kristin endless chances to redeem herself, much as she didn't deserve them. He did everything in his power to bring out her good side and help her leave her drug habit--and the shocking behavior that went along with the substance abuse. He offered her the wonderful gift of unconditional love--if only she had embraced it. Probably fully realizing she couldn't, though, I wish she had refused it and allowed him to move on to someone else--a young lady worthy of him and appreciative of his good character.

Instead, Kristin reluctantly goes through with the marriage despite 2nd thoughts, thereby dooming Greg to a short and miserable life with her.

As much as it is a mystery why she would even WANT to cheat on Greg, it is also a mystery to me why she picked Michael Robertson to do it with! In every possible way, he seemed far beneath Greg de Villers. Gambling her entire future to murder for THIS CAD defies belief. And sure enough, in the end he was not by her side in any way, but back home in Australia.

Yet another mysterious aspect of the entire sequence of events is the behavior of Rossum's parents. I was frankly ashamed of Ralph and Constance Rossum. Understandably, no parent wants to think their own child is a murderer. However, even if they could not accept what I consider a foregone conclusion--that their daughter did commit this horrible deed--the least they could have done is show even a cursory display of sympathy for Greg's suffering family, and not tell outright lies about their dead son, simply to save their daughter's duplicitous neck. Instead, they engage in outrageous pettiness, like quibbling with Marie DeVillers about whether she had the "right" to use wedding photos Constance paid for. It's as if image and money are the "end all and be all" for these people--all they care about is twisting the truth to spare their daughter the prison fate she deserves, looking good to the public, and making money off the story. For such a "respectable" couple, I personally found their integrity sadly lacking.

Meanwhile, single Mom Marie de Villers kept her dignity, and sons Bertrand and Jerome loyally defended their brother Greg's memory to the end. It was equally obvious that Greg's colleagues at Orbigen deeply cared for him. Their concern was touching, and a more fitting tribute to him than the insincere displays of grief from the Rossum's. It was nice to know that amidst all of the evil, there were still some heroes here.

As painful as it is to read Glatt's well researched book and realize that the story is true, I am glad I read it, if only to be able to join Greg de Viller's family and friends in expressing deep regret for the loss of such an exemplary young man.

5-0 out of 5 stars Page-turner; couldn't put it down
Kristin Rossum is a textbook sociopath and a spoiled brat of the worst kind. She sits there in her parents' multi-million dollar home and speaks badly of the homeless and the poor while she steals money from her boyfriend and later drugs from her job to support her meth habit. Incidentally, her parents had no problems with putting on the poor mouth and having a Public Defender take up the cause of their precious daughter when it came time for her to pay the piper!

And Ralph and Constance Rossum - how pathetic - ultra-right wingers for whom everything was about appearances. They would have done Greg deVillers a huge favor by allowing their oh so wonderful daughter to pull out of the wedding when she expressed doubts. But, hey, what would the folks at the country club think?

I can't believe that she would cheat on this handsome, caring young man with a serial adulterer who took off for Australia and left her to face the music alone.

I didn't think much of Greg's father, Yves, either. Dr. deVillers walked out on his wife and three sons, stopped supporting them and refused to pay for his sons' schooling. Then he thinks he can just show up at his son's wedding as if nothing happened, as if he'd never abandoned his family. After Greg's murder, he acts as though he's Father Of the Decade - oh, so concerned! Where was he when his sons were growing up?

I felt so badly for Marie, Greg's mother. The strain of her son's murder eventually helped kill her so Kristin Rossum is responsible for her death as well.

I've enjoyed all of John Glatt's books and this was the best so far! ... Read more

82. Do or Die
by Leon Bing
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Catlog: Book (1992-05-20)
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Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Do or Die is the first insider account of teenage gangs--the lives, loves, and battles of children who kill--from the only journalist ever allowed inside this closed and dangerous world.

This is no West Side Story. Welcome to a world where teenagers wear colostomy bags and have scrapbooks filled with funeral invitations; where a young man, after being shot in the chest, drives himself to the hospital; where another youngster, caught in crossfire, uses his girlfriend as a human shield; where teenage gangsters are kidnapped, tortured, and held for six-figure ransoms; where kids hum the latest movie's theme music while killing people. It's a world of clickheads, sherms, bangers, ballers, and mummyheads; a world where the strongest feelings of family come from other gang members; a world where the most potent feelings of self-worth come from murder.

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5-0 out of 5 stars realistic and graphic
This book is real, in your face, account of LA's street gangs. It is amazing that the author gained the trust of the people she interviewed. This book adds no "fluff" or drama. It is a real-life account what our young people face in the street everyday. This book is a MUST for those wanting to learn about gang members, their lives and our youth who are incarcarated. Whether you are a professional or student wiritng a paper, read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and writing by Bing
How can I say this in as few words. This is the perfect training manual for students who aspire to be professional journalists, sociologists, or news anchors; anything that requires training to be OBJECTIVE. How often do I see a television anchor jump up and say, "why that no good!..."? I don't have to understand it or even like it, but this is their story, their life experience, and Leon Bing had the courage to get out there and get the story. I had the incredible experience to interview and work with these inmates for the past six months. This book really should be accompanied with training and supervision as I gratefully received, because it takes a lot of professional self discipline to learn to stay objective and merely observe. It was difficult for me many times in reading this book to not interject my own biased feelings and opinions. But I decided to keep my cheap shot two bits out of this review, as I did with 'La Vida Loca' by Luis Rodriguez, another excellent account of gang life.

4-0 out of 5 stars This woman has alot of heart
For a white woman to walk around South Central, tagging along with bangers...I have to give it to her. It was a little patronizing and a tad too melodramatic sometimes but all in all, it was worth the read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great chronicle of what gangs are really like
Do or Die is written in the best tradition of great American chroniclers of horrifying social conditions, societal and political neglect,and the breakdown of social and human norms. Leon Bings tells the story of South Central Los Angeles' teenage gangs of the late 80s and early 90s,who - in a frenzy of uncontrolled violence - set out to defend their part of the hood and put in work for the set - in other words, kill members of a hostile gang. It's a shocking tale of innercity 12-year olds entering enemy neighborhoods to blast other gangmembers' heads off, just like 12-year old suburban kids enter the opposite soccerteam's penalty area to score the decisive goal.
The main narrators are the kids themselves, Bing only providing necessary background information and the thread that links individual experiences into a whole. Throughout the book she stays remarkably objective - never trying to hide her sympathy for G-Roc, Sidewinder, and Co., but not shying away from breaking with political correctness' irrevocable laws by describing one kid she visits in juvenile detention as somebody she "wants to be kept inside forever".
As far as I know, Bing, who by the way is an ex-model turned journalist who comes from money, which makes her undertaking even more remarkable, was the first author to seriously investigate ganglife and write about it. Thus, one might not find in Do or Die some information and analysis contained in later books. The lack of the latter has its plusses, though, since one is not forced to follow a particular line of thought, but has the opportunity to arrive at one's own conclusions.
Last but not least, the book is very well written. Bing's calm style alternates with the agitated torrent of gang speech. Relaxing moments, which, after all, still exist even in South Cental, take turn with descriptions of violent action. Overall, a great book. Required reading for anyone with only the slightest interest in gangs and urban America.

5-0 out of 5 stars Realistic to the youth of the 1990's
Do or Die is an excellent documentation of L.A. gang members.
I liked how she described even the looks of these people.
One of the gang members admits to shooting a baby, his parents, and his wife with an AK-47 because they were in his "hood" and the father was a former gang enemy. It also shows
how idiotic these people are, they kill each other over the most stupid things, such as a girl, or a fight over "colors" and just for your info this book was written around 1990 which was a while ago, i would update your knowledge to a newer book, "COLORS" is dead...gang members don't kill over colors anymore that was many years ago (the 80's). ... Read more

83. Dead and Buried: A Shocking Account of Rape, Torture, and Murder on the California Coast
by Corey Mitchell
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Worth the Read!!!
It took me a few hours to read this book from cover to cover and
I thought it was very well written and easy enough to follow.
The story is about the events leading up to and around the disappearance of two young women (different times) and the man who brutally raped and murdered them. It is a truly gruesome and sad account of what went on in their last moments as well as an overview of Rex Kreb`s life as a child through to serial killer.

However, the only loose end in it I felt was the part the writer wrote about another "female student" going missing around the same time, but has never been found since. I feel this was irrelevant and not linked to Rex Kreb so should have been ommitted all together. Other than that it is interesting to read it from a psychological perspective as I found the comments provided by the psychiatrists` used in the trial very informative and educational in regards to the definitions of sexual sadism and anti social disorder personality. Brilliant read although I really feel for the victims and their families.I hope that they know that there is still alot of good out there....

