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141. Your Evil Twin : Behind the Identity Theft Epidemic
by B.Sullivan
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Asin: 0471648108
Catlog: Book (2004-08-20)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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"Your Evil Twin is an unsettling look into a dark corner of the Information Age. It will make you want to put a lock and key on your wallet. Then you’ll realize that’s not enough."
–Robert O’Harrow Jr., staff writer, Washington Post

"This book will make you want to cancel your credit cards–immediately! Sullivan weaves together compelling stories of fraudsters and their victims with thoughtful insights into how public and private systems routinely fail to protect our privacy."
–Rachel Ross, technology reporter, Toronto Star

"Identity theft is one of those crimes people don’t think about until they get hit, and then it’s too late. Bob Sullivan uses potent storytelling, goes easy on the technobaloney, and points readers toward vital precautions and prevention."
–Beau Brendler, consumer investigative editor and former editorial director, ABC

"The Internet is the best thing that’s ever happened to con artists. They can rob you blind or stealyour identity before you suspect anything is wrong. Bob Sullivan is always looking to expose new scams–to warn readers about them and how they can protect themselves. For years, hisinvestigative reporting has led the way in this area. Bob doesn’t try to sound like a tech writer. His writing is easy to read and simple to understand."
–Herb Weisbaum, a Today show consumer specialist

"Perhaps no one in America is more intimately acquainted with the frightening face of the global identity-theft epidemic than Bob Sullivan. Years of conversations with the victims, the thieves, and their pursuers in law enforcement have given him an unrivalled view of a spiraling problem–and an ability to tell a tale that is just as readable and fascinating as it is maddening and horrifying."
–Emory Thomas, former Wall Street Journal reporter and editor, MSN Money

"Only an investigative reporter like Bob Sullivan could reveal the full depth of this creepy phenomenon. His book reads like an exciting detective story, but this surreal and frightening problem is bigger than most people realize. This book is going to open people’s eyes to a problem that has become even more dangerous given the rise in international terrorism. In short, this book is a wake-up call–and a call to action–for the leaders of government and business, especially the credit-card industry."
–Jon Sorensen, New York State Consumer Protection Board ... Read more

142. Guilty by Reason of Insanity: A Psychiatrist Explores the Minds of Killers
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Asin: 0449002772
Catlog: Book (1998-04-14)
Publisher: Fawcett
Sales Rank: 495214
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"We met no Jimmy Cagneys or Robert Mitchums among the inmates inthe prisons we visited. We found ourselves, rather, in the company of a pathetic crew ofintellectually limited, dysfunctional, half-mad, occasionally explosive losers. Long beforethese men wound up on death row, their similarly limited, primitive, impulsive parentshad raised them in the only fashion they knew.... These brutish parents had set the stageon which our condemned subjects now found themselves playing out the final act. It wasa drama generations in the making."

Psychiatrist Dorothy Otnow Lewis, working in a professional partnership withneurologist Jonathan Pincus, has been steadily accumulating and publishing (in medicaljournals) evidence that almost all vicious criminals have some combination of (1) achildhood of abuse and/or neglect, (2) brain injuries through accident or abuse, and (3)psychotic symptoms, especially paranoia. This fascinating and well-written book, aimedat a wide audience, takes the form of a memoir in which Lewis tells us about the eventsthat led her to study violent patients and about some of her more interesting cases,especially those on death row. Far from being another shallow "oh wow"book about conversations with horrifying killers, this is a thoughtful, humaneexamination of the horrible experiences that most murderers have endured, and apenetrating analysis of how subtle signs of brain damage in these people have beenmissed by other researchers. Lewis has an engagingly humble and personal way ofwriting about her experiences, which makes her findings all the morecredible. --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a great book about a doctor who works with inmates on death row. She interviews famous people like Ted Bundy. It is really liberal minded though which didn't change my mind about the death penalty, but it was an interesting look from another person's perspective.

5-0 out of 5 stars What is insanity?
I found this book off of a A@E program I viewed a week ago. It was all I could have hoped for. It certainly exhibits what is a problem in our American society. It's in the raising of our children. Once it's reached the point of violence it appears thier lives are beyond redemption. We should all look closely and ask our government to find a way to stop child abuse that basically approachs a family tradition, that through generations produce these children that follow a life of crime over and over again. The book is well written and I will read futher on the subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hardly a Liberal
Though I'm a proponent of the death penalty, reading this book in the last 24 hours, I have reasons to question it, especially in the context of abused criminals who reenact their abuse onto others. Lewis has made me question my cut and dry attitude and has shown me the gapping hole in my bag of logic, truth, and criminology. Guilty By Reason of Insanity leaves me with more questions than answers. Though this isn't a genre that I read, Lewis's writing has me hungering for more answers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
This book is valid for professions in criminal justice as well as mental health.
Lewis is not writing this book to empathise with victims, she wrote it to educate people on behind the scene information that the media does not portray.
Background information about the author is not overbearing or irrelevant.
I would reccommend this to open minded, pro capital punishment, enlightened, MATURE readers with a passion for human physiology, psychology and experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Written Exploration of the "Insanity" Defense
Dr. Dorothy Olnow Lewis provides compassionate, three-dimensional glimpses into the shattered minds of individuals like Ted, Arthur, Johnny, Roger, Marie and others convicted of murder, exposing various forms of neglect, abuse and violence they themselves apparently suffered as children at the hands of their own parents, grandparents, and/or foster parents and siblings.

Dr. Lewis reveals a lot of biographical information about her own childhood. She demonstrates how psychiatry and the criminal justice system interlock, and how the system often fails to serve the needs of those young accused murderers who are without available funds to retain articulate and competent legal representation.

Her explanation of "dissociative disorder" as a psychiatric defense for defendants who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, provides dramatic, yet compelling reading.

In "dissociative disorder," as she convincingly explains, children who have suffered SEVERE emotional and physical neglect and abuse by their own parents and/or foster parents or others frequently represss the painful and unbearable memories for a variety of speculated reasons, on which she elaborates.

It is alarming that many people, including judges and prosecutors, are uncomfortable when confronted with evidence that a heinous murderer was himself or herself repeatedly heinously abused, often by the very people he or she is accused of having murdered.

Consequently, many, many young adults who suffer from dissociative states of mind (a form of insanity) are nevertheless executed by the state, which Dr. Lewis believes to be a crime in itself.

I strongly recommend this well-written book to parents, lawyers, students of criminal justice and anyone working in psychiatry or the mental health system.

Dr. Lewis is not only brilliant and compassionate, she is courageous in trying to educate, civilize and reform a barbaric criminal justice establishment that is frequently more geared to punishing and executing than in trying to understand the CAUSE of antisocial behavior. ... Read more

143. Redemption: The Truth Behind the Michael Jackson Child Molestation Allegations
by Geraldine Hughes
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Asin: 1576880362
Catlog: Book (2004-01)
Publisher: Branch & Vine Pub Llc
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Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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Geraldine Hughes comes forth to set the record straight about what really happened behind the scenes in the 1993 child molestation case against Michael Jackson. In Redemption: The Truth Behind the Michael Jackson Child Molestation Allegations, Hughes reveals facts that have never been made public, court documented information, public statements and records that she insists prove Jackson’s innocence.

The chapters unfold by revealing the key players, highlighting the events leading up to the allegation and giving a thorough description of the legal activities that led Jackson’s attorney to settle the case.Redemption is a modern-day mystery that requires a chapter-by-chapter unfolding for all the facts to be known and to redeem an innocent man’s character from the cloud of guilt that has been hanging over his head since 1993. Justice can only be served after the truth is told. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Redemption: The Truth Behind the Michael Jackson Child Moles
Wow! I am so happy that some one has come out and told the truth. Opened the worlds eyes and let the light in. Bless you Geraldine Hughes . This book shows that this man is not the woried monster the press wants us to belive. It shows he has a big heart,with big money. And That is what every one wants. I hope this book makes the press and the disbelivers see the truth and start seeing that is man is Not Gulty. in 93 and 2004

5-0 out of 5 stars Answer to our prayers....
Geraldine, you are a miracle, a miracle that all of us have been waiting for. I admire your courage to speak the truth when so many don't want to hear it. Thank you. This book is a must read..though i'm sure most people don't know about it because its not really out there, which it doesnt make any sense to me because its very important people should know about it. I happened to stumble across it while surfing Michaels Web site. For those who i hear everyday say i think michael jackson is weird, a freak or whatever and never even met the man, you should think twice. even if you are not a fan, you should be concerned especially minorities. I'm not surprised that they went through great lengths scheming to bring this man down. People just werent ready for him. A powerful black man. People get scared. Just like right now, people are not ready to see a black president. Before a black president, there will have to be a white woman as president. And thats just what happened in 1993. Michael was larger than life, he brings love and peace, laughter, and most of all hope. And people just couldn't understand and when people don't understand certain things they get scared, so scared they want to destroy it....Well to anyone who reads this, you must get the book, you still have no right to judge, but if you do, judge with an open mind...

Thank you once again Geraldine Hughes

Michael...You'll never know how much I love you

5-0 out of 5 stars The Real TRUTH
Don't miss this out! It will prove that Michael Jackson(aka King Of Pop) is innocent and that he is a victim of money haunters.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not guilty!
Geraldine Hughes, a legal secretary who worked for the lawyer who brought the original child molestation charges against Michael Jackson in l993, writes a convincing chronology of the events that led to Michael settling the case out of court. While settling made Michael appear guilty to much of the public, Hughes shows us, using the court records, just how the system was working against Michael. For instance, a civil suit was filed while the criminal proceedings were still open. In a civil case, the rules for evidence are more relaxed. Generally speaking, judges will not permit a civil suit to proceed before the criminal case so that the defendant will not incriminate him/herself. This was not the case for Jackson. The civil case was allowed to go on.

