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121. The Minds of Billy Milligan
by DANIEL KEYES
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Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The most disturbing book I've ever read
I worked at a hotel long ago, and I found "The Minds of Billy Milligan" in unclaimed properties. Parts of the book were very unsettling, but I couldn't put the book down. I almost felt guilty for intruding into the mind of a person so viciously abused that he became what he is.

The book ends in the year 1981. Since then, Milligan has had a failed marriage and more legal problems. He is also reportedly unfused. A sequel to "The Minds of Billy Milligan" called "The Milligan Wars" was released, but only in Japan. Unless the film is produced and released here, according to the author, Daniel Keyes, the book probably won't be released here.

A film of his life has been in the works for many years, and it appears to be an on again/off again project. Milligan himself helped Leonardo DiCaprio in preparing for the role in an adaptation called "The Crowded Room".

Disturbing and engrossing. What else is the mind is capable of? If Billy Milligan and Sybil are any indication, the answer to that is truly frightening.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look into a remarkable mind
The Minds of Billy Milligan
Daniel Keyes, Random House, 1981 (reissued by Bantam as mass market paperback, 1999)

In 1977 a series of abductions and rapes in Ohio were followed by the arrest of William Stanley Milligan, who was assigned a public defender by the court. Milligan, who had previously been convicted of rape and armed robbery, was given a routine psychological evaluation by prosecution-friendly psychiatrists who quickly concluded that something was seriously wrong - that Milligan, in fact, had multiple personality disorder. Milligan eventually became the first multiple to receive a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict in a criminal trial.

I read this book originally as an adolescent, and recently picked it up again, curious if the book would hold the same power as an adult. I was pleasantly surprised. Daniel Keyes - author of the classic Flowers for Algernon - wrote this book in a fashion that takes the reader inside the mind of a remarkable, fascinating human being.

Each of Billy Milligan's 23 distinct personalities had their own voice, their own histories, their own character (or lack thereof) - they were different people, quite literally. Keyes captures this well, making it possible to clearly envision all of these people running around inside the body of one man. His further account of attempts to treat Milligan and "fuse" his personalities was even more fascinating.

Keyes is a solid novelist with a very good grasp of what happens inside people's hearts and minds. Applying those skills to a non-fiction, "true-crime" book, he has produced a masterpiece.

I was very disappointed to learn that the "sequel," the Milligan Wars, has only been published in Japanese and will not be available in North America until the movie based on the first book comes out. This book apparently covers what happened to Milligan after 1981 and the end of the first book. Based on what I could find on the web, no one really knows when or if the movie will actually be made, which means no one knows when or if the second book will be published.

A fascinating read and highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Understand multiple personalities by seeing them.
An excellent book that must have been a great deal of work for both the author and the subject. If you want to understand multiple personalities(Dissociative Identity Disorder) better you can read this book. It would be helpful for any medical personnel working with DID's, as well as those who have a relative who has it or for those who are just curious about this most mysterious of maladies. Very compelling read as well as being very informative.

5-0 out of 5 stars where is billy milligan?
i read the book about billy milligan and was totally facinated by it.daniel keyes has done a tremendous job of letting the lay man know what goes into the mind of a person suffering from multiple personality disorder.although billy was accused of severe crimes ,i cant help but feel enormous sympathy for him after reading the book.i feel it was sad the way some doctors and judge treated him ,but i guess it was their ignorance about his disease that made them do so.nevertheless i wonder WHERE IS BILLY MILLIGAN NOW?what happened to him ?if he is now living a normal life?or still struggling with his 23 personalities.?

5-0 out of 5 stars From one who knows
The book "The Minds of Billy Milligan" was terrific! I have Multiple Personality Disorder (DID) myself and the book was a tremendous help in gaining some type of control in my head. Billy was an amazing person and I admire him greatly. Another book that has helped me that should also be on your list is "First Person Plural" by Dr. Cameron West Ph. D. It was an auto biography from a person with the Disorder. ... Read more


122. But He Was Good to His Mother : The Lives and Crimes of Jewish Gangsters
by Robert A. Rockaway
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Asin: 9652292494
Catlog: Book (2000-02)
Publisher: Gefen Publishing House, Ltd
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Now in its 7th printing - inludes more gangsters!
Newly footnoted and expanded bibliography!
New FBI documents!
More detailed information about the alleged plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler!

While doing research for this book, Prof. Robert Rockaway interviewed old-time Jewish mobsters and their families. He never knew what his subjects would say or do, so he came prepared for any eventuality. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great book and a fun reading
this book is a great academic book mixed with fun storytelling.

3-0 out of 5 stars Jewish criminals objectively presented by a Jew
The book is a reasonably objective record of the fact that even though the word "mafia" is Italian, not all gangsters were (or are) Italian (and thus Catholic)... many were Jews or WASPs for that matter. US Gangsterism was (and is) a USA product, partly because of the ethnic heterogeneity produced by immigration and to a great extent by prohibition. There is of course gangsterism in other countries but backgrounds differ.
The author catalogued the major Jewish gangsters, their family history, their social setting and their "activities". Being Jewish myself I was glad to discover: a) unlike Italian gangsters the Jewish ones tended to keep their families out of their "business", and b) Jewish economic emancipation after WW II practically eliminated Jews from the "business". An enlightening read though rather dry in the firss half of the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Big Tsuris
A seldom-covered aspect of true crime history and Jewish history, "But He was Good to His Mother" is a fine read for anyone interested in either. It delves into the histories of several gangsters, their misdeeds, relationships to the Jewish community and anecdotes that shed some light on what these crimelords were really like. Plenty of photos are included.

Rockaway does a fairly good job of striking a balance in tackling a delicate subject. He points out the occasional admirable deeds of the gangsters (protecting American Jews from anti-semites, for example) while making it quite clear that these were very bad men. He fesses up that these killers and lawbreakers were admired by some in the community, but by no means all.

Occasionally, books about influential Jews get a little hokey when they gush over how the values of the Jewish community produced so many great people. (As though, without centuries of respect for learning by the Jews, Einstein might never have come up with relativity; whatever.) As a Jew myself, I think it feels more honest and refreshing to see it acknowledged that these same values and shared history produced some no-goodniks along the way, too. And ones who broke the stereotypes about Jews at that.

If anything, I'd have liked more information, more stories about the gangsters in the book. Especially nice would have been more on their role in the general public's perception and pop culture. The book doesn't tell you that the purple gang was infamous enough to be mentioned in Elvis Presley's JailHouse Rock, no opinion on who did a better job of playing Dutch Schultz (Tim Roth in "Hoodlum" or James Remar in "The Cotton Club"?), no word on whether Mickey Cohen was really as daft as James Ellroy portrays him, no mention of "Bugsy" or "The Godfather, part 2".

Still, I liked the book. I wouldn't label it an offer you can't refuse, but it's an offer it wouldn't kill you to accept.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than Ever
I love authors who revise their work instead of just recycling it. The first edition of But He Was Good to His Mother was good but marred by one embarrassing error: it repeated as fact the fictional murder of Moe Dalitz from the late William Roemer's novel War of the Godfathers. Rockaway was not the first author to make this mistake--Roemer and his publisher should have made it clearer their book was fiction--but the Dalitz murder is rightfully deleted from this edition and there is expanded, factual, and accurate information throughout on Jewish gangsters, including such legendary figures as Meyer Lansky (whom Rockaway interviewed), Bugsy Siegel, Lepke and Gurrah, Kid Cann, Dutch Schultz, Waxey Gordon, Longy Zwillman, Big Jack Zelig, Boo Boo Hoff (who introduced the tommy gun to Philadelphia's Prohibition underworld), Mickey Cohen, the Purple Gang and others. The rise and fall of the Jewish gangsters, their relationships to the Jewish community (roles in "upward mobility" and even as sometime defenders of their people); to the Italian mob; and to 20th Century urban America are explored wonderfully and insightfully. Rounding out the book are ample source notes and an excellent bibliography. This book is a labor of love by an author who likes to get his facts straight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is absolutely the best book on Jewish gangsters that I have read. I just received the copy of this newly published version of But-He Was Good To His Mother and I found it to be fast paced, very enjoyable as well as factual and well researched. I found the authors interviews with old-time Jewish mobsters especially fascinating. ... Read more


123. The Complete History of Jack the Ripper
by Philip Sugden
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-09)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt the best book on the subject.
Jack the Ripper has been a fascination of mine for five or so years, and I've read lots of books about him and the murders, but "The Complete History" is surely the best. It's very accurate -- Sugden derives his information directly from the case files and press reports, instead of borrowing from previous books which can be misleading. In fact, he even goes out of the way to point out and correct errors from previous books.

And not only is the book very accurate, it is entertaining. A lot of Ripper books seem to be kind of dry, but not this one. I could see everything that was going on. Sugden made me feel for the victims, especially Annie Chapman and Liz Stride, and he did a good job portraying the terrible conditions and poverty of the East End.

Best of all in my opinion, the book does not advance Sugden's pet theory. He does talk about a few suspects, and remarks that one is more likely than the others, but he does say that there is no evidence against the man. It's a nice change from other Ripper books who go through comical contortions to pin the case on one particular individual.

It's a terrific book -- I've read it several times. If you must only read one book on Jack the Ripper, pick this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Sacred Tome of Ripperology
Having read several books on Jack the Ripper, I can enthusiastically declare Sugden's volume the best of the lot, for a number of reasons. First and foremost, this book is not about "Jack the Ripper" per se, but rather it is about the series of murders in Whitechapel and the ensuing investigation. It is the author's stated goal to present the facts as clearly as can be gleaned from extant police files and press reports of the time (albeit, in the latter case, cautiously and only when information is not available in official form). As other reviewers point out, Sugden is not trying to convince us that his own pet suspect is the Ripper. Whereas most Ripper books begin with a conclusion and are written with the arbitary purpose of convincing us that the author has identified the Ripper, this book actually saves the conclusion to the end. Even that conclusion, however, is not definitive. The author does, in the end, tell us why a certain suspect seems to fit the facts better than other named suspects, but he clearly states that there is no definitive proof as to whether or not that suspect was Jack, and he by no means accuses the man of the crimes. In the same vein, Sugden does not attack other writers in the field. That being said, he does point out flaws and outright mistakes in others' thinking. Even this, it must be said, is done in a noble fashion. Sugden is very determined to dispel a number of myths that have wrongly influenced Ripperology for many years, and his contribution toward this end is the most important contribution he makes. He goes to great lengths to not only point out false "facts" (such as the supposed pregnancy of Mary Kelly, for example, an idea that even Donald Rumbelow accepted when he wrote his Casebook) but to explain where these myths came from and why they were accepted by other writers.

Another wonderful thing about this book is Sugden's treatment of the victims. I must admit that I have always viewed the victims with some detachment--this is surely a personal shortcoming on my part, but it is one that many people may share, especially given that the victims were prostitutes in Victorian London over a century ago. In the pages of this book, though, these poor women actually become real and "human." I feel as if I knew them now, to at least a small degree, and, besides feeling pity and compassion for them, I have discovered that I actually liked a couple of them (especially Annie Camp). These women were not just poor "prostitutes." Other writers have done a good job of explaining the wretched conditions in Whitechapel, but no one else has made that world and its occupants really come alive and real to me before. Sugden deserves much praise for putting so much effort into researching, learning, and telling the true story of these women as comprehensively as possible.

