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True stories of Law & order : the real crimes behind the best episodes of the hit TV show

Author: Kevin Dwyer; Juré Fiorillo
Publisher: New York : Berkley Boulevard, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Part of the reason millions of fans tune in to Law & Order is the gritty realism of its storytelling. The monumentally popular show has included many episodes inspired by actual cases ripped from the headlines. Here are the fascinating and shocking facts behind 25 of the hit show's most popular episodes--and, just as in the television drama, the actual crime is just the beginning, as you follow these cases from the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Dwyer; Juré Fiorillo
ISBN: 0425211908 9780425211908 9780739476871 0739476874
OCLC Number: 68373513
Description: ix, 260 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: LAW & ORDER: An eccentric cross dresser is accused of murdering three people, one of whom was his wife. TRUE STORY: Acquitted of murdering a neighbor, transvestite billionaire Robert Durst remains a suspect in his wife's disappearance --
LAW & ORDER: The wife of a war veteran hires a hit man to kill her husband. TRUE STORY: Weeks after returning from combat duty in the Gulf War, Anthony Riggs was killed in a life insurance scheme hatched by his wife and brother in law --
LAW & ORDER: A well meaning but misguided priest comes to he aid of a poor college student accused of murdering his wealthy girlfriend. TRUE STORY: Bonnie GarIand, a student at Yale University, was murdered in her Scarsdale home by fellow student and exboyfriend Richard Herrin; the Catholic church spoke out in Herrin's defense --
LAW & ORDER: Sports Rage is offered up as a defense in the murder of a hockey coach. TRUE STORY: Hockey dad Thomas Junta beat Michael Costin to death after their kids' practice game in Massachusetts --
LAW & ORDER: The murder of a taxi driver is linked to a famous author and the brilliant ex-con he has taken under his wing. TRUE STORY: Pulitzer Prize Winning author Norman Mailer helped get Jack Abbott, a convict with literary promise, paroled. Six weeks later, Abbott killed a man and was sent back to prison --
LAW & ORDER: Neighbors look on as a woman is viciously attacked on the street. Years later, the woman must relive her ordeal when new questions surface about the guilt of her rapist. TRUE STORY: Kitty Genovese was repeatedly stabbed on a street in a Queens, New York neighborhood. No one called the police until after she had been killed. seven --
LAW & ORDER: A sweet faced preteen and her slow witted friend kill a little boy. TRUE STORY: Two British ten year olds were charged with the abduction and murder of two year old James Bulger in Liverpool --
LAW & ORDER: The prime suspect in a brutal murder argues his innocence based on the fact that he was in an alcoholic blackout while committing the crime. TRUE STORY: The murder of a married couple went unsolved for four years until Paul Cox confessed to the crime during an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting --
LAW & ORDER: A soap opera star is attacked and left for dead by an obsessed fan. TRUE STORY: Hollywood starlet Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered outside her home by a fan who had been stalking her for several years --
LAW & ORDER: A white former ballerina is charged with shooting three Black teenage boys on the subway. TRUE STORY: On a winter day in 1984, Bernie Goetz shot four Black teenagers when they approached him on the subway demanding money Was it self defense or vigilantism? --
LAW & ORDER: A police officer is stabbed to death in the park by a killer who finds religion after she's apprehended. TRUE STORY: Death row inmate Karla Faye Tucker underwent a religious transformation and lobbied to have her death sentence commuted. Despite the support of Congressman Newt Gingrich and televangelist Pat Roberson, she was executed in 1998 --
LAW & ORDER: A woman dies at the hands of a privileged preppie with a penchant for rough sex. TRUE STORY: Robert Chambers strangled Jennifer Levin in New York City's Central Park in what the press quickly dubbed "the preppie murder" --
LAW & ORDER: A white supremacist is prosecuted after a teenager is badly beaten by members of a neo-Nazi gang. TRUE STORY: A civil jury found White Aryan Resistance founder Tom Metzger and his son guilty of inciting the murder of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw --
LAW & ORDER: A young girl is killed during an unconventional psychological treatment session. TRUE STORY: Candace Newmaker, a ten year old Colorado girl was smothered to death during a rebirthing session with her therapists --
LAW & ORDER: Two men are executed in a trendy Italian restaurant after someone insults a patron as she's singing. TRUE STORY: Mafia wise guy "Louis Lump" Barone, a regular at the exclusive Harlem eatery Rao's, shot and killed a fellow pa.
Other Titles: True stories of Law and order
Law & order (Television program)
Responsibility: Kevin Dwyer and Juré Fiorillo.
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Abstract:

Part of the reason millions of fans tune in to Law & Order is the gritty realism of its storytelling. The monumentally popular show has included many episodes inspired by actual cases ripped from the headlines. Here are the fascinating and shocking facts behind 25 of the hit show's most popular episodes--and, just as in the television drama, the actual crime is just the beginning, as you follow these cases from the initial stages of the investigation through the trial and up to the often controversial verdicts.--From publisher description.

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