Ms. Hughes also treats us to the calendar diary that she kept while she was working for Barry Rothman, who was hired by Dr. Chandler, the victim's father. Included are telephone calls that implicate Dr. Chandler in an alleged extortion attempt. Chandler allegedly wanted money for not going forward with the case. Hughes also lists the court filings and legal procedures that occurred.

Hughes presents a convincing case even if reading all the legal proceedings does get a bit tiresome. The book should be very welcome to Michael Jackson fans and others who wanted to know what really happened. She also lists the many kindnesses and charities that Michael Jackson sponsors around the world for children as further proof that such a kind man could not be a secret monster.

Reviewed by alice Holman
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

5-0 out of 5 stars God's "Ram In The Bush" Comes Through With The Truth!
God Bless You Geraldine Hughes! For being the in right place at the right time! Truly God ordained and guided you to be the vessel to witness the extraordinarly overwhelming falsities fabricated by Rothman, Chandler, This book is a MUST READ to all who truly believe in Michael Jackson's innocence. I believed all along that this was about money and nothing more. It's really sad that there are people in this world like Rothman, Chandler who think there is not a God in Heaven who won't judge their actions. I know Geraldine Hughes (personally) we worked together in the legal field and I can truly say that she is a woman of God, a woman of integrity, truth and honor who, based on her convictions, could not possibly stand by and see Michael Jackson be massacred, maligned, defamed and extorted by those "demons from hell." I for one could not put the book down! I encourage all who have already judged Michael Jackson guilty (especially those in the media) to read Geraldine's book and then conduct an interview with her. Read and digest the truth which many of us have always believed about Michael; that he wass 1000% innocent then as he is now. The following is an except from Geraldine Hughes' book which is an

"Excerpt from the Recorded Telephone Conversation Between Dr. Chandler and Mr. Dave Schwartz"

Chandler: "I had a good communication with Michael. We were friends. I liked him and I respected him and everything else for what he is. There was no reason why he had to stop calling me. I sat in the room one day and talked to Michael and told him exactly what I want out of this whole relationship. I've been rehearsed about what to say and what not to say."

Schwartz: "What has Jackson done that made you so upset?"

Chandler: "He broke up the family. The boy has been seduced by this guy's power and money."

Chandler: "I am prepared to move against Michael Jackson. It's already set. There are other people involved that are waiting for my phone call that are in certain positions. I've paid them to do it. Everything's going according to a certain plan that isn't just mine. Once I make that phone call, this guy is going to destroy everybody in sight in any devious, nasty, cruel way that he can do it. And I've given him full authority to do that."

As printed in
"Redemption: The Truth Behind The Michael Jackson Child Molestation Allegations"
copyright 1997 & 2004
By Geraldine Hughes
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144. How to Do Good After Prison : A Handbook for the "Committed Man"
by Michael B. Jackson, Ron Kenner
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Asin: 0970743602
Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Joint Fx Press
Sales Rank: 46996
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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How to Do Time in the Joint How to Do Good After Prison How to Do Good on Parole How to Understand the Conditions of Parole Parole FAQs Federal & State Parole Directory ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An Answer to a Prayer
I was so happy to find this book. I bought one for myself and one for my husband. It was really helpful in many ways.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
My son was helped in many ways by this book. He has been out 2 years and doing well. I don't think he thought it could be done until he read this book. I appreciate Mr. jackson sharing his life and encouraging others to do well.

5-0 out of 5 stars I've been there..I'm getting Married to someone who is there
This book, written by Michael B. Jackson is straight up and straightforward. He tells it like it is, and I would recommend this book to anyone who is in prison, just got out, even just going in, and even to those loved ones of a prisoner or parolee.
I have been in prison myself, and my fiance is in prison. We have now both read and discussed it, and it is a very useful tool for help when a person decides he or she wants to change his or her life and not be jailin' for the rest of it.

4-0 out of 5 stars How to Do Good After Prison
I purchased this book for my husband who is in prison for the 3rd time in 4 years. my husband is really glad that i found the book for him. he says it has given him a lot of insight on how he will approach his upcoming release in a better more prepared way. ... Read more

145. Through the Window: The Terrifying True Story of Cross-Country Killer Tommy Lynn Sells
by Diane Fanning
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Catlog: Book (2003-04-14)
Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime
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Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Ten-Year-Old Krystal Surles Watched In Horror
As Her Best Friend Was Murdered At The Hands Of An Intruder.

Then with cold-blooded precision he brought a twelve-inch boning knife to Krystal's throat. With a single, violent slash, he severed her windpipe and left her for dead. Miraculously, she survived and would lead authorities to the arrest of 35-year-old Tommy Lynn Sells, a former truck driver, carnival worker, and cross-country drifter...

He Aspired To Become "The Worst Serial Killer Of All Time."

With no apparent motive and no common pattern to his inconceivable bloodshed, the elusive Sells had carved his way across the country for two decades slaughtering women, men, transients, entire families, teenagers, and even infants with ghoulish abandon.

Through The Window is more than an investigation into a crime spree that stunned a nation. It's an utterly terrifying plunge into the unfathomable dark mind of a serial killer, and the heart-wrenching story of the brave child who finally brought him to justice.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Fiend of the worst kind!!!!
Gripping read even if disturbing and shocking in parts. How is it possible that one individual escaped the detection of police for such a long length of time???!!! Unbelievable! I recommend this book to read but be prepared to feel moments of disbelief, shock and anger. Anyone that can kill children, pregnant women and entire families has to be the worst type of fiend out there.
Tommy Lyn Sells, the serial killer, killed with no remorse and at times for the most trivial reasons. e.g. Being angry at someone. His reign of terror lasted many years and in various states of the USA, only everyone was oblivious to this fact, including the law.
I can honestly say it is a good thing that he has been caught.....or you might not be around today reading this about him!

5-0 out of 5 stars S C A R Y
I haven't been that scared reading a book, since "Helter Skelter". Enough said.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Cross-Country Spree in Itself!
I pride myself with devouring at least one book per day, and this book is no exception.

Diane Fanning's writing style and research of Tommy Lynn Sells is superb; the reader, as he goes through the manic pace of this book, gets the feel of being on a Starkweatherish spree of his own at the turn of each page. The end also gives you the feel of the predictable and catalysmic aftermath after Sells is captured and tried.

The only downside to this book (some may disagree) would be the speculations of Sells' involvement in several unsolved cases in states he had reportedly visited and made confirmed murders. A case in point is the murder of Joel Kirkpatrick (whose mother is currently serving time for his murder) and the unsolved murder of a Philadelphia runaway whose strangled body was found in a Tropicana railcar in Florida. It is in this respect that Fanning treats her subject like modern day Henry Lee Lucas, although such speculations are not entirely fruitless concerning Sells lack of motive for his crimes.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in current crime cases, and how criminal trials for such individuals bring them to justice.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Author must have had a strong stomach
I have read many true crime books, but I must say this is one really unnerved me. Tommy Lynn Sells disgusting road to murder was shocking (to say the least). One of the strange things is how the killer himself came close to death a few times and managed to cheat it! How sad for his victims and the rest of the world for that? If you like true crime and have a strong stomach....this is for you. There was only one error that was a bit one story the victim was called two different names. I don't know if that was a typo or I missed something. Other than that, the book was good.

5-0 out of 5 stars really scared and shocked the (...) out of me
Hi, I read this book a couple of days ago. I had to stop reading for a while, cause it really got to me. The crimes Tommy Lynn Sells committed where so cruel, you cannot believe a human being can be so cruel.He killed a lot of children, a baby which only lived for 2 seconds ,dads,mothers,sisters. I had a hard time remembering who was who, so many crimes he committed.
The book is well written, i did like the style, a lot of details of Sells youth,but i really did not get the reason why he killed so brutally. sometimes there is no reason.He seemed to be a hard guy to interview .I think Diane Fanningg did a great jo and I am looking forward to her next book, Into the Water

If you are gonna read this, be prepared to be shocked.
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146. Final Truth : The Autobiography of a Serial Killer
by Donald Gaskins, Wilton Earle
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The autobiogarphy of Serial Killer Gaskins, written as collaboration bwteen Gaskins and Wilton Earle. Gaskins graphic story of his life and crimes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best, the very best autobiography of a serial killer
How can I put this book into words? This book completely goes into the life and times of a serial killer. It tells about his feelings, and details everything, so you miss nothing. You are there step by step from the first to the last kill. Believe me, you will not put this book down. This book is better than perfect and a must read for anyone interested in criminal justice.

2-0 out of 5 stars This book has haunted me....
As a nurse and an avid reader of true crime, I thought I had seen or read it all. I hadn't. As another reviewer here said, this book will stay with you. I read this book years ago, but have never forgotten it. I was so sickened by it, I wanted to stop reading it and throw it out, but I couldn't. I had to read every last word. How does that quote go? "...and when you look into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you..."? That's an accurate description of how this book affected me.

The horrible atrocities perpetrated by the monster who wrote this book were described with relish, wistfulness, and total diregard for humanity.

There is true evil in this world and this killer is the epitome of evil.

I can only hope that there is a special room in Hell, just for him.

5-0 out of 5 stars Final Truth
I had to read this book twice. The first time I read it, I read it from cover to cover. The second time, I almost did the same thing. It is a straight to the point testimony of a man who has to be one of the coldest hearted people ever born. This book will make you wonder why.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST DAMN BOOK I VE READ IN A LONG TIME!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars FINAL TRUTH
I am a Criminal Justice Major and have studied SK behaviors for over 20 years. For those of you who intend to pursue careers in the legal profession, law enforcement, or mental health ... this book is a MUST. Instead of reading academic literature about theories of the motives of serial killers, Final Truth is the ultimate look into the soul of a monster, in his own words.

