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Murder In the Synagogue

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On Lincoln’s birthday, 1966, a young man stood on the bimah of a multi-million dollar synagogue in suburban Detroit and, confronting his audience of 700 with the Colt .32 revolver he would soon use to commit murder and suicide, he announced:

“This congregation is a travesty and an abomination. It has made a mockery by its phoniness and hypocrisy of the beauty and spirit of
Published July 2nd 2012 by TLC Media
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Reading a book like this is something that is difficult to describe. There's no fiction involved, it's a relatively straightforward reporting of the life and death of a tormented young man and the man, truly more of a symbol, he killed in a murder suicide. I have a vague recollection of this event - I was 8 years old at the time and it happened in a neighboring community - mostly I recall news reports and discussion at our local temple - not with any detail, just that it happened. The book is we ...more
Teresa Collins
I finished Murder in the Synagogue several days ago and I'm still at a bit of a loss at how to review it. It is fascinating, intimidating, heartbreaking, and frustrating all at the same time. The book is the story of the murder of Rabbi Morris Adler by Richard Wishnestsky and Richard's immediate suicide. When these events took place I was a young 14 year old girl, more concerned with Herman's Hermits and the Beatles than what was going on in the world around me. Yet Mr LoCicero's writing easily ...more
Leigh Clemons
I am not a big fan of true crime books. I find most of them to err on the side of sensationalism, and the authors tend to exhibit a good deal of bias in presenting "the facts" of the case that is off-putting. However, I found LoCicero's recounting of the circumstances surrounding this 1966 murder/suicide to be fairly balanced and objective. He refrained from making overt pronouncements until the epilogue, which allowed the reader to digest the information presented and come to his/her own conclu ...more
Deb Novack
After reading this book I can not understand why the publishers tried to suppress the sales on this story. It is factual and truthful. This tells the story of a young man's descent into mental illness, it also tells what happens when no one in his family does nothing until it is to late. I have sympathy for both his family and the family of Rabbi Adler.

I also am going to read Squelched: The Suppression of Murder in the Synagogue.
Christoph Fischer
"Murder in the Synagogue" by T.V. LoCicero is a meticulously researched work of non fiction about an act of terror/ violence in a synagogue in 1966, on the day of Abraham Lincoln's birthday in June.
LoCicero tells with descriptive accuracy and astonishing objectivity the life of the perpetrator Richard Wishnetsky, a 23 year old Jewish man, by using eye witness accounts and explaining the socio-cultural, religious, ethnic and personal background of Wishnetsky and his generation.
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Vanda Bromwich
A very interesting book giving an insight into the Jewish way of life and the importance of education to the Jews. It tells the true story of the murder of a Jewish Rabbi by a very bright young Jewish man whose insanity caused him to shoot the rabbi before turning the gun on himself.
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T.V. LoCicero has been writing both fiction and non-fiction across five decades. He's the author of the true crime books Murder in the Synagogue (Prentice-Hall), on the assassination of Rabbi Morris Adler, and Squelched: The Suppression of Murder in the Synagogue. His novels include the coming-of-age story Sicilian Quilt, the romance When A Pretty Woman Smiles, and the crime thrillers The Car Bomb ...more
More about T.V. LoCicero...
The Obsession (The Truth Beauty Trilogy, #1) The Disappearance (The Truth Beauty Trilogy, #2) The Car Bomb (The detroit im dyin Trilogy, Book 1) Squelched: The Suppression of Murder in the Synagogue Admission of Guilt (The detroit im dyin Trilogy, Book 2)

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