3-0 out of 5 stars True Crime expert
I thought this book was slow and it jumped back and forth too much to know who you were reading about. I didn't think this was all that great of a book. I have read better

5-0 out of 5 stars Ann Rule, step aside! There's a new true crime King in town!
With only his second true crime book, Corey Mitchell has officially supplanted Ann Rule as the leading voice of true crime. Mitchell's incredibly detailed book on the Rex Krebs murder case is fascinating and provides a much needed breath of fresh air in what has become an increasingly stale genre. There are so many levels to this book that it will stay with you for weeks after you have closed it. Rape, abuse, lax parole reviews, personal safety, and alcoholism are just some of the few topics discussed here. And to top it off, Mitchell has written the first truly scary true crime book in years. I found myself awake at 4:00 AM two nights in a row while reading and could not go to sleep. This truly tragic story needs to be read by everyone. And DEAD AND BURIED should be receiving all kinds of attention and awards. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book now!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best true crime I've read in a long time
I have been looking for a good true crime book for a long time. Something I could really get into and not want to put down. I didn't get a good book.....what I got was a great book. Well written it kept me interested from start to finish. I have read so much nonsense that I was begining to wonder if anyone would ever write another good true crime. Mr. Mitchell explained the story in such a way that in some instances you could feel what was about to happen. While I have no sympathy for Rex Krebs, I feel his parents should be sitting next to him on death row. In my opinion, it was the two of them who helped create the monster in Rex Krebs. It's a cautionary tale for women that the boogeyman does exist and he could be around the bend or outside your window.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome account of tragic case
This book, as the title implies, is certainly graphic...and what's most impressive is the incredible amount of research that went into the book. Very thorough. Very well written. Five Stars ... Read more

84. Heart Full of Lies : A True Story of Desire and Death
by Ann Rule
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Average Customer Review: 3.65 out of 5 stars
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An idyllic Hawaiian wedding held the promise of a wonderful future for handsome, athletic Chris Northon, an airline pilot, a confirmed bachelor-turned-devoted family man; and Liysa, an acclaimed surf photographer, loving mother, and aspiring Hollywood screenwriter. But few, including Chris, had seen Liysa's other side -- her controlling behavior and dark moods, her insatiable hunger for money and property. And no one anticipated the fatal outcome of a family camping trip in an Oregon forest. Liysa soon revealed herself as a victim of domestic abuse that culminated at the campsite, where she shot Chris in self-defense. But crime scene evidence led detectives to wonder if Liysa was a killer, not a victim. Her controversial trial stunned all who thought they knew her. A lifetime of sociopathic manipulations and lies had been expertly hidden behind her fa‡ade of perfection -- as was her rage to destroy any obstacle to her ultimate happiness, even if it was the man she vowed to love forever. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars disappointing for ann rule fans
I've read and enjoyed all of Ann Rule's books, so when I saw this on the front table of the bookstore I bought it without even opening it up. Everyone knows what to expect from an Ann Rule book, right? Unfortunately, not this time. As another reader pointed out, the type is huge... always a bad sign of padding. It actually jars you when you open the book to start reading. What, it HAD to be 350+ pages? It's a compelling story but could have been half as long. The editor really let her down on this one. Choppy, disjointed, repetitive. Back and forth in time and place. Very hard to follow, and the writing is never smooth. Wait for it in paperback. Really.

4-0 out of 5 stars ANN RULE FAN
Ann's books are ALWAYS great reads! The best are "Dead by Sunset" "Small Sacrifices"& of course "Stranger beside Me". This most recent may not be 5 stars but I couldn't put it down and that's all that matters! I read all reviews & was intrigued by 2 reviews written by Liysa'a family members. I cannot imagine how it would feel to know your daughter is a cold blooded killer...I never doubted it. If Mr. De Witt does write the book- I will buy it and am anxious to hear what he may have to say. I believe that Ann Rule does her research and the book is the truth but if there is more to the story I'll be willing to listen.

1-0 out of 5 stars It doesnt even rate one star!
Readers...if you want a biased account of this case, go ahead and buy this book. Why wasn't Liysa's story told? this was my ongoing thought as I read this sensationalist book. And why does Rule so aggressively set out to paint Liysa as the villian? Why is she so judgemental? She doesnt even consider the possiblity that Liysa was abused. This book is clearly based upon information soley from Chris Northon's family and freinds. Certainly Rule can feel compassion for this family's loss, but why does she set out to destroy this woman in the process? Why is she quick to excuse Chris's worst traits and portray him as a saintly victim? One reason: her version SELLS.
I also find it hypocritical that she dedicates the book to Chris's son so that he may one day "know the truth". Gee, who gave Ann Rule the scales? And how can she make a judgement when she only knows one side of the story? How dare her dedicate this book to his son...this book will haunt and follow this boy for the rest of his life. Does Rule care that she is destroying his image of his mother? No.
There are huge gaps in the information given, leaving the reader questioning why she elaborated on some things and skips over other info ( info that would not support her biased theories).
Lastly, I work in the mental health field and am insulted by her amatuerish diagnosis of Liysa. She labels her a "sociopath". Newsflash: Sociopaths are not good mothers. And this is something even Rule could not dismiss, the fact that Liysa was a devoted and loving mother. BR>What a disappointment. I have previously read all of Rule's books but I won't read another.
I certainly am questioning everything that Rule has ever written, after reading this poorly written biased account of this case.I think the true story (the one that featured both sides, fairly) would have been much more interesting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heart Full of Lies succeeds and raises an interesting issue
For the reviewers above: I wonder who the heck reads Ann Rule for her "skillfull prose?" The story is what compells readers! I have an English degree and the lack of fluent prose does not even faze a reader who is caught up in the skillful depiction of real-life people. Those complaints are pointless. If you want good prose, try other literary genres. True crime is supposed to be relatively journalistic. I disagree with people upholding the Ted Bundy book as an example of wonderful prose by Ann Rule; I found it blowsy and distracting. This book was fascinating and absorbing, and the people involved make a deep impression on any reader. The story comes to life very quickly. A good author makes that happen, even if the style is not fluent. This book is also very relatable, we all have charismatic friends who (even though they may not be murderers) find a way to be the center of attention through dishonesty and manipulation.
Also, I am still reeling from shock at the reader above who claims that Ann Rule ignored all of these problems from Chris Northon and wrote a story based on the skewed versions of the Northon family and Liysa's old relationships. I hope it's a relative posing as an unbiased reader. I agree Ann Rule paints her victims as more saintly, (women as well as men!) but this person actually seems to believe that there was a plausible side to Liysa's allegations of abuse! Ann Rule did an excellent and merciless job showing the inconsistencies in Liysa's story, over and over. Also, she made the point very clear that Chris Northon was willing to seek therapy for his family, and included the therapist's notes about how his anger is nonviolent! She also wrote repeatedly that Chris did not appreciate Liysa's intellect and mental gifts, and ignored her ambitions. This, I agree, can be damaging to any person and is not the earmark of an attentive spouse, but it is FAR from abusive behavior. Used to feeling desired, Liysa of course was hurt when she realized Chris was used to his autonomous lifestyle. However, in her this hurt became a drive to rid herself of him in the way most beneficial to her, instead of working it out. And who were the "credible sources" who were ignored that knew about Chris's problems with alcohol? The reviewer above mentioned this, and where he or she got this knowledge is very unclear. Liysa not only murdered her husband but may have helped destroy the credibility of real abused women with her carefully concoted lies. The faking amnesia with her first husband was a practice session in her skillful deceit.
The most interesting issue this book raises is that of abuse of a male. It sounds like Chris was a victim of spousal abuse; emotionally. The damages to his character are pervasive. Anyone who still tries to find a solid thread of truth to Liysa's story of fear and abuse is doing a GREAT DISSERVICE to abused victims all over the world and is ignoring the real signs of abuse. Hopefully this woman's lies did not do damage to anyone's real story. Hopefully she asks for a new trial and gets NAILED with a life sentence so that her stories do not harm her sons.

1-0 out of 5 stars One-sided and suspicious account
Much like Rule's Fatal Harvest, this book turns the victim into a saint and the "killer" into a "sociopathic" monster. As a victim of both child and domestic abuse, I grew suspicious early on in this book. Liysa Northon's history of her mother's abuse is dismissed as just another of the exaggerations and tall tales that she was prone to, when there seems to be ample evidence that it actually happened. I also question Rule's conclusions about domestic abusers--that they ALWAYS track their women, women ALWAYS try to hide it, they get the idea. I belong to a support group for former victims and I can tell you that there is no one single type of abuser. Liysa's allegations against Chris Northon are dismissed as yet another of her "sociopathic lies." With Liysa's background and all she went through, it's little wonder that she sometimes relied on fantasy to get her through (and occasionally got confused.) Abused children often tell tall tales, mostly because they feel a need to create an "acceptable" persona that will make them feel loved. It seemed to me that this was a far more plausible explanation than Rule's, which is just that Liysa was manipulative and cruel. She takes as gospel the stories of Liysa's viciousness from various boyfriends and exes, yet the man she was married to for nearly a decade speaks relatively well of her. This Rule attributes to the fact that he was a "gentleman." Of course. It's not as if there could possibly be anything nice to say about her!

As for Chris Northon--as in Fatal Harvest, the husband is a saint. Granted, Rule admits that Chris had his faults--like the time he had drinks at his parents' home and then biked home with his baby son in his bicycle seat!--but Rule barely gives these a thought. Several credible witnesses acknowledged that Chris had a "problem" with alcohol, but Rule dismisses these as well, in addition to allegations that he was "controlling." Here was a 40-year-old man who had "no real long-term relationships," as one witness puts it. Is it too much of a stretch to think that perhaps he was emotionally and physically abusive to the woman who he seemed to think had "robbed" him of his precious freedom? But Rule barely considers this possibility.

As for the camping trip, Rule puts way too much stock in the testimony of ER nurses who claim she was "too calm"--which equals guilty in Rule's book. If you believe Liysa's account (which, given some of the fights that it's documented they had, doesn't seem that far-fetched) she might well have been shell-shocked. Rule seems to toss out any evidence (such as the tape where Chris and a fellow pilot talk about beating the drug tests) that doesn't agree with her portrait of Liysa as a sociopath and a "narcissistic" mother. There were too many holes in Rule's telling of this story for me to consider it a credible account of whatever happened.

A man died, two children were left orphans, and a woman who may have been severely abused is behind bars for a long time. This is a tragedy, and a story I'd like to hear more about. Unfortunately, this book doesn't really tell it. ... Read more

85. A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country
by Benjamin Weiser
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For almost a decade, Col.Ryszard Kuklinski betrayed the Communist leadership of Poland, cooperating with the CIA in one of the most extraordinary human intelligence operations of the Cold War. Now that Poland is free, a riddle remains: Was Kuklinski a patriot or a traitor?