I had to separate myself from the horrific deeds of Donald (Pee Wee) Gaskins and look into what motivated him to carry out his lust for killing.

As "reasonable" observers of individuals like Pee Wee Gaskins, our reaction is to recoil in disgust and rightly so. But, in order to find out WHY these predators kill, we need to look at what set of circumstances came together to create this kind of depraved individual.

Final Truth not only takes the reader on a sojourn into the act of killing by one man, it also takes you into his mind, his rationale, his motive, and WHY ... to "cure his bothersome feelings". ... Read more

147. Outrage : The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder
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Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Here at last is the account of the O.J. Simpson case that no one else has dared to write, that no one else could write. In Outrage, the famed prosecutor of Charles Manson and bestselling author of Helter Skelter goes to the heart of the trial that divided the country and made a mockery of justice.Vincent Bugliosi, who never lost a murder case, brilliantly outlines the five reasons why O.J. Simpson got away with murder: the worst possible jury, a sloppy and incomplete prosecution, a fatal change of venue, judicial error that allowed the defense to play the race card, and a weak summation and rebuttal that barely addressed the defense's frame-up and conspiracy theories. He reveals:

--The offer Marcia Clark and Bill Hodgman should never have refused.
--The bluff that saved the defense's cardboard case.
--What Deputy Sheriff Jeff Stuart overheard when Rosey Grier visited Simpson in jail.
--The 17 words Johnnie Cochran used to cover his argument that could have been his undoing if caught.
--Why the jurors never heard Simpson's first police interview-- filled with self-incriminating statements that alone could have convicted him of murder.

1.What mistake in jury selection could have cost Marcia Clark the trial--even before she argued the case?

2. What did Simpson do to make sure the gloves wouldn't fit?

3. How did Judge Ito's behavior towards Marcia Clark prejudice the jury?

4. Why did the prosecutors suppress Simpson's "smoking gun"?

5. How did Johnnie Cochran con the jury?

6. Who might really have suggested that Simpson try on the evidence gloves? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Brilliantly Argued
Put simply, this book makes me wish that Mr. Bugliosi had been arguing in place of Clark and Darden. Mr. Bugliosi's analysis of the case should convince even the most narrow-minded person of O.J. Simpson's guilt. The book is filled with insightful commentary as well as biting indictments of incompetence, when appropriate (and indeed, such indictments are appropriate all too often). At the same time, the book remains engaging and very enjoyable to read. The Final Summation section, with the arguments that Mr. Bugliosi would have given the jury in his final summation had he prosecuted the case in bold, is particularly powerful. The arguments condemn Simpson with the power of pure, straight-forward logic and a superlative command of the written word.

People in the reviews below have said that Mr. Bugliosi "demeans" people and that in being a defense attorney he is doing the same thing he condemns Johnny Cochrane for. These reviews are ridiculous for several reasons. First of all, Bugliosi does not have the intention of "demeaning" people such as the prosecutors or the LAPD when he criticizes their respective performances; he is simply analyzing their individual performances, which frankly were quite poor, and saying what he considers to be the truth. He is certainly not euphemistic in his criticism; but he is rather just being objective (he has nothing against the people he is critiquing on a personal level, for sure), and anyone who says he is being too harsh had better have a good reason, because his comments sure seemed to be dead-on accurate. Regarding Mr. Bugliosi's criticism of Johnny Cochrane in light of his own turn as a defense attorney: every criminal who stands trial has the right to an attorney, and defense attorneys are generally respectable people who attempt to advise their clients in a way in keeping with justice. Johnny Cochrane's showy, preachy, over-the-top, and, most importantly, vehement defense of a man he must have known to be guilty was disgraceful. Defending an accused criminal is one thing; pulling out every possible stop and every ludicrous argument so that vicious murderer goes free is entirely another.

Regarding people's complaints about Mr. Bugliosi's ego: I think you mistake his expertise for ego. I didn't sense any self-consciousness on the author's part, only a firm handle on the subject at issue.

As for Mr. Bugliosi's words on God: instead of having a gut reaction of "How dare he!," why don't you actually think about what he says? The man is clearly one of the most clear-headed and intelligent people around, and it might do you good to think about religion from a different perspective than your own with an open mind, particularly when the source is one so distinguished. Mr. Bugliosi uses the powers of analysis that enabled him to demonstrate Simpson's guilt so decisively to grapple with contemporary organized religion--if his logic was good enough in the former instance, why is it all of a sudden called into question and, indeed, struck down by certain reviewers in the latter instance? Read with an open mind, people--you just might learn something. Don't accept everything you're given--examine and scrutinize the universe that surrounds you instead. And by the way, just because you don't believe in God doesn't mean you can't distinguish right from wrong--the idea that morality has to spring from religion is a conceit that some religious people tell themselves to make themselves feel noble. A sense of right and wrong can certainly come from a belief in God, but it can also come from respecting your fellow human beings.

In more general terms, though, I think it can be agreed that this is an immensely intelligent and revealing look into the mockery of justice that was the O.J. Simpson case. I would invite anyone who cheered Simpson's acquittal to read this book and see if they regret having rejoiced in the freeing of a murderer. As for the rest of us, it gives us an opportunity to sit back and read all of the points that we have made time and again about the case plus some we haven't thought of thrown in for good measure, all articulated in the most eloquent fashion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely Insightful Book on the Trial of the Century
Vincent Bugliosi has written one of the most insightful books on not only on the OJ Simpson case, but the issue of the rule of law, our court system, what constitutes effective and competent counsel, outrageous conduct on the part of the defense.

Bugliosi first outlines the basic facts of the case: first, OJ is obviously guilty. His blood is found at the crime scene, in his Bronco, and at his estate. Nicole and Ron Goldman's blood are also found in all three locations. OJ created a suicide note, got a mask, and ran away from the cops. He told the police he "didn't know" why he was bleeding at the night of the murders -- at the exact same time the crime was being committed. He told Nicole he would kill her one day. The murder was not a burglary -- because nothing was taken. And the crime was definitely one of passion -- notice the knife. All the signs point to Simpson.

This book is an extremely useful one for myself because I do intend to be an attorney one day. Bugliosi provided many very simple tips on how best to argue one's case and to destroy one's opponents arguments. This is certainly a book I would recommend. There is no nonsense or hodgepodge in this book. A+!

-- Michael Gordon
Los Angeles

4-0 out of 5 stars Justifiable "Outrage" .....Gratuitous Criticism
In the first week of October 1995, only one person on the planet was angrier than I was - and that person was none other than Vincent Bugliosi - star prosecutor of the Manson gang. Thus, I was drawn to his account of the debacle known as the O.J. trial as if it contained the secrets of Tutankhamen. There are many attributes to this seething indictment of our legal system, the brain-dead jury who rendered the laughable verdict, and the bunglings of the prosecutors (and the eunuch-like judge) involved in this case. However......

Bugliosi gives an "F" grade to Marcia Clark, Chris Darden, et. al. A failing grade? Really now, Mr. Bugliosi. The same evidence that convinced you, me and millions of other non-retarded individuals was presented by the very prosecutors you excoriate in this book. Yes, they were clumsy. Yes, they made critical errors. But let's face some salient facts here. Forrest Gump could have presented the overwhelming (and irrefutable) evidence in this case - merely by calling in the DNA experts, who proved beyond ANY doubt that Simpson's blood was dropped at the crime scene. Virginia Woolf, in the midst of a lithium overdose, could have been convinced of the disgraced NFL star's guilt.

Mr. Bugliosi states, with the supreme confidence of someone supremely confident, that "he could have convinced the O.J. juty to convict O.J." Come again? Let's be reasonable here. The genius prosecutor of Manson and his trogledyte terrorists did not have a jury inflamed by Rodney King, nor were Manson and his co-defendants sports icons. The Manson jurors were reasonable, compassionate people who listened to the evidence, maintained a healthy respect for justice, and saw through the sophomoric antics of the defense team. (Anyone remember Irving Kanarek? If you don't, count your lucky stars.)

"Outrage" marked the first and only time I've ever been somewhat annoyed with Vince Bugliosi. He can't expect every prosecutor, especially someone with a mountain-sized chip on their shoulder (C. Darden) to perform to his standards. Lightning doesn't strike twice - and neither will Bugliosi's genius of the early seventies.

Bugliosi is absolutely correct in disdaining the woeful verdict that exonerated O.J. for his despicable behavior. His meticulous examination of the mistakes that pervaded the trial is beyond reproach. However, I believe he fails to recognize another irrefutable fact: His own staggering brilliance would not have swayed O.J.'s jury; rather, it would have worked against him. It's fairly obvious that this jury would not have convicted the wife-battering O.J. - not even if they had witnessed the crime first-hand. (Two words: "Brenda" and "Moran" come to mind. As Dominick Dunne so succinctly said, "Never underestimate the power of stupidity.")

Yes, there was plenty of blame to go around in one of the bleakest events in the history of American justice. Bugliosi is justifiably bitter; I too shall be saddened until the day I leave this earth. Like Bugliosi, I cannot regard the lives of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman as any less sacred than those of Emmett Till or Medgar Evers. I regret that I was not old enough to vote on those juries so many years ago, because I despise the mockery of justice and virulent racism that pervaded those proceedings. Like O.J.'s jury, those panels were populated by ignorant persons possessed of personal animus, limited intelligence and misdirected rage.

