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After Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

Author : Marilyn Bardsley
ISBN : 9780795333439
Genre : True Crime
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Jim Williams had it all: style, culture, charisma, and sophistication. As a premier antiques dealer in Savannah, he mingled with celebrities, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Rockefellers, who came to admire his extraordinary treasures. His legacy thrust Savannah into the national spotlight and transformed the genteel city into a tourist mecca. But three decades of hard work came crashing down the night he shot Danny Hansford, his wild young lover. Jim Williams stood trial four times over the next decade for premeditated murder. Today, tourists flock to Mercer House to see the gorgeous mansion depicted in Clint Eastwood’s movie and the book from which it was made—Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil—where flamboyant designer and antiques dealer Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) killed Danny Hansford(Jude Law). While the movie and book portrayed the natives of Savannah as remarkably decadent, exotic characters, they missed the surprising dark side of Jim Williams himself. He was a smooth predator whose crimes could have put him behind bars long before the death of Danny Hansford. After Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is the newly revised and expanded version of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling true account of the crime, which includes crucial testimony recreating the courtroom drama between a gifted prosecutor and a brilliant defense attorney as they battle over the future of a self-made aristocrat. More than 40 photos and revealing insider interviews bring new life to the vivid cast of characters in this unique southern crime story. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Marilyn Bardsley is a respected expert on serial killers and the editor of RosettaBooks’ bestselling CrimescapeTM series, as well as the former executive editor and founder of Time Warner’s Crime Library, a premier true crime website. She has written about some of the most famous serial killers, including Jeffrey Dahmer, Jack the Ripper, the Boston Strangler, and Charles Manson. Her work is also considered an important resource for law enforcement; her feature reporting on child murder cases was mandatory reading for the police team assigned to the Green River serial murders. ABOUT THE SERIES CrimescapeTM is a bestselling RosettaBooks collection of compelling, short nonfiction crime eBooks by the best true crime authors in the business. Taking readers into the dark heart of the criminal mind and the tense hunt to bring the perpetrators to justice, CrimescapeTM authors stand apart from others because of their expertise in the field as police detectives, forensic professionals, criminal psychologists, and investigative reporters. As riveting storytellers, our authors bring readers unique insight into the murderous mind and some of the world’s most mysterious and fascinating cases. “What makes for a good true-crime story? Interesting characters, an engrossing plot, situations that often teeter between life and death. But here’s the MacGuffin about true crime: What you’re reading actually happened. Sometimes truth really is more compelling than fiction. And that’s why you will enjoy reading Crimescape’s true crime series.” —Paul Alexander, # 1 bestselling author of the Kindle Singles Accused, Murdered, and Homicidal

Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

Author : John Berendt
ISBN : 9780307538376
Genre : True Crime
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Read John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in Large Print. * All Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16-point typeface Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case. It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city is certain to become a modern classic. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Lawyer Games

Author : Dep Kirkland
ISBN : 9781457539459
Genre : True Crime
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In the early morning of May 2, 1981, Danny Hansford was shot dead by James Williams with a World War II vintage Luger in a historic Savannah mansion. For the next eight-and-a-half years, through four murder trials and intrigue which reached the highest levels of Georgia politics—including a former governor and the Georgia Supreme Court—lawyers battled over whether the 50-year-old Williams shot the 21-year-old Hansford in self-defense. The case inspired a best-selling book and a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Dep Kirkland, who arrived at the scene when Hansford’s body was still on the floor, Lawyer Games is the true story of this remarkable case. Kirkland, the Chief Assistant DA at the time, made the decision to arrest Williams and tried the first of four murder trials alongside the district attorney. His firsthand knowledge allows him not only to deeply analyze the murder case but also to expose the legal mischief spawned when a defendant facing unshakable physical evidence possesses almost unlimited funds. True crime aficionados will be drawn to the two stories told in the book: The riveting story of the case, its evidence (including facts never heard in the courtroom), trials and results, and the incredible eight-year campaign to beat a murder rap no matter what, with a look behind the curtain at a darker side of the American criminal justice system.

Killer In The Holy City

Author : Marilyn J. Bardsley
ISBN : 0998351628
Genre :
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The City Of Falling Angels

Author : John Berendt
ISBN : 9781444718218
Genre : Travel
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Taking the fire that destroyed the Fenice theatre in 1996 as his starting point, John Berendt creates a unique and unforgettable portrait of Venice and its extraordinary inhabitants. Beneath the exquisite facade of the world's most beautiful historic city, scandal, corruption and venality are rampant, and John Berendt is a master at seeking them out. Ezra Pound and his mistress, Olga; poet Mario Stefani; the Rat Man of Treviso; or Mario Moro - self-styled carabiniere, fireman, soldier or airman, depending on the day of the week. With his background in journalism, Berendt is perfectly poised to gain access to private and unapproachable people, and persuade them to talk frankly to him. The result is mischievous, witty, compelling - and destined to be the non-fiction succes d'estime of the year.

