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Any fresh book on the killing of Elizabeth Short is an interesting event, since much of the evidence is unavailable and much that is available has been sifted and resifted. Those who follow the case are likely to be well-informed and, absent an undeniable, lead-pipe-cinch solution, likely to have views that run counter to the fresh ‘solution’. At the same time, the case is iconic; it says so much about Chandler’s town and about the LAPD that the journey toward a ‘conclusion’, if well constructed, will be rewarding in its own at journey is beautifully charted by Piu Eatwell, who has a passion for texture, for material culture and for raw historical fact. With its movie noir and classic crime fiction epigraphs it is designed to be evocative and in that it certainly succeeds.I do not wish to spoil the ‘conclusion’ but I will say the following: the prime suspect has been so identified in the past; this is not a wild guess emerging from some distant left field. The case is circumstantial and it is extensive and persuasive. At the same time, the prime suspect has been eliminated because of an alibi, an alibi which the author attacks aggressively, if not in a manner that absolutely compels belief. Absent a dated, untouched photograph that locates the suspect 382 miles from the crime stage (as alleged) or some related form of exculpatory evidence, the veracity of the alibi—given the shaky witnesses attesting to it—is e circumstantial case, however, is very strong. The author constructs a narrative, complete with a psychological profile prepared by an expert witness (who interrogated the suspect) that makes sense. It is coherent and persuasive. It also squares with the larger narrative of how women drawn to tinseltown could easily search themselves entering the valley of the shadow of death and not the nothing-but-blue-skies-ahead glamorous globe of wealth, fame and lead movie e book is well-written, well-researched and very engaging. I will release this bit of information: (SPOILER) the author disagrees with Steve Hodel’s popular acc of his father’s guilt, an acc which James Ellroy found convincing. I personally search this author’s case more convincing, in part because the pictures of ‘Elizabeth Short’ in George Hodel’s effects simply do not look like Elizabeth Short and the case, while very imaginative (with the victim’s body constructed to evoke work by Man Ray) simply too e book contains a bibliography of basic and secondary materials, an index (unlike Hodel’s book), a list of dramatis personae, 8 pp. of contemporary photographs and a postscript which lists ‘what happened to’ the principals in the story. These are all helpful and informative. The illustrations in Hodel’s book, however, are far more extensive and not to be missed by devotees of the case. Crime stage and autopsy gore are now generally available on the internet, though first viewers should be warned that they are very disturbing.R.I.P., Elizabeth.Highly recommended.
Author, Piu Eatwell, reveals new, little-known facts and events during the late 1940s era of Old Hollywood and a murder that remains unsolved (and now reveals a lot of answers). The puzzle is pieced together here miraculously. I had visions of that 1997 movie called L.A. CONFIDENTIAL as the story unraveled.I found this book to be an awesome piece of research that brought me in, feeling as though I was investigating the crime myself. I actually felt CHILLS towards the end of Chapter 19 (DETOUR).I could easily see a mini-series stemming from this 'cold case' story.I will definitely pass this along to my avid-reader mates who love to delve into a mystery. There are a lot of eye-openers y Elizabeth Short rest in peace...she should've been a star; and now in a bizarre method she will always be that unforgotten e storyline kept me at my edge-of-my-seat. It is quite the page-turner. Don't miss this one...you won't be too surprised by the corruption back in the late 1940s and 1950s...people could obtain away with MURDER more easily back-in-the-day. I found this to be a must-read for anyone looking for a amazing mystery. It's also the ideal book for a book club (for so a lot of discussions could come out of it). And...if I were a CRIMINAL JUSTICE Professor all of my students would have this as REQUIRED READING. Outstanding!
I don't know what to create of this book. As a fan of anything written about The Black Dahlia, I guess I am happy that another researcher has stepped forward to offer her ideas. On the other hand, I found the book confusing and not terribly persuasive. If Leslie Dillon did in fact commit this murder, I would expect him to have a history of violence toward women, and nothing of the kind is mentioned. The idea that Tag Hansen would mention to Dillon that he wanted Elizabeth Short disposed of, and Dillon took it upon himself to murder this young woman in the most bizarre method imaginable--I am not sure I search this believable.Elsewhere in the book, the author refers to the "unsolved murder of Johnny Stompanato." Did I read that correctly? Johnny Stompanato was murdered by Lana Turner's daughter, Cheryl Crane. I think that's well established, and would be common knowledge to anyone who has researched Hollywood history.I realize that Lana Turner's boyfriend has nothing to do with the Dahlia murder, but I search it troubling that the author seems to be so poorly informed. Maybe I read it wrong.
