The Atlanta Child Murders from 1979-1981 (even longer?) makes my blood boil when I read about them. How the Atlanta PD dropped the ball SO many times...moreThe Atlanta Child Murders from 1979-1981 (even longer?) makes my blood boil when I read about them. How the Atlanta PD dropped the ball SO many times and SO badly I'll never understand. I almost wish it wasn't included here so I wouldn't make myself read about it yet again. But, I read about this somewhere for the first time some place and people need to be aware. It's absolutely atrocious how bungled this was and only a few decades ago really. I may very well have added this info into another review but I feel like saying it again because I'm MAD so I am: The list the APD made of victims was nothing if not arbitrary. Faye Yearby was 22 years old when she was murdered in Jan. of 1981. She wasn't added to the list. Even though she had been found tied to a tree, hands behind her back, like another victim (who WAS added to the list) AND she was stabbed like at least four other victims (all added to said list. The reason she wasn't added? Because she was "female" and "too old". THERE WERE TWO OTHER FEMALES ON THE LIST AND SHE WAS A YEAR YOUNGER THAN AT LEAST ONE OTHER PERSON WHO WAS LISTED. What. The. Fuck. And that's not even the worst of it. I'd be typing for hours if I kept going and Cawthorne and numerous other authors have outlined it. It just pisses me off beyond imagination. The people that were murdered at the "end" of this did not have to die. And God only knows how many of them did because of the screw-ups. ...... Okay, so I'm on The La Crosse Drownings and the author mentions a website - manunderwater . com (I'm not partial to linking an unknown site.) According to the author this is a site, for men, who like to have or discuss or fantasize about, well, sex under water. No problem. Sex under water is cool. I'm sure. But apparently a suspect - or "almost" suspect - was using this site and the police did the whole 'pretend I'm this and maybe he'll fall for it' thing. I just plugged in the site and found nothing on it. Not even on a Google search. If the site was taken down wouldn't there be reference of it at least somewhere? If anyone can find this I'd like a reference point just for the purpose of reference. ......
I'm starting to think I may not finish. I want to but the stories are very short (some about a page) and there are sooo many of them that it's basically just a continuous list of who killed who, how old each were, where they worked and lived and an extra few sentence. It's basically just like reading every article in every newspaper in America for the last 500 years on murders. It's getting tedious. I am however hoping to finish still. ... I can't finish. I didn't get much farther and I actually randomly pointed to a paragraph, out of pages I'd already read - with my eyes closed - and even though its longish I'm going to include it word for word as a sample. Beyond that there are multiple editing typos, most of which are admittedly minor, at least one so far being not so minor. Lets see... Oh, before I forget, on page 92 the author writes that the "head of the Federal Narcotics Bureau urged the police to seek out marijuana users as, he maintained, smoking induced 'both the desire for a thrill and a homicidal obsession.'" Well. The only thing smoking ever induced in me was the desire to eat and the desire to take a nap. No, that's not true. It induces a large amount of laughter as well. No thrilling murders though I'm glad to say. Anyway, editing mistake - page 122 - in Detroit's Babysitter Killer the author tells us how two women, Annaletia Maria Gonzales and Victoria Lyn Turpin were murdered. Two paragraphs later comes the sentence "the bodies of Gonzales Turpin and were recovered." That's not even a sentence even IF the name(s) were correct. Or can one assume a third person by this name was murdered and he or she happened to have their full name comprised of two former victims surnames? Silly mistake, not respectful in the least, should have been caught. Or at least made into a sentence. Same story, page 125 the author mentions how a "dog collar would have lulled them (children) into a false sense of security." Yet there's no statement to the fact that a dog collar - or even a dog - had anything to do with anything. A little backup please so we know what the hell you're talking about. Random paragraph time. Imagine 496 pages of this: (This is from page 150, Los Angeles' South Side Slayer.) "The first on the list attributed to the slayer was Loletha Prevot, whose body was found in L.A. on 4 Sept. 1983. Then on 1 Jan. 1984 the body of Patricia Coleman was dumped in Inglewood. The third victim, Sheila Burton - aka Sheila Burris - was found on 18 Nov. Then the murder rate increased. Frankie Bell was killed on New Year's Day 1985. The mutilated body of Patricia Dennis was found on 11 Feb. On 20 Mar. Sheily Wilson was murdered in Inglewood. Lillian Stoval joined the list on the 23rd. Patsy Webb was murdered on 15 Apr. and Cathy Gustavson on 28 July. Only one victim survived, but she suffered a vicious beating that left her in a coma." Phew. See, I have this thing where I can't pass over the name or identifying information about someone in a book like this. So if I have 500 pages of basically only names, ages and dates and not much else it's just too much. I'd have liked less stories but more depth to the ones included. (less)