"We've got to protect our own," Carrie Bess allegedly belched to one her fellow jurors. Let's put the blame where it belongs, Mr. Bugliosi: on a defense attorney whose insipid blatherings shouldn't have scared a two-year-old; on a jury who refused to see the truth - and who deliberated for an appallingly short time - and a flaccidly foolish judge who couldn't control his own courtroom. It is Bugliosi's heavy-handed condemnation of the prosecution that detracts from an otherwise excellent presentation. Yet, I shall always admire and respect Mr. Bugliosi for his years of dedication to the cause of justice, and my loyalty is unwavering - now and for always.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Well Written and Argued Case for the Prosecution
This book is a very well written and argued case for the prosecution - that was never presented in court. We only learned after the trial was over of the real story. Yes, years later we have a better understanding that the media, despite its overwhelming presence at the trial and non stop coverage, was not really privy to all the facts. Only later after the trial ended and people wrote their books did we find out all the information, or at least enough critical information.

This is a great book and brings up some of the key details such as O.J.'s confession (for all practical purposes) after his arrest, and the way the case was bungled, and the antics of Judge Ito. What a mess. This is a very well written and entertaining book that reveals all of the major flaws of the O.J.Trial. the author makes a very convincing case - that can be understood by rational people.

I enjoyed reading the book and thought that it was worth 4 or 5 stars. But I want to make one comment to the author. The case was lost because the jury was essentially 12 black women that loved O.J. and Johnny, did not want to convict. They gave O.J. the benefit of every doubt multiplied by ten, and that sealed it for the prosecution. It was obvious to every sane person that O.J. was guilty so that changing the strategy probably would have had little effect.

Jack in Toronto

1-0 out of 5 stars It's all about Vincent
With the exception of Helter Skelter, I find that Vincent Bugliosi's books are all about him. He has an incredible opinion of himself, and everything relates to that. Will never buy another book by him again. ... Read more

148. A Mind for Murder: The Real-Life Files of a Psychic Investigator
by NaomiLucks, NoreenRenier
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The real-life files of the only psychic to lecture at the FBI Academy.

Noreen Renier shares her strange and startling experiences and the methods that helped her solve more than 130 criminal cases. Included are how she "becomes" the victim or perpetrator by touching an object they held, her ability to "read" prisoners, the court battle over her abilities, the New York Zodiac Killer case, and much more.
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a book you won't want to put down. A wonderful read.
I don't feel like I need to say much about Noreen's talent. She's one of the top police psychics in the business, highly experienced and with a long track record of success. This is one woman whose gift is genuine. Perhaps the real surprise here is that she's also a highly talented writer.

There are a lot of reasons to like this book. If you like a gripping story, this is full of them! Case after case of psychic readings she has done over the years -- many of them murders Noreen Renier has 'experienced' psychically (from the viewpoints of the murderers as well as the victims) while helping the police, FBI, and concerned family members solve a crime. If you're a policeman (or like me, a parapsychologist), it gives you useful tips for how to work with a professional psychic and get the most out of him or her. Lastly, if you're a psychic, it teaches you some handy tips for how to approach your craft, including the advantages of information sheets (detailed in the book) to guide those who seek your help.

I've read a number of autobiographical accounts by psychics over the years. This is the best of them. Not only is the material fascinating -- you won't want to put the book down until you're done -- but it's well-organized (a trait that few psychics have) and told in a casual style which makes you feel like you're relaxing with Noreen over a cup of coffee, listening to her talk about her life. She comes across as a smart, shrewd, funny woman, one who is fun to be around and a pleasure to read about.

I highly recommend this book to anyone. Buy it. Then settle down and prepare for a really good read!

5-0 out of 5 stars First person accounts by afamous psychic detective
The author, Noreen Renier, a psychic who has frequently appeared on Court TV ,offersfascinating " you are there" accounts of some widely diversedcriminalcases in which she worked in an interactive role with various police agenciesto providepreviously missing pieces of the puzzle forthese forensic investigators to assemble in a new way. She is the only psychic who haslectured at the FBI Academyand who has won libel damages in court from a critical skeptic who publically said she was making fraudulentclaims .This book was riveting in the wayit held my attention asshe traces outhow each challenging case unfolded. ... Read more

149. True Blue: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them
by Cassie Wells
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After September 11, 2001 Las Vegas Police Sergeant Randy Sutton began soliciting writing from law enforcement officers-his goal being to bridge the gap between the police and those they serve, with a book that offers a broad and thoughtful look at the many facets of police life.Hundreds of active and former officers responded from all over the United States: men and women from big cities and small towns, some who had written professionally, but most for the first time. Sutton culled the selections into five categories: The Beat, Line of Duty, War Stories, Officer Down, and Ground Zero.

The result is True Blue, a collection of funny, charming, exciting, haunting stories about murder investigations, missing children, bungling burglars, car chases, lonely and desperate shut-ins, routine traffic stops, officers killed in the line of duty, and the life-changing events of September 11.Here, officers reveal their emotions-fear and pride, joy and disgust, shame and love-as they recount the defining moments of their careers.In these stories, the heart and soul behind the badge shines through in unexpected ways. True Blue will change the way we think about the deeply human realm of police service.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Power and Truth
You may call me biased, because I'm one of the authors in True Blue. ("The Emotional Switch" Page 32.) However, the stories by my fellow author/police officers included in True Blue, beat anything I've read in terms of power, valor and truth. Randy Sutton's, "Her Name Was Jackie" is one of many such.

This book will make you laugh, upset your viewpoint and let you know what it's like to be on the gritty, and often extreme end of both cops and citizen's real life stories. All proceeds from this book go to the survivors of police officers killed in the Sept. 11th attacks.

Randy Sutton wrote in my copy of True Blue, "Thanks for being part of the True Blue Family." No Randy. I'm honored. You, Cassie Wells, St. Martin's Press, and all those who buy this book are making a positive difference by giving back to surviving police families who've all lost and given so much.

Rocky Warren Sgt. (ret.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good book. A quick read because of the short stories. Gives a nice outlook on Police life, the funny, the sad and the amazing. I wished that there was more stories to read. Just the right amount of 9/11 stories which are sad to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Be Prepared for Real Life Cop Stories
Some of these stories brought tears to my eyes--a few made me laugh out loud. If you want to learn about the emotions behind the badge, this is the book to read.

Marilyn Meredith
Author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the read!
An excellent "story" book for law enforcement officers, their families, their friends, and the general public!

My family includes several generations and types of cops, including a husband who retired as a sergeant after 25 years of service and a son who is now a young patrol officer making his own way and earning his own memories.... I am blessed to count many friends within the LEO community where I served alongside them during my own career.

I grew up with them, lived with them, and worked with them.

I have always known that cops were human.

5-0 out of 5 stars sad stories.
Most of the stories in this book are sad and some of them are funny. I recomend this book to people who think of the officers who risked their lives in 9/11. ... Read more

150. Preventing Sexual Violence: How Society Should Cope With Sex Offenders (The Law and Public Policy: Psychology and the Social Sciences)
by John Q. LA Fond
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151. Cowboy Mafia
by Roy Graham
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A facinating true story.The largest marijuana smuggling operation in U.S.history and subsequently the largest forfeiture of attachable assets under the arcane laws of (RICO)u.s.c-18.Racketeer influenced corrupt organization act.Oilman,rancher,banker and civic leader Rex Cauble a well known Texas multi-millionare forfeited $90 million dollars in attachable assets:ranches,banks,''Cutterbill'' western wear stores in Dallas and Houston in a highly controversial jury verdict out of Tyler,Tx.The fact that Muscles Foster,former all-around rodeo cowboy world champion and trainer of six-time AQHA,NQHA world champion cutting horse ''Cutterbill''and foreman of Rex Caubles' four thousand acre ranches along with cowboy capos Les Fuller(first ''Marlboro Man''),Ray Hawkins,Dayton Bud Evans,Harry''the hat'' Hannon and others had used Caubles vast ranches for coast to coast distribution of huge quantities of Columbian Red Bud marijuana(unbeknownst to Cauble) enabled the largest forfeiture of attachable assets in U.S. history.The ''COWBOY MAFIA'' smuggled more than 750,000 pounds of premium grade Columbian Red Bud marijuana from the Columbian coastal town of Santa Marta,Columbia to the Texas Gulf coast town of High Island,TX.which is a peninsula community between Galveston,Tx. and Beaumont,Tx.(Texas gulf coast).Each voyage spanned 18-days at sea and 7,500 miles on 80-ft. shrimpboats at an average speed of 10-15 mph,average seas 10-15ft.Columbian!pirates were guaranteed once the American shrimpboats entered Columbian waters.The 80ft. shrimpboats however were anything but average as these trawlers were rigged with saddle fuel tanks for the trans-atlantic trip,(Loran)ship to shore radios and 50-caliber guns for Columbian guerilla as there are no rules of engagement in Columbian waters.These American shrimpboats were sitting ducks or so the Columbian pirates/terrorists thought.On several occasions the horse trainers and rodeo cowboys had to rodeo with the would-be Columbian terrorists unloading 50-caliber rounds into the 20-ft.dingys.The cowboys always got the long end of the rope in these terrorists attacks.These cowboys routinely carried $1.5-2.0 million in cash stuffed in the bottom of scuba tanks as it was cash on delivery in Santa Marta,Columbia.On the return trip they carried 40,000 pounds of Columbian Red Bud marijuana.The ''COWBOY MAFIA'' operated a fleet of 80ft.shrimpboats all named after their pocket personalities(escorts).These shrimpboats were operated along the eastern seaboard with headquarters in High Island,Tx.The front was Thompson seafood(shrimp distributor with no refridgeration).The smuggling operations began in Tampa,St.Petersburg Florida prior to moving the base operation to Texas to operate in wide open space(Caubles vast ranches).As Muscles Foster was the foreman of Caubles' ranches he had the perfect solution to the tightening on smuggling in South Florida.Muscles had the keys to the ranches.Best-selling author Roy Graham tells a fascinating,powerful story that is destined to be a block-buster at the box-office.Oilman Rex cauble was a best friend of Cowboy actor John Wayne and former Texas Governor and presidential candidate John B.Conally.''Oil brothers''they were called.The trio had several oil-drilling projects in partnership.The ''Perfect storm'' pales in comparison to ''COWBOY MAFIA''.''COWBOY MAFIA'' is a registered trademark,all rights reserved. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written
I remember this story well from the late 70's and early 80's and this book has some interesting information. However, it is obvious the book was written by someone whose talents do not include writing books. It is full of gross grammatical errors, misspellings, and a general lack of knowledge of our criminal justice system. And to make matters worse, Mr. Graham continually repeats himself. If these small details do not detract from your reading pleasure, the book is a quick, decent read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great story.
This is a fabulous story that leaves you wanting more.The idea of these cowboys being on the cusp of a phenomenal move in
technology is absolutely accurate.A few years ahead and these brave souls couldn't have utilized American shrimpboats some 3,000 miles back and forth without being detected.Today,the technology clearly would have detected these shrimpboats before
they cleared the Gulf of Mexico.I remember the news however vaguely of this Cowboy marijuana smuggling operation.This could never happen again.Great read. Glenn Baker