In this book, you will find the most complete, objective story that can be told of the Whitechapel murders. "Facts" you have assumed were true will be brought to light and revealed to be myths. New information, particularly in regard to the victims, will be presented. You will not be shown Jack the Ripper, however. What do the facts tell us about Jack the Ripper? That is the question Sugden poses. He has some ideas, which he shares, but any "answers" to this mystery are ultimately left with the reader.

This book should be required reading for any person even remotely interested in Jack the Ripper. Sugden has written the sacred tome of Ripperology, in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible of the Ripper Case
The crime investigation work in this book is impeccable, and the in-depth research of relevent facts is really something future Ripper writers should aim for. Very easy to read and digest this information on the case, which is written in an entertaining and highly enlightening manner. Speculations and phoney facts are ignored or exposed, and here we have the true facts, clearly presented, and the myths dispelled.

David Rehak
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"

5-0 out of 5 stars Tired of speculations?
I recommend this book for anyone interested in the case of "Jack the Ripper," since this book is amazingly to the point, and only facts (which is so rare). No things like "if that happened then that could have happened also..." blahblah, like way too many books are about on this subject.
Even though this book is fairly big - as in with many names and so on - I'd recommend it as a great starting point for someone who knows little or nothing at all about the case.
After covering possible victims (each in great detail), other than the 4-5 most likely, with great detail, it goes into the covering what effect the murders had on London at the time. Then goes into some of the most known suspects and shows what is known about them and how each might or might not have been "Jack," with only known facts. The only thing that he goes outside from the facts is when he gets a profiler to say what he believes "Jack" might have been like. It is an interesting read.
I also want to add that he corrects alot of small, yet relevant, details that were taken for granted but, as he proves, some "Ripperologists" got wrong.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing:Definative
This book was absolutely amazing and gave every aspect possible about the murders. To read it well, in my opinion, you must have a light feel for the case, but otherwise this book corners every possibilty and every theory out there. It features mkany of the theories not covered in other books, such as the royal conspiracy and Dr. Ostrog. I enjoyed it in every aspect, a great addition to any Ripperologists library. ... Read more


124. Shots in the Dark: True Crime Pictures
by Gail Buckland, Harold Evans
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Asin: 0821227750
Catlog: Book (2001-10)
Publisher: Bulfinch
Sales Rank: 68254
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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When shots ring out, photographers shoot back. Their images can startle, inform, and serve as witness. Mundane and profound, gruesome and compelling, crime photographs are, for better or worse, part of our world. Featuring many rarely and never-before-seen images, this heavily illustrated book sheds new light on the role of crime photography in our history and in our culture.

These are pictures we see once and never forget: an autopsy photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald; the bodies of Lizzie Borden's parents, photographed in the room where they were slain; mug shots of celebrities such as Larry King and Bill Gates; and O.J. Simpson pictured wearing shoes that match the footprints at the murder scene. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Crime is not a pretty picture....
True Crime has always interested me;particulayly what made these criminals tick.There,s lots of speculation about their thinking;but never many resolutions;particularly with the loners.This book was very disapointing.the text was very poor,disjointed and difficult in connecting with the photos.If this book shows anything,it is that the photography was much better in the past than recent times.Sure, there was some pretty gruesome stuff,but there is more to the art of crime photography than presented in this book.Before buying ,I would suggest giving it a pretty good look over.I was quite surprised by the high reviews this book received;however,considering the background of the authors;maybe it is a better book for the insiders of crime photography.But then,who do they do this work for,themselves or others? the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words doesn't hold here.Most shots are like snapshots taken by amateurs who just happen to be passing and took a shot.

4-0 out of 5 stars Holy Sh*t!!
I was in Media Play with my ex-boyfriend and 2 of our friends one night and we were looking (well, okay...running) around in the books section getting sex books off of the shelves and yelling out positions. I was getting bored and started walking around looking for something to do, when I saw a book with 2 dead bodies on the cover with "SHOTS IN THE DARK" as the title caption. I skimmed through the book and was shocked as hell. Not only because the photos were very in-your-face, but because I would've never guessed that Gail Buckland could get so much information on the gorey pictures. When I saw the passages about John List, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, The Buther of Clarksburg, and John F. Kennedy's autopsy photos, I was covinced to buy this book. I showed my ex and our friends and after purchasing the book, we couldn't put it down. I gave the book 4 stars because you will more than likely get sick of the book. I recommend this one to the Freaks and the Juggalos. Later y'all!

5-0 out of 5 stars WHEN SHOTS RING OUT-PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOOT BACK
SHOTS IN THE DARK is a book that takes you into the world of crime-and its not pleasent!

...P>The start is kind of boring-with the writer telling us all about crime-who cares about that-we wanna see some dead bodies!

Some of the pictures in this book are kind of gory and gross-especially JFK laying on a table with his brains showing.

YUCK!

The cover of this book-with two dirty-bloodied male corpses laying in an elevator makes you think-where did they get shot?

I kind of dont and do wanna know!

I would reccomend this book to anyone who is a crime nut-and is into photography-this is the book for you!

THERES TOO MANY BODIES-ITS NOT ENOUGH ROOM-EVERYBODY OUT OF THE WATER!

4-0 out of 5 stars must have for true crime buffs
The content of this book is often quite shocking and surely not for the squeamish. I am aware that many people will dislike it. But in order to understand crime and its effects on society one has to face reality. The ugly face of reality and not only crime as a figure.

The book starts with an excellent introduction by Harold EVANS "Looking Crime Squarely in Its Disturbing Eye", followed by an essay by author Gail BUCKLAND about the development of forensic photography and the creator of the mugshot, the frenchman Alphonse BERTILLON in particular. I found this chapter especially compelling.
The rest of the book consists of crime pictures with short captions by the author, many of them are unfortunately rather brief. With only one or two exceptions all featured photos are black and white. Many of those shot in the period from 1930-1950 have a certain film noir look due to sharp contrast. Many pictures are not easy to look at particularly those shot at homicide scenes. And you'll see a lot of homicide scenes. There is a picture taken by a surveillance camera during the April 1999 Columbine school shooting, a police officer looking in despair at the body of a girl shot at the 1984 Mc Donald's massacre in San Ysidro, the corpse of slain actress Sharon TATE, crime scene photographs of stabbed Nicole SIMPSON, lots and lots of unknown victims of murder...As mentioned before, this is sometimes not easy to look at.
Another chapter is about punishment. An horrifying account of lynch justice is given; according to the author it was common practice in the last decades of the 19th century to send photographs of lynchings to friends and relatives. I didn't know that. You see photographs of the last public execution in the US, which took place in 1936, convicts in prisons, an arrested man tied to a restrainment chair etc. A very compelling chapter but I have to add that BUCKLAND shows way too much compassion for convicts in her captions commenting the pictures. Undoubtedly a convict can not be denied his human rights, but we have to bear in mind that many of them committed unspeakable acts of violence and too much compassion for such people is highly inappropriate.

I especially liked the chapter about presidential assassinations. There are portraits of president LINCOLN's assassin's co-conspirators and photos of their execution on the gallows. The most infamous political murder of the last century, the assassination of president KENNEDY in Dallas, is depicted in a very detailed manner with many rare and often cruel photos ( e.g. the slain president on the autopsy table and the corpse of Lee Harvey OSWALD after a postmortem was conducted) accompanied by insightful captions, which convey more information in some sentences than many non-fiction books in hundreds of pages.
A selection of celebrity mugshots (including Frank SINATRA, Jane FONDA and Bill GATES) adds a little curiosity and fun to an otherwise sombre and shocking book. Especially FONDA and GATES look incredibly ludicrous in their mugshots.
While I generally found SHOTS IN THE DARK a great book I didn't like two chapters very much, because they are so "overpublished". These were about gangland world and infamous cases. I mean how often did you see photographs of the O.J.SIMPSON trial? How often did you see Al CAPONE's not so friendly features?
But these are only minor complaints. This book is a must have for every true crime fan. It could also be of interest for people who like death shockumentaries.

5-0 out of 5 stars Okay, so its gory ...
... but what a wonderful book! The photography in this book is so fantastic, that any person who admires excellent photographic skill will not be able to remain dispassionate. The topic (crime, criminals, accidents, homicides, etc.) is well represented, both in words (and the authors thankfully belong to the less is more school) and imagery. Buried here and there in the book you'll find an image and some commentary that makes a particularly relevant statement presented in a decidedly understated yet compelling fashion. For example, page 68, Elmer Fanter. The shot is of a young kid (16) who's standing in a cell, holding the bars and looking completely bewildered. He and his pals had murdered a man who had the temerity to come to the aid of a woman the lads were robbing. Of this shot, the author makes the statement (in part): "He and his friends saw no violent movies and were not subjected to inappropriate scenes on television, and those hands clenching the bars of the prison door never moved a mouse in a violent video game." ... Read more


125. Hell's Angels: "Three Can Keep a Secret If Two Are Dead"
by Yves Lavigne
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Catlog: Book (1989-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Who is this guy?
An apparently well researched and written book on the background and history of the Hell's Angels, as well as many of the other major 1% clubs. The book is ten years out of date as of this writing, and is mostly about things in Canada, but is still interesting. I have some problems with the stuff between the lines, so to speak. What is the author's agenda in writing a work like this? Why does he have such a vendetta against his subject? The book is loaded with dates, names and events, but lists no sources other than an occasional "police photo" caption. The author has apparently gleaned his facts from thin air or from informant interviews and occasional public files or both. Perhaps "Yves" is an ex-member with an axe to grind. Who Knows? An interesting read, but take it with a grain of salt (or a bag...)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good book if you know nothing of the outlaw biker life.
Yves Lavigne did one hell of a job in researching this book. He accuratley describes events and details in the lives of the Angels from the beginning into the eighties. He tells of the terror reigned by the Angels, but is very light to touch on the subject of the fundraisers and benefits that the Angels host. The book tells of many events in the underworld, giving names and dates and horrifying pictures of crime scenes. It shows exactly what the Angels can do, when provoked. All around, a good book to learn about the "other side". Well written and full of information.

5-0 out of 5 stars 3 can keep A Secret ... an outstanding read!!
I thought the book was an outstanding read and in fact have read the book several times. I have no idea why some reviewers want to critique Mr. Lavigne's writing style or "vulgar" word selection so harshly. He is, after all, writing about the Hells Angels. I feel these folks are missing the main point of the book which is to give the reader and insightful look into the bike gang, their rituals, codes etc. To this end, Mr. Lavigne does an outstanding job! I found the book to be a very comprehensive portrait of the most famous of biker gangs. If these readers were so offended by some of Mr. Lavignes language, choice of words whatever then they need not be worried with researching the Hells Angels! Simply put, the book is by far the best and most insightful look into the inner workings of the Hells Angels that I have ever read - and I have read most all of the books on the Hells Angels out there. I strongly recommend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars One more thing...
I need to add one more thing to my review above. There are a number of glaring errors in the book that call into question how much first person research Mr. Lavigne did and how much was based on hearsay from bikers, law enforcement, or other sources. The first error may be considered minor - a map purporting to show the locations of various HAMC clubs places San Bernardino in Ventura county instead of San Bernardino County. Others include claiming that the P.O.B.O.B's where founded in San Bernardino (they were founded in Bloomington - hence the acronym, "Pissed Off Bastards Of Bloomington", a suburb of Fontana, California.) There are others, but all together they make you wonder how much of this is reasearch by the author and how much is taken from other less informed sources.