In August 1972, Ryszard Kuklinski, a highly respected colonel in the Polish Army, embarked on what would become one of the most extraordinary human intelligence operations of the Cold War. Despite the extreme risk to himself and his family, he contacted the American Embassy in Bonn, and arranged a secret meeting. From the very start, he made clear that he deplored the Soviet domination of Poland, and believed his country was on the wrong side of the Cold War.

Over the next nine years, Kuklinski rose quickly in the Polish defense ministry, acting as a liaison to Moscow, and helping to prepare for a "hot war " with the West. But he also lived a life of subterfuge--of dead drops, messages written in invisible ink, miniature cameras, and secret transmitters. In 1981, he gave the CIA the secret plans to crush Solidarity. Then, about to be discovered, he made a dangerous escape with his family to the West. He still lives in hiding in America.

Kuklinski's story is a harrowing personal drama about one man 's decision to betray the Communist leadership in order to save the country he loves, and the intense debate it spurred over whether he was a traitor or a patriot. Through extensive interviews and access to the CIA's secret archive on the case, Benjamin Weiser offers an unprecedented and richly detailed look at this secret history of the Cold War. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A more balanced view from Warsaw
Well, if anybody is really interested in facts regarding Poles' attitudes to colonel Kuklinski, here they are, according to Pentor's survey in 2002: 36% consider him a traitor, 35% consider him a hero, 30% are undecided on the issue. Lech Walesa was against colonel Kuklinski's rehabilitation, the former president considered him a "bad example" for the army. Ex-communists Miller and Kwasniewski when they won the election soon afterwards decided to rehabilitate the colonel, which Walesa called "a political trick". Well, as you can see things are no longer black and white in Poland... and thanks God.

5-0 out of 5 stars Patriotic Voice From Poland
I read this book, and didn't plan on writing a review until I read the comment by 'Voice from Poland'.

The fundamental observation that I would have regarding Kuklilnski is that he is a hero. He cannot be seen as a traitor because by definition it is impossible to betray a Quisling.

Secondly, to call Kuklinski a hero calls into question the morality of those who rationalized their cooperation with the Soviets. It is precisely the invitation to rationalize cooperation with the Soviets that made the Soviet/KGB/NKVD system so invidious. Many can't face the fact that their rationalizations in working with the Soviets were actually self-serving.

Jaruzelski is seen as a somewhat hapless 'gentleman' who was in a terrible spot, but who chose the easy path. And the opinion polls do not suggest that Jaruzelski is supported by the majority of my countrymen.

Again cooperation with Quisling is traitorous behavior; working against Quisling is heroism.

As to the book, decently well-written, gets bogged down at times - but very much a worthwile read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reply to Voice from Poland
The amazing story of Colonel Kuklinski and his work on behalf of the free world and America, resulted in many laudatory comments, but also an outrageous condemnation from pro-Communist sources. The understanding of this scurrilious attack will be helped by the recollection that our gallant ally, Poland, was abandoned at Yalta to the Soviet occupation, which lasted 46 years. During this time, some Poles were seduced, or bribed, to serve their Soviet masters and their interests. When the general discontent by the majority of the people, led by Solidarity, brought about the downfall of the Communist masters and their stooges, they naturally felt hate for the freedom-seeking patriots.

The kangaroo Communist court sentenced Colonel Kuklinski to death just like they condemned so many patriots, and even the anti-German resistance fighters. To most Poles, Colonel Kuklinski is a hero and the cities of Krakow and Gdansk made him an honorary citizen. The regime henchmen could not reach the colonel but his two sons met with sudden death in suspicious circumstances in America. So he paid the highest price for his efforts on behalf of the free world and Poland.

5-0 out of 5 stars Patriot or Traitor
A Secret Life will attract numerous audiences but holds special appeal for those who enjoy the mental challenge of wrestling with questions of moral dilemma. Colonel Kuklinski, the subject of the book, lived as a citizen of a country, Poland, during a time when Poland's national interests were subjugated to the interests of another nation. In sharing military intelligence with the American authorities, did Kuklinski act as a patriot whose mission was to protect Poland's freedom or as a traitor to its national security? The author's conclusions are clear from the phrase in the subtitle "the Price He Paid to Save His Country," but his meticulous research allows the reader to appraise the narrative at every step of Kuklinski's journey and to draw one's own conclusion. An absorbing tale that one constantly has to remind oneself is not fiction!

5-0 out of 5 stars Colonel Kukllinski, a hero or a traitor?
I heard many things about the martial law in Poland, and I read many books on the cold war. I think what Colonel Kuklinski did, was very dangerous and also heroic. In order to look at the martial law, everybody must ask himself/herself, where was Poland at this time? Was it free from foreign domination? Did Poland make indepedent decisions in regards to foreign policy or even internal policy? I think not. If those who think he is a traitor, then they think comunism was a good thing, and they enjoyed life under comunism. Most documents that Kuklinski shipped to Americans were in the Russian language. He did not take any money as some comunist members including Jaruzelski think.
I am one of many, who met Colonel Kuklinski personally. He is a man of a great courage and patriotism. His sacrifice was that he lost his two sons, and did not receive recognition among the Poles. I believe that his sacrifices wiill find recogniztion if we will read this book. ... Read more

86. The Mountain Meadows Massacre
by Juanita Brooks
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Objective Book and Well-Researched.
Juanita Brook's book was objective on both sides, pointing out the atmosphere among the LDS people at the time of the Mountain Meadows Massacre while also showing the inconsistencies in some of the LDS explanations. If there is one clear point in the book it is that in times of prejudice and war, even good people will do horrific things. This does not justify the massacre but does attempt to explain the paranoia and fear which existed in Southern Utah at that time. I find Juanita's research to be very fair and quite accurate. It parallels the research done by Josiah F. Gibbs in his book which was printed in 1910, much closer to the time of the massacre. Mr. Gibbs is not LDS and it is obvious he does not like the LDS, but certainly his book verifies that the research which Juanita performed was very accurate. Having read many of the books and information regarding this massacre, I believe Juanita has done her research well and attempted to get the truth out. One painfully obvious truth which comes out is the quickness with which the U.S. Government took action in trying to find the guilty parties. Perhaps if they had taken such quickness with the killings and mobbings upon the LDS in Missouri, Illinois and other states, this massacre could have been avoided.

4-0 out of 5 stars First Authoritative, Honest Text About Mt. Meadows
Juanita Brooks, a life-long southern Utahn, used her considerable native talent, her drive for the truth, and many years of effort to compile this first exhaustive, honest examination of the Mountain Meadows massacre. It is especially impressive given the fact that Ms. Brooks wasn't by vocation a historian or scholar. Her narrative is lucid and complete. Her analysis has proven, in the context of additional investigation, to be principally correct. Throughout it all, Ms. Brooks remained also a faithful LDS (Mormon) woman, in spite of her disappointments with her contemporary LDS church leadership as it related to her investigation. This should be a starting point for any serious student of the Mountain Meadows massacre. Ms. Brooks shows us a world of grays with very human characters whom she places into a carefully resurrected context.

5-0 out of 5 stars the book that open the ugly chapter
This was the book that first got me interested in the Mountain Meadow Massacre, what I called the 9-11 of 19th Century. It was one of the biggest mass murders in the history of the American west and ironically speaking, the killers were white men, murdering white people in cold blood. With considerable courage, the author painted a very clear picture of what this massacre was all about and within her limited means, gave a cause and effect of the incident. I used that term "limited means" because the author was (now deceased) a member of LDS and she probably compromised some of more inflamatory elements of the massacre so other writers like Will Bagley and Sally Denton can go at it. Her defense of John D. Lee was bit surprising to me but I figured that she knew that Lee was nothing more then a scrapgoat for the Mormon Church. But she did not take any inroads to the actual responsibility of the massacre. Like I wrote in the earlier reviews on books written by Bagley and Denton, I would considered this book to be a valuable first book of three that honestly deal with the Mountain Meadow Massacre.

2-0 out of 5 stars A not unbiased view
Ms. Brooks is to be commended for the research effort which went into this book, but the sources are so far removed from today and from the first hand knowledge of the occurance as to have only questionable value.
The book is divided into three major parts, the lead-in to the massacre, the massacre and the aftermath.
In the very lengthy first part, Ms. Brooks devotes most of her effort to justifying the slaughter on the basis of self defence, as an American army was approaching the territory for the purpose of restoring US control and the unbelievable assertion that the Fancher train rode through Utah loudly bragging of the involvement of members of the train in the death of John Smith and assaults on Morman communities in Missouri and Illinois. At no point is there reference to the fact that Utah was a US territory and as such subject to US laws and that by his actions in rousing his community against a US army, Brigham Young not only acted as a traitor, but established the atmosphere among Indians and LDS members which led directly to the Mountain Meadows Massacre, whether or not Young approved it in advance.
Ms. Brooks, perhaps horrified by the event itself, mannages only one brief chapter covering the massacre and the heinous acts of the Mormans who participated.
The aftermath, devoted to an attempt to establish that the Church leadership covered-up the facts of the event and selected one relatively innocent soul as a scapegoat, is the most believable and least well documented of the books sections.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bang
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87. The Merger : The Conglomeration of International Organized Crime
by Jeffrey Robinson
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When telecommunications companies merge, the news is immediately analyzed by the media and government agencies. Owners of the companies' stock immediately vote on the wisdom of the move by buying or selling. But when criminal organizations merge and make their operations global, it takes years for law enforcement to figure out what happened, who was involved, and what the implications are. Ever since Italian-American mobster Lucky Luciano linked Mafia families in Sicily and the U.S., crime cartels have been finding ways to expand their operations across national borders, making those countries' policemen play an extended game of catch-up. Jeffrey Robinson is an authority on international crime, especially money laundering, and his book The Merger sometimes reads like a crime novel. It seems strange to imagine that Mexican drug traffickers would be working closely with Thai postal workers; that a billion dollars a month in drug money would be laundered from Russian gangs through Greek Cypriots and then moved on to respectable financial centers such as London and New York; that Colombian drug cartels would get kerosene--an important ingredient for making cocaine--from Turkmenistan by way of Argentina; that Eastern European criminals would claim to be Jewish so they could get Israeli passports and launder money in the Holy Land. And that's just for-profit criminality--politically and religiously motivated crime has long been international and is rapidly branching out into cyberterrorism.