I guess I'd find God too if I were her... Don't know if I'll read this - saw the listing and recognized Barfield's name. I may read it at some point....moreI guess I'd find God too if I were her... Don't know if I'll read this - saw the listing and recognized Barfield's name. I may read it at some point. Just to see what a beautiful, wonderful, caring human she was. (less)
Like I said in an update, I'm not real impressed. I don't know if I built it up in my head (I know it's been a few years at least I've waited to read...moreLike I said in an update, I'm not real impressed. I don't know if I built it up in my head (I know it's been a few years at least I've waited to read this) or something else entirely. A good number of the photos are replicated elsewhere. Who hasn't seen Franz Muller's faceshot? Or William Kemmler strapped into the chair in N.Y. in 1890? (The first person executed in this manner as anyone who reads this material knows.) Louis Higgins hanging from the bridge after being lynched in 1907. I wanted things I hadn't seen, stories I didn't know. As it is the only part I've really become interested in so far are the few Holocaust related photos/stories. The photo of the Jewish prisoners brain after having had "research" performed I've seen somewhere but I never fail to be interested with anything related to the Holocaust. Everyone's heard stories of the soap the Nazi's made from the fat of people they'd killed. Seeing a photo of such soap is another matter altogether. Again, it's an exact copy of a picture I've seen but again, shocking. So far I've been basically skimming, I look at each page and if the photo and/or title of the story jumps out at me I'll read the accompanying caption. (I've seen little more than what can be called a caption so far.) I'll finish it at least in this manner. Some photos I'd never seen before and the story I hadn't heard. On page 92, in the Outlaws section, a photo shows a man, Rafael Lopez, presumably posing for the camera in 1913. I say presumably because moments after the photo was snapped Lopez shot and severely wounded the photographer. On page 246 a man is shown holding two photos of Dutch civilians after being murdered by Nazi's. the man is a captured German officer and if you really look at his face you can see a track down the side if his face from a tear falling. I agree with my friend Love who also reviewed this book that the photo on pages 258 and 259 is rare and I'm glad I got the chance to see it. Anyone who reads this type of material knows who WeeGee is, real name Arthur Fellig, but I'd never seen a photograph of him. That may have been the upshot of the book for me personally. Actually, the one other photo if say was worth the wait for the book and worth reading it for is on pages 268 and 269. The photos shows us a man, a freed Russian slave laborer as he's pointing directly at a former Nazi guard. According to the Russian this guard was particularly brutal. After reading so much on the Holocaust and seeing so many photos this is one I'll always remember. The German mans eyes are so telling as to his feelings. I think I saw this elsewhere at some point but the photo and story on pages 280 and 281 are of Marcel Petoit's home-made gas chamber. It's enough to fill you with terror. I did learn a few new things also though. Page 428 "Acid Stash" tells about a police haul in Wales in 1978 of a massive amount of acid. The author tells how the Catholic Church used two groups of seminary students for research in 1965. One group used prayer to "achieve divine bliss" while the other group... well, they used acid. It was "learned" that the religious visions seen while tripping "could not be disallowed as possibly true revelations from God." Another thing I learned was that acid may not be as dangerous as we tend to think. Apparently there is isn't much proof, if any proof, that acid, or LSD as it's called by most, makes its users violent or reckless. I know this to be true personally from having used it when I was younger but honestly I kind of assumed since then I just got extremely lucky when in fact it seems like I wasn't the exception but more likely the norm. Another thing previously unknown to me - our government conducted a test in the early 1980's that acid actually increases IQ on first-time users by up to 10%. Interesting. It should also be mentioned that habitual users or people suffering from an imbalance are risking a serious psychological breakdown. I don't know. This is news to me although if someone had asked me before reading this my thoughts on the danger of acid I'd have answered honestly that it's not something I'd take a chance with now, it's not something I'd want my daughter to ever play around with, but from my own personal experience as well as the experiences of friends I used the drug with, I saw no evidence of it being dangerous in any way. Most people who have had some introduction to the drug, or maybe even any drug, have heard the acid "stories". The author included the one about the person thinking they could fly and ending up splattered on the ground. The one that was most widely spread when I was a teenager was the orange one. A person took a hit - just one hit mind you - and ended up going from a good trip to a bad trip. The bad trip ended up being 6-8 hours of thinking they were an orange and by the last few hours the person - er, uh, orange, thought