3-0 out of 5 stars Crudity aside, a good documentary
Yves Lavigne's unrelenting vulgarity takes away from what is otherwise an informative and well researched first-person account of the growth of the Hell's Angels growth from 50's rebels to 60's cause celebre to modern day mafia. Their ability to enforce omerta (the code of silence)among their members, at least in this account, makes them more effective, and more dangerous, than La Cosa Nostra. How much of this admittedly entertaining tale is truth and how much is fantasy? Only Mr. Lavigne and the Hell's Angels know with any certainty. ... Read more


126. Hunting Eric Rudolph
by HenrySchuster, CharlesStone
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Asin: 0425199363
Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Accused of detonating bombs at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, two abortion clinics, and a gay nightclub, Eric Rudolph went on the run. He shot bears and ate salamanders for more than five years, but finally was captured in June 2003 and now sits in a Birmingham jail.

Hunting Eric Rudolph covers the problems that hampered the investigation into the Centennial Park bombing, including a wrongful accusation, and discusses where and how Eric Rudolph obtained bomb components. Going into detail as to who the FBI suspected of helping him during his time on the run, the story covers the secret surveillance methods used to track him in the woods and mountains, and also takes an in-depth look at life inside the Rudolph family--including rarely seen photographs.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great account of Rudolph with few slow spots
This account of Eric Rudolph was very interesting. I found the book a little more interesting than the average reader probably will because he was born in my hometown, I lived in B'ham and I was also vacationing in Murphy in the summer of 98 when the fbi had helicopters and officers searching the entire nantahala area.The only complaint I have about the book (and it's minimal) is that I thought that they spent too much time on details about his family in the middle of the book and it kind of slowed down the pace. Having said that, the pace is still as good as any fiction novel/mystery novel i've ever read. If you enjoy a fast paced, puzzle solving-type story, this book is right up your alley.

5-0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and exciting
This is one of the best true crime books I've read in a long time.Really well done.Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely entertaining...
Hunting Eric Rudolph is an awesome read. The authors deliver the story of Rudolph's entire life, often with an insightful and somtimes humorous backdrop. It goes in depth to explain the reasons for Rudolph's perplexing psyche and the culture in which it was cultivated.

The real value of the book however is the context in which it is delivered.Schuster explains why this story was not only significant in our past, but what we can extract from it to prevent similar types of domestic terrorism in our future.Thoroughly researched and masterfully presented, this was definitely a book that I could not put down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stranger than fiction
A great read about Eric Rudolph, serial bomber and fugitive.The authors use an energetic narrative style and an acute sense of the absurd as they recount the circumstances of the bombings, delve into the bizarre background of Rudolph, and expose the monumental fumbling of the case by the feds.Touching portrayals of the victims of the bombings remind us that years after the events, those involved still suffer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cinematic Eye, Newsman's Nose for Detail
With Hunting Eric Rudolph, Henry Schuster- one of the country's foremost news producers and experts on terrorism- uses his cinematic eye and newsman's nose for detail to bring to life the series of crimes that set the tone for our fearful twenty-first century. Gracefully written, with economy and personality, a storytellers flair: think In Cold Blood with exhaustive footnotes.

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127. The War on Freedom: How and Why America was Attacked, September 11, 2001
by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed, John Leonard
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A disturbing exposé of the American government’s hidden agenda, before and after the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks. A wide range of documents show U.S. officials knew in advance of the "Boeing bombing" plot, yet did nothing. Did the attacks fit in with plans for a more aggressive U.S. foreign policy? Nafeez Ahmed examines the evidence, direct and circumstantial, and lays it before the public in chilling detail: how FBI agents who uncovered the hijacking plot were muzzled, how CIA agents trained Al Qaeda members in terror tactics, how the Bush family profited from its business connections to the Bin Ladens, and from the Afghan war. A "must read" for anyone seeking to understand America’s New War on Terror. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is what's going on folks
The people who give this book one star are either government agents or truly brainwashed. Yes, the book can be somewhat difficult to read and is repetitive. But this is done to back up facts with source after source. However, reading the final conclusion pretty much sums everything up in the neat form most Americans should be able to comprehend.

Even without this book anyone with common sense should see from just the mainstream news that this "war on terror" is completely fabricated. Bush, Cheaney & Company are the epitomy of EVIL and this book calls them out. People our president murdered 3,000 fellow citizens, plus numerous Afghans and is distracting you with bin Laden & Hussein. What does this say about us as we sit idly by and allow Bush to destroy this country along with untold others. Buy 3 of these books and mail them to your 3 federal representatives (1 congressman, 2 senators) and let them know you know what is going on. It is money well-spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Part Galileo, part Stephen King...brilliant & frightening
"Afghanistan had been planned for several years prior to the terrible tragedy that occurred on 11th September on US soil...[It] then considers the development of Afghanistan as well as within the United States, as a consequence of the US-led military intervention that began Ocotber 2001....Neither the facts, nor the inferences I draw therefrom, are palatable. However, they are worthy of urgent consideration, not only from members of the public, but by our purported political leaders and representatives..."

"...Huey Long once said, 'Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism'. I'm afraid, based on my own long experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security."

Nafeez Moseaddeq Ahmed, Preface
and quote from Jim Garrison, New Orleans
District Attorney, 1967, from the Conclusion
THE WAR ON FREEDOM

There are not words to describe the courage it will take anyone, conservative or liberal, left, right or center, to read this book from cover to cover and sit with the new world you will be looking at afterwards. Ahmed, through more than *six hundred* footnotes, political and historical analysis, quotes of everyone from European and Afghani political analysts to New York stockbrokers to American congressman and FBI agents--and some of the most erudite, plain language scholarship I have ever read--irrevocably changes one's view of history and current events such that one is left with the profoundly disturbing fact not by saying that his main theory is true, but by proving unqeustionably that it is POSSIBLE.

This is not an America-hating rant, the likes of which would make it the international antithesis (i.e. siamese twin) of much of the pro-American "literature" coming from the far right nowadays. This is scholarship the likes of which can only demand a paradigm shift in one's thinking, regardless of how you choose to reinterpret his fact-finding when you put the book down. If you've ever wondered what the Catholic bishops must have felt when reading the work of Galileo for the first time, or the Protestant community of the 19th century reading the work of Darwin, or what the Newtonian physics scientific community felt seeing Einstein prove his point about relativity, the scholarship of Ahmed will let you know in perhaps the most politically frightening way possible. Ahmed in fact, does not rely on the rogue scholars we are familiar with for the bulk of his work. He quotes BODY OF SECRETS: INSIDE THE NSA, the work of Gore Vidal like THE GOLDEN AGE, and 9-11 by Noam Chomsky as mere redundancies, adding to the mountain of evidence he has generated leading one to the inevitable conclusion that is the book's theme.

In the end, whether or not you choose to follow Ahmed to the end of his theories, you will be left with a totally new understanding of the secret architecture and raison d'etre of both modern history and modern war. If you didn't know that FDR knew the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor because he set America up to be bombed in 1941 in order to get the isolationist minded American populace to join World War Two--and how he did it--you will learn it here. If you didn't know that there were plans in the military (kept classified until the Freedom of Information Act of 1975) of terrorizing and even killing American citizens in Miami and throughout Florida in such a way that it would look like Castro's military did it to justify an American invasion of Cuba in 1962, you will learn it here. If you didn't know that the total absence of military response to the hijacking of American planes before they hit the World Trade Center on Septemeber 11th is something that has NEVER happened before in FAA or military history, you will learn it here. If you had no idea of the unusual and otherwise inexplicably heavy trade on the stock market that took place days before Septemeber 11th regarding Airline and oil stocks, you will learn it here.

And if you can find a way to digest all of that, plus

1) hundreds of other provable historical/foreign policy facts of the European/American 20th Century from a plethora of credible sources--in and out of America--he brings to light,

2) the political/economic agendas behind the secret psychological architecture of modern day war explained with amazing clarity,

3) the revealing of our current Administration's relationship with International Oil cartels for the past three generations, and

4) the seemingly infinite number of both otherwise inexplicable anamolies AND examples of unprecedented ineptitude regarding both the intelligence community and the military's failure to prevent 9/11 from happening, WITHOUT coming to the same conclusions the writer of this book does...than God bless you.

I cannot.

This is just a little bit bigger than a phony land deal in Arkansas and some oral sex in the Oval Office. Ahmed makes it clear through the WAR ON FREEDOM that it is time for a full investigation of our Administration. If for no other reason as it will be the only thing that could make this nightmare of a book go away. There are some books every American should read to strengthen their own mind or enrich their own lives. This is one book every American needs to read in order to save our Nation's soul. Remain ignorant at the cost of your own freedom.

4-0 out of 5 stars Required reading
I laugh at warnings not to read this book. This IS America, isn't it? It's well documented, and makes the case that the GOVERNMENT, NOT the United States, may very well be complicit in 9/11 -- by omission, if not co-mission. It makes a very clear case regarding who benefited from 9/11 -- and who continues to. These words are warnings we all need to hear -- and read.

One of the most interesting points is made regarding the illegality of the U.S. government activities these days, and how they fly in the face of the Constitution -- and how we all seem to be just looking the other way (particularly people who would warn you not to read this book!). States' rights have taken an especially painful hit as the Federal Government continues to expand to grotesque proportions, giving the lie to any "Conservative" stature the Republicans may claim.

My only complaint is that the book tends to repeat itself a lot -- which may need to happen to some extent to get these points across. Still, I had the feeling that it was written on a PC and the printout was never given a good final editing.

Just the same, it's important information, well researched and documented. No one has to believe it all -- but if you limit your information and news to the mass media, you deserve whatever you get.

1-0 out of 5 stars perfect, if you're brainwashed
This book is more propaganda for the USA haters, and articulates their position, that September 11 was, in essence, our fault, and that we deserved it. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK; it will weaken you, convince you that the USA is evil, and ensure the destruction of you and your family through your inability to defend yourselves.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Bitter Truth
It's all here, all the news that you won't find on CNN-FOX-NBC et al, although an astonishing amount of stuff WAS published in papers like the Washington Post, and many of Ahmed's sources are mainstream. But while bits of the puzzle may leak out in the mainstream US media, the conclusion -- that the Bush administration, "through its actions and inactions, effectively facilitated the attacks, protected those responsible, blocked attempts to prevent the attacks, and maintained close political, financial, military, and intelligence ties to key figures who supported those responsible...." is unspeakable in the dominant US media, and to a large extent, even in the alternative media. This is unfortunate, because this is one of the most important stories of the last hundred years. We need to wake up to the monstrosity that our federal government has become, after 50+ years of catering to the military industrial complex. If we are ever going to reclaim our democracy and re-establish government of by and for the people instead of government of by and for the corporations and wealthy, we must be willing to unflinchingly face the crimes our government has committed and demand their accountability. ... Read more


128. Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief
by BILL MASON, LEE GRUENFELD
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4-0 out of 5 stars More than a Jewel Thief
I read this book as it received a lot of publicity on initial release. I didn't find it to be a fast, compelling story of a dangerous jewel thief. Rather, I found it to be a tale of a common thief with a substantial amount of time spent on normal legal proceedings and life as a fugitive. While his life was much more normal than you may expect by reading the title, I still found it to be a very compelling read.