Robinson concludes with a note that international drug trafficking is growing so fast it now represents 2 percent of the world's economy. However, while criminal organizations think globally, Robinson writes, most law enforcement is set up to act locally. Nations can't decide how to deal with the problem because none wants to be the first to sacrifice national sovereignty for the greater purpose of slowing crime. If this book doesn't keep you up at night, or at least raise some serious goose flesh, you're made of pretty stern stuff. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read about organized crime going global
The author from the best selling Laundrymen comes back with another great book detailing the organized crime syndicates growth and globalization. The facts presented draws a very frightening picture of the skills and powers of the different mafias and how much they have accomplished, and also takes a look at their bold new plans for the future. Ranging from Italian, Russian, Columbian, Mexican to Asian organizations, the book shows how they have managed to outrun the police due to operating truly global utilizing each others skills to operate at maximum profitability and minimizing risk and exposure (that would make any legal company proud). The book reads like a novel, and is full of fascinating, menacing and colorful characters that you rather only read about than meet. Although, this is key knowledge to understand the world we live in and what goes on around us in these changing times -- it's not all pretty. This is a must read for anybody interested in global crime and the different cultural aspects of the development of society.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly frightening!
I loved The Laundrymen and couldn't wait to see this. But whereas The Laundrymen worried me, this is truly frightening. Robinson isn't talking about some monolithic international crime syndicate, the picture he paints is of ruthless, professional opportunists who understand that big business today must think global. And these opportunists run very big businesses. The Merger is the single best book I've ever read on transnational organized crime, and should serve as a warning to all of us that the war on crime is, like the business of crime, global. Until governments equip law enforcement to fight this war properly, globally, it is a war we will lose.

5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Review of Organized Crime
'The Merger' is the most comprehensive book on international crime.

The theme is how various gangs and mafias from different nations are cooperating versus competing. This game of cooperation enables each criminal organization to focus on a core competency to increase efficiency. These gangs are no longer disorganized but operate in ways similar to corporations, and are often more knowledgeable & advanced than the 'good guys'.

The other main focus of this book is how these same organizations are using the limitations of police jurisdiction to their advantage.

One way they utilize jurisdiction to their advantage is by meeting in one country, such as Vienna, Austria. There the Russians, Sicilians, Italians, and other gangs stage conferences discussing expansion. They intentionally commit no crime in Austria. Since no crime is committed the police cannot arrest them. They go there as businessmen and behave themselves.

Other means of using jurisdictions to their advantage is to facilitate money laundering. They register multiple shell companies in countries with strict banking privacy laws such as Panama & the Cayman Islands.

They also use Indian reservations to move drugs, contraband alcohol & cigarettes amongst other things. These Indian reservations are constantly seeking more territory supposedly to protect their land, when in truth it usually involves a while man pulling strings as to gain more territory to smuggle drugs. They then wash the proceeds through casinos, and finally launder the money in some offshore banks.

Russians extorting other Russians, Nigerians scamming Europeans & North Americans, it's all covered in this book. Learn about how one organization attempted to buy an old military submarine to smuggle drugs into the USA, meanwhile they were doing this while under surveillance.

This is very well researched & is probably the best book on the market in its category.

5-0 out of 5 stars entertaining
In The Merger, Jeffrey Robinson goes further than other books in emphasizing the increasing cooperation among disparate criminal organisations in several countries, including the Sicilian Mafiosi, the Chinese Triads, the Russian, Hungarian, and Czech "mafiyas," and organised crime groups from Columbia, Mexico, Nigeria, Thailand, and Vietnam, to name a few. Robinson is the international best-selling author of eighteen books, including the authoritative work The Laundrymen. He has served as keynote speaker on money laundering for the United Nations, Interpol, U.S. Customs, the FBI, and other organisations.
As he points out, while these groups' core activities remain the same- car theft, drug trafficking, fraud in all its guises, alien smuggling, weapons trafficking, counterfeit production and distribution, murder, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering, and the smuggling and sale of nuclear materials-organised criminals flourish in the global markets of transparent borders and meaningless trade restrictions. Unlike their predecessors, they do not limit themselves to single forms of illegal activity, but deal in anything and everything that can make money for them. Unless jurisdictional barriers can be eliminated to allow law enforcement authorities in these countries to pool information, the situation will only worsen, Robinson warns. ----Johanna Granville, Ph.D.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very indepth book
I've been doing really indepth research work into the world of organized crime. From my research, Robinson, nails it. "The Merger" is an excellent book that delves the reader into the world of narcotics, money laundering, racketeering, and loansharking. Jeffrey Robinson covers the daedal intricacies quite well. The only downside is that this book might be a bit too cumbersome for those who just desire a mere casual read. ... Read more

88. Serial Murderers and Their Victims (with CD-ROM) (Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice Series.)
by Eric W. Hickey
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This text provides an in-depth, scholarly, and broad-based examination of serial murderers and their victims. The coverage is backed up by extensive data and research and profiles some of the most prominent murderers of our time. Author Eric Hickey examines the lives of nearly 400 serial murderers, analyzing the cultural, historical, and religious factors that influence our myths and stereotypes of these individuals. He then describes the biological, psychological, and sociological reasons for serial murder, offering his own model for explaining serial-murder behavior. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on Serial Murder
This book should be your first reference if you would like to understand the "reality" of serial murder. Cutting through the sensationalism this crime attracts, Dr. Hickey provides an in-depth, research-based analysis of almost 400 serial murderers and their crimes. He also offers the reader insight into the numerous theories (biological, psychological, sociological, etc.) that help to explain this phenomenon, including his own Trauma-Control Model. Of special interest in this 3rd edition of the book is Dr. Hickey's coverage of the phenomenon as a global problem, including a study of 300 Foriegn serial murderers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding profiling and research on serial killers!
Dr. Hickey's hard work is proven in this book. The serial profiling that he has done has made this book outstanding reference material. I have had the good fortune of meeting this man and I think anyone who has anything to do with any type of law work should read this.

5-0 out of 5 stars a must read for all law enforcement proffesionals
Being one of the lucky people in this world to study from Dr. Hickey at Fresno State, I consider this book and the Dr. to be two of the most amaizing sources of knowledge in this dark field. If you begin reading this book knowing nothing about the topic, you walk away being a sudo-expert in the field and study of Serial Killers

3-0 out of 5 stars Missed boat on good research.
Overall decent but he did miss quite a bit of good (and arguably very important) research on the subject of serial murder. Don't think that this book covers all important research on the topics in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE Textbook on Serial Murder, Backed by Research
This book should be your first reference if you would like to understand the "reality" of serial murder. Dr. Hickey provides an in-depth, research-based analysis of almost 400 serial murderers and their crimes. He also offers the reader insight into the numerous theories (biological, psychological, sociological, etc.) that help to explain this phenomenon, including his own Trauma-Control Model. ... Read more

89. The Anatomy of Motive : The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals
by John Douglas, Mark Olshaker
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From legendary FBI profiler John Douglas and Mark Olshaker -- authors of the nonfiction international bestsellers Mindhunter, Journey into Darkness, and Obsession -- comes an unprecedented, insightful look at the root of all crime.

Every crime is a mystery story with a motive at its heart. With the brilliant insight he brought to his renowned work inside the FBI's elite serial-crime unit, John Douglas pieces together motives behind violent sociopathic behavior. He not only takes us into the darkest recesses of the minds of arsonists, hijackers, bombers, poisoners, assassins, serial killers, and mass murderers, but also the seemingly ordinary people who suddenly kill their families or go on a rampage in the workplace.

Douglas identifies the antisocial personality, showing surprising similarities and differences among various types of deadly offenders. He also tracks the progressive escalation of those criminals' sociopathic behavior. His analysis of such diverse killers as Lee Harvey Oswald, Theodore Kaczynski, and Timothy McVeigh is gripping, but more importantly, helps us learn how to anticipate potential violent behavior before it's too late. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of compassion
Douglas doesn't claim that anyone is born bad. He's delved into what turns human beings into monsters, often an abusive upbringing, and in fact has often stated that programs like Head Start are the best way to prevent serial killers and rapists, and crime in general. He merely states that by the time he or other law enforcement officers get involved it is far too late to fix anything. Someone like John Wayne Gacy could have been helped while he was a child, but by the time the FBI is involved he's already learned that he enjoys killing. Douglas' job isn't to try and undo decades of mental developement, it is to render a very sick person incapable of doing further harm.

As for calling these men cowards, I don't know what else to call a man who preys on the weak to bolster his self esteem.

Douglas and Olshaker make a great writing team. Anyone who has in interest in investigation, psychology, or criminal justice should read all of their collaborative efforts.