people wanted to peel it. So yeah, basically everyone in my high school knew someone who knew someone who knew someone who had a cousin or great-grandmother who was an orange in a mental hospital. But like I said, I knew no one acid ever affected like this. I did have a "bad" trip one day and I didn't want to settle in for the hours I knew were still ahead but it wasn't anything to where I'd have gone crazy over it. I did get high once with a group of friends, one of whom was very racist against black people. I kind of intentionally goaded him from time to time (granted, goading someone while tripping isn't a very nice thing to do) and I turned on BET and started rapping along. He (predictably) got annoyed and starting talking shit so I talked it right back. I told him I didn't like being white, that I wanted to be black, that black people were so much better than us lowly white folks, etc. Yeah well, he ripped off every shed of clothing he had on, ran into the street outside and starting shouting, at the top of his lungs, how much he hated black people. Looking back he could have been killed. Or at least arrested. I think some friends retrieved him. I don't know for sure. I kept watching videos. But that's my wildest acid story and I think people will agree in pales in comparison with the orange/person story. The Jonestown Massacre is mentioned along with the main photo that's been shown with the story since it happened in 1978. The mention of Henry Lee Lucas threw me slightly. I had no idea that Texas authorities let Lucas read files before asking questions and him "confessing" to hundreds of murders. Shame on them. How many murderers the country over went free over this? And why did Senator George W. Bush commute his sentence? Why? I mean, what is the purpose exactly of a jury or judge sentencing for someone to come along and commute the sentence given. I'm sure Lucas' victims families were thrilled. Ramirez is shown here and if you don't know the full story there - and want to - read The Night Stalker. It's not a slim book but trust me, the way Philip Carlo writes it doesn't matter. If you're like me you'll be through it in no time. Ramirez's story - and Ramirez - are enough to give any nightmares for the rest of their days. Oh jeez, how could I almost forget. I can now say I've seen a picture of a severed penis. And yeah. It's about as gross as you can get. (I don't mean to speak like this about a victim but it must be said - unless the wife whacked it off at the tip poor John Bobbitt had plenty o' problems before she ever even did that. If that's even a quarter of the full length of his penis I feel sorry for him AND her.) OJ and the Unabomber are included of course along with plenty of others you've heard of. Plenty of stories and people I hadn't heard of also though but it wasn't enough to interest me. I need more than one or two bland paragraphs personally. I'm definitely in the minority though because most of the ratings and reviews on this are great. The Brussels Anti-Paedophile Demonstration of 1996 was interesting but again, just not enough info for me to get really involved. I guess this is why I prefer my true crime like the average t.c. book. I wouldn't try to sway anyone away from reading it though. It's written and set up well, just not for me.
Not sure yet whether I'll count it towards the years challenge. It won't matter as I'll make my number but I'll probably leave it out just the same
**I'm not going to count it to the challenge. Just decided.**(less)
I wish I wouldn't wait so long to review my books sometimes. With some books it doesn't matter because they're just that good, luckily this is one of...moreI wish I wouldn't wait so long to review my books sometimes. With some books it doesn't matter because they're just that good, luckily this is one of those. I've read a few other books by Katz so when I spied this at the library, even though I had a decent sized stack of books I really needed to get to, I brought it home. Honesty, I don't think I noticed the sub-title because it wasn't until I started reading that I realized this is technically a self-help book. I don't "do" self-help usually. I have read a small handful but there's been two others that I remember liking and one of those was a FirstReads win about parenting. I only kept going because of my past experience with Katz. I wouldn't say this should only be read by those who have an aging/dying pet though. My Lab is getting older but I don't *think* he's going to go in the immediate future. I hope to God that's the case. But I still got a lot from this book. I wouldn't say he delivers any earth shattering news. Most of what is included is common sense stuff but hey, we don't all have common sense. It's all very straight forward and easy to understand and implement. Some of it is just stuff we don't think about for a variety of reasons. Katz packages it up nice and neat here for his readers. The first book I read by Katz I knew he understood dogs in a way not every pet owner does. I think this is what allowed him to write this book, even more importantly, allowed him to write it well. The black and white photos are gorgeous. I do wish he'd have used 'pets' more instead of 'dogs'. He does mention, more than one I believe, that not only dogs are hard to lose. Yet at times it felt like dog owners were being singled out in a way and a person with a hamster maybe "can't" feel the same.... I