Mason starts the book as a teenager who has some minor run-ins with the law while living in Cleveland Ohio. He stumbles in to a life as a jewel thief while marrying, raising kids, and living a fairly normal life as an apartment manager.

The book really revs up with a move to South Florida in the 70s. Florida was exploding with drugs, crime, and wealthy northeners living in ocean front condos with expensive jewels. Mason describes some of his successful heists but the more interesting story is his relationship with the police. Also, there is a comical sideline of him buying a small ocean front home to rent where the renters continually turn out to be drug runners using his house as a delivery point.

The last part of the book has little to do with jewel thefts and more to do with family and escaping the law. Overall, I found this to be a worthwhile story to read. But "a master jewel thief" is really only about 40% of the story. That may be enough for most readers as it was for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great read
I remember the headlines. I also remember the press and police were convinced that these jewel heists could only have been pulled off by a mission-impossible type team. Thanks to the Statute of Limitations, William Mason himself gives up the real story-more incredible than fiction- and one of the best reads I've had in years! Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief is a first rate memoir of America's most prolific Jewel thief. The story begins with Mason's first bungled teenage gas station job and ends on the roof of a posh 16 story Florida beachfront condo. On the way Mason takes the reader through huge scores, narrow escapes, the courtroom antics of ace lawyers and a major hometown sex scandal with the flair of a seasoned story teller. To his credit, Mason fights the natural urge to embellish his "accomplishments" and often attributes his success to luck or simply complacency of the wealthy. The time Mason has taken to reflect on his former life shows. His descriptions of his thought process during the planning and execution of theses heists are truly fascinating. His most profound introspection however, is found in his recognition of the emotional harm caused to his family and victims.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book !!!!!!!!!!
i don't read books that much usually newsweek...time... a variety of different magazines because it's hard for books to keep my interest..just one main story...usually i need to be reading 3 at a time and rarely finish one of them....well this book did it for me.....what a surprise...an easy read and so much fun...very exciting...i read the whole thing...rare for me...only 3 other books that i can remember kept my interest like this one ...one of c. sagon's fiction books....j. grisham the firm and the first harry potter book..hope they make a movie out of this one........

3-0 out of 5 stars Master Jewel Thief, Average Book
The first hundred pages of this book were enthralling, but after that is was more of an ego driven story about how much smarter he was than anyone else. The first hundred pages covered his develpoment as a thief, "scores", and how he combined this with his family and day job. I couldn't put it down. But soon after that the book turned to life behind bars, Mason duelling with the police, and a great deal on how he and his friends were much more itelligent than the DA's and police. Who he painted as angry, revenge fueled bullies. Certainly, this book is his side of the story and needs to be told, but the latter half of the book doesn't complete the energy he showed in the first half. I went from enticed to bored in about ten pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Several levels deeper into a fascinating personality
Unlike conventional accounts of talented criminals, this book takes us farther into the mind of a fascinating man, examining his development and motivations and giving us exciting, often moving gimpses into what life is like during those times when he is not out stealing fabulous jewels. We hear about people being "on the lam" for long periods of time, but rarely get to know what it really means to be hiding in plain sight. To me, that was almost as interesting as the actual robberies, and those were incredible. My highest recommendation to all readers. ... Read more


129. Cruel Deception (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
by Gregg Olsen
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In and out of hospitals since birth, angelic nine-month-old Morgan Reid finally succumbed to what appeared to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Morgan's Texas-born mother Tanya, a nurse and devoted wife, pulled up stakes with her grieving husband Jim, and moved on. It was the best way to put the past behind them. Until their son Michael, a boy who by all accounts was terrified of his mother, began showing signs of the same affliction that stole the life of his baby sister...

First, the suspicion: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. Then, Tanya was charged and convicted with felony child abuse of her son. She was later tried and ultimately convicted for first degree murder of Morgan. It would become a landmark trial that unfolded in a series of reversals and bizarre twists of fate as it gradually revealed another side of Tanya Reid-of her own troubling childhood and the dark secrets that drove a woman to the cruelest deception of all...
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3-0 out of 5 stars cruel deception
this is just what this item is. this is another old book re-released under a different title. this is an unfair practice. when you order and receive something you already own it is very disappointing. they should let you know it has been re-titled ... Read more


130. The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency
by James Bamford
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In 1947, the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand signed a secret treaty in which they agreed to cooperate in matters of signals intelligence. In effect, the governments agreed to pool their geographic and technological assets in order to listen in on the electronic communications of China, the Soviet Union, and other Cold War bad guys--all in the interest of truth, justice, and the American Way, naturally. The thing is, the system apparently catches everything. Government security services, led by the U.S. National Security Agency, screen a large part (and perhaps all) of the voice and data traffic that flows over the global communications network. Fifty years later, the European Union is investigating possible violations of its citizens' privacy rights by the NSA, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a public advocacy group, has filed suit against the NSA, alleging that the organization has illegally spied on U.S. citizens.

Being a super-secret spy agency and all, it's tough to get a handle on what's really going on at the NSA. However, James Bamford has done great work in documenting the agency's origins and Cold War exploits in The Puzzle Palace. Beginning with the earliest days of cryptography (code-making and code-breaking are large parts of the NSA's mission), Bamford explains how the agency's predecessors helped win World War II by breaking the German Enigma machine and defeating the Japanese Purple cipher. He also documents signals intelligence technology, ranging from the usual collection of spy satellites to a great big antenna in the West Virginia woods that listened to radio signals as they bounced back from the surface of the moon.

Bamford backs his serious historical and technical material (this is a carefully researched work of nonfiction) with warnings about how easily the NSA's technology could work against the democracies of the world. Bamford quotes U.S. Senator Frank Church: "If this government ever became a tyranny ... the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back, because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government ... is within the reach of the government to know." This is scary stuff. --David Wall ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It Makes One Wonder
It's hard to take a fresh look at a book that has already been so well reviewed, but I feel that I do have a few more worthwhile comments, hence another review.

Even though PUZZLE PALACE has been around for eighteen years, it still seems to be the best researched book on NSA that's available. It would be nice if Bamford could update us on what has happened in those intervening years.

None of the following is classified information. I was an enlisted man in the Army Security Agency, stationed in the Philippines, from 1955 to 1957. I had been trained as a French Linguist at the Army Language School. It wasn't until I got to the Philippines that I even knew that there was an organization known as the National Security Agency (NSA). Even more amazing is the fact that, until I read Bamford's book, I had no idea how what I was doing fit into the scheme of things. Thanks, James Bamford, for clearing that up for me some forty five years later. Better late than never, they say.

What I think that Bamford has done so well is to tell the true story of the creation of a modern "Frankenstein's Monster." He presents a cogent case for the very real need for communication interception and code breaking in the early days of NSA's existence. He proceeds to take us through, step by step, the process whereby a protector of our freedoms seems to have evolved into a threat to those very freedoms.

According to Bamford, the communications security community seems almost paranoid in their fears that "unless we absolutely control it, it's dangerous." They are devious enough to get around any and every safeguard to the privacy of the individuual that might be established. To wit: Jimmy Carter, when he was President, put a few safeguards in place. With time on their side, the NSA waited until Ronald Reagan was President and got him to remove those safeguards. (See page 374 of the 1982 hardback edition.)

It makes one wonder: In today's world of e-mail, high speed faxes, cel phones, etc., all using the air waves, is anything sacred or has Orwell's prediction come true. As I mentioned above, I'd really like for Bamford to bring us up to date.

A few reviewers have complained about problems keeping up with all the initials used in PUZZLE PALACE. One has to understand that no discussion of the magnitude of the situation can be held without mentioning all of the organizations and committees involved.

It is true that a bit of hard work on the part of the reader is necessary to get all, or most, of the impact of the information contained in PUZZLE PALACE, but I think that the knowledge gained is definitely worth the effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars Astounding! The book scares me!
I read the book when it was first published in 1983, and I was absolutely blown away with Mr. Bamford's detailed knowledge of the NSA and related intelligence-gathering methods of that time. At the time the book was published, I had been working in this area for the Navy and I found this book filled with (among many other things) knowledge regarding satellite intelligence capability (at the time) which -- well, frankly, I was surprised to see some of it in this book. That's why I'm astounded at some of the content.
I recommend it whole-heartedly to anyone who's interested in observing how the U.S. intelligence community (according to Mr. Bamford) conducted (and, I might suggest, still conducts) its affairs. I can't wait to read his new book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Big Brother is WATCHING and LISTENING!
I read this book in hardback when it first came out, long before the WWW was even existed. It became the basis of my concerns about government servilance of our personal electronic communications.

If the general public ( Or as Julius Cesear called them " The ignorent masses" )read this book, they would understand the mockery the US government has made of the basic liberties our forefathers and our brothers and sisters have fought and died for.

If you are open minded and looking for those books begging for its pages to be turned...look no further. I just read a copy of Edgar Fouche's 'Alien Rapture,' which also blew me away. Fouche was a Top Secret Black Program 'insider', whose credibility has been verified over and over. I also really liked Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons.' Want to be shocked, check
out Dr. Paul Hill's 'Unconventional Flying Objects' which NASA tried to ban.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mostly Fiction
This title should be filed as fiction. Spending several years working in the government section and having intimate knowledge of the inner workings at the NSA a significantly large portion of this book is fantasy.

The earlier history portion of the book is very factual but if you are looking to gain insight on how the government "spies" on private citizens you won't find it in this title. You can get better entertainment value by watching MI-5.

2-0 out of 5 stars The only comprehsenive study of the NSA, but poorly written.
If you want information on the NSA, this is one of the few books you'll find. So, in a sense, you have no choice but to read this book and the sequel. Unfortunately, Bamford needs to learn how to write. Chapters are chaotic. Miscellaneous information is peppered throughout. Run-on sentences and poor choice of verb tenses are only some of the grammatical problems that make this a difficult read. The book is a rough draft. In addition, although Bamford tries to be "objective", it seems clear that he wouldn't have obtained this information if he was critical of the NSA. ... Read more


131. The Only Living Witness: The True Story of Serial Sex Killer Ted Bundy
by Stephen G. Michaud, Hugh Aynesworth, Stephen G Michaud
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""The Only Living Witness" towers over the rest of the Ted Bundy bookshelf . . . (as) a monument to book-length journalism" (Jack Olsen, author of "The Misbegotten Son"). "A shining example of excellent reporting, fine writing, and a story of enduring value."--Carlton Stowers, author of "Careless Whispers." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing true tale
The good news is...you will never forget this story, and the bad news is...you will never forget this story. An astonishing study of a real life "wolf" a monster. I'm a little embarassed that I'm closely related to a well known criminologist (sociologist) who doesnt believe in the death penlty (and has written many books on the subject). This book will convince you that serial killers should fry and I believe that I could have personally pulled the switch Ted Bundy after reading this story. I read this book nearly 18 years ago and although I forget lots of books I've read, but there hasn't been a time when I washed my car that I havent thought back to this book (you'll find out why when You read it). It will haunt you forever..I highly recommend it to all and I will have my own children read it someday so they will understand that one can never be too careful. I came away from this story feeling a very deep sorrow for the victims and their families. The author will take you to a dark world that few ever experience, and will forever change the way you think, the author (through painstaking interviews) succeeds in writing a book about the Devil himself that will not soon be forgotten.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ted Bundy Revealed!
This classic gives insight into the mind of the Serial Sex Killer, Ted Bundy. Described variously as "handsome, smooth talking, erratic and charming" except one thing he killed women descriminately. This gives a detailed account (as Stephen G. Michaud and Hugh Aynesworth researched it and did interviews with family, friends, girlfriends, the sympathic wife who believed Bundy was innocent to the end and wouldn't hear otherwise.... and Bundy himself straight from Death Row in 1980.

