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Popular crime : reflections on the celebration of violence

Author: Bill James
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Scribner hardcover edView all editions and formats
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Presents a cultural analysis of sensational crime in America that profiles such infamous cases as the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Black Dahlia murder, and O.J. Simpson's trial to offer insight into topics ranging from evidence practices to radicalism.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill James
ISBN: 9781416552734 1416552731
OCLC Number: 646113160
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xii, 482 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Plautius Silvanus ; L. Pedanius Secundus ; Elizabeth Canning --
Elma Sands ; Helen Jewett ; Mary Rogers --
Ann McAllister ; Missing white girls ; The Yale murder ; Webster/Parkman case ; On American crime rates --
Boys on the ice ; On why certain crimes are chosen for fame ; Charlie Ross ; The Wild West --
Lizzie Borden ; Motive, means, and opportunity argument ; On weighing evidence --
"Profiting" from crime ; H.H. Holmes ; Kansas Charley ; William Goebel ; Old Man Rice ; Griffith J. Griffith ; Frank Steunenberg ; Chloe Canfield ; Erich Muenter : part 1 ; Stanford White ; Thomas W. Swope ; Radicalism and crime --
Clarence Darrow and the McNamaras --
Erich Muenter : part 2 ; On the astonishing openness of American society a hundred years ago --
Old murder statistics ; Moman Pruiett ; On the evolution of the legal system --
Mary Phagan introduction ; A system of categorizing crime stories ; Mary Phagan case --
Robert Stroud : part 1 ; Grace Roberts ; Harry K. Thaw ; Sacco and Vanzetti --
The Hall/Mills case ; The Oregon Train Robbery ; The Snyder/Gray case ; Summary of 1920s crimes --
Levels of description ; The Lindbergh baby ; Post-Lindbergh journalism --
The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run --
Mad dog killer stories ; Thalia Massie ; The Scottsboro boys ; Robert Stroud : part 2 --
William Heirens ; The Black Dahlia ; Caryl Chessman ; On the importance of what people choose to be interested in --
Sam Sheppard --
Lowell Lee Andres ; In Cold Blood ; Robert Stroud : part 3 ; The onion field ; The Warren Court --
The Boston Strangler --
On the success rate of the judicial system in high-profile cases ; True crime movies ; The Kennedy Assassination --
The Michigan murders ; Definition creep --
The Zodiac --
Susan Nason ; Katherine Ann Power ; Juan Corona ; John List ; The Burger Court --
Randall Dale Adams ; Ted Bundy ; Gary Tison ; Fatal vision ; Echoes in the Darkness --
Charles Hatcher ; On the value of police sketches ; The Yale murder and the insanity defense ; Reviving prison reform --
Sid vicious/Nancy Spungen ; Dallas Egbert III ; Dean Milo ; Chris Hobson ; Lawrencia Bembenek ; McMartin Preschool ; Wayne Williams ; John DeLorean ; Aside on car companies ; Jean Harris ; Jody Plauché ; Bernard Goetz ; Kenneth McElroy ; Joseph Kallinger --
Richard Kuklinski ; Robert Hansen ; Putting the criminal justice system back together --
John Joubert ; Charles Sasser ; Notes toward a theory of injustice ; Lake and Ng --
Jon Dunkle ; On the differences between real and fictional serial murderers ; New Bedford, Massachusetts ; Richard Grissom ; Ray Copeland ; William Lester Suff ; How serial murderers are caught --
Computer spy case ; Mel Ignatow ; The Menendez brothers ; Pam Smart ; O.J. Simpson --
On fictional elements in real crimes ; Rabbi Neulander --
JonBenet Ramsey : part 1 --
JonBenet Ramsey : part 2 ; On prison reform ; On partisanship and justice --
Summary of recent crime stories ; On false confessions ; On popular crime.
Responsibility: Bill James.
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Presents a cultural analysis of sensational crime in America that profiles such infamous cases as the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Black Dahlia murder, and O.J. Simpson's trial to offer insight into topics ranging from evidence practices to radicalism.

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"The book is a success, thoughtful and thought provoking. It is also gruesome, ghoulish, and appalling--and utterly fascinating."--"The Daily Beast"

 
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