don't know if they can or can't. My gut instinct tells me they surely can. If I can fall in love with a dog or cat why can't someone fall in love with a snake or mouse? I do need to say that I don't think Katz meant to convey it this way at all - and in a way he didn't - it's just a feeling that I got. One of the very short stories included bothered me. It's in the beginning and it's about a logger who would take his rotty/shep mix with him. He let her out to roam free when he got to work and she apparently came back on her own when it was time to go. I guess I can see that. It's certainly not something I'd do but okay. So, the dog often came back "limping, bleeding, covered in scratch and claw marks." Uh, Mr. Logger? You think it might have been a good idea to curtail this activity of hers? No. He didn't. Apparently Mr. Logger was "happy for her" because "she died the way she wanted to die." Now how, pray-tell, could he know this? How can he know she wasn't having to fight off other animals because she thought he was in danger? How could he know she wasn't having to fight off other animals fora number of reasons? How could know these things? I wonder what it feels like to let responsibility run off your back like so much water. Oh, one morning after jumping out of his truck she turned, "paused and stared into his eyes for the longest time" before limping off.... and never coming back. But, she died the way she wanted to die. Personally I've always felt it was the humans job to protect the animals but God knows not everyone agrees. Oh yes, I can't forget this pleasant story. (Keep in mind these are stories told to Katz, while I probably would not have included them myself they in no way reflect on the book and how good it is IMO.) One of Katz's female neighbors decided to "adopt" a baby lamb. She fed it with a bottle, let it sleep in her bedroom, etc. Eventually this animal that was never a pet to begin with starting "causing" problems. (If you ask me, the neighbor caused said problems.) She kept him in a spare room, presumably alone, because the other sheep on the farm would no longer accept him. Later, when Katz ran into her and asked after the lamb she told him what she'd ended up doing. Oh, you want to know where the lamb ended up? In her stomach. She ate him for Christmas dinner. And that, my friends, takes a special sort of person. That's pretty close to cannibalism IMO. You don't eat something you bottle-fed. You don't eat something that lived in your home and had a name. Ugh... I don't know what else to say but I'd love to know why Katz even gave her the lamb. He had to have known it wouldn't work out. Katz also includes, near the end of the book, a beautiful letter, from a pet to his family and it's hard to read but pleasing at the same time. I'm not sure 'pleasing' is the correct word I want to use but I'm not able to come up with what I want to say. I honestly think it, or something like it, would quite possibly help someone. Hopefully many someones. I'd certainly recommend this - and Katz's others - to any dog lover. This even can cross lines into other animals. It's a quick read and it does make you think.(less)
I came away with one good thing from this book - the phrase "curious collection of DNA". I plan on using this at some point, assuming I can remember i...moreI came away with one good thing from this book - the phrase "curious collection of DNA". I plan on using this at some point, assuming I can remember it. Best part of the book right there folks.
I was told this would change my opinion on the death penalty. It didn't. I'm very much for the death penalty. In fact, I believe if we carried it out more swiftly, instead of allowing all the appeals, etc. that about 98% of people would think before they act. If a person has a desire to molest a child, and knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that if he or she were caught, they would be killed, many would think first. As it is they know a few things, the first being that they very well may not get caught. The second is probably that there are about a million and one things that could go "wrong" during the course of an arrest and/or trial that will get said person off on a technicality. It's bullshit. I'm not saying there shouldn't be rules. Of course there should. I'm not saying there hasn't been innocent men and women jailed and put to death. There have. What I'm saying is simply this - if you're proven guilty of a horrendous crime you should die. If you decide to break the law and kill another human being why in the living hell should anyone give you the courtesy you didn't have? Because you're sorry? Negative. I could go on and on all day long but I won't. I'm sure I'll get a comment or two that will further the discussion. Anyway, the book... I thoyught Dow would be less biased. I wanted him to be less biased. I knew his stance going in but I thought he'd try to sway people based on facts, not his little idiotic remarks. Mr. Dow, you may think I'm a "misguided soul" but I think you're a moron. There are a thousand ways to help people in this world and you're helping to give murderers another 24 hours to live. Bravo! Thank you for what you do for the world. Give me a fucking break. Dow supposedly keeps a stack of one dollar bills in his vehicle to hand out to the bums. What a good man. Don't donate this money to sick children, people affected by a natural disaster or abadoned