3-0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and troubling journey through the criminal mind.
John Douglas sketches the lives and crimes of violent offenders ranging from fire starters to serial killers. Douglas' writing is like a white chalk outline at a crime scene. He does a very good job of outlining the basic impulses and motives that drive human beings to violence against other human beings. After reading this, for instance, I would be careful about getting very chummy with fire starting, animal abusing bedwetters.

My primary criticism of the book is that Douglas uses taunting language to describe the killers he's studied. They're "cowards" and "losers" who come from bad family circumstances but deserve no pity or understanding. In Douglas' view, their crimes cut them off from any human compassion. They're unredeemable, and I had the impression that it would be best if we lined them all up against a wall and shot them.

Maybe that's even true, but the born bad view offers little hope or comfort for any of us. These mostly white males are a bunch of bad seeds. They can't be rehabilitated, and the only possible hope is that they won't get ticked off or hurt badly enough to start killing to regain control.

I would've liked to have seen a little more compassion in Douglas' treatment of these failed human lives, but maybe he's seen too much of what they do to have any compassion or hope left.

3-0 out of 5 stars Prompting your Sense of Insufficiency
I read this book back to back during the past few days and it was the first book by Douglas that I have read.

While fairly impressed by the author's unique way of approaching (both in theory and in practice) some of the most notorious crimes and criminals, I felt there were several things that need to be pointed out.

(1) Self-oriented. I would not terribly disagree if one said in this book, Mr. Douglas was too much ego-driven and self-glorifying. It seemed for all the cases covered, on the other end of the justice scale opposite to the criminals, there was only Mr. Douglas whose penetrating force in bringing them to justice, at least His theories of profiling were.

(2) Insufficient case files. Virtually all the cases covered in this book are outdated and hugely well known that publicized information of them means nothing much than a news report. To my recollection, the average age of these cases was somewhere between 15 to 20 years. In today's fast driven society with progressive crime diversifications, this is hardly enough for a starter's course.

(3) Basic. While retaining my tremendous respect to the author and his book, I felt the materials presented here were over simplified and sometimes far more insufficient than they should be. I acknowledge the argument that nothing sophisticated could be well expressed in just over 400 pages, but I did feel the limitation and insufficiency of the author as an interdisciplinary scholar a great number of times during the book.

(4) One View Street. Simply stated, the author did not elaborate any alternatives to his "profiling' in catching some of the most sophisticated criminals, despite the importance of these alternatives in both the theory and the field. I was somewhat even offended when Mr. Douglas devoted only one and a half pages to the JFK Assassination, determining, based on the "physical and forensic" evidence, that President Kennedy was assassinated by Oswald and Oswald alone. He declared him to be just another "paranoid loser" who happened to be able to murder the president, how convenient! Interestingly, the historical and political aspects, which were in fact the very foundation of this heinous crime, did not even come into subject! Despite of the fact that Mr. Douglas was still a very young man and certainly an outsider of the FBI at the time, he implied to blame, more or less scornfully, a paranoid public in believing a "conspiracy theory", to which the government bureaucracy could and would, in no way to hold up. In a landmark effort, the History Channel presented its most mesmerizing program to date, "The Men who Killed Kennedy" (DVDs available at Amazon). Virtually all aspects of that programs, in a six-hour stride, contradict Mr. Douglas' one and a half pages' view on the event of the twentieth century America.

(5) Compromising - in detail. During the late chapters, when John Hinckley Jr. came into the subject, one inevitable spotlight was focused on Jodie Foster. While her early highly irresponsible and totally ignorant remarks of "encouragement" to Hinckley that without any doubt, partially prompted his attempt on the life of President Reagan, Mr. Douglas asserted her behavior to be ONLY "courteous". The reason, in a separate paragraph that ended the discussion, Mr. Douglas told that he was pleased by the advice he offered to the actress during the filming of the Silence of the Lambs, inconceivable, but true. Of course, one without a legendary record in crime fighting would have known, that Foster's attitude toward Hinckley was anything other than "courteous" in a legal sense!

Overall, I would believe without the above drawbacks, the book could have been a better effort. However, I recommend this book to those interested in the subject and/or law enforcement officers, as a good starter on a never-ending journey into crime fighting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!
John Douglas & Mark Olshaker hit another one out of the park.
I admit I feared repetition, since certainly, all that could've been said had to've been said in "Mindhunter" and "Journey into Darkness". To my pleasant surprise, any previous material and associated cases were treated --as the title suggests-- with a greater emphasis on the criminals' motives, keeping the reading fresh. Thrilling reading, tempered only by the fact that this is all about the suffering of innocent human beings at the hands of others who aren't. I highly recommend this book: 5 stars!!

3-0 out of 5 stars More on Motive
Douglas takes a stunning number of cases to portray his point that a killer is not born - a killer is made. However, almost all of the cases exemplified are those he himself has been a part of. Whenever the book becomes informative, he suddenly delves into a life story or a pat-on-the-back for his life's achievements. Also, I am rather disappointed in his amateur use of language. He will scientifically explain a circumstance, then throw in a vulgarity; he interrupts his flow with his novice writing experience and in turn, makes the work very colloquial. If you are looking just to get a basis for circumstance, this is a good book, but if you are looking for something deeper, perhaps on the intermediate or advanced level of dealing with any form of forensic psychology, then this bombastic excuse is not for you. ... Read more

90. The VERY BEST MEN : Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the CIA
by Evan Thomas
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5-0 out of 5 stars Surprised Not to See More Reviews
What a great book. If you find the CIA fascinating, then this is a must read. In fact, if you find your country fascinating, you must read this book.

This isn't your typical James Bond, Tom Clancy sort of thing. Get the real stories in just about the perfect amount of detail. The characters are easy to follow and the scenarios do not require a history refresher course to delve into.

The "Four" who did dare are all geniuses and each has played a part in making sure you sleep well at night. Each person is handled deftly and the book follows in a natural chronological order.

The most fascinating part of the book definitely revolves around the Kennedy administration and Bay of Pigs fiasco. Once again, the politics of politics can turn something so clear into a mess.

The best part of the book is that it handles bigger and smaller points equally well. There are many, oh by the way type quick tales, but the larger campaigns are also handled extremely well. You will find yourself paraphrasing stories and anecdotes from this book to your friends. Great after dinner discussion stuff.

Top of my list for recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just don't let friends borrow it
They will never return it. It is that good of a book. Starts with introduction on how these men started it from WWII and walks the reader through the history of how it all got started.

5-0 out of 5 stars A college kid's opinion...
This book was a required read for a college course that I took on the CIA & Congress. I found this to be an excellent book - full of substance, loaded with information, and a very easy read. Thomas's book was one of the very few required reads that I've actually completed of my own accord. I highly recommend this book to those who are looking for an in-depth study on the inner workings of the CIA's beginnings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best deep look at why the emperor has no clothes
I almost broke two fountain pens on this book, and that is close to my highest compliment. Depending on one's mood, it will move any person with a deep knowledge of intelligence to tears or laughter. This is a really superior detailed look at the men that set the tone for clandestine operations in the 20th century: "Patriotic, decent, well-meaning, and brave, they were also uniquely unsuited to the grubby, necessarily devious world of intelligence." From card file mentalities to Chiefs of Station not speaking the language, to off-the-cuff decision making and a refusal to include CIA analysts in strategic deliberations, this is an accurate and important study that has not gotten the attention it merits from the media or the oversight staffs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book- tell the author
Evan- Great book. Digger Donahu ... Read more

91. Joey the Hit Man : The Autobiography of a Mafia Killer (Adrenaline Classics Series)
by Joey Fisher
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Following up on the success of the Adrenaline title Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime, Adrenaline Classics brings back the New York Times bestseller (originally published as Killer) that helped pave the way for the latest generation of nouveau-mob stories, from Donnie Brasco to The Sopranos. “Joey”—a journeyman Jewish hitman, numbers king, and loan shark—collaborated with David Fisher (co-editor of the hit Adrenaline title Wild Blue) to lay out the rackets in gripping detail. His story includes detailed accounts of his chillingly “professional” murders of thirty-eight victims. The strong sales of Mob are further evidence that the best mafia stories—and this is one of the best—capture the public’s interest. Joey the Hitman’s original best-seller status reflects the quality of the writing, the frank intelligence of the subject/writer, and Joey’s convincingly matter-of-fact, regular-guy tone. When he writes, debunking The Godfather, “... Actually very few mob members even have Bronx-Italian accents ... a lot of mob people are not very tough, the people we meet and deal with are very ordinary, most of us stay home at night and watch TV, and we only shoot each other when absolutely necessary,” you know you’re listening to the original Soprano. This edition includes a new afterword from David Fisher, who for the first time reveals Joey's identity and the incredible story of how Joey finally died. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Joey is not the most important factor
Joeys existence is not the most important or fun factor of this book. The most interesting aspect is the detailed description of normal everyday mob activities. Gambling , Loansharking , bribery. This book was a very interesting introduction into what the mafia is really like. I enjoyed every page and stopped reading the book I was reading prior because I became hooked to this one. A very good book if your interested in the complexities of playing the numbers , loan sharking or any mob activities. Worth the $$$ as much as any book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Authentic, gripping.
A solid depiction of life in the Mob, at least as it was thirty and more years ago. Not all of "Joey's" anecdotes are necessarily true, and it's hard to say how many were exagerrated or fabricated. But it definitely has an aura of authenticity. It strips away a lot of the glamor of organized crime, which is why this book disappoints some readers, but I would put it up there with Wiseguys and Born to Steal as the best books on the Mob in recent years.

