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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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In the 1980s-1990s, there were a series of killings which took place without much notice. The reason they weren't (initially) highlighted was because the victims were elderly men who supposedly died of old age. Except they didn't just die of old age, they were poisoned, all the while their savings and real estate holdings were depleted and/or taken over by a clan of Gypsies who had learned to specialize in the art of high-end elder abuse. It took an independent private detective and some concern ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an odd book.....when I began reading it I thought it was part of a fictional murder mystery series starring Fay Faron of the Rat Dog Dick Detective Agency (no kidding!) Turns out it is true crime which can be stranger than fiction and the characters are real and unlike ones you have ever met. They are the Gypsies, in this story, located, in San Francisco.....a family, the Tene Bimbos who prey on the elderly and stick together like glue. I know very little about Gypsies but this book prov ...more
Alex Lewis
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Ronnie Cramer
Mar 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
A family of Gypsies systematically befriend and then rob a series of elderly San Franciscans. Written like a novel, with lots questionable embellishments and reconstructed dialogue; not my favorite style for non-fiction. The material is often interesting but the book moves VERY slowly and goes on and on and on. (Mild spoilers ahead:) The resolution, such as it is, comes in the very last pages with indictments; no trials, etc. So after trudging through 350+ pages, you'll still have to go online t ...more
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is my first Jack Olsen book, I enjoyed the writing style, it was easy to read and quick enough. The reason I have to rate it so low is because I didn't enjoy the content. I found it lacking and ultimately disappointing. I knew I was in trouble when I got to 99% on my kindle and was just entering what I had been waiting for the whole book. I wanted a lot more trial, a lot more of the legal side than what was offered in this book.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an account by author Jack Olsen describing private detective Fay Faron's discovery of elderly people being taken advantage of, heavily over-medicated, and ripped off of all their money, plus her efforts to get the SFPD to make arrests to no avail. It's a good coverage of the Gypsy crime ring in San Francisco in the 80's & 90's, it opened my eyes, a good read...
Nancy Day
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Dee brown
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this. The author has a twisted sense of humor. It was unlike any other true crime book I've read. Interesting details, interesting people.
Mike Dunn
Feb 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This took place in San Francisco and features Fay Faron, a well-known and determined PI.
This book was so intense, especially because I lived near the neighborhood it took place in~San Francisco~ chilling, true story~well written~
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