animals. No, he donates to the bum on the corner with two good legs, two good arms and enough brain to know that if he stands there long enough he'll have enough for that nights party favors. Fuck you. Fuck you from all the sick children, needy people and animals the world over. "Prosecutors and judges kowtow to family members of murder victims who demand an eye for an eye." Really?! Tell that to all the people guilty of murder who are walking around free because some policeman forgot to use the word 'and' when reading the Miranda. And I take serious offense to how much Dow tried to show that the judges, lawyers, police, are shifty and will lie and twist things. Guess what? YOUR kind does the same damn thing. Forgot to mention that though, huh? One has to look no further than Jose Biaz or whatever the hell his name was than to see how flithy some defense lawyers are. There are slimy people in every area of the world, not just on the prosecutions side. But way to go for trying to make it seem like that. I'm sure a few people even bought into it. I'm not a death penalthy supporter because of "retributive impulse", as much as Dow would like to say. I'm a death penalty supporter because it's the only way to make these horrendous crimes happen less often. There is no other way. I'm also a supporter because I believe in punishment. Taking a life is against the law. You know if you take a life you have to face the consequences. If the consequence is death why should YOU get a pass? Because you're sorry, because you're mommy didn't love you enough, daddy hit you with a belt, you took one too many hits of the pipe that night, etc. I can go on and on and on and on. And each and every single one of those reasons is bullshit. Nothing more. Exactly one week ago my cousin was murdered. I've never had another family member die in this way. He was stabbed to death. His life was taken because he told another man to turn his headlights on while driving so close to the kids on the street when it was dark out. The man came back later, with a friend, and stabbed him in his chest. That, Mr. Dow, is your "retributive impulse". Not the fact that I believe this man should die for his crime. Because of his actions my uncle, and his father, lost his only son. His fiance lost her husband-to-be. Three children lost their daddy. Yes, I believe the man should be put to death. And I'd love every second of doing it myself. I would be able to do it with a smile on my face and I'd sleep well that night. I wouldn't give a rats ass about his family. If we're not going to be responsible for our actions what happens? We're halfway there now. No one was caught for stabbing my cousin. Why? Because his (and my) family aren't important. If he was the son of the chief of police you better believe someone would be sitting in jail right now. And if they ever catch this fuck next to nothing will happen. It won't ever come down to him needing someone like Dow. Why? Because the judge will give him a slap on the wrists and nothing more. And this, my friends, is why this fucker didn't stop to think that night last week. This is why my family is having services this week. This is why a 25 year old man is DEAD. I think I'll continue spending my time, money, prayers, etc. on the needy, not the criminals.
**Disclaimer** - I really don't care is this pissed you off. You know who you are, there are a bunch of you out there. If you feel you have it in you to comment and intelligently express your opinion I very much welcome it. If you're going to act like you have the IQ of 2 year old, I still welcome it, just know I'll make fun of you. If you're good with that, I'm ecstatic. I need some laughter in my days right now.
***Update on 11/8/12*** - I just finished reading the book Delayed Justice: Inside Stories from America's Best Cold Case Investigators and there are two quotes that caught my eye that are applicable here. The first is a quote by Franics Bacon - "If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us." The authors, Jack & Mary Branson, stated the following, to which I agree 100% - "Revenge is personal, justice belongs to society." (less)
It's possible that I built this up in my mind but I expected more from this. First the book is awkward to even hold. Second, the full page photos from...moreIt's possible that I built this up in my mind but I expected more from this. First the book is awkward to even hold. Second, the full page photos from basically the entire book are just that - full page photos. One has to flip back and forth, back and forth, to see the photo and read the caption. Why just print the caption on a piece of the page or on every third, fourth page? It would have made for much easier reading. I almost rated this 2 stars but the pictures themselves, not all but most, are extremely interesting. Not all photos are of dead bodies. Some are notes, crime scenes, etc. Almost all, if not all, have the photographer and date stated. Like with Shots in the Dark: True Crime Pictures it's definitely not for the squeamish. Although I doubt this is something anyone just picks up. If you're interested you know it. The photographs are most certainly hard to look at. The captions, when case information was available, are hard to read. But I believe it's not a bad thing to know and see this. I think it's made me infinitely more careful in my life. It's worth getting for sure but I personally wouldn't buy it.(less)