1-0 out of 5 stars Like a visit to the Dentist
This has to be one of the most boring books about the mafia in publication. Joey becomes a grind to finish after the first chapter but since I bought it I figured I might as well finish it. There was nothing in the book that held the readers attention, it was monotonous.If I borrowed money from Joey and was late I would pay him just to avoid being bored to death by our pal Joey. Joey was not a member of the mafia he was an associate. I think if I were in the mafia and a street soldier I would ask my capo to take my mafia membership card away rather than work with my pal Joey. This book was not worth the tree that was cut down to have it written. I would judge the book as a minus 10 but you dont go that far.

5-0 out of 5 stars a good read, [imitation] or not....
I'm not sure if "Joey" is a real guy or what, but the book was quite entertaining regardless. It details the life of a mafia hit-man. Each chapter tends to deal with a differnt aspect of the mafia and how they impacted his life. I found it an enjoyable read, and would recommend it to someone with interst in the mafia.

2-0 out of 5 stars Joey the Hitman not a hit.
Joey the Hitman started out with much potential, but as the book went on it became repetitive and boring. The only parts I liked was when he told about his own experiences, rather than how the schemes that organized crime use work.

Aside from that the book didn't tell me anything I haven't already read about the 'mafia'. At the time of its release it was probably very informative, but not these days. The worst part of his style is how he would explain how a particular aspect works, then explain it the exact same way in an example only adding names. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. ... Read more

92. Squeaky : The Life & Times Of Lynette Alice Fromme - Runaway (Buzz Books)
by Jess Bravin
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4-0 out of 5 stars An Odd Subject Well-Handled
Lynette Fromme is a rather obscure figure to merit a lengthy biography, but Bravin's book is worth the read for anyone interested in the cult mentality. While the most famous book about the Manson Family is Vincent Bugliosi's excellent "Helter Skelter," that book focuses on the crimes, not the creed. Here, Bravin shows us how an intelligent middle-class teenager could be drawn into a quasi-religion based on violence, drugs, and racism.
Also unlike "Helter Skelter," Bravin's book tells what happened later, that the Manson Family did not end with Manson's incarceration. Fromme and other charter Family devotees like Sandra Good are still devoted to their guru, and Bravin traces the strange course of their small sect.

5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent read!
egad! did kirkus (from kirkus reviews) and i just read the same book? he writes that the most "compelling material" in this book is that phil hartman knew squeaky in high school. wow! and they even had a class together. big deal. this compelling material takes up less than one paragraph in a book of 401 pages. this book is about squeaky and her years with manson -- and the years that followed after charlie's being sent to jail. squeaky is herself a radical environmentalist and makes a strong case for her cause, the protection of the environment that is. i found her a complicated and intriguing person. if your interested in the life and times of squeaky fromme you will get a very clear picture by reading this book

4-0 out of 5 stars Most grounded book pertaining to the "Manson family" yet
I've always thought you have to take anything thats been written about the so called "Manson family", whether pro or anti Manson, with a huge grain of salt. This book requires less salt than anything I've read pertaining to the "Manson family" to date.

The author paints a very sympathetic picture of Fromme. I think the angle he is getting at is Manson was able to influence Fromme because she was looking for a Father figure type because her dad was emotionally abusive, neglectful and he strongly implies that Squeaky was sexually abused by him. (which Fromme has denied is true) He also does a lot to show and explain the environmental/ecological activism and theories of the "Manson family", which I found interesting and a lot more well grounded than Bugliosi's screwy "helter skelter" theory. The environmental issues were the main focus and obsession of the "Manson family", not "helter skelter" in my own personal opinion.

I'm giving this book 4 stars, I'm leaning toward giving it 5 but some the stuff on her trial for attempted murder on former President Gerald Ford drags a little, although some of Frommes wacky courtroom behaviour during the trial is amusing. I personally do not believe she had any intention on shooting Ford either, she was just was trying to draw attention to the environmental issues she was obsessed with.

5-0 out of 5 stars The girl who ran, and ran too far...
This is a compelling and very informative portrait of one of the more vocal female members of the Manson family, would-be presidential assassin Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme. In late 1969, when Charles Manson and four others were imprisoned for the brutal murders of nine people, Squeaky Fromme became the leader of the Manson clan in Charlie's absence and took to the streets, holding daily vigils outside the courthouse with the other family members who weren't imprisoned. In 1975, while living in Sacramento and preaching about the destruction of the environment with friend Sandra Good, Squeaky aimed a gun at then-president Gerald Ford. In prison for life, this novel details her early life as a dancer with the Westchester Lariats in Redondo Beach, California, her notable High School days, and finally how and when she met Manson and was seduced by his off-the-wall ideologies. It gives an incredible day-by-day account of her highly-publicized trial in which it was to be decided whether or not she actually meant to kill the president. Although not for everyone, this book is a must for true-crime fans and those who want to know what made this fascinating woman tick.

4-0 out of 5 stars Well documented book on Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme
This book chronicles the life of Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme from her childhood years, her time with Manson, her attempted assissination attempt of Pres. Ford, and her subsequent trial.

The updated version of the book has a "section" from Squeaky herself. The majority of the book, though, was written without her cooperation. Some "members" of the family gave input into this book as well, including Sandra Good, and RuthAnn Morehouse.

A great book to read not only if you want to learn more about Lynette Fromme, but also to get a grasp on the turbulant times of the 60's and 70's. ... Read more

93. Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder
by Ann Rule
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Catlog: Book (1988-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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Ann Rule's shocking and powerful account of the destructive forces that drove Diane Downs, a beautiful young mother, to shoot her three young children in cold blood.

"Vivid....Extraordinary...a page-turner."--New York Times Book Review

"Superb...[a] riveting detective story."--Indianapolis Star

"A harrowing pathological portrait....A work of resonance and revelation with breath-stopping tension to the end." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fascinating...grisly...un-putdownable." --New York Daily News

"Excellent....One of the most detailed studies of a sociopath to dignify the true-crime circuit." --The San Francisco Chronicle

"A raw docudrama of almost unbelievable intensity." --Booklist

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5-0 out of 5 stars Diane Downs is the epitome of evil!
When I read this book I almost became physically ill when I got to the chapter in which Diane Downs commits the murders of her children. How in the name of God could she have done this to those innocent kids who were like lambs to the slaughter? During the reading of this book I cried many many tears at the thought of those children. Diane Downs didn't deserve the priviledge of being a mother. I often wonder what has become of Diane and how she feels about what she did to her kids? Does she have any remorse? This book upset me so much that I couldn't watch the t.v. movie with Farrah Fawcett. Ann Rule did an excellent job of writing this book, but it would be very difficult for me to read again. This tragic account of a horrible crime, will definitely make you want to hug your own children much tighter.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Biggest Sacrifice of All
This was the first book, written by Ann Rule, that I ever read. I have since read all of Rule's books. It is the ONLY book that I have purchased, for myself, four times. (I keep "loaning" them, never to get them back). Whenever asked for a good read, this book is my first recommendation. I also suggest that after reading, put the book away, then re-read it.
All of the other reviews, pretty much tell how riveting the story is, how horrible the crime is, how selfish, the woman who had everything, was. The three beautiful children, unfortunately born to Diane Downs, were truely meant to be sacrifced so that Downs could have what she wanted. Period. What she got was prison. The most horrible thing about "Small Sacrifices" is, it's all true.
Ann Rule knows how to tell the story, makes the reader want to keep reading, and knows how to make you KEEP thinking about the innocent ones in this book.
I read this book about once a year, even if it means I have to go out and buy another one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ann Rule's Best
I first saw this book many years ago in a supermarket while I was looking for something to read. It was when it had first come out in paperback. The only reason I bought it was because I was determined to believe that a mother could not kill her children. I thought there was NO WAY. I bought the book, read it, and gave Diane chance after chance, every benefit of the doubt. When her story kept changing was a clue. But when Christie gave her testimony every shred of doubt was removed. Before that, I knew that Diane was lying, I just could not understand why. Now that I have read more true crime books and studied abnormal psychology, I know why.

Diane was a sociopath with absolutely no conscience. Her father enjoyed molesting her and shooting her pets, and her mother stood by her father no matter what he did. Diane became obsessed with her very wishy-washy married boyfriend "Lew" who vacillated between his emotionally masochistic wife and Diane. He told Diane he would marry her, then told her he loved his wife more than her...he was astonished that Diane blew a gasket at this news. He then took a two week vacation with his wife to Texas, but came back to Arizona and asked Diane to move in with him in his apartment. A lot of mixed messages there....since he didn't want to be a "daddy" to her kids, Diane shot them (blaming a non-existant stranger) in hopes that "Lew" would come after her...but he finally woke up and smelled the coffee.

There are still some things that the book just didn't go into, that I wonder about. Such as...why didn't her other two brothers say anything at all? Only her sister Kathy and and brother Paul were mentioned in the book, but Diane had two other brothers who never came forward to speak. Also, why was Amy Elizabeth Downs adopted out? Didn't Diane's mother or any of her family want to try to keep her?

I'm now on my second copy of this book and could probably quote complete passages. The book is well-written, well-researched and organized. I feel as though I know Diane Downs as well as she would ever let anyone know her. While reading the book for the first time, I had nightmares that Diane was pointing a gun at me and about to shoot. I can imagine how terrified her children were to see the last person that they should ever expect to harm them at the end of that gun. Cheryl Lynn Downs was the Small Sacrifice in order that her brother and sister would be taken from their mother and able to live a normal family life (as much as was possible) afterward.

