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Hastened to the Grave: The Gypsy Murder Investigation

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They were a notorious gypsy family that seeped into their victims' lives like a deadly cancer. And they couldn't be stopped-- until one courageous woman took on the cases no one else would touch...

Elderly, well-to-do men and women who, due to their failing health, strength, and faculties, could be conned out of their fortunes by heinous neglect, abuse, and poss
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published May 1st 1998)
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This was a disturbing book because it was not BASED on a true story, but because it IS a true story. The very idea that a group of gypsies could get away with murder....and they pretty much did! Over and over again! Despite the fact that a female private eye tips off the San Francisco cops and they know it is going on, more elderly people are scammed, cheated, and eventually murdered. Years later, the only charges facing the alleged murderers dealbwith fraud and elder abuse.

While this story was
Jack Olsen has written 30+ books, including The Bridge at Chappaquiddick, "I"-The Creation of a Serial Killer, and Son: A Psychopath and his Victims.

In this book, Hastened to the Grave: The Gypsy Murder Investigation, Olsen tells the story of Fay Faron, AKA Rat Dog Dick (yes, really), a private eye who tracks down the incredible and alarming trail of Gypsies who exploit lonely elderly people.

The book reads like a fiction novel, and I can't tell if it's Olsen's style of writing or just the absolu
Alex Lewis
An account of an ever mutating gang of killers and thieves. I lived in San Francisco during the height of local investigations of these strange marriages; young women (some of whom already had husbands) with rich old men who mysteriously died. The book gets to the details of the criminals' lives and associations. The perps and the victims. Scary and fascinating. The book is quirky as is the detective who investigates the murders. A lot of the time I thought that the author was the strange (even ...more
Nancy Day
I haven't read a lot of true crime books, but Jack Olsen is supposed to be among the best. This true story, about a group of Roma people in California killing off relatives and scamming the rest, with a plucky female private eye, is pretty darn good.
This book was so intense, especially because I lived near the neighborhood it took place in~San Francisco~ chilling, true story~well written~
Mike Dunn
This took place in San Francisco and features Fay Faron, a well-known and determined PI.
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