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Cynthia

Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States Member Since 2012

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  • "American History Pivot Points"

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    My friends and I, playing cops and robbers during first grade recess, always solemnized each capture by administering the Miranda Warning perfectly. No, we weren't living in a challenging neighborhood - Jack Webb's Dragnet and Adam 12 were early evening rerun staples out local ABC affiliate.

    20 years later, in law school, Miranda v. Arizona (1966) 384 U.S. 436, its constitutional basis, and its numerous exceptions, took weeks of my criminal law class. I did wonder who Ernesto Miranda was; whether he had actually committed the crime he was convicted of; how his case ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court; and what ended up happening to him. This book answers those questions, and more, about Miranda and other key criminal cases.

    Michael S. Lief and H. Mitchell Caldwell provide a careful historical and cultural framework for these cases, and detailed personal histories of both the accused and the victims. Chapter 1, which deals with lynching in the south, is especially chilling.

    These are the trials that are in the book, in the order that they are in (thanks Google Books for the table of contents), and I'm including the Audible concordance for anyone who wants to go to a specific case:

    Ch 1 (Audible 1-2). When Mob Rule Trumps the Rule of Law. The unfortunate case of a man lynched in 1906, after the US Supreme Court agreed to review his capital conviction for rape establishes that the state has an obligation to protect prisoners in its custody.

    Ch 2 (Audible 1-4). When the Constable Blunders. In 1956, evidence becomes inadmissible because it is obtained illegally and it is the "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" - even if the evidence is porn.

    Ch 3 (Audible 1-6). Rules of Engagement. An (overly) sympathetic look at Randy Weaver and Ruby Ridge in 1992. Regardless, Gerry Spence's tactics were legendary (he presented no defense) and his hours long closing argument was compelling.

    Ch 4 (Audible 2-3). Defending the Despised. Future president John Adams defends the British soldiers accused of killing American colonists in the Boston Massacre.

    Ch 5 (Audible 2-5). You Have the Right to Remain Silent. The Miranda decision.

    Ch 6 (Audible 2-7). The Black Doctor and the White Mob. Clarence Darrow successfully defends a Black family of professionals on trial for a 1925 killing in Detroit when a blue collar White mob attacked after the family moved into the neighborhood.

    Ch 7 (Audible 3-3). The Trial of the (Nineteenth) Century. Congressman Daniel Sickles uses the temporary insanity defense after killing Phillip Barton Key, the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, in 1859. Scandal knows no century.

    Ch 8 (Audible 3-5). Genius, Scoundrel, Traitor. Former Vice President Aaron Burr's trial for the one crime listed in the U.S. Constitution, treason. Good history of Burr, trial a bit boring.

    There were three narrators on this Audible, and that mostly worked - a few rough spots, but they weren't jarring enough so that I was distracted from the book.

    This is under the Audible category "Mysteries and Thrillers - True Crime" but it's misplaced. It belongs in History.

    When I finished this, I went looking for the first two books in the Closing Argument Chronicles - "Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury" (2000) (famous trials) and "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down" (civil rights) (2006). They aren't on Audible, darn it.

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    The Devil's Advocates

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael S. Lief, H. Mitchell Caldwell
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir, Stephen Hoye, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
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    The Devil's Advocates shows us the crimes and trials that have captivated the public, cases that illuminate the underlying principles of the American criminal-justice system.

    B. Riddick says: "Excellent Book even if you aren't a lawyer"
  • "The Poisoned Past"

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    First of all, kudos to Deborah Blum and her publishers for picking Coleen Marlo to narrate this book. Marlo is fantastic narrating Amy Stewart’s “Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects” and “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World’s Great Drinks,” pronouncing complex scientific names and using foreign pronunciations easily (well, at least in the five languages I know well enough to know if she’s saying the words correctly.)

    Blum’s “The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York”. Rather than focusing solely on a particular crime or group of particular poisoners, Blum’s chapters are (in order): Chloroform; Wood Alcohol; Cyanides; Arsenic; Mercury; Carbon Monoxide Part I; Methyl Alcohol; Radium; Ethyl Alcohol; Carbon Monoxide Part II; and Thallium.

    “The Poisoner’s Handbook” describes how the poisons were developed and used, and how the forensic science developed techniques to uncover the poisons. Blum weaves the tales of the scientists who worked so hard to make sure that cruel, careful murders by poisoners were detected. She also discusses a plethora of unintentional poisonings, and the public health risks that caused them.

    The biggest cause of accidental poisonings was, in Jazz Age New York, prohibition. Blum describes New York City in the early 20th century so completely, I can see it in my mind, with horses and buggies, Model-T Fords, and a scrum of long-vanished air pollution.