Kiss The Girls Goodnight

Author : Mark Gado
ISBN : 9780795324482
Genre : True Crime
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Reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs, Kiss the Girls Goodnight is a frightening story of a wealthy real-life collector of girls. Everyone who knew him understood he was strange, but even his wife and three sons thought he was just a harmless eccentric who collected empty bottles and junk. No one was especially surprised when he built a bomb shelter attached to his basement. How could anyone, even his faithful wife, dying a slow death from cancer in the house above--imagine that the shelter was really a bleak dungeon where he imprisoned and raped the girls that he kidnapped? Even more chilling was the skill with which he selected his victims, enticed them into his house, and methodically enslaved them so that they were too frightened to defy him or try to escape. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mark Gado was a detective with the city of New Rochelle Police Department in New York for 29 years as well as a federal agent assigned to a special DEA task force between 1997 and 1999. During that assignment, Gado received the International Award of Honor in New Orleans, LA. He was also named Investigator of the Year in 2000 and received dozens of other awards and special commendations during his career as a police officer. Gado’s first book, Killer Priest: The Crimes, Trial, and Execution of Father Hans Schmid was published by Praeger in March 2006. Killer Priest is the terrifying true story of the only Catholic priest in U.S. history to be executed for murder. Gado’s second book, Death Row Women: Murder, Justice, and the New York Press was also published by Praeger in November 2007. His 2011 short true crime eBook “MOM: The Killer” was a Kindle bestseller. Gado has been a writer for more than 20 years, and his award-winning work has appeared in numerous publications and on websites, among them Time Warner’s Crime Library. ABOUT THE SERIES From the best true crime authors in the business, many of whom have seen their books made into major motion pictures, comes CrimescapeTM--a new collection of compelling short nonfiction crime eBooks from leading independent eBook publisher RosettaBooks. Taking readers into the dark minds of criminals and the tense hunt to bring perpetrators to justice, Crimescape authors stand apart from other true crime writers because they have personal experience in crime investigations, whether as police detectives, investigative reporters, forensics professionals or criminal psychologists. As riveting storytellers, Crimescape’s writers give readers all the information they need to understand relevant clues and the interwoven influences in each criminal case. “What makes for a good true-crime story? Interesting characters, an engrossing plot, situations that often teeter between life and death. But here’s the MacGuffin about true crime: What you’re reading actually happened. Sometimes truth really is more compelling than fiction. And that’s why you will enjoy reading Crimescape’s true crime series.” —Paul Alexander, # 1 bestselling author of the Kindle Singles Accused, Murdered and Homicidal

Death Of A Jewish American Princess

Author : Shirley Frondorf
ISBN : 9780307831163
Genre : True Crime
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In 1982, a sensational murder trial in Phoenix, Arizona, reverberated throughout the legal community. Restaurateur Steven Steinberg, who killed his wife by stabbing her 26 times, was acquitted; his legal defense portrayed the victim as an overpowering "Jewish American Princess" whose excesses may have provoked her violent end. Examining the structure of the defense's case, Frondorf, an attorney who was previously a psychiatric social worker, follows the theme that made Elana Steinberg the villain, instead of the victim, of the piece. The defense's forensic presentation, bolstered by testimony from psychiatrists, maintained that Steinberg committed the crime while sleepwalking, an abnormality allegedly brought on by the intemperate spending of his wife. Frondorf recreates the trial whose outcome scarred the tightly knit Jewish community of Phoenix.

The American Sweeney Todd

Author : Marilyn J. Bardsley
ISBN : 0998351601
Genre :
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In this action-packed novel you will meet the brilliant, highly educated American version of Sweeney Todd, who became the most horrific serial killer ever known. The demons rising within him threaten to undermine decades of exhausting work that liberated him from desperate poverty and positioned him to be an excellent surgeon before he turned killer. Eliot Ness kept the identity of his most horrifying suspect secret for almost four decades until Marilyn J. Bardsley discovered the name. These are her fictional portrayal of the killer's thoughts and actions, based on interviews with his friends and relatives, the detectives who investigated him, and people close to Eliot Ness.

Savannah Shadows

Author : Tobias McGriff
ISBN : 0979252318
Genre : Ghosts
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Join Tobias McGriff- a subject matter expert on the paranormal and story developer for paranormal programming such as Syfy's Paranormal Highway, the Founder of Blue Orb Tours (Destination Guides "Best Savannah Ghost Tour") and host of the hit radio show "Savannah Paranormal," through two different versions of America's most haunted city; The Conjurers version and the Colonial version. Travel through the willful possession ceremonies of the Death Masquerade, the after-hours investigations of iconic locations such as the Sorrel-Weed House and learn the details behind the exorcism of the home deemed the most psychically active residence in North America. Savannah Shadows has all this and more, including an expanded section on one of the most chilling phenomena in supernatural science; The Hag. Read detailed accounts of Hag encounters as told by the victims. Savannah's history is not just that of a port city. It is also one of a portal city. This book tells that story.

The Architectural Uncanny

Author : Anthony Vidler
ISBN : 0262720183
Genre : Architecture
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The Architectural Uncanny presents an engaging and original series of meditations onissues and figures that are at the heart of the most pressing debates surrounding architecturetoday. Anthony Vidler interprets contemporary buildings and projects in light of the resurgentinterest in the uncanny as a metaphor for a fundamentally "unhomely" modern condition. The essaysare at once historical - serving to situate contemporary discourse in its own intellectual traditionand theoretical - opening up the complex and difficult relationships between politics, socialthought, and architectural design in an era when the reality of homelessness and the idealism of theneo-avant-garde have never seemed so far apart.Vidler, one of the deftest and surest critics of thecontemporary scene, explores aspects of architecture through notions of the uncanny as they havebeen developed in literature, philosophy, and psychology from the beginning of the nineteenthcentury to the present. He interprets the unsettling qualities of today's architecture - itsfragmented neo-constructivist forms reminiscent of dismembered bodies, its "seeing walls"replicating the passive gaze of domestic cyborgs, its historical monuments indistinguishable fromglossy reproductions - in the light of modern reflection on questions of social and individualestrangement, alienation, exile, and homelessness.Focusing on the work of architects such as BernardTschumi, Rem Koolhaas, Peter Eisenman, Coop Himmelblau, John Hejduk, Elizabeth Diller, and RicardoScofidio, as well as theorists of the urban condition, Vidler delineates the problems and paradoxesassociated with the subject of domesticity.Anthony Vidler is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor ofArchitecture at Princeton University. His most recent book is Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architectureand Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Régime.

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