I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Page Turning fantastic read
I have to say that this is Ms Rule's finest piece of writing so far. This book is wonderfully written and I could not put it down until I finished reading it. Throughout the whole book I was in delimma whether Diane did murder her kids or was she a pawn of the police system? I think the evidence speaks more than what anyone has to say but one thing is for sure this is an excellent read and I would recommend it to anyone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review for English Assingment
The book Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule is the chilling true story of Elizabeth Diane Downs. While driving home from a friend's house late one night, with all three of her children in the car, Diane alleged that a "bushy haired stranger" tried to take her car from her. When she refused, he reached his arm into the car and fired at Cheryl, 7, Danny, 2, and Christie, 8. Diane herself was shot in the left arm, but she was right handed and still able to drive to the hospital. Cheryl was dead by the time Diane reached the hospital, though unbeknownst to Diane. A barrage of nurses and doctors ran out of the emergency room to tend to the family.
Nothing could be done for Cheryl, but Christie and Danny were in stable, yet critical condition. The only two possible witnesses for the case were Diane and Christie, as Danny was sleeping when it happened. While in remission, Christie suffered a stroke on the left side that cast doubt on whether or not she'd ever be able to talk again. A police investigation started as soon as they could.
Right away, the search for the "bushy haired stranger" and the murder weapon started. Police could find neither. As the investigation continued, police disbelieved more and more Diane's story of the BHS (bushy haired stranger) as police called it. Police got permission from Diane to search her home, and they recovered a diary that was unsent letters to a man named Lew. If Diane, and not the BHS, was responsible for the murder of Cheryl and attempted murder of both Christie and Danny, police theorized that Lew may have been the motive.
But with their only witness (Christie) unable to verify or dismiss the BHS story and without the murder weapon, police investigators did not have much of a case against Diane. What's worse, the police believe Diane may try to take Danny and Christie out of the hospital, and then the case would be lost if the Downs' could not be located again. Police must act fast if they want to have a case against Diane.
The major theme in this book is the search for the truth. Child abuse, spousal abuse, searching for pure love and sexuality are fairly constant themes in this book.
Because of the graphic detail of both child abuse and sex, I would recommend this book for high school-ers and up. If TV shows such as Law and order, The Practice and ER interest you, this book is a must-have. It's a bit lengthy, my copy of the book has 494 pages, but the pages fly by. I hope this review is helpful and that you consider reading this book. ... Read more

94. Whoever Fights Monsters
by Robert K. Ressler, Tom Shachtman
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Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned form then how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us--and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how is able to track down some of today's most brutal murderers.

Just as it happened in The Silence of the Lambs, Ressler used the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose, to the way they kill, to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them--Ressler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers of the police to capture.

And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler's gone behind prison walls to hear the bizarre first-hand stories countless convicted murderers. Getting inside the mind of a killer to understand how and why he kills, is one of the FBI's most effective ways of helping police bring in killers who are still at large.

Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for toady's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.
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95. Homicide (Foundations of Human Behavior)
by Martin Daly, Margo Wilson
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great social/behavioral science book
I've now read this book about 10 times over the past three years while teaching an evolution of human behavior course at the college where I'm employed. I was motivated to say a few supportive words about this book because I have become convinced of its groundbreaking importance in the scientific literature. After a decade of reading and studying evolutionary anthropology/psychology I find no other single book that so clearly and convincingly articulates the application of Darwinian thinking to modern human behavior. It is a perfect text to use with students as it not only teaches a wealth of information, but is also an excellent example of critical interpretation of data. Many of my students have commented on the power of this book to transform them into appreciative readers of science. From my own experience, it is one of a few books that transformed me from a standard social science undergraduate--mired in theoretical mush--into a more critical and thoughtful scholar. The other books that influenced me were by Sarah Hrdy, Don Symons, and later, Jarome Barkow et al. I encourage anyone interested in human behavior to read this book. Bring along a collegiate dictionary if your vocabulary is anything like that of my undergraduates!

5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling analysis of the phenomenon of homicide.
Although nominally about the material designated in its title, this book is no mere collection of statistics, but contains wide-ranging discussions of evolutionary psychology, which Daly & Wilson use as the framework for an understanding of the phenomenon of homicide. So if the propensity to homicide is bred into the human race by millennia of natural selection, so also are other phenomena with which society struggles, like sexual harassment. I guess my point is that this book is about homicide and more. It's also lucid and even witty. It reads like a detective story, which indeed it is, but the culprit here is manifold rather than singular. The book will also furnish guidance to those who subscribe to the view that arrest, conviction, and incarceration will have only limited effects on the homicide rate, and that homicide be treated also as a public health problem. Daly & Wilson consider anthropological data from around the world and historical data as well to draw their inferences. In the most common type of murder the perpetrator and victim are young men who know each other and are in (ostensible) conflict over some trivial matter. But Daly & Wilson say that murder is the rare outcome of a common situation where two men face off against each other with each trying to appear more formidable and dangerous than the other. The (biological) reason they behave as they do is that such behavior causes them to acquire (or keep) control of the reproductive behavior of their women. Think about it: wimps, who allowed their women to be taken away from themselves, left no wimp genes in the gene pool. Of course there are a lot of other kinds of murders: children are occasionally murdered, sometimes by their natural parents, but more often by step-parents. It appears that there is a basis for the ever-popular myth (in many cultures, not just western European) of the evil step-parent. Husbands murder wives, but this seems to be a case of violence being used to control the wife's reproductive behavior, and the violence gets out of hand. When wives murder husbands (a rarer occurrence) it tends to be defensive in nature. Wonderful book! Very thought provoking.

4-0 out of 5 stars pick and shovel
This book presents the view of evolucionist pychology. These authors have some excellent points, especially concerning social anthropology and some of Freud's misinformation, and anyone interested in psychology should not miss this book. However, once the authors have given an overview of behavior in the species homo sapiens, their theories cannot be translated to the individual. They have not taken into consideration the complexity of the human brain and the resultant behavior, especially the ability to symbolize. I felt like I was reading a book on how to assemble a Swiss watch using a pick and shovel ... Read more

96. Broken Doll
by Burl Barer
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Painful Story - Excellent Book
Having read all of Burl Barer's work, I made certain to pick up his most recent, "Broken Doll", and was not dissapointed. Barer has an amazing ability to relate what would be a gruesome story with compassion and respect. True Crime is not my favorite genre, but Barer brings so much humanity to each of his books that I can get past the "16 pages of shocking photos" and focus on the tale itself. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, riviting, and ultimately valuable
With incredible insight and journalistic flair Barer once again proves his abilities as one of the top investigative crime writers. In this tragic story of aborted childhoods and destroyed dreams, your heart will break for the family of seven-year-old victim Roxanne Doll, and also for that of her killer, Richard Clark, who's own sense of self and human bonding was forever stilled at an early age. Broken Doll is undoubtedly Barer's best true crime book to date, and the best of the genre this year. I strongly urge every reader of true crime to order BROKEN DOLL.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please do not read this crap.......
please don't read this......

5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling, gripping, shocking page turner!
True Crime legend Burl Barer returns with another hard hitting masterpiece of investigative crime writing. This time, its the shocking story of 7-year-old Roxanne Doll being kidnapped from her bed in the middle of the night by a trusted "family friend."
Barer continues the standard for which he is famed by taking this story beyond the mere reporting of events and details -- he strips away the "law and order" facade of American justice to reveal the tragic interplay of hope and dissapointment, expectation and devastation, that plagued the lives of child killer Richard M. Clark and the parents of his innocent victim.
Less frenetic than Barer's excellent yet episodic BODY COUNT, nor as legal-heavy as his outstanding HEAD SHOT, BROKEN DOLL equals his MURDER IN THE FAMILY in setting the standard for contemporary true-crime writing. Five stars, indeed -- Barer's best yet! ... Read more

97. Nightmare in Wichita: The Hunt for the BTK Strangler
by RobertBeattie
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-21)
Publisher: New American Library
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Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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THE FIRST BOOK to tell the tale of the BTK serial killer-written by the lawyer who assisted the police during the thirty-year search and was instrumental in the long-awaited arrest.

In 1974 a serial killer began a fourteen-year murder spree in Wichita, Kansas. Joining the ranks of Ted Bundy, the elusive sex murderer taunted authorities with clues, puzzles, and obscene letters. Then in 1988, he vanished, the killings stopped, and one of the longest and most baffling manhunts in the annals of crime came to a dead end. But in 2004, a letter- and a grisly clue-arrived at a local Wichita paper. And with it, a terrifying implication: BTK was back. Now, Robert Beattie delves for the first time into one of the most intriguing, and horrifying serial murder cases in American history.

- Includes an Afterword by the author with up-to-the-minute information-including the capture of the alleged killer
- Robert Beattie, a life-long Wichita resident, had unique access to the families of the victims
- Beattie has been following the case since the 1970s
- Some people close to the case have speculated that this book was, in part, what prompted the BTK killer to resume contact with the police and media in 2004 after nearly 25 years of silence. Obsessed with publicity, experts believe BTK was jealous of the attention author Robert Beattie was receiving as a result of writing Nightmare in Wichita, thus provoking him to send a letter to the Wichita Eagle
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5-0 out of 5 stars I LIKED IT
Contrary to other reviews here that I skimmed, I actually liked the book.I read a lot of true crime and it is amazing how many unreadable books there are out there.But this one, I thought, was very good, even though I knew the ending before I started it.I do agree that it was quite padded towards the end, and it is true that the author pats himself on the back many more times than necessary, but hey, if he did indeed contribute to getting this murderer off the streets, that's okay with me.Maybe he can very heavily edit the last few chapters and add the news that will come from the trial.If he can do that, then he will have written a very comprehensive book about a creep of a killer.I am hoping that those new chapters might include more about Rader's families -- both the one he grew up in and his subsequent (and current) family.That should be interesting reading.In any case, I think the book was well-written and well researched and these crimes have now been solved.Let's agree that for a lawyer (ahem!) the book was well written.If Robert Beattie were a journalist that would be different, because I do not believe journalists should insert themselves into these types of stories.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting.
This was an awesome book, but it was not what I was expecting. However, the details that Mr. Beattie provides are phenomenal. I would highly recomment this book to anyone who wants to know what it is like to track down a serial killer when you are not directly involved. Great job Beattie.