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
These cowboys were at the watershed of technology.From 1984 to
present technology has advanced dramatically.No GPS tracking systems,satellite technology,etc.These cowboys would certainly be
caught quickly attempting 3,000 miles to Columbia and back.The feat of these cowboys is astonishing.Carrying millions of dollars
in the shrimpboat one-way and 40,000 pounds of Red Bud on the return trip.American Shrimpboats into Santa Marta,Columbia scoring 40,000 that's an once in a lifetime true story.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Crazy cowboys
This is a great story.I could'nt put it down.I do
recommend this one for sure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good one
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152. The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casolaro
by Kenn Thomas, Jim Keith
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Investigator Danny Casolaro's 1991 death in a Martinsburg, West Virginia hotel opened the door to a world of conspiracy and intrigue that continues to haunt today's headlines. This fully revised and updated edition unveils the hidden political and technological realities behind the culture of contemporary global warfare. It contains photographs, illustrations, and new chapters on conspiracy in the death of Princess Diana, the suspicious death of coauthor Jim Keith, and the events of 9/11. A timely book, The Octopus is as harrowing as the best spy fiction — only it's real and it's happening now. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Well Researched, but missing something
I was interested in this topic and read the two reviews below. I decided to pick this book up, I was amazed by the depth and breadth of the research that went into this book. The only complaint I have is that I would be reading the book and forget what I had just read. The prose is occasionally awkward and caused me to have to go back and re-read the previous paragraph or page just to see what or who the authors were discussing.

All in all I'm glad I read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Frightening Indictment
Kenn and Jim's magnum opus. (RIP, beloved friend to humankind.) This book is as scary as they come, and stranger than fiction. As a conspiracy writer, I found myself shaking while reading it. THEY are real, and THEY can do and have done horrifying things. The Octopus is the Matrix vivified.

This book is especially important for anyone who still naively believes "there are no conspiracies." The word "conspiracy" means "to breathe together." Only two people are needed to make a conspiracy, and this book will leave you breathless.

Danny Casolaro is a heroic figure who bravely and, perhaps, foolhardily attempted to foil the Octopus, whose tendons reach into the most intimate parts of all our lives. He should never be forgotten. Thank goodness for the valiant likes of Kenn Thomas and Jim Keith for telling his story. Movie studios should be clamoring for this highly untold story - but they are no doubt part of the Octopus. Danny, Kenn and Jim should be lauded for their audacity and courage in bringing forth this treacherous tale of murder and mayhem. Such valor is akin to that of Gary Webb in his expose of CIA drug-dealing.

Carry on, fellow warriors for truth.

Acharya S; Archaeologist, Historian, Mythologist, Linguist; Member, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece; Associate Director, Institute for Historical Accuracy; Director, Center of the Research and Study of Theology; Author, "The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold"

4-0 out of 5 stars A Vitally Important Read for Citizens Worldwide
This delves into Danny Casolaro's investigation of the U.S. Justice Department's apparent crooked dealings with Inslaw, the software company that developed the spy software, PROMIS, for Justice under an agreement in which Inslaw apparently retained all proprietary rights to PROMIS. Justice reneged on paying Inslaw, yet PROMIS turned up illegally at other government agencies and foreign governments. This opened a Pandora's Box involving what Sir Winston Churchill called the High Cabal and Casolaro dubbed the Octopus; a handful of arrogant self-appointed aristocrats who are determined to force upon mankind the New World Order that madmen like Adolf Hitler and George H.W. Bush have raved about for centuries; a world government controlled by these elitists; one without constitutional rights. These murderous zealots stop at nothing to achieve their objectives. Aside from very few inaccuracies (like the time of George deMohrenschildt's death) this is well researched and written. ... Read more

153. Born Fi' Dead: A Journey Through the Jamaican Posse Underworld
by Laurie Gunst
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Of the ethnic gangs that rule America’s inner cities, none has had the impact of the Jamaican posses. Spawned in the ghettos of Kingston as mercenary street-fighters for the island’s politicians, the posses began migrating to the United States in the early 1980s, just in time to catch and ride the crack wave as it engulfed the country. Feared and honored for being “harder than the rest,” they would lay claim to their new American territory with outlaw bravura, and the raw dancehall music born of their world would define “gangsta” culture for a generation of angry sufferers in Jamaica, American, and England. Laurie Gunst spent a decade moving with the possemen, and Born Fi’ Dead is her unique account of this netherworld, the first to bring to life Jamaica’s international gangs.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Discard the rose-tinted reading glasses to be well informed.
Born fi Dead is by no means the definitive work on the topic of Jamaican criminal gangs, but as it is one of only a published few, one is obliged to read it if at all interested in the subject. The American author, a Harvard graduate and self-styled 'street ethnographer,' carried out 10 years of intensive research for the book- some two years of which she undertook in Jamaica. It charts the rise, rise and fall (more of a stumble) of the notorious Jamaican gangsters - dubbed 'Posses' in the US and 'Yardies' in the UK. Laurie Gunst eloquently illuminates the hostile backdrop that spawns the gunmen, depicting their path from political conception to subsequent redundancy to their flight to America, where crack and easy access to more guns were conveniently waiting in the early eighties. Poverty, high-powered weapons and narcotics are the staple diet of the content of the book. All the major warlords are acknowledged - Claudie Massop, Bucky Marshall, the CIA, the Jim Brown dynasty, "Uzi" Edwards and the like, though some are portrayed with a little too much deference to the cowboy movies we're informed had so much influence on the protagonists. The colonial context and crimson history of the island and it's inhabitants is also covered, though with a hand towel rather than a tarpaulin; more pages are devoted to the surviving and/or imprisoned soldiers of the ghetto ranks, recanting the cinematic scenes from their virulent, violent careers. Ms Gunst, however, doesn't refrain from telling it how she saw it - pulling no punches when disclosing the catalytic role played by the fire-starting local politicians: ".......they got their guns from the JLP (a one-time ruling party.)" The book is an informative introduction to the study of Jamaican criminal crews and is worth a read, though you may have to look past the author's somewhat mawkish stance and her romanticised sense of reality: she describes a machine-gun toting soldier, carrying out what's known in the ghetto as a 'rat-patrol' as having "beautiful hands, poised ever-so-gracefully on the barrel." Their is a portent to that sort of thing in the book's introduction, where the writer describes how she conceived the book as "part travellers' tale." There is also a quite intentionally scaremongering afterword entitled 'Is Britain next?' that is covered, along with the rest of this subject matter, far more broadly and authentically in the book Ruthless written by Geoff Small.

4-0 out of 5 stars Biased but realistic
I read this book and it opened my eyes to the root of the Jamaican situation. Born in the UK but living in Barbados it was most interesting reading of a political situation that a Bajan would never dream of experiencing...but yet we are all West Indians.

The author is obviously biased and they're two sides to the tale...however the violence we all know existed spoke for itself and having not been in the situation one has to depend on logic not to be mis-led. The main thing that came across was once your party is not in power you starve. Secondly the posse and yardie movements in the US and UK was based on gang turf for drug and other illict trades with political bais brought from Jamaica.

The pain is how many lifes were lost due to the latter. I never knew what "Green Bay" was all about........I always liked Kojak's version....the politicians losing control of the gunmen and trying to turn them against each other..........a setup to get rid of as many of them at one time. My point is let's put the bias is obviously pro-Manley...........but the book also shows politicains check for and care about themselves only and that is where reality conquers bias in this novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars A harsh reality
This book displayed a harsh reality of what life was like for many Jamaicans during this period. It clearly showed why so many Jamaicans migrated to get away from the somewhat savage-like environment that the politicians created for the less-educated lower income Kingston residents. I enjoyed reading a book full of harsh realities. This should show people, either PNP or JLP that the goverment is to blame for the condition of this beautiful country now and then.

3-0 out of 5 stars the naked truth
Miss gunst is to be commended. This is a book that no Jamaican had the gutz to write. Mr. Seaga is indeed one of (by no means the only) the worst tragedies in Jamaica's history. He is evidence that mental slavery, of which Marcus Garvey speaks, is still rampant among negroes in this country. Apart from bulldozing squatters and replacing them with his serfs, arming them with the help of the CIA, creating the Shower Posse the most notorious drug gang, and selling out Jamaica to white capitalists by trying to turn it into an offshore sweatshop factory, what has this Lebanese done for black people in this country? Burning Spear was right, Marcus Garvey words really come to pass.

