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Wasted: The Preppie Murder

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For the first time, here is the definitive, behind-the-scenes account of the infamous "preppie murder case" that made headlines across America--a shattering true story of teenage privilege, decadence and death. 16 pages of black-and-white photos.
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published September 8th 1989 by Simon & Schuster
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Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un caso que trascendió por el estatus de los protagonistas. Sirve para pensar la relación True Crime / Medios de comunicación. Es un buen libro para entender la New York de los 80.
May 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Very interesting true story but the ending was a let down.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: central-park
A world of exclusive parties, drugs, sex, and parental authority virtually nonexistent.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the Kavanaugh hearings put me in the mood for this book, which i bought a while back and forgot about. I used to read author Linda Wolfe in New York magazine 30+ years ago and marvel at her long investigative pieces that brought twisted personalities alive through sociological detail delivered with relish. WASTED is about Robert Chambers, a fascinating monster who failed to live up to his mom's unrealistic expectations of him. She was a plucky self-starter from Ireland; he was a first-U.S. born ...more
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May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
Wolfe, Linda. Wasted: The Preppie Murder (1989)*****
The dark side of the NYC Preppie Scene, circa 1988

This guy looks like a Kennedy. Indeed, his mother has styled him as a Kennedy. An Irish Catholic nurse born in Ireland, she has devoted her life to climbing up the social ladder of New York society and pushing her very handsome son through the best prep schools, etc. Only one problem. Robert Chambers is a pretty boy loser, a druggie and a sociopathic sickie. He bombs out of prep school after pre
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Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A more satisfying read than Bryna Taubman's book on the same case; I had a much better sense of all the personalities involved and people's relationships to each other. I even learned about the jury and what they made of the evidence -- not something you find very often in a book like this. The author also does a nice job of placing this case in its historical and political context without making an extended detour into victims' rights or second-wave feminism. Well worth a look if you are intere ...more
An account of the Central Park rape and murder of a young girl by her boyfriend. The fact that such a "nonchalant" crime could take place is dramatic societal commentary.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-library
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Linda Wolfe is an award-winning journalist and novelist. Among her many books are the novel "Private Practices" and the nonfiction books "Wasted: The Preppie Murder," "The Professor and the Prostitute," and "The Murder of Dr. Chapman." A longtime contributing editor at New York magazine, Wolfe's articles and personal essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy, and many o ...more