2-0 out of 5 stars A book ruined
When I picked up this book I hoped that I would learn some background information about the BTK murders.I am not a native of Wichita so I knew about the murders, but not a lot.I guess in some respects I was not disappointed.I learned many facts and did gain some insight into the feelings of the city during this dark time in Wichita history.However, this could not outweigh the problems I had with the book.

I found the writing to be amateurish and the editing sloppy.I attribute some of this to the rush that the publishing company put on the release of the book following the arrest of a suspect.Little things, such as identifying BTK package drops along I35 instead of the correct location, I135 were disappointing.

The worst part was Mr. Beattie's need to congratulate himself throughout the last part of the book.It is a never ending commentary of on the number of people that told him he was responsible for bringing the killer out of hiding.We also don't care or need to hear about the number of interviews he did and who interviewed him, though Mr. Beattie again seems to take pleasure in revealing this to us.The self congratulatory back patting that he engages in distracts the reader from the true story in the book.Mr. Beattie should have remembered that he was writing about BTK history and not himself, despite the fact that he is now, in his words, "part of the BTK mystique."

My suggestion, check this book out from the library and quit reading when he begins to discuss his grand role in the BTK investigation.Unfortunately it seems Mr. Beattie got off track at that point and the real story was lost.This ruined the entire book for me and I have yet to talk to another person who has read the book that does not say the same.

2-0 out of 5 stars Desperately in Need of Integration
I read a lot of True Crime - see my True Crime 101 List - and I saw this one on a recent go through aBricks and Mortar bookstore.I got it. I tried to read it.I quit.This book is another reminder that one should always check the reviews here 1st.

The Introduction says "The book you are reading started as a chapter for a classroom exercise.When I wanted my students to learn about this (BTK) aspect of Wichita (Kansas) history I looked for a book about the BTK."Finding none, the author wrote this book. The author doesn't say who he is in the scheme of things.The class project book was written before the recent discovery of BTK's identity, and that portion is just cobbled on at the end - with no chronological editting/interweaving along the way.

The good part of this book?It gives the reader a reinforced appreciation of Ann Rule and her editors./TundraVision, Amazon Reviewer

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not great
As someone who moved to Wichita shortly after the Vian murder and still a citizen, I was anxious to read the book.I enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book.I did not like the constant "patting himself on the back" that comprised the last 1/3 of the book.It is an interesting read and I will probably read the first 2/3 of the book again. ... Read more

98. Corporate and Governmental Deviance: Problems of Organizational Behavior in Contemporary Society
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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For nearly two decades this anthology has provided the most complete and accessible treatment of the deviance of big business and government. Now in its Fifth edition, it has been enhanced with an expanded introductory essay and new selections that draw attention to moral and ethical questions facing corporations and politicians, from cover-ups of the Ford Pinto fire hazards and the health risks associated with Rely tampons to rationalizing Nazi genocide and a police brutality probe of the Los Angeles Police Department. An essay on media coverage and public reaction to white-collar crimes has been added to the already exhaustive list of contributions by prominent authorities on the subject. ... Read more

99. The Will to Kill : Making Sense of Senseless Murder (2nd Edition)
by James Alan Fox, Jack Levin, Kenna D Quinet
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-10)
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Written by well-known experts, this book employs the general notion of power and control as a central and unifying thesis for understanding why people kill. Presents a classification of homicide theories, examining "the will to kill" from various perspectives. Several case studies are included in each chapter, often well-known examples drawn from recent headlines. Discusses current related controversies such as gun control, the insanity defense, and the death penalty.For anyone interested in criminology. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Levin & Fox Did It Again
Of the many books writen on the topic of Homicide, THE WILL TO KILL is unique in that it covers the topic from a perspective that is interesting to the casual true crime fan and yet is an invaluable resource to the serious professional who delves into the grisly world of murder.

Levin & Fox have produced several serious works on the topic of homicide and all reflect the fact that the authors are academically qualified professionals who definitely know their business.THE WILL TO KILL covers all bases from the chapter on "The Law of Homicide" which provides the reader with specific legal definitions of the various catagories of murder, to the victimology of murder and statistical information on a local and world occurance of the phenomonon to put the entire topic into regional and global perspective.This infomation is of great value to the professional in the field of criminology as well as to the student in the criminal justice and related fields.

Whereas traditional and historical forms of homicide are explored such as serial, mass and cult motivated murders, the new and recent trends of murder are also covered such as school shootings, workplace violence and hate motivated murder.The disturbing trend of youthful killing is discussed with predictions for furture involvement of America's violent young people.Finally, the last chapter of this work, "Getting Away with Murder" looks at the insanity defense and the dilemma of handling youthful killers in the courts. Capital punishment is also a topic of the last chapter.

Throughout the book, interesting and informative case studies are cited which provide the reader with direction for further research on the topic.The overall demographic coverage of this book can save professional and student a great deal of time searching out similar information from numerous sources.

Speaking as a professional criminologist, I look forward to Levin and Fox's next book, DEAD LINES: ESSAYS IN MURDER AND MAYHEM. ... Read more

100. The Third Terrorist : The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing
by Jayna Davis
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Asin: 0785261036
Catlog: Book (2004-04-15)
Publisher: Nelson Current
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were not the lone conspirators in the Oklahoma City bombing—the attack that killed nearly 170 people in a few short seconds. They were part of a greater scheme, one which involved Islamic terrorists and at least one provable link to Iraq. This book, written by the relentless reporter who first broke the story of the Mideast connection, is filled with new revelations about the case and explains in full detail the complete, and so far untold, story behind the failed investigation—why the FBI closed the door, what further evidence exists to prove the Iraqi connection, why it has been ignored, and what makes it more relevant now than ever. Told with a gripping narrative style and rock-solid investigative journalism and vetted by men such as former CIA director James Woolsey, Davis’s piercing account is the first book to set the record straight about what really happened April 19, 1995. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Middle East terrorists set up "lily whites" to take the fall
The Third Terrorist chilled me to the bone. It exposes the changing face of Al-Qaeda and the enemy living within our borders. The evidence in this book is simply irrefutable - a group of Iraqi soldiers masterminded the brutal slaughter of innocents in America's heartland. And who took the fall? Well, as investigative journalist Jayna Davis points out through a compelling and meticulously documented body of evidence, McVeigh and Nichols were "lily white" recruits who easily slipped below the law enforcement radar screen. Hence, the Congressional Task Force prior warning (March 3, 1995) that "non-Muslims" were going to bomb an United States federal building on behalf of "Iran-sponsored" Islamic extremists could not stop the bomb. It's obvious to me that federal law enforcement was powerless to isolate and track the hand-picked front men who were tasked with delivering the weapon of mass destruction to the Alfred P. Murrah Building! If this strange alliance between seemingly polar-opposite terrorist groups representes the new modus operandi for Al-Qaeda, then how is our FBI going to penetrate cells here on our soil like the one reporter Jayna Davis stumbled upon in 1995? Attorney General John Ashcroft recently warned our nation that "lily white" recruits include people of all ethnicities and nationalities who are disaffected citizens bent on striking out against our government. McVeigh and Nichols are the textbook case. Will the Middle Eastern suspects identified in The Third Terrorist, who Davis suggests had foreknowledge of the 9-11 plot, strike again? Why not arrest these men and find out what they know about the next plan of attack? Arrest then NOW before we witness the next 4-19 or 9-11? I, for one, believe it took a hell of a lot of guts to expose this dangerous and emerging phenomenon that has brought the war on terror to U.S. shores.

4-0 out of 5 stars Compelling In Spite of the Writing
Jayna Davis makes the crossover from television investigative reporter to writer with difficulty. The book accounts Davis's involvement in investigating the OKC Bombing from when the story was dropped on her by her editor, to present events, though it doesn't do this in order. Thus, the reader is forced to be alert to changes in the order of events, as Davis jumps back and forth. In spite of this lack of linearity, Davis resurrects the APB of a brown truck driven away from the scene by Arab men, and the elusive John Doe #2, long since dismissed by the FBI, and finds them both in the company of shadowy figures with ties to Saddam's elite Republican Guard and the PLO. Long before the CIA warned of attempts by al Qaeda to recruit the 'lilly white' terrorist to aid in their attacks on America, Davis paints the picture of a collaboration that spans the globe, from al Qaeda operatives in the Philippines to domestic anti-government movements to middle east governments, all of which culminated in the OKC bombing, and which had tenuous ties to 9/11.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Truth Will Surface
This book is a compelling read. I couldn't put it down. Jayna Davis is a brave woman who proves what so many of us suspected on April 19, 1995... an Iraqi involvement. I am left with many, many questions. Questions Ms. Davis can't answer, but members of our Government should answer. Every American should read this book as soon as possible and then we should all start asking why? Why was it covered up? What else has been covered up?

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Compelling
Davis presents a compelling case, not easily dismissed. The possible Nichols connection to Ramzi Yousef is echoed by Richard Clarke. Absolute must read for any political stripe.

5-0 out of 5 stars OKC bombing by terrorist network!
Davis' book makes it clear what I always suspected, that McVeigh & Nichols were in cahoots with a Middle Eastern terrorist network. There is clearly a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda. There are no coincidences. And after reading this book you will want to hunt down the entire Clinton Administration, the FBI & CIA and hang all the traitors who were trying to whitewash what happened in OKC. Demand an investigation. ... Read more

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