1-0 out of 5 stars FICTION NOT FACT
Ms Gunst is not bad as a storyteller and this book might have made a good novel. But after talking to some people she 'interviewed' and hearing how she twisted their words, I don't think it is worth very much as a work of history. ... Read more

154. Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives- Paperback
by Robert K. Ressler, John E. Douglas, Ann W. Burgess
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Who are the men committing the rising number of serial homicides in the U.S. -- and why do they kill? The increase in these violent crimes over the past decade has created an urgent need for more and better information about these men: their crime scene patterns, violent acts, and above all, their motivations for committing these shocking and repetitive murders.

This authoritative book represents the data, findings, and implications of a long-term F.B.I.-sponsored study of serial sex killers. Specially trained F.B.I. agents examined thirty-six convicted, incarcerated sexual murderers to build a valuable new bank of information which reveals the world of the serial sexual killer in both quantitative and qualitative detail. Data was obtained from official psychiatric and criminal records, court transcripts, and prison reports, as well as from extensive interviews with the offenders themselves.

Featured in this book is detailed information on the F.B.I.'s recently developed Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) and a sample of an actual VICAP Crime Analysis Report Form. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on Profiling
As a crime writer (First Kill, The Girl By The Lake), I collect hundreds of books on crime. This one ranks amongts the best in my collection. Although a little dated (1988), it's a classic and provides a very solid foundation into profiling and deviant sexual behaviour and murder. There is a incredibly useful chapter (if you're a crime writer or a detective)that takes you right into the mind of a crime-scene analyst and what steps are covered to figure out who the pedetrator is. A must for any student of abnormal psychology, people involved with violent crimes and crime writers alike. Highly commended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful--even for a non-law enforcement reader
This book is a well-organized collection of information. I have no background in law enforcement, criminal justice or even psychology. Yet, I understood it well. Anyone interested in taking the time to understand in some depth how these criminals think and act would learn a great deal. It really illustrates the development of criminal profiling techniques. The book is broken into sections, each of which is broken into chapters. It is written by a group of people, including: Robert Ressler (FBI), John Douglas (FBI), Anne Burgess (nurse/researcher), a medical examiner.

5-0 out of 5 stars an informative book
This is a great book written by one of the acknowledged experts and pioneers in the field of criminal profiling.This book may read like a textbook to some people,but its still interesting.Robert Ressler,John Douglas,and Roy Hazelwood have been a tremendous asset to the FBI.

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative
This book was kind of boring in places but then again it's not supposed to necessarily be entertaining.

I ordered it after seeing the authors on tv several times where they were interviewing serial killers and talking about profiling. I believe one of them actually invented the entire idea of profiling and he used his profiling techniques to catch that 'Gacy the clown' guy who buried 30 kids in his basement.

This book is very informative and gives insights into the minds of the homicidal psychopaths.

It's interesting to see how looking at a crime scene tells so much about the offender. It's like the killers are expressing their horrible natures in symbolic, ritualistic ways.

If I understand the authors' conclusions correctly sexual psychopaths gets completely consumed by their horrible fantasies to the point where they become more or less disfunctional. (That's assuming they ever were functional.) In their fantasy world the killer has complete control and domination over everyone else which is what they crave. At some point they start to project these dark fantasies into the real world.

There's also an interesting section about the affects of a murder on the families. Not surprisingly these affects are all negative and can be severe:

"I can't have sex with my husband anymore because every time he touches me, I think about what the rapist did to her."

"I hate Halloween. My sons body was found in a desert area badly decomposed, a week after he was murdered. Each year when I see the skeletons at Halloween, they remind me of my son and what he must have looked like."

In another case the father lost his job (without pension) because he couldn't concentrate anymore and the mother was also out on sick leave from her job.

There's also a section on how a female should possibly react if confonted by a potentially violent psychopath.

Sexual assault is horrible in its own unique way I guess.

I may read some more books about this subject. I would like to find more case studies of what the psychopath did and how the profilers figured out who the killer was based on the evidence.

I think subjects related to forensic science are getting very popular nowadays. There's a lot of tv shows coming out which are based on some of the non fiction shows like 'Cold Case Files' and 'Forensic Files'.

Jeff Marzano

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
From one of the guys at the FBI Behavioral Science Unit comes the results of a massive study the FBI did on sexual offenders. It does offer a lot of research data which can always be dry, but it also offers myriad of examples to personalize the data and make it more informative for everyone. I found it very enlightening since there are very few studies that have been able to do this kind of comparative research on a problem that is so prevalent. ... Read more

155. The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld
by Herbert Asbury
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Home to the notorious "Blue Book," which listed the names and addresses of every prostitute living in the city, New Orleans's infamous red-light district gained a reputation as one of the most raucous in the world. But the New Orleans underworld consisted of much more than the local bordellos. It was also well known as the early gambling capital of the United States, and sported one of the most violent records of street crime in the country. In The French Quarter, Herbert Asbury, author of The Gangs of New York, chronicles this rather immense underbelly of "The Big Easy." From the murderous exploits of Mary Jane "Bricktop" Jackson and Bridget Fury, two prostitutes who became famous after murdering a number of their associates, to the faux-revolutionary "filibusters" who, backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars of public support-though without official governmental approval-undertook military missions to take over the bordering Spanish regions in Texas, the French Quarter had it all. Once again, Asbury takes the reader on an intriguing, photograph-filled journey through a unique version of the American underworld. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful-With Caveats
This book stops at 1917 with the closing of Storyville, and was first published in 1938. If at all possible, buy a good original printing. The trade paperback now out has poor, small reproductions of the original illustrations. This is a wonderful, engaging, laugh-out-loud book to be read time and time again. However, it has some factual errors. Asbury implies that Storyville was in the French Quarter-it was not. He also repeats verbatim some "legends" that were invented long after the fact. If you want a correct history of Storyville, see Al Rose's book.

4-0 out of 5 stars N'awlins rough
THE FRENCH QUARTER is a history of crime, vice, and general rascality in New Orleans from its founding in 1718 by the French to the abolition of the Storyville red-light district in 1917.

In fifteen chapters, author Herbert Asbury describes the disruptive roles played by keelboat ruffians, revolutionists, gamblers, duelists, prostitutes, corrupt cops and politicians, pirates, filibusters (soldiers of fortune), vigilantes, pickpockets, muggers, thugs, the Mafia, and voodoo practitioners in the lives of the otherwise law-abiding citizenry. Anyone reading Asbury's narrative might be led to believe that good folks were a miniscule minority.

THE FRENCH QUARTER suffers from being published almost seventy years ago. Aside from a number of old sketch reproductions, and several badly reproduced B&W photographs of bordello interiors and exteriors during the Storyville era, THE FRENCH QUARTER is sadly lacking in illustration. There's not even a map of the city from which to get one's bearings.

This work is wonderfully informative as far as it goes, perhaps occasionally more so than is needed to make the point that the city, especially in the mid-1800s, could be a noxious place. The narrative is sober and straightforward, only occasionally displaying dry humor. A couple examples from the text will suffice to give one a sense of the book's tone and the city's iniquity.

Regarding barrel-houses,the lowest form of drinking place: "The owner of one such establishment not only doped all of his liquor, but maintained his own staff of sneak thieves ... (who) worked on a percentage basis and took turns robbing the sodden wretches who were dragged from the barrel-house."

Regarding the streetwalkers of the Dauphine and Burgundy Street vice area after the Civil War:
" ... the perambulating bawds flung a piece of old carpet on the sidewalk and entertained their customers in full view of passers-by and the prostitutes in the houses ... (who) kept pails of hot water handy to discourage use of the doorsteps." Hmm, I would have thought ice water more effective at shrinking amorous ardor.

Decades after THE FRENCH QUARTER appeared, N'awlins is a model of purity. Why, would you believe me if I said you can't even spit on the street?

5-0 out of 5 stars I Loved This Book
I am so happy this book is being reprinted! I had a copy some years back and howled with laughter at the antics of some the the Quarter's historic gangs, crooks, and ne'er-do-wells. If you are planning your first trip to New Orlean's, this book is a must read, or if you just want to sit back and have a good time and be tickled by some truly amazing characters (like Bricktop) and their pecadillos, buy this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars A daring book of its day
Herbert Asbury must have been the daring writer of his day, daring to approach topics such as the red light district of New Orleans and the flesh trade in books that have retained a cult following to this day. In somewhat florrid prose, he manages to present a fairly accurate history of the French Quarter, its denizens, and chatacters, includong voodoo queens and madams and the social climates that shaped it. It portrays the politics and characters, the scoundrals and the thiefs. The book is as much a part of the era in which it was written, although New Orleans is a bit removed from the social climes of the rest of the country. It is a facinating portrait of a n era and a place that is a delight to visit for a time. ... Read more

156. On the Run : A Mafia Childhood
by Gina Hill, Gregg Hill
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157. Sticky Fingers: Managing the Global Risk of Economic Espionage
by Steven Fink
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Written by internationally recognized crisis management expert Steven Fink, Sticky Fingers is the first practical guide that shows companies large and small, publicly traded or privately held, how to avoid huge financial losses from economic espionage, and what to do if a company believes it has been victimized. The FBI ranks economic espionage among the greatest threats to our national security since the end of the Cold War. It costs U.S. businesses more than $250 billion a year, and no company is immune from the risks.

Readers will be able to intimately follow every step behind the scenes of the landmark Avery Dennison/Four Pillars spy case and learn from the vantage points of the spy, the victimized company, the FBI, and the Justice Department prosecutors – from first suspicions to ultimate jury verdict.