Bundy, himself, wouldn't discuss the murders as if he did it, he never said he was guilty of the crimes, he always claimed he was innocent (even as he went to the the executioner in 1989). So Michaud and Aynesworth made a deal with him that he didn't have to discuss them as if he did it, he could discuss them as if discuss a psychological case, and Bundy agreed to that. So Bundy discusses his crimes and his "entity" (as he called it) in third person throughout the book.

Bundy was a textbook sexual psychopath who terrorized the College communities of Washington, Utah and Florida over a span of years. He left none if little evidence so he was very hard to catch. As all serial killers do, they get cocky and so self-assured they won't get caught that they make a mistake and Ted Bundy made his mistake in Florida around the University in Tallahassee where he was caught.

The Only Living Witness answers all the questions about one of America's worst monsters. It is a timeless classic. It covers most of Bundy's life, including his youth and his years as a student and volunteer before murder became his primary occupation and after ... when the first 4 or 5 girls went missing and he volunteered to "help" the DES with the searches for the women as a credit for his law school course, or so he would have his girlfriend (at the time) believe.

I finished the book with a sense of fright for those women never found, and sadness for the families that won't get to bury the missing women, and the family and friends of Ted Bundy who was so manipulated and conned by their son and friend so much they believed in his innocence until he at last confessed the murders. A brilliant brilliant read and research source into the mind of a mass serial killer and sexual defiant psychopath. His crimes are as vivid and studied today as they were when he was being hunted and caught!

5-0 out of 5 stars a superb book!
There have been a whole slew of books written on Ted Bundy,but this one is the best,trust me.Ted was one of the most savage and evil men to ever walk among us,and this book gives us a chilling view into the mind of a cold-blooded and souless killer,completely devoid of any conscience or humanity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I have been researching Ted bundy for over 10 years and must say that this is by far the most intimate and complete book out there regarding his persona! Stephen G. Michaud has done an excellent job in his interviews with Bundy, in which we get a glimpse at his mood swings and ideals. A must for research and collectors

3-0 out of 5 stars I think that.....
I think that John Shea would be perfect playing Ted Bundy in a film. I think the physical similarities are striking. ... Read more


132. The Cases That Haunt Us
by John Douglas, Mark Olshaker, John "Douglas
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America's foremost expert on criminal profiling provides his uniquely gripping analysis of seven of the most notorious murder cases in the history of crime -- from the Whitechapel murders to JonBenet Ramsey -- often contradicting conventional wisdom and legal decisions.

Jack the Ripper. Lizzie Borden. The Zodiac Killer. Certain homicide cases maintain an undeniable, almost mystical hold on the public imagination. They touch a nerve deep within us because of the personalities involved, their senseless depravity, the nagging doubts about whether justice was done, or because, in some instances, no suspect has ever been identified or caught.

In The Cases That Haunt Us, twenty-five-year-FBI-veteran John Douglas, profiling pioneer and master of modern criminal investigative analysis, and author and filmmaker Mark Olshaker, the team behind the bestselling Mindhunter series, explore the tantalizing mysteries that both their legions of fans and law enforcement professionals ask about most. Among the questions they tackle:

Was Jack the Ripper actually the Duke of Clarence, eldest grandson of Queen Victoria, or perhaps a practicing medical doctor? And did highly placed individuals within Scotland Yard have a good idea of the Ripper's identity, which they never revealed? Douglas and Olshaker create a detailed profile of the killer, and reveal their chief suspect.

Was Lizzie Borden truly innocent of the murder of her father and stepmother as the Fall River, Massachusetts, jury decided, or was she the one who took the ax and delivered those infamous "whacks"? Through a minute-by-minute behavioral analysis of the crime, the authors come to a convincing conclusion.

Did Bruno Richard Hauptmann single-handedly kidnap the baby son of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the most famous couple in the world, or was he an innocent man caught up and ultimately executed in a relentless rush to judgment in the "crime of the century"?

What kind of person could kill six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey on Christmas night in her own home? Douglas was called in on the case shortly after the horrifying murder, and his conclusions are hard-hitting and controversial. Why, in the face of the majority of public, media, and law enforcement opinion, including former FBI colleagues, does Douglas believe that John and Patricia Ramsey did not murder their daughter? And what is the forensic and behavioral evidence he brings to bear to make his claim?

Taking a fresh and penetrating look at each case, the authors reexamine and reinterpret accepted facts and victimology using modern profiling and the techniques of criminal analysis developed by Douglas within the FBI. This book deconstructs the evidence and widely held beliefs surrounding each case and rebuilds them -- with fascinating and haunting results. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful recaps of past mysteries...
The highlights of this book are the recaps of mysteries with which I was unfamiliar, including Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, and especially the Lindburgh Baby Kidnapping. The kidnapping piece was particularly interesting and Douglas' points regarding the involvement of Bruno Hauptmann are believable.

I don't think it is any coincidence that Douglas builds up his book with sensational mysteries from the past, and then leads into his piece about the JonBenet Ramsey investigation. In stark contrast with the earlier pieces, however, The feel of this read is far more biased. Douglas' writing during this last chapter has a defensive air vs. the exploratory air of the previous chapters. I'm surprised Olshaker let Douglas get away with that type of writing. As far as Douglas' points, I found his claim unconvincing that in no way could Jon-Benet Ramsey's parents have killed her because parents don't kill their kids that way. Douglas also talks about his "small fee" for taking on the Ramsey case, and I think that it would have been more ethical to fully disclose that fee in the book. One man's small fee is another man's fortune. Also, where were the personality profiles of the parents? How can Douglas not mention the possibility of narcissism with a parent who names his daughter after himself?

Overall, I'm disappointed in the lack of full exploration of all of the key suspects in the Ramsey piece of the book -- where was mention of the brother? However, I think the book is worth purchasing in paperbook for the fascinating overviews of old cases.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another great book from top profiler John E. DOUGLAS
As die-hard true crime buff I have read most of FBI top profiler John E. DOUGLAS' books, so THE CASES THAT HAUNT US was mandatory reading for me.
This time, he revisits some of the most shocking and infamous crimes of the last 120 years, and takes a new approach towards them utilizing modern criminal behavioral analysis and profiling. The book offers a vast array of cases in chronological order, starting with the notorious prostitue killer Jack the Ripper in 1889 's London's Eastend, and encompassing 1892's Lizzie BORDEN case (BORDEN was tried for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe, but aquitted), the tragic case of the LINDBERG kidnapping and the horrifying deeds of the Zodiac killer, a Californian serial killer of the late 1960ies/early 1970ies, up to the murder of six-year old JonBenet RAMSEY on Christmas Eve 1996 (the only case in the book in which DOUGLAS was personally involved).
It is true that several cases were never solved with no perpetrator brought to justice, and it is impossible to prove DOUGLAS's conclusions one way or another. Often decades have passed, and none of the people involved in the crime are alive. However DOUGLAS' conclusions are based on experiences and knowledge gained in a long career in law enforcement as profiler and head of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit (ISU). His observations and conclusions are absolutely convincing. Needless to say that they often contradict popular perceptions of particular cases. Take for example the Jack the Ripper case - I don't want to repeat here what the authors have to say (and hereby spoil your reading pleasure), but unsurprisingly the killer in DOUGLAS' view is NOT the type of "glamourous" murder (like Prince Eddie, the Duke of Clarence, supported by some kind of fancy conspirators) so often found in books and films about this haunting crime.
DOUGLAS'in-depth analysis of the cases with meticulous attention to details makes for fascinating reading.
My favorite chapters are the ones on Jack the Ripper and the horrible murder of JonBenet RAMSEY.
There are some pictures in the books, but with the exception of some maps I did not find them very helpful or interesting.
The book is well-written.
If you are a true crime fan like me, you will dig it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good crime book
Interesting investigations into the most famous crimes of the past centurys up until recently. The author analyzes, investigates and tells us about the victims of the most popular and notorious murder cases. Some of the cases he investigates are the jon benet ramsey murder, the lindbergh baby kidnapping, the zodiac killer and more. Tons of interesting info and a highly enjoyable read. 4 stars/ good for anyone interested in crime/murder investigations.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Information and Evaluation on Infamous Cases
The Cases That Haunt Us is the first book that I've read by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, but it definetly won't be the last. This book was a really great read, featuring such cases as Jack the Ripper, Zodiac, and the JonBenet Ramsey murder.

I think that Douglas was very insightful while going over the cases, telling us what occured(to the knowledge of those working the case)and giving us possible explanations(no matter how improbable).

I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy reading cold cases. Happy reading!

3-0 out of 5 stars Average Attempt
I enjoy reading John Douglas's books; I have always found his insights interesting. This book is not up to par with some of his other works, however. Perhaps it is because these are cases that remain unsolved and much that he would use in "working cases" has been muddied by years of mystery. Perhaps the best thing he says is that all killings deserve equality in the press -- that the press shouldn't single some cases out because of some sensational in the case, whether it be the brutality or the wealth of the family. Everyone deserves for their suffering to receive equal attention. ... Read more


133. The Trial Lawyers : The Nation's Top Litigators Tell How They Win
by Emily Couric
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
After reading Emily Couric's hugely interesting book I now realise that a good lawyer is worth his or her weight in gold. The secrets of the top legal eagles are laid bare; an LA attorney candidly admits that "flirting ouragously with the judge by batting eyelashes and wearing short skirts" has served him well in the California courts, while a New York litigator fascinatingly reveals his strategy when he represented the man fired for masturbating in his office and won him $2.1M after a jury found his employers liable for failing to protect him from sexually harrassing himself. ... Read more


134. Hate Crime : The Story of a Dragging in Jasper, Texas
by JOYCE KING
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On June 7, 1998, James Byrd Jr., a forty-nine-year-old black man, was walking home from a party when three white men in a pickup truck offered him a ride. They drove Byrd out to a lonely country road, tied him to a logging chain, and dragged him three miles to his death.

Joyce King, an award-winning journalist and native Texan, was assigned to cover the story, which drew international media headlines.In Hate Crime, she provides a chilling re-creation of the slaying and the subsequent trials. But she also moves beyond the details of the case to provide insight into the minds of the murderers, and to investigate the Texas prison system in which they developed their virulent racism. King also explores how the town of Jasper, Texas, endured a tragedy that threatened to divide its residents. A first-rate work of reportage, Hate Crime is also a searing look at how race continues to shape life in America.
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5-0 out of 5 stars interesting and comprehensive
A great book that covers the tragedy from beginning to end.It is very informative with a human side.