I'll admit, I stood in the bookstore with this in my hand thinking, "Oh man, not ANOTHER Dahlia book!" but I'm glad I took the possibility and bought it. If there's nothing else of merit about this book; the writing style is gripping and pulls you into the sad story of Elizabeth Short in a method no other before it has...and I've read a lot of them. It's just a amazing to the theories Eatwell puts forward; I could go either way. She seems to have done her homework and, if she's correct, she's probably solved the case. There are those that would argue her perp has already been discredited but it's hard to say. Piu Eatwell does do a amazing job of exposing some of the murkier aspects of the Black Dahlia case and, for that reason alone, this book is a welcome addition to the the end all I can say is read the book and decide for yourself. Agree or disagree with Eatwell's conclusions; you won't be sorry you took the time.
I fully admit to rolling my eyes and groaning “not another one” when I saw this book on the shelf. I’m so satisfied that I gave it a chance! I’ve read everything I’ve been able to search about this case and I personally belueve that this is the most compelling, respectful book on the topic that’s been published to date. Ms. Eatwell clearly did a ton of research and she had to war very hard to obtain info that no one had had access to before.I really don’t understand why some people are criticising her research and theories as severely as they are. Her theory seems beautiful solid to me. She place this together very carefully, and I think it’s worth giving a test even if only for the fact that it’s the most humanizing, compassionate exploration of Elizabeth Short’s life and death.
Meticulously researched with newly opened FBI files, interviews and wonderful detective work.....this book about Elizabeth Short was special among all others.I've read others, watched the documentaries and movies, so of course my interest was e was a attractive woman from the east hoping to create it huge in Hollywood, like thousands of others. Her desires, her needs, were no various than anyone else's, particularly at the time. Fame....love.....the need to create something of herself.....all created her human. Not just some dissected corpse named wells findings shifted my views and thoughts, read it and see what YOU think!
Having read almost everything I could obtain my hands on over the years on this subject, I finally found the definitive book on the Dahlia. Ms. Eatwell's conclusions are as plausible as any---as the corrupt LAPD of the 1940's enabled this case to flounder and ultimately go unsolved. The author does a fine job of striking the right balance of amazing old-fashioned gumshoe detective work in a dark, smokey noir setting. It certainly blows machine gun holes in some of the ludicrous attempts to amateur sleuth this case in the past. This page-turner should be considered for an Edgar Award for Fact Crime.
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I love the dozens of this package of crimp covers. However, they don’t seem to round very well. They are very simple to misshape. I could be at fault by using plain jewelry pliers instead of crimping pliers, but I’m not sure. The dozens makes it simple to match the dozens of beads I use in my jewelry.
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This is the best book about how we have came to have so a lot of young black men in jail and prison. The statistics are familiar but shocking - to take one as an example, roughly 30% of young black men that are high school dropouts are *currently* in jail or prison. That's a stunning failure for those men, of course, but it's a failure for the rest of our society as well. A lot of analysts point to white racism or the battle on drugs as the causes of that incarceration, and they're of course not totally wrong. But Forman's contribution is to point out incompleteness of that narrative, as the incarceration boom had complicated ere are two of those extra factors that Forman analyzes with special skill and detail. The first is the get-tough-on-crime stance taken by a lot of black politicians and civic leaders in the 1980s and 1990s, These were times when the crack epidemic wrought particular havoc in the black community in Washington, DC - on which Forman focuses - and which made a demand for get-tough policies by the black middle class that was disproportionately the victim of crack-fueled crime. The second is the trend towards pretextual searches of vehicles in Washington - Eric Holder's ver of Rudy Giuliani's stop-and-frisk - which was designed to reduce gun possession in DC. Those searches were deliberately executed with greater vigor in poor, black neighborhoods, and the effect was that a lot of not good blacks were arrested for minor drug offenses when officers found marijuana in their vehicles while looking for guns. It's a Greek tragedy, and it reminded me favorably of Randy Shilts' brilliant treatment of the AIDS epidemic in And The Band Played rman's background as a former public defender in DC is a amazing strength of the book, but it also makes the narrative somewhat DC-centric. Incarceration increased throughout the country - were the political and justice dynamics the same in Mississippi and Ohio, to take two examples, as they were in DC. That remains an begin question. The book is frustrating, too, in that Forman offers no simple cure for the problems. More drug treatment programs, more constructive diversion programs for youthful offenders, more nuanced reading of arrest records by current and prospective employers? Those would all be good, to be sure, but I left this book feeling that it would take these things, and at least a handful of similarly benign trends, before we will really obtain a handle on these problems. But it is to Forman's credit that he offers no silver bullet for the problems. Life is sadly frustrating at times.