Sticky Fingers also details:
* A list of the top countries that spy on U.S. businesses
* Why the biggest threat comes from within — and what to do about it
* Cybercrimes – from amateur hacking to professional netspionage
* How to formulate a crisis communications plan
* Dealing—or not dealing—with the FBI

Woven throughout the book, the epic lessons from the Avery Dennison/Four Pillars case – the longest and largest economic espionage case in U.S. history, and the first ever to go to trial since the passage of the landmark Economic Espionage Act – are combined with insights of other companies that have been victimized, including Lucent Technologies, Kodak, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, MasterCard, Gillette, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PPG Industries, and many others. Companies can fight back to reduce their risk, using the clear, pragmatic crisis management strategies outlined in this book. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This Book is a Winner!!!
Steven Fink, author of the bestselling " Crisis Management," has written a truly superb book on economic espionage. Using actual real world examples involving Avery Dennison / Four Pillars, Lucent Technologies, and Eastman Kodak, Fink has crafted a practical and easy-to-read book on how companies should protect their most valuable corporate asset - their trade secrets.

In the case involving Avery Dennison (the label and adhesives maker), Fink provides a detailed look at what caused a highly respected scientist at Avery Dennison to sell his company's trade secrets to a foreign competitor, namely Four Pillars of Taiwan. The ensuing court trial makes for interesting reading.

Using the example of Eastman Kodak and one of its former employees, Fink again discusses the motivation behind selling one's former employers' trade secrets for personal gain. This human element, which Fink writes about with great ease and clarity, is often overlooked in other books on economic and industrial espionage.

The chapter on the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 and the types of information worth protecting should be 'must reads' for every business manager. I would like to have seen another chapter on methods that companies can use to protect their trade secrets.

All in all, a solid book that provides useful information in an easy to read format.

Mark Robinson, author of "Beyond Competitive Intelligence: The Practice of CounterIntelligence and Trade Secrets Protection."

5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knowledge!
Have you ever had to decide whether to pick up that juicy Tom Clancy book or that stale, but important business one? Steven Fink splits the difference and solves your problem with this book that is half spy story, half business advice. Sticky Fingers works best as a thriller. As business advice, the book highlights the basic issues for U.S. companies fighting economic espionage, but falls short of serving up a complete playbook. The devil, as always, is in the details, and the specifics of the book's real-life cases sketch a more accurate picture of this particular devil than the generalized advice. If economic espionage is the elephant in the corner that your company has been pretending does not exist, we from getAbstract recommend Sticky Fingers as a starting point to finally taking action to protect yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Global Cookie Jar
Occasionally, an author's concluding remarks shed a great deal of light on what that author's purposes are. That is certainly true of this book. Consider this brief excerpt from the Afterword in which Fink observes: "Acts of terror [e.g. such as those which occurred on September 11th] notwithstanding, economic espionage remains one of the most serious threats to our national security since the Cold War. Therefore, we ought to have seasoned generals leading, and weathered soldiers fighting, the good battles that need to be fought." However, with all due respect to the F.B.I. and to legislation such as the Economic Espionage Act [EEA], " still need to be your own best defense against espionage with proper internal education, training, and procedures" and under no circumstances "delegate the crisis management work for your company to the government. It is too important." This brief excerpt helps to explain why this book can be so valuable to decision-makers in global organizations.

Recent research studies have dentified issues of greatest concern to senior-level executives, following September 11th. The top five are mail processing (86%), travel (85%), protection of employees (79%), protection of infrastructure (75%), and risk assessment (71%). Obviously, there is widespread and quite legitimate concern about protecting human beings and physical property. However, as Fink eloquently explains, we must also be concerned about -- and take appropriate measures to protect -- information which is as important to the global economy as oxygen is to the human body.

As events on September 11th clearly indicate, even a country with resources such as those possessed by the United States cannot totally defend itself and its people against terrorists acts. However, because the U.S.A. remains the world leader in research, development, new technology, products, and trade secrets, organizations within the U.S.A. are high-profile targets and "economic espionage spies are still going to come after [them] and that only increases [the] global risk of economic espionage." As previously indicated, Fink's book examines the nature and extent of that potential risk, suggesting all manner of strategies and tactics to anticipate and then prepare for, as well as respond to, economic espionage because it is "a business crisis and should be treated as such."

Fink asserts that "Companies are under attack and at enormous risk every day. from the global threat of economic espionage, but the risk can and should be lowered and managed. Here's how." He organizes his material within two Sections and presents it in 29 interrelated chapters, followed by an Afterword in which he addresses the question, "EEA: Bear Trap or Mouse Trap?" To explain "here's how", he uses the largest economic espionage case ever tried in the United States -- Avery Dennison/Four Pillars -- from his vantage point as the lead crisis management expert for Avery Dennison. Fink guides his reader step-by-step through that seminal case, also also citing along the way relevant situations in other companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Gillette, Kodak, Lucent Technologies, and MasterCard.

Who will derive the greatest benefit from this book? Obviously decision-makers in global organizations. Also service providers to those organizations (e.g. attorneys, accountants, insurance underwriters, management consultants) as well as officials in governmental agencies who are directly or indirectly involved in economic espionage threats as well as acts. I also highly recommend Fink's previous book, Crisis Management, first published in 1986 but more relevant today than ever before. America is at greatest risk because it has the most worth stealing. Those with "sticky fingers" know that and so must those whose task it is to deny them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish We Had Read This Book Sooner!
"Sticky Fingers" is a highly valuable contribution to the ranks of important, must-read business books that sheds much-needed light on the theft of company trade secrets. At a cost to U.S. businesses of more than $250 billion a year, it is no wonder the author calls economic espionage the single biggest business crisis in America today. Every executive and manager should read this book pronto and follow the author's sound advice on protecting their company's trade secrets. My company was a victim of economic espionage and believe me, it hurt! I wish our management had read this book and followed Fink's pragmatic advice on how companies can protect their trade secrets and reduce their risk of economic espionage.

5-0 out of 5 stars Here's the Reality: This book tells it like it is!
It is obvious from reading "Sticky Fingers" that the author knows his subject, inside and out. The book has been thoroughly researched and well documented with a couple of hundred source notes to back it up, including interviews with former and current Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents, as well as many corporate executives. In addition, the author cites no less than three Avery Dennison attorneys who reviewed the manuscript for accuracy. People who plunk down good money for good books appreciate this kind of substantive research. Curiously, in the face of this rock-solid reporting there emerges a childishly cranky "reviewer" from Avery Dennison's Pasadena hometown. (Hmmm?) His - or her - bias seems simplistic and obvious. Having followed this particular case and the Avery Dennison company closely for many years, I have come across quite a few embarrassing incidents that the author might have included had he wanted - perhaps some discomfiting snafus involving the company's lawyers missing scheduled court dates, or company lawyers being publicly rebuked by the trial judge for having loose lips, or gaffes by self-doubting senior management and hyper-nervous internal PR flaks. Even though those incidents may have little to do with the important topic of Economic Espionage, it still might be interesting, if not amusing, if they became public one day. This could be a slippery slope for transparent individuals with personal agendas.

Like the author's previous book on crisis management, "Sticky Fingers" is a book that belongs on every business bookshelf. Company executives and managers would be wise to read it and learn how to prevent the theft of their valuable trade secrets...before they wind up as victimized as the hapless Avery Dennison. ... Read more

158. Last Dance, Last Chance (Ann Rule's Crime Files)
by Ann Rule
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"America's best true-crime writer" (Kirkus Reviews), Ann Rule presents an all-new collection of crime stories drawn from her private files -- and featuring the riveting case of a fraudulent doctor whose lifelong deceptions had deadly consequences.


Dr. Anthony Pignataro was a cosmetic surgeon and a famed medical researcher whose flashy red Lamborghini and flamboyant lifestyle in western New York State suggested a highly successful career. But appearances, as this shocking insider account of Pignataro's tailspin from physician to prisoner proves, can be deceiving -- and, for the doctor's wife, very nearly deadly. No one was safe if they got in his way. With scalpel, drugs, and arsenic, he betrayed every oath a physician makes -- until his own schemes backfired. Now, the motivations of the classic sociopath are plumbed with chilling accuracy by Ann Rule. Along with other shocking true cases, this worldwide headline-making case will have you turning pages in disbelief that a trusted medical professional could sink to the depths of greed, manipulation, and self-aggrandizement where even slow, deliberate murder is not seen for what it truly is: pure evil. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars another chart-topper
Ann Rule reigns as the nation's best true-crime author, and the publication of "Last Dance, Last Chance" is a must-read for her legions of readers. Rule is at the top of her form as she writes compassionately, with her remarkable insights and apt phrases. She captures the character of Dr. Anthony Pignataro, whose grossly swollen ego caused him to disregard other people entirely and led to grave injury, and even death, for his surgical patients. Eventually even his wife became a victim, as he attempted to poison her with ant-killing arsenic. Rule's compelling narrative will rivet you to your chair with her description of the suffering of his wife, both physical and emotional, as she slowly realizes who is responsible for her
months of extremely painful, crippling illness. Unlike the victims whose stories Rule has brought us before, Debbie Pignataro lives, and all readers will be uplifted by her strength and courage.

Also included in the book are more stories from Rule's files of murders in western Washington, one dating back more than fifty years. Each one is told with Rule's trademark advocacy for the victims, who were silenced by their killers. Through the pen of this gifted writer they speak to us. Highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Debbie a Victim?
Well written and interesting...but the main "victim" Debbie, comes off more like an accomplice, than the Angel that Ms. Rule intended for her to appear like. So much rang false for me.