5-0 out of 5 stars Empowering experience
When King came to our campus to lecture about this book, I was naturally interested in attending, but believed I knew the story already. (A man had been brutally murdered in a small Texas town because of his skin color).

I am glad I went on impulse because both the presentation and the book throughly examines intersections of race, gender, ecconomic status while imploring all of us to work together for the proverbial betterment of human society. What it lacks for in volume it more than makes up for with substantive content and heart-wrenching insight.

Alternating between detached reporting and personal narratives, this story chronicles the best and the worst of human condition. Just because it is easy to simplify things into a 'soundbyte binary' does not mean the action effectively generates learning, indeed such labeling effectively stops the process.

Without dilluting Byrd's saga, the author also recounts her complex feelings during the investigation. Briefly living among the residents of Jasper Texas in order to complete the book, she learned good people come from all backgrounds and there was no shortage of townspeople (including the law enforcement) who roundly condemed the act.

5-0 out of 5 stars on the real
this Book is very much on point to me.it's no secret here in the United States we have come so far but we have so far to go.this is a Friendly Reminder of a time not so long ago.this Book details that&so much more.truth be told as much Hatred that still goes down you couldn't tell if it was 1898 or 1998? truth be told not much has changed overall.James Byrd should have been front Page News all over the World.Much Props to Dennis Rodman for Contributing to the Byrd Family a Story that went almost unnoticed by the Media.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Everyone
This book was many things to me. Disturbing, insightful and educational. The book depicts the Mr. Byrd's death so vividly that at times I felt myself being dragged behind the truck. I had to put the book down many times but I was unable to stay away for long. The author did a very good job of exploring the backgrounds of the men convicted of this heinous crime. You must be made of stone to be left untouched after reading this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read
If any of us profess to sincerely care about this evil crime, and about race and prisons in America, this book is a must-read. The writing about this frightening, ugly subject is professional, insightful, comprehensive, and exquisitely rendered.Joyce King, at no small cost to herself, has given us a gift that we may not want, but we desperately need, that she hopes, even perhaps at no small cost to ourselves, we will actually DO something about instead of just talk about. ... Read more


135. Investment Intelligence from Insider Trading
by H. Nejat Seyhun
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"Seyhun is one of the leading academic experts on insider trading. His well-written and readable book on this subject is a valuable resource for both investors and researchers." -- Andrei Shleifer, Professor of Economics, Harvard University

The term insider trading refers to the stock transactions of the officers, directors, and large shareholders of a firm. Many investors believe that corporate insiders, informed about their firms' prospects, buy and sell their own firm's stock at favorable times, reaping significant profits. Given the extra costs and risks of an active trading strategy, the key question for stock market investors is whether the publicly available insider-trading information can help them to outperform a simple passive index fund.

Basing his insights on an exhaustive data set that captures information on all reported insider trading in all publicly held firms over the past twenty-one years--over one million transactions!--H. Nejat Seyhun shows how investors can use insider information to their advantage. He documents the magnitude and duration of the stock price movements following insider trading, determinants of insiders' profits, and the risks associated with imitating insider trading. He looks at the likely performance of individual firms and of the overall stock market, and compares the value of what one can learn from insider trading with commonly used measures of value such as price-earnings ratio, book-to-market ratio, and dividend yield. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Well researched, informative but too academic and long
Instead of talking about those dirty illegal insider trading, it is a long term study (from 70's to 90's) of legal, SEC filed stock transactions by company executives, accountants (insiders) to answer, from pg 317, "Can a potential stock market investor mimic insiders and make profits? If so, what is the magnitude of the profits? What kinds of risks does a mimicking strategy impose on outside investors? Given the risks, is it still worth it?"

By and large, the author did provide answers to the above. Profit for the mimicking is still available, after report delays, transaction costs and the need to mimic over 50 multiple transaction to lower risk. For a 12 mth holding period, the strategy outperforms the market by 2% for buying but underperforms by 3.3% for selling.

You can tell the conclusion is simple, but the author did use a lot of set up, with lengthly coverage of legal issues, before summing it up in the very last 14th chapter of this 341 content page book. As per title of this review, it is well researched, informative but too academic and long.

p.s. One minor complaint: The author should give more details on parameter setting and provide an optimal (profit maximization) strategy on the mimicking. Perhaps he did, but he didnt show it in the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars A little too academic for my tastes
But I certainly like to invest with the insiders.

4-0 out of 5 stars Insightful!
Are you ready to learn from the somewhat mythical, sometimes notorious and often misunderstood inside traders? H. Nejat Seyhun has compressed a gargantuan amount of information - 21 year's worth of reported insider trades, more than one million transactions - into a manual that debunks and reconfigures the wild world of insider trading. Since inside traders are bound by strict laws, their prowess comes from proximity to the action. As a farmer can predict the next big storm by watching his cattle, sophisticated traders can predict the next market windfall by watching the insiders. This isn't a late-night page-turner; after all, Seyhun is a noted academic expert. Yet flashier verbal energy might have sacrificed the book's most valuable quality: precision. This book (the opposite of the Investing for Illiterates-type) takes its readers and itself seriously - If you are serious about your portfolio, we [...] recommend that you put yourself through Seyhun's course. Dedicated investors, policy makers and scholars need this on their reference shelves.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great information!
This book will teach you everything you need to know about insider trading.This is the best book available on insider trading.This book is worth alot more then it's cost.

4-0 out of 5 stars Making The Most Of Signals From Insiders
I discovered this book after reading an interview in Outstanding Investor Digest of the managing partners from Tweedy Browne, who apparently received it enthusiastically.Now I find myself as enthusiastic as they seem to be about the book.

The expression "Insider Trading" tends toconjure images of Ivan Boesky, and others like him, using insideinformation for profit before the investing public has an opportunity toaccess that same information.This book is not about that.It is aboutthe utilization of officially disclosed (via SEC filings) informationregarding stock purchases and sales by the higher echelon of a firm'scorporate managers.As such, it is an impressively researched examinationof insider trading and how the individual investor might best make use ofit.

Nejat Seyhun uses data spanning several decades (sometimes more) todemonstrate the utility of insider trading information as it might best beexploited by value investors, momentum investors or arbitrageurs.Heoffers some surprising conclusions concerning buy and selling within firms,conclusions which are nuanced by the size of the firm in question.

Thebook is a scholarly treatment of a kind of information which is likely tobe misinterpreted by the individual investor.Although the book really isa carefully researched statistical exercise, it is readily accessible toinvestors of any pursuasion or level of expertise.Few books, investmentor otherwise, seem to cater to both scholarly and popular audiences sowell.

The book's only flaw is it does not pay particular attention toresources for insider trading information.As he mentions, the WallStreet Journal is also worthwhile. ... Read more


136. EVERYTHING SHE EVER WANTED
by Ann Rule
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WAS SHE A SWEET SOUTHERN CHARMER?
OR A COLD-BLOODED KILLER?

For their wedding portrait, petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarlett. Both came from fine Southern families, and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses, raise horses, and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta society. Less than two months later, their dream exploded in terror and murder: their beautiful home mysteriously burned to the ground and Tom was convicted of the brutal slaying of his mother and father.

Pat's only brother had died in a puzzling suicide, her grandparents-in-law were poisoned with arsenic, and no one -- from her wealthy employers to her own children -- was safe when Pat Allanson didn't get her way. It took Georgia lawmen more than two decades to stop her for good -- if indeed they have.

In this fascinating account, Ann Rule delivers a tour de force: a whirlwind of misguided love, denial, guilt, and passions out of control; a series of brilliantly manipulated crimes; the bizarre and horrifying tale of two families brought to ruin; and, at the center of it all, the heartless, supremely selfish sociopath whose evil hid behind soft words and gentle manners, but who destroyed -- without mercy -- those who loved her. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great One by Ann Rule
Ann Rule never disappoints me! This book spans some 20 years, telling the story of how two families came together in a Gone-With-The-Wind marriage that left some family members dead, and others nearly dead or with ruined lives. Usually I can get the gist of the story by reading the captions under the pictures in the middle of the book, but not this one. Pat Allanson's husband is convicted of murdering his parents, but you don't quite know until the end whether he really did it. Pat tries to kill her husband's grandparents, the book takes you through the trial and conviction, but there are still hundreds of pages left to read! Pat Allanson just doesn't know when to quit! You won't believe how she (and her family) treats her daughter, how she thought she could get away with more attempted murders, and how many lives she could ruin. I just wish Susan would have been tested for poison, and I wish her and her children all the best for having the guts it took to do what she did.

4-0 out of 5 stars for parents who spoil their children..
Everything She Ever Wanted is the true story of a southern 'belle' who makes the gradual transition from being a spoiled, selfish child into a manipulative, overbearing witch. Her ego and cold disregard for the people who love her leads her down the path of murder. From a 10,000 ft perspective Everything She Ever Wanted sounds a bit formulaic. However what makes this book compulsive reading is the fascinating interrelationship between the murderess and her manipulated family. I was amazed at how much she got away with, and how her family defended her until the end (despite being victims themselves). Familial love is indeed blind.

Bottom line: Everything She Ever Wanted is typical Ann Rule stuff. That is, it is well-written and researched. No, it's not among her best works. But it makes for pure reading enjoyment nonetheless.

5-0 out of 5 stars I live in Zebulon and know!
Yes, folks, it's true. I was born and raised where this nonfiction book took place. It started the year I was born and Ann Rule got it all right.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pat Allanson a spoiled brat her entire life
I can't much improve on the one review where the fellow who wrote it said he wish he could've reached into the book and strangled Pat Allanson.

This sociopath was never made to face reality. But, then again, her mother indulged in illusion. Marguerite had three illegitimate children before she was 20 years old by a married man, but acted as if she was this paragon of virtue and looked down her nose at everyone else. Meanwhile, her precious daughter, who drove her own brother to suicide, is ruining lives right and left.

I think the entire family was nuts and if Pat Allanson got the opportunity she would just repeat her past conduct because she knows her family...save the only sane member, her daughter, Susan...will continue to defend her and cover up for her!

Heaven preserve us from people who think they are entitled to everything they want and don't care who they run over to get it.

4-0 out of 5 stars quicksilver in the jaws of justice

In "Everything She Ever Wanted" we are introduced to Patricia Vann Radcliffe Taylor Allanson, a woman fixated on emulating her role-model Scarlett O'Hara, a modern-day refined southern belle of infinite selfishness and a complete lack of remorse or empathy, devoid of conscience and incapable of love for anyone or anything save for herself, in search of her paradisaic "Tara".

While some have mistaken this as a story of a freak, it is quite the opposite - a tale of a clever, stubborn, adorable spoiled child whose submersion in unmitigated gratification and complete lack of disciplinary boundaries during her formative years turned the Shirley-Temple dream child into the Jekyll/Hyde adult. Do I recall that Pat Taylor Allanson served as the model for Caleb Carr's cold-blooded, manipulative, and realistic if fictional "Libby" in his chilling classic "Angel of Darkness"? If she didn't, she certainly could have.

