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The Murder Trial of Judge Peel

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To most people, tourist and cracker alike, Fort Pierce is just another red light on that long, lonely, flat stretch of Route 1 between Jacksonville and Miami. It is sedate and sleepy, a remnant of old Florida where people still sit on wooden front porches in the evening, and the local courthouse is a comfortable whitewashed rococo, rather than an austere pristine cube easi ...more
Hardcover, 210 pages
Published 1962 by Trident Press
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Mar 27, 2014 Michael rated it liked it
Not a bad read even though a good portion of the book is about the trial.(Guess I should have expected that going by the title, haha) Being as I am from Florida I am familiar with all the locations discussed. I lived in Jensen Beach, which is about 20 miles south of Ft. Pierce which is where the trial took place. The crime was committed on Singer Island in West Palm Beach. I have been there as well. I usually don't like true crime books that focus to much on the trial, but this one didn't go int ...more
Feb 11, 2009 Scot rated it liked it
Alright, I know you can't judge a book by its cover. Nevertheless, what drew me to this book was its cover. It was lying on a table next to some old textbooks and magazines, beneath a handwritten sign on a piece of tablet paper where someone had scrawled the word "Free." It was a skinny hardback book that looked old but in good condition. You couldn’t miss it—the cover was dark chartreuse and simply had two medium red violet gavels embossed on it, and the color of the aged pages complemented the ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Connie rated it liked it
This is an interesting true story about a judge in Florida who was a really bad person. I didn't write any other notes on this one, however I was fascinated by how people treated the judge.
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