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Murder, culture, and injustice : four sensational cases in American history

Author: Walter L Hixson
Publisher: Akron : University of Akron Press, 2010.
Series: Series on law, politics, and society.
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Walter Hixson's pithy narrative account of four sensational murder cases---the Lizzie Borden, Lindbergh baby, Sam Sheppard, and O.J. Simpson trials---offers interesting observations into the greater cultural and political forces that shaped their verdicts. His step-by-step analysis of the details of each case provides not only insight by skillful synthesis of the existing literature but also a solid overview of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hixson, Walter L.
Murder, culture, and injustice.
Akron : University of Akron Press, 2001
(DLC) 00010635
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Walter L Hixson
ISBN: 1935603221 9781935603221 9781935603238 193560323X
OCLC Number: 694147115
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations.
Contents: Gendered justice : Lizzie Borden and Victorian America --
Vengeance : Bruno Richard Hauptmann and the Lindbergh baby kidnapping --
Vendetta: Sam Sheppard and the North Shore nightmare --
A house divided : race and the O.J. Simpson case --
Conclusion : sensational murder and American justice.
Series Title: Series on law, politics, and society.
Responsibility: Walter L. Hixson.

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Walter Hixson's pithy narrative account of four sensational murder cases---the Lizzie Borden, Lindbergh baby, Sam Sheppard, and O.J. Simpson trials---offers interesting observations into the greater cultural and political forces that shaped their verdicts. His step-by-step analysis of the details of each case provides not only insight by skillful synthesis of the existing literature but also a solid overview of the events surrounding these four cases, each of which became a national obsession as well as a miscarriage of justice. Taking a fresh look at the criminal justice system and the role of the media in the larger American milieu, Hixson delves into sociocultural impacts of crime that are both thought-provoking and fascinating reading.

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