If you need to understand the causes of this horrific situation - you MUST READ THIS!!!I bought my own copy, and the factual research clarity here is SO GREAT - I will wish torefer back to this again and MUST READ THIS - unless you wish this tragedy to continue - for those of you whodo wish this - I suggest you ALSO MUST read this!! This is the penultimate counterpointto the propaganda which we've been force-fed for 50+ your mind and rise with your head held up - and see the striking difference betweenCLEAR - CONCISE - LOGIC - RATIONAL DEBATE - and humble consideration for all ofthe players in this tragedy. It's really superb documentation like no other.
James Forman has done a masterful job documenting the political, social and criminal justice dynamics of the mass arrest and incarceration period, largely fueled by the crack cocaine epidemic. It’s a complex dynamic that he describes accurately and fairly. This book serves as an necessary corrective to some of today’s collective amnesia about how we got to the point where we are today with regard to policing and incarceration, and the disparate impact it has had on lower-class African American communities. Forman appropriately focuses on the strategic choices made—by police, prosecutors, judges, and political leaders—about how best to address the crack cocaine trafficking and attendant violence. A toxic combination of racial and class bias, political opportunism, genuine fear, and lack of imagination fueled the mass-arrest-and-incarceration strategy. It is to be hoped that we have learned lessons about the failures of that strategy, and that they will not be forgotten or ignored when future social issues show themselves. Police, prosecutors, and others must better appreciate that there are strategic choices to be created about how best to address public-safety problems, and that those choices have necessary implications for both effectiveness and fairness. Forman's book can support encourage police and prosecution leaders to be more adamant about deliberating these choices openly and honestly. I hope this book gets the attention it richly deserves.
“Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America” by James Forman is a brilliantly written, thoroughly annotated, and extremely valuable documentary. The author is unabashed in dealing with the ways in which the African American political establishment, especially in Washington, D.C. contributed to the anti-gun and anti-drug legislation which has led to the total imbalance in the current system of incarcerating young black males for outrageously long sentences for minimal offenses. In addition, of course, the laws originally passed to “fight crime” in urban environments have in fact led to the militarization of the police and the “warrior ethos” which results in the “shoot first”, “stop and frisk” and other manifestation of police brutality which abound in our culture. Although I already knew a lot about the situations and abuses, the well-organized and thoughtful method in which the author presents his info was extremely valuable. This is a book I highly recommend for anyone seriously interested in the current status of the United States Justice System.
A various take on modern day mass incarceration, Dr. Forman examines its beginnings with harsh minimum mandatory sentences for tough gun and drug laws in Washington DC, enacted and doubled down on by black police and lawmakers and largely supported by their goes deeper than that, though, and argued, that today's mass incarceration came about by a series of well intentioned laws and policies to combat drug and gun violence in America's urban zone said. Harsh laws we're not backed up by promises to examine and fix root causes, for of a lot of amazing reads to better understand the current state of our criminal justice system and the rod that led us here.
An perfect perspective into the DC zone criminal justice system. Mr. Forman gives an in depth explanation of how a lot of African Americans obtain caught up into the system and stay stuck. But coming from an ex Public Defenders view point Mr. Forman also gives some meal for thought into some solutions to combat this epidemic.
This book stimulated my mind and broke my heart; then inspired me with a sliver of optimism. It carries the reader along through decades of incremental choices that led America to have the worlds biggest incarceration rate, disproportionately locking up not good black men. It has a few ideas for incrementally unwinding the damage. - Ruth Warren
Living most of my life in a little town in rural America, I know small of inner town black American lives. I found this book to be very enlightening as I learned that through the past 40 years most people in the inner cities shared the same concerns of drug and gun violence as people in rural locations, and they resorted to related policies to protect their communities and their kids from the scourges of cocaine, heroin, and gangs. The book did not discover why rural locations (that are greater than 90 percent white ) apparently did not enact as punitive laws versus not good whites as inner town blacks did versus not good blacks. But I came away from reading this book that rural white attitudes toward drug and gun violence are similar. Though I have not come across related pleas in rural white America for leniency in criminal sentencing in selected cases, I think this author’s ideas have merit. This book is extraordinarily well researched and very readable. Perfect book!
I liked reading this book but I had to push myself to [email protected]#$%!. While I definitely learned more about the failures of our penal system, the author chose to use so a lot of little (and seemingly unnecessary) examples that I found myself lost in the details. I would have appreciated more of an overview with several carefully chosen examples to obtain the point across.