The tale of a monster? Perhaps, but a common monster, one that breeds and multiplies and festers in the milieu of our modern society, that arises again and again, in ever more resistant strains, to test the limits of our enfeebled enforcement and justice systems.

Ms. Rule adroitly demonstrates the chameleon nature of the sociopath, the quicksilver-like ability to evade culpability and responsibility, while churning a carnage-laden path of ruined lives and festering emotional trauma through the lives of those who love them. We sense the frustration of a legal system than can never adequately resolve those crimes against the innocent which ultimately only a higher power can fully and fairly address, as is acknowledged in the novel's concluding and ironic axiom.

A fascinating read (I read it in about 3 long sittings) for those willing to wade into the restricting mire of non-idyllic reality far removed from Hollywood fantsies of quick revenge and violent retribution. Recommended. ... Read more


137. Crime of the Century: The Lindbergh Kidnapping Hoax
by Gregory Ahlgren, Stephen Monier
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5-0 out of 5 stars Famous'Infamous
The national reputation of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr.--"The Lone Eagle"--was of close-to-heroic proportions. But off-duty professional snoops Ahlgren and Monier scratched below the glossy surface (as would today's F.B.I. profilers) and found a warped personality. They have put together a convincing argument (circumstantial, just like the "official" one) that Lindbergh himself, in a practical joke gone horribly wrong, accidentally dropped the baby and buried him in a shallow grave nearby. Especially unconscionable was his waiting till Hauptman fried before leaving the country. Hauptman's only crime was in trying to claim the ransome money--but he was the only one of the hundreds who sought it to be burned for "murder."
Justice in the 30s was much different than today's, but the public hysteria over the famous is much the same.
The book could have used a professional copy editor/proofreader.

5-0 out of 5 stars Case Closed: Lindy did it.
As a 25+ year law enforcement veteran, and current homicide detective (and NO, I was not involved in the O.J. investigation) my first impression upon hearing of this book and its premise, was to dismiss it out of hand. After all, I had read most everything else about the Lindbergh case and there had never been a hint that the kidnap was anything but real. Then I read the book. It's true, the book is not exceedingly well written but these two guys are not professional journalists. What I sensed as I read was the presence of a fellow dogged police investigator (Monier) and, what I have begrugingly come to admire over the years: the skeptical mind of the criminal defense lawyer (Ahlgren). In tandem, their approach to sleuthing an old case is deadly. As I proceeded through the book all the crazy facts of the case which had never seemed to make sense to anyone, and which had provided much of the lure to the Lindbergh case, suddenly seemed to fall into place. The authors show in Lindbergh himself those personality traits which, in my own experience, are consistent with a parent who commits a terrible crime, and then concocts a cover-up. Did Lindy in fact do it? The authors are honest enough to conceed that Lindy as culprit is only one of many scenarios, although one that has previosly been overlooked by the journalists and other amateurs who have studied this case. For me, in my own experience, I'd say it's the most likely explanation.

1-0 out of 5 stars Should have been footnoted throughout
The problem with so many of the Lindbergh Kidnapping books is that they are the products of various authors who are pushing some theory, personal observation, an unproven conclusion or an interpretation. This book would have been fabulous, if the authors would have taken the time to footnote each and every one of their "established facts" and "proveable conclusions." Real investigators do this, scientific investigators do this, lawyers trying cases use footnotes and citations, and so do professional historians. The authors should go back through their book and footnote everything in it---as I believe serious students of the Kidnapping, other investigators and future readers will want to know where they got this or that fact, observation, conclusion, and why they came to this or that interpretation. The problem with most of the books that deal with the Lindbergh Kidnapping is that they are the product of research that is NOT careful, scientific and methodical---nor do they use data, documents and facts that are proveable. This book is disappointing on account of it's lacking the application of the scientic method appropriate to the authors' investigations--footnotes and other citations would have given their work the veracity that it deserves. Without them, it's just another hack job.

1-0 out of 5 stars Typical of the time
The belief that Lindbergh killed his own son is unfortunately the prevalent one in America. That's sad, because that accusation never reached the mainstream until many years after Lindbergh's death, and that those accusations were nursed and spread by people (I won't say who) who had, and have, good reason to hate Lindbergh and would have, and do have, a vested interest in getting others to hate him. Apparently, they have succeeded.

1-0 out of 5 stars A bad, bad book
The only way a reader could give any credibility to the authors' outlandish and contradictory theories (either Charles Lindbergh or his sister-in-law killed the baby!) is to ignore the actual evidence which overwhelmingly proves Bruno Hauptman's guilt. And that's exactly what the authors do: They ignore the fact that large amounts of ransom money was found at Hauptman's house, that the unique mis-spellings in the ranson notes (for example, hyphenation of "New-York") matched handwriting samples from Hauptmann written from before the kidnapping (pretty hard to fabricate or forge pre-existing business documents), that Hauptmann was a notorious "second-story" burglar back in Germany, etc., etc. The authors focus on the weak pieces of evidence against Hauptman and then knock down that evidence--a classic "Straw Man" strategy. The authors base their theory on an affidavit which, (they casually mention) was "lost" years ago. Now THAT'S SOME PROOF!!!!
If you are seriously interested in this crime, read one or both of Jim Fischer's books. ... Read more


138. The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control
by John D. Marks, John Marks
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4-0 out of 5 stars Well documented & inciteful book
I was a bit hesistant to purchase this book, fearing that it would be nothing but conspiracy drivel, but I was happily surprised to see that Marks had done his homework and had "not" strayed from his supporting documents. With this type of book there is always a concern that the author will rely on over generalization and speculation rather than grounding the work on substantial supporting evidence, but Marks does well to stay within the confines of his knowledge and the facts at hand.

For those interested in this book, which I recommend, I would also like to recommend "Pyschiatry and the CIA" by Harvey M. Weinstein, M.D. Weinstein describes a specific account of CIA funded behavioral modification research that was unwittingly foisted upon his father via his father's psychological treatment by Dr. Ewen Cameron. I think this book would be a nice compliment to Marks' book.

Another book I might mention, although I'm sure many academics as well as other alumni would disagree with me, is "Michel Foucault: Ethics" Vol. 1 edited by Paul Rabinow. Pages 66-85 are especially relevant, which deal with the State's power over its population ("Bio-power").

Other books dealing with behavior modification, albeit with less emphasis on State complicity, are: "Age of Propaganda" by Anthony Pratkanis & Elliot Aronson, and "Battle for the Mind" by William Sargant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truth Outpaces Fiction Every Time
I read this book when I was in high school playing hookey in the public libraries of Manhattan, NY. My public high school was That bad! At the time I knew nothing about the Korean War or the extremely brilliant Manchurian Candidate movie starring Frank Sinatra but I knew I was interested in governmental mind control plots and the CIA. I think this book was the first to show me that all fiction, no matter how FANTAStic is but a shadow of reality.

That concept really explodes when as the previous reviewer points out, we consider, that the book's author focuses on the CIA's involvement with MK Ultra neglecting that of the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, etc. etc. Its the etc.s that really count!! Most of us have such a vague understanding of what the CIA actually does much less that there are scores of such publically and privately funded "Intelligence" organizations. Readers of this book would probably also enjoy the book The Control of Candy Jones.

I think I learned about the Candy Jones book from this book and its certainly as weird, if not weirder, than any Philip K. Dick sci fi movie/book (Bladerunner "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"). Scary, chilling, true, tip of the iceberg and relegated to fiction. Stealth is important and we probably can't do without military, no less the Intelligence component of military. It would be great, however, to see people become literate on the subject of secret government mind manipulation and how it determines government and society.

5-0 out of 5 stars controlling people
This is a very well written; book that detailing a lot of information about secret test conducted on controlling people. This book should go on the same shelf as "Body of knowledge", Puzzle Palace", and "Influence: Science and Practice ". In addition, if you are thinking about taking LSD, hallucinations, or smoking dope, read this book before you do.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mute Cure Morality.
An important study of Government-domination. In this volcanic book,author John Marks spills open the U.S Govt.'s frightening "mind/behaviour control" research programs.

What shocked me the most was the trials that occured at the Allan Memorial Psychiatric Hospital in Montreal,Canada. Experiments such as "psychic driving" techniques,that bombarded a subject with repeated verbal messages. From tape recordings based on a psychiatrist's interviews with a patient,a tape was looped &,after this particular patient had been drugged up to his/her eyeballs & left to slumber,was hooked up under their pillows & played continuously for 16 hours a day for several weeks. Some of these messages included words like "Where you killed your mother" or "-you let your mother & father treat you like a child". And with some patients,the message was intensified when wires were hooked up to their legs and an electro-shock was administered each time the message ended. Goodness knows how many other experiments were devised,which despite the "Freedom Of Information" act still remain a closely guarded Government secret.

A very revealing publication; fills up history's black holes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good read
Ponderous, though a good and educational read. Personal research by author was at the time groundbreaking. We need more such books today in all aspects of govt, incl. on CFR, Trilateral Comission, Bilderbergers, which are a bigger threat to our freedom and peace than CIA. ... Read more


139. Midnight Assassin : A Murder in America's Heartland
by Patricia Bryan, Thomas Wolf
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Asin: 1565123069
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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In 1900, Margaret Hossack, the wife of a prominent Iowa farmer, was arrested for bludgeoning her husband to death with an ax while their children slept upstairs. The community was outraged: How could a woman commit such an act of violence? Firsthand accounts describe the victim, John Hossack, as a cruel and unstable man. Perhaps Margaret Hossack was acting out of fear. Or perhaps the story she told was true—that an intruder broke into the house, killed her husband while she slept soundly beside him, and was still on the loose. Newspapers across the country carried the story, and community sentiment was divided over her guilt. At trial, Margaret was convicted of murder, but later was released on appeal. Ultimately, neither her innocence nor her guilt was ever proved.

Patricia Bryan and Thomas Wolf examine the harsh realities of farm life at the turn of the century and look at the plight of women—legally, socially, and politically—during that period. What also emerges is the story of early feminist Susan Glaspell, who covered the Hossack case as a young reporter and later used it as the basis for her acclaimed work “ A Jury of Her Peers.”

Midnight Assassin expertly renders the American character and experience: our obsession with crime, how justice is achieved, and the powerful influence of the media.
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5-0 out of 5 stars prose-aic page-turner
Midnight Assassin is an all-too-rare piece of historical research, in that the authors seem to have no personal, political, or philosophical axes to grind (pardon the pun). While they do discuss the gender expectations and roles that bore heavily on this case, they do not depart from the facts in order to enter into a conventional feminist polemic. Nor do they offer, or even subtly imply, their own conclusions about this apparently unsolvable mystery. The reader is given a detailed picture of rural Iowan life at the turn of the last century - the sort of life led by many of our ancestors - and a poignant portrait of a woman who, innocent or guilty, suffered unnecessarily. The story becomes only more moving as the authors describe the fates of the children of this unhappy couple. And it somehow seemed most moving to me that the authors conclude their publication with a thank-you to their sons, who apparently grew up hearing about this case and have their own theories about it. That the story continues to be told and discussed, and is of interest even to children, shows its inherent power, and the authors do not distract us from this inherent power with social commentary. The authors' lawyerly focus on and respect for the facts and feelings that gave rise to this small but haunting human drama make them trustworthy guides. There are moments in our past that, foreign as they may seem now (in a world that cannot say, even if it still believes, that a woman can act more or less womanly), need to be brought to light. I hope that Bryan and Wolf will continue to investigate and publicize these moments.