1-0 out of 5 stars Witness of the real story
I read this story, but more importantly I witnessed this story as it unfolded. As a friend of the family, I saw this devastating story firsthand. And while I think Ann Rule does a great job of telling "a story", a story is what it is. It is based on facts, but yet she only tells it from one point of view, Debbie Pignataro's. (Nevermind that Debbie was gratuitously compensated for these efforts.) She never seems to mention the equally physchotic and unstable nature of Debbie herself, the multiple times she attempted to commit sucide nor the fact that Anthony was never proven to have poisoned her (and while nobody but them knows the truth, it is possible that she again was trying to end her own life). There was no trial and his guilt was put forth as a result of an unusual deal given by the DA which evolved out of strange circumstances. If there was clear and convincing evidence, surely the DA would have went forth with the grandour of a trial and all the acclaims that would have followed. Nor does Ann mention the numerous times in which Debbie has spoken to Anthony since he has been in jail or the love that she still professes for him.
Buffalo is a small town and its circles of what Ann Rice calls "affluent" people are even smaller, a story like this is a new channels dream and a police departments's opportunity to shine. The truth is that there are doctors like Anthony everywhere, inadequately trained in a field, overly confident and unmonitored, even as a friend of the family, I will not disagree with those accusations. In a big city a story like this may have made the middle page of a local paper or a six second slot on the evening news, but here it was like a soap opera. And the drama countinues...
Read the book, enjoy the story, but remember that it is a story, written and crafted to entice the readers... it is not a equally sided factual account of what happened; for many of those answers we will never know. Anthony certainly has his faults and I can understand from reading this book, where they are maginifed, how readers may hate him... just remember "it takes one to know one" and Debbie is not who the book portrays her to be either.
In the end just remember these are real people with real families and while everyone is entitled to their opinions, just imagine if it had happened to your brother and his wife or even better your son/daughter and his/her family. Debbie and Anthony ruined their own lifes and that they were entitled to do, but just don't forget all the lives that were ruined on the sidelines... their two amazing kids, their parents and their friends and families. These people should never be critisized for their involvement because all they did was love and support them, which is what we would all hope for if ever we found ourselves in trouble.

If you are looking for a one-sided story, this book is for you. If you are looking for a truthful story that depicts a situation accurately keeping looking. If you are looking for a book to entertain you and you like "trash" reading, this may be for you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pignataro=Death!!!!!!
Pignataro is one of the most evil, twisted, souls ever to emerge from the pits of hell!
I was blown away by Ann Rule's description of Pignataro's relentless pursuit of a medical education, total disregard for his patients, and deep desire to exact revenge against his enemies.
As the son of a retired medical school Dean, I met my share of Pignataros. What drives theese people to offshore medical schools, endless years of post-graduate training, and usually an unfulfilling career is beyond me!
The book does have one flaw. Ann Rule doesn't express outrage that Pignataro was prosecuted for criminal nigligence.
If every cosmetic surgeon had to hire an anesthesiologist to put patients asleep, cosmetic surgery would be unaffordable.
Clearly, Pignataro should have had a working EKG and shock machine in case of an emergency and Sarah Smith was overmedicated but I don't understand how that creates the conditions for a criminal nigligence case.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Than Just A Quack-This Man Was a Killer!
When I read this book, I will have to say that it scared me a little that a so-called doctor would be that incompetent! Dr. Anthony Pignataro was dangerous, and if you were to walk through his door, watch out! With trying to perform cosmetic surgery with non-sterile tools, and arsenic in his other hand, the spirit
of this story was pure evil.

His poor wife Debbie suffered terribly at his hands not only in a medical way, but with his betrayals to her many many times as well.

A worthwhile read! ... Read more

159. Digital Crime and Digital Terrorism
by Robert W. Taylor, Tory J. Caeti, Kall Loper, Eric J. Fritsch, John Liederbach
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This book focuses on both the technical aspects of digital crime as well as behavioral aspects of computer hackers, virus writers, terrorists and other offenders. Using real life examples and case studies, the book examines the history, development, extent and types of digital crime and digital terrorism as well as current legislation and law enforcement practices designed to prevent, investigate and prosecute these crimes. For professionals in the technical field as well as forensic investigators and other criminal justice professionals. ... Read more

160. Underboss: Sammy the Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia
by Peter Maas
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What makes this account of the Mafia life and times of Sammy Gravano so seductive is Peter Maas's skillful editing of interview material. From his opening line--"Yeah, you could say I came from a pretty tough neighborhood"--to his final poignant comment on having gotten all his tattoos removed except a head of Christ that resists being eliminated--"I guess God still wants me"--Gravano is nothing if not a compelling storyteller. He talks about his years in a youth gang, his robberies and shylocking, his murders, his lack of remorse (about which he is "not happy"), the ceremony of becoming a "made guy," his mentors, his "crew," his preference for gangsters over racketeers, his fascination with the Godfather films, his many business ventures, and his final years of disillusionment as the Cosa Nostra code he had passionately admired was breaking down, so that he chose to testify against his last boss, John Gotti. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars best book on cosa nostra i've ever read
When I first decided to get this book and read it, I had my doubts.. because of my contempt for anyone who becomes a rat, but once I started reading it I really couldn't put it down. I LOVE this book. I have read it many times, and I'm still not sick of it. The beauty of this book is it is all told in Gravano's own words, quoted. Hearing Sammy tell the story word for word is just great. This book isn't just about the Gotti era, and that's good.. theres enough books that focus only on that... this is Sammy's life story. No matter how much you dislike rats, it's hard to dislike Sammy after reading this. It seems really honest, he doesn't try to seem like a good guy, he says how he really feels about things (usually after whacking someone out, 'it's cosa nostra, what can you do' haha).. and you gotta respect that. After reading this, you don't feel as sorry for Gotti. Sammy stayed loyal to this close to him, he refused to testify against anyone in his old crew. Interestinly enough (this isn't in the book, it's recent news) the government recently indicted someone from Sammy's old crew on charges of conspiring to murder Sammy.. What does Sammy do? He testifies on the defenses behalf, saying that Toddo would never try to kill him! Truely a man's man! Still, though, you gotta keep in mind how many people the guy brought down other than Gotti... I think it's a shame he testified against Vicent "The Chin" Gigante, boss of the Genovese family. The Chin was a much more interesting boss than Gotti.. the difference is he didn't have the same pathetic affection for the media that Gotti had. Anywy, I don't think Sammy was the one who brought Gotti down.. Gotti's ego brought Gotti down, Sammy may have just helped speed up the process. Read this book, it's better than wiseguy 5++ stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you loved "GoodFellas"...
Many reviewers have compared this work to Nicholas Pileggi's fine book "Wiseguy" (which was the basis for the movie "GoodFellas"). And rightfully so. "Wiseguy" concerned real life crime figure Henry Hill and how he eventually turned government informant against the mob. "Underboss" likewise tells the tale of a mobster turned informant, except this time the stool pigeon, Sammy Gravano, is a capo (and later a consigliere) in the Gambino crime family, and the mafioso he fingers is none other than John Gotti himself.

As you might expect, "Underboss" is a fascinating read. (Author Peter Maas previously wrote the books "Serpico" and "The Valachi Papers", among others, so he knows how to tell a good crime story). Gravano does not portray himself as a saint. He candidly reveals in horrifying (though not gory) detail crimes he committed in the mob, including some nineteen murders and literally hundreds of burglaries, armed robberies, and kickback/extortion plots. All the major New York crime bosses of the time (Carlo Gambino, Joe Columbo, Paul Castellano, Vincent Gigante, and of course Gotti) figure in the proceedings, as Gavano had dealings with them and others, as well.

Unlike some true crime books where you end up skipping chapters to get to the "good stuff", this book was gripping every step of the way. So much so that I ended reading it cover to cover, all 301 pages, in less than a week. If you're looking for a good insider's book on the Mafia, this is it.

I enjoyed reading the book not just for the entertainment value, but also for the things it taught me about life in the mob. Some of the things I learned are the organization structure, codes of conduct, methods of intimidation, sources of mob income, and the absolute ruthlessness of the lifestyle.

I like reading these kinds of books not because I think this life these people like Sammy Gravano lead was somehow cool or glamorous. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It's a dangerous, deceptive, wicked lifestyle. I enjoy reading mob books like this because I get a look into a different world I am rarely if ever exposed to. And of course this book, being a true story and interview of a former high-level mob underboss made it a very interesting read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe the last chapter of La Cosa Nostra, & it's a great one
This really is an amazing insider account of arguably the most famous Italian Mafia family in American history, and the book more than lives up to its billing. The most dramatic thought that I came away with after reading "Underboss" is that Sammy the Bull didn't bring down Gotti and the Gambinos - Gotti did that. Sammy just put the final nail in the coffin.

Gotti's arrogant, publicity seeking ways were ultimately what brought down the Gambino family. Had Gotti been a little more humble and knew the art of "laying low" after several acquittals, he very well may never have been convicted, or at least he would have been out of jail and in power much longer. AND, had he not stabbed Gravano in the back, as Sammy heard on the tapes in a courtroom, Sammy may never have testified against Gotti in the first place.

But, the truth is, Sammy is no model citizen, as he readily attests to in the book. He kills his brother-in-law and performs a number of other murders for seemingly minor Mafia indiscretions. To his credit, though, he doesn't pretend portray himself as a victim, either. Since he's currently doing a 20-year stretch for running an E ring, that's poetic justice in the eyes of the many he betrayed to avoid prison for his underworld doings. Sammy's lived quite a life, and this book let's the curious in on the action. It's probably one of the best Mafia books I've ever read. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Account
This is for sure one of the best book on the subject ever written. Peter Maas comes really close and describes the life of a mobster in great captivating detail. There is a tendency to put Gravano up to be a bit of a star with morals and ethics above and beyond what the rest of the gangsters have. Perhaps he is, but it still took him an enormous amount of killing and torturing to decide on a better way to use his talent. In any case the book is a fantastic read. ... Read more

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