“Murder and mystery, society, sex and suspense were combined in this case in such a manner as to intrigue and captivate the public fancy to a degree perhaps unparalleled in recent annals.” Ohio vs. Sheppard, 165 Ohio St. 293, 294 (1956).
While this should no longer occur in a criminal trial, it can in a book. And this is the book in which it does. Here, some of the most notorious legal cases in American history are explored. What they have in common is that they titillated, if not repulsed, the entire nation when they first occurred. What they still have in common is that, for the most part, they are today nearly totally forgotten.
From the unfair framing for murder of America’s most famous comedian, to America’s first capital case involving an older woman and her much younger lover murdering her husband, to Mad Harry Thaw, the wealthy and mad son of a steel magnate, killing America’s foremost architect over a beautiful woman, all come to life in gripping detail and drama. And meet the real Norman Bates of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, whose mother fixation and real life gruesome crimes far outmatched those of any fictional character. This book brings to life these notorious characters and many more from the rich pages of history.
R. Marc Kantrowitz has served as an assistant district attorney, private counsel and a judge, first on the juvenile court and then the Appeals Court, the second highest court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As an attorney, he handled thousands of cases, trying over one hundred to a jury. He was also lead attorney on two dozen first degree murder cases. He is the most highly published author on state law, writing books on criminal law, civil law, juvenile law, evidence and mental health. He publishes a monthly column, “Law'n History” for Lawyers Weekly. This is his fourth history related book.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 240 pages
Illustrations: 77 black-and-white photographs