5-0 out of 5 stars Living history in print
This book grabbed my attention from the start. The authors have captured the details of a mysterious tragedy, extracting from the historic record the perceptions and experiences and the breathing presence of the participants, and woven a narrative fabric that is compelling and evocative.

During the description of the hours and days immediately following the murder, the story line is particularly vivid, and several pages into this section I realized that information derived from witness testimony had been ingeniously interleaved in the real-timehour-by-hour description of who saw and noticed what. For example, the handing around of the family axe among visiting neighbors, and observation of hair and blood on the axe, prior to its being secured by the sheriff, is told with an immediacy that is truly striking in its verisimilitude.

This retelling of the witness testimony as it was chronologically experienced by the witnesses prepares the reader for the drama of the courtroom scene, while tightening its narrative. The climactic description of the display of the murder bed by the prosecution lawyer, pulling aside the bloodied covers to reveal the "mass of blood showing where John Hossack's body had lain," highlights the conviction conveyed by this state attorney, who temporarily persuaded me of the wife's guilt, in the heat of his closing statement.

The best writing does not depend on surprising turns of plot to carry a tale, but comes to life in the reader's re-living the events in empathy with its characters. Rarely have I seen this successfully executed in a book of non-fiction: hats off to Patricia Bryan and Thomas Wolf! What's your next book?

5-0 out of 5 stars True Crime Transformed
The magic of "Midnight Assassin" didn't register with me till the very end, when the strands of meaning converged in the person of Susan Glaspell.I'm not a big true crime fan, though I couldn't help but relish every mystifying detail of the bloody bludgeoning.When the authors pulled back from the who-dun-it and focused instead on the relevant politico-historical vectors, the transition was challenging for me as a reader.Muscular prose kept me going.I was so gratified at the end, when "everything that rises must converge" and the person of Susan Glaspell moved to the fore. I realized that--of course--Susan Glaspell is the heroine of "Midnight Assassin."The book is a study of creativity, how Glaspell's imagination transformed fact and context into the powerful and highly acclaimed short story "Jury of Her Peers." "Midnight Assassin" is finally a celebration of the power of the female imagination. It's always a secret story, always told in code.The authors pull it together tightly, convincingly, and beautifully.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of an "unsolved" murder
I first encountered this book simply because the cover caught my eye in a local bookstore. I had never heard of the book, or its authors. When I picked it up and read the back cover I realized this book was about an Iowa murder. Being from Iowa, I was greatly intrigued. I think this is an interesting topic because it's not exactly like murder trials today. Taking place in the early 1900s, mass media is not what it is today. A murder trial of this caliber would be inundated with Court TV and other news outlets today.

Patricia Bryan and Thomas Wolf do an incredible job of investigating this gruesome murder. They also do an excellent job of retelling this relatively unknown story. This is a big piece of Iowa history, at least in my mind, and it is not a popular topic of conversation. I really enjoyed the family aspect, how a family will back one another and only they know the truth.

All in all, this is an excellent read, especially if you are an Iowan. However, it is also an excellent read for anyone who thinks our Criminal Justice System is perfect. The authors tell the story like it is, they show the gender differences that existed over 100 years ago, and perhaps still exist today. It was unheard of for a wife to brutally murder her husband then, and for the most part, it still is today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mystery, CulturalHistory, Courtroom Drama
In their exploration of the murder of Iowa farmer John Hossack in 1900, Patricia Bryan and Thomas Wolf examine not only the question of who killed Hossack, but the difficulties of farm life during that time, and the roles women played on the farm and elsewhere in society.They also provide readers with a fascinating description of the trials of Hossack's wife, Margaret, for his murder.So this single volume is an unsolved mystery, an eye-opening piece of cultural history, and a real courtroom drama.That it's well written and engrossing in its details, with all the legal issues explained in a comprehensible and appealing way, just adds to its appeal.

Bryan and Wolf also discuss the career of writer Susan Glaspell (who wrote about the Hossack murder herself when she was a reporter for the "Des Moines Daily News"), what prison life was like during the early part of the 20th century at the Anamosa State Penitentiary, and (my favorite part of the book) the markedly inferior CSI-like techniques used for criminal investigation during that period.

This book isn't just an assemblage of dry facts.The events in it actually happened and the people actually lived, so plenty of facts are reported, but Bryan and Wolf's descriptions make the scenes, whether of the Hossack farmhouse or of the courtroom, vivid and memorable.And the main players in this story are so finely drawn that you genuinely care what happens to them.

I expected this book to be interesting and informative, but it was also a pleasure to read.I always looked forward to returning to it. ... Read more


140. Papillon
by Henri Charriere
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Asin: 0060934794
Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Perennial
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Henri Charrière, called Papillon, for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 for a murder he did not commit. When he was sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, one thought obsessed him: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, Papillon was eventually sent to the notorious prison, Devil's Island, a place from which no one had ever escaped -- that was, until Papillon. His escape, described in breathless detail, was one of the most incredible tests of human cunning, will, and endurance.

In 1968, more than twenty years after his final escape, Charrière had his astonishing autobiography, Papillon, published in France to instant acclaim -- a worldwide bestseller describing the gripping, shocking odyssey of the author's imprisonment and escape over a greuling decade.

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4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ EVEN IF IT'S PURE FICTION
I don't care if it's true or not, it's still a great story. This book is a real page turner. Though rumors persist that Charriere made PAPILLON up, there are enough nuggets of truth to make you think otherwise. I had a little trouble with Papi's consistent nobility throughout. Charriere leads you to believe he was a gentleman throughout. Kind of hard to believe. Also, he's a little sketchy on his conviction for murder. That leads me to believe he probably commited the crime for which he was convicted. I would agree that the French system of justice was pretty harsh back in the 1930's, but I'm sure Charriere exaggerated "a little" here and there.

But don't get me wrong. This was an amazing read. There is much more to the story than the movie. Truly great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars It is too good to miss!
Hi, I owned the copy of this book for several years and I had read it 3 times. He will forever be an example and a teacher to me. To meet this great man would be a wonderful gift. Though he is no angel and life has brought out the ugliest of all of him, he remains a powerful influence. If he can be so strong in such situations (i.e. watching his best friend devoured by unforgiving sharks,withstanding solitary for two years in the most creative ways, the list goes on...for 13 years!) then I can survive anything this existence throws my way. I've met my Jesus through this book. I hope to read it again one day so as to have a greater appreciation of it, perhaps after i've been through some of my own horrors. I'll definitely see the movie. I've already passed the book on to a lucky person, despite that I'd love to keep it. Looking for adventure, romance, lust, utter suspense, even amusement (he's got a great sense of humour through it all)? HEAR IT!!!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars "I don't belong here - I'm only visiting"
When Henri Charriere finds himself sent to a French prison colony for a crime he did not commit, he makes up his mind to go on a "cavale," literally to beat it and escape the custody of his captors. Like the butterfly (or in French "Papillon") which Charriere has tattooed to his chest, he will live his life in freedom or not at all. When a doctor questions him about his repeated escape attempts, Papillon's reply is matter-of-fact: "I don't belong here - I'm only visiting."

"Papillon" takes a while to get started, and Charriere's elusive and terse tone keeps one from feeling too close to the narrator. He tells you he didn't kill the man the police claim he did, but credits himself for not being a stool pigeon by telling them who did. So he's not exactly Dreyfus here, though he pretends otherwise at times. He mentions a wife and child in the outset almost as afterthoughts, then scarcely refers to them again. No false modesty for this guy - he runs the roost in every clink he is assigned, dispensing wisdom to prisoner and warden alike. No physical challenge is too much for him to overcome, no fellow "mec" too much for him to handle.

Let's put it this way: If Charriere is selling bridges, I ain't buying. But if this is more fiction than fact, "Papillon" still makes for one amazing novel. With minimal pretense at craft, Charriere crafts a white-knuckle, plain-spoken suspense tale that finds our hero in every imaginable predicament - and some not at all imaginable - as he makes attempt after attempt to escape the hell on earth that is French Guiana, the three Iles du Salut (literally "Isles of Salvation"), and ultimately Devil's Island. Taking you from the lush, mosquito-choked jungles of the Caribbean coastline to a solitary confinement where Papillon stays sane by imagining himself in childhood haunts, this is about as picturesque a ride as you can have sitting in your comfy chair.

A sense of life abounds in this book. Charriere holds court on such things as the proper way to sleep in a hammock, how one secretes money on one's "person," how the sharks knew when a corpse was about to be dumped in the sea, the strange tales prisoners tell, how one fishes for mullet on Devil's Island, etc. How much of this is on the level is tough to tell, but it fills the mind with a sense of a world lived in, and in one of the world's most obscure corners at that.

Whatever else, one statement Charriere makes is no doubt true: He is a spellbinding storyteller. He has a sense of the tragic and the funny and never lets the storyline sag. He also throws in nice little asides that keep the reader engaged. At one point, when he is thrown in solitary, Charriere takes a break from relating his squalor to offer this merry assurance: "The movie could not stop there; it must go on. It will go on, mecs! Just give me time to get back my strength and you'll have some new episodes, never fear!"

What makes "Papillon" especially readable and gripping is how Charriere comes into contact with the best and worst in people, sometimes the same people. The most seemingly depraved people can turn out to be not all bad; finding your hermit-like host keeps dead bodies in a pit outside his home is not necessarily proof he is out to do the same to you. He also has an intriguing religious sensibility, which yo-yos between antagonistic disbelief to a sense of profound grace. "Where there's life, there's hope" is an oft-repeated maxim in the book, and they are not hollow words for Papillon, whatever his state. Despair is unknown to him, and he's heartening to read for that alone.

I'd love to know how much of this tale is true. Apparently, there is a French-language book that analyzes the story of "Papillon" from a historical context, and the History Channel in the United States did a documentary you can order online. The little I've seen indicates some holes in the number of escape attempts Charriere made. But he was a prisoner, and then he was free; he wrote a book that, if just 10% true, would be enough to fill out four or five adventuresome lives; and his legacy is one people still passionately relate to more than 30 years after his death. I can't give this book five stars only because of this trust factor, but rest assured "Papillon" is worth your time, and you will be happy you read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I have ever Read
Papillon is a work of unparalleled brilliance. Charriere's description of his incarceration in the French penal colony in French Guyana is both riveting and haunting. For a man as uneducated as he claims, Charriere reveals himself as one of the 20th century's greatest writers, succeeding in use of suspense, allegory and poetic style.

Charriere builds a cohesive story, from the beginning in a rigged French court, through the trip to Cayenne, various cavales, and finally to a complete rebirth of spirit. Seen through eyes of compassion, anger, love and the wisdom of hindsight, Charriere gives a complete story that is not just an incredible adventure story, but a whole moral tale about life, strength, hope and faith.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read.
A book full of adventure, intrigue, sorrow, heartache, revenge, joy, and many other expressive words that I can't think of at the moment. I found the ending and the fate of Papillon's fellow escape partner to be especially shocking. A five star classic. ... Read more


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