    "The Poisoner's Handbook" is lively and intriguing, and well worth the listen.

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    The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

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    • By Deborah Blum
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    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
  • "Detailed and Horrifying Debunking o..."

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    Columbine has been in the news recently, with the November 13, 2012 release of Andrew Solomon's "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity" (which is available on Audible). Sue Klebold, Dylan Klebold's mother, is quoted as saying that she prayed her son would kill himself or die before he hurt anyone else.

    The Klebolds, like the parents of Eric Harris, the other shooter, rarely give interviews. They did give testimony under oath as part of a lawsuit, but the testimony was sealed and only the victims and their survivors were allowed to hear the testimony.

    I'd listened to most of this book before Columbine came into the news again, and I wasn't surprised by Sue Klebold's comments.

    This book addresses the question of both how and why Harris and Klebold made their plans to massacre their classmates.

    It wasn't because they were outcasts, or were bullied, or came from horrible homes.

    The Klebolds and Harrises were never divorced, and they didn't hit their children. When the families learned of problems with the boys after both were arrested for felony theft, the families made the boys accept responsibility and got them counseling.

    Neither Klebold nor Harris were bullied. In fact, it was quite the contrary - Harris was a bully.

    Klebold and Harris weren't outcasts. They weren't part of a "Trench Coat Mafia" - that was an entirely different group at Columbine. The TCM didn't even know the shooters. The shooters wore trench coats to hide sawed off shot guns. The boys dated, and hung out with friends.

    The problem, as Cullen explains in detail, was that Eric Harris was a psychopath, and he found the perfect accolyte in Dylan Klebold, who had been suicidally depressed for at least two years. Harris wanted to kill everyone, and Klebold wanted to go out in a way that would be remembered.

    The most horrifying part is that Harris especially gave advance warning of what he intended to do - and the Littleton police never followed up on a website given to them a year before the carnage that showed his intent.

    I was not too happy with the narration - it was a little slower than I prefer, and at times, the audio sped up a bit, changing the timbre of the narrator's voice. That was distracting.

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    Columbine

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    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
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    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
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  • The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace

    "Entertaining Read"

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    I never knew nothing about this subject matter before I listened to this audiobook, but the cops and robbers / detectives and criminals storyline kept my interest the entire time. The fact this is a true story is why it's interesting and why it's not super action packed all the time. The book has plenty of tension and suspense and never gets boring, credit the author and reader for getting me to listen to a book about a pearl necklace.

  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

    "Good if unbalanced"

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    I've read a ton of Civil War books so the "secret plot" is by no means new to me but I was interested in getting more details about it since I never studied it in any depth. In fact there is quite a bit of debate about how real the plot was so I looked forward to reading (listening) to this book.

    First -- the book is written from almost 100% a northern perspective. For example when talking about John Brown, who murdered 5 innocent people in Kansas, the author states that 5 people were killed during a raid into Kansas. Killed and murder are words that have very different meanings. John Brown was certainly on the right side of the issue, but that doesn't change the fact he was murderous psychopath. There are many many many examples of the author framing peoples backgrounds to make the story flow. Don't get me wrong, this isn't like Al Franken doing a book about Reagan, it's not political and what the author is writing isn't lies, it's just incomplete. If you already have a strong knowledge of the Civil War you'll pick-up on this very quickly and you'll be able to adjust the story accordingly. However if you're new to the subject I highly suggest you do additional reading to get a more balanced view of the subject and characters involved. More information is always better than less information.

    Second -- this book is more about Allan Pinkerton than it is about the plot itself. I knew this going in so I wasn't disappointed. The problem with Pinkerton is that he, in everything else I've ever read, was very much known as a self-promoter and tended to exaggerate things -- this is one of the reason that there is such debate over the "secret plot." I did find this book extremely helpful in regard to this and I'm satisfied that even if the plot was exaggerated it was indeed real.

    Third -- this book is not a well researched history of the "secret plot", instead it's Allan Pinkerton's version of events. There were additional people that were involved that were outside of Pinkerton's spy ring and their sides of the story are not told in any detail and pretty much only mentioned when they came into collision with Pinkerton.

    OK so with all that said you're probably wondering why I still give the book 4-stars. Well I found it interesting even with all it's faults. It is a much more detailed look at a piece of history I knew about but didn't know in depth. Also I was interested in learning more about Pinkerton as he plays a part in a lot of the different happenings during the Civil War and if nothing else this book gives me a great overview of him.

    The story itself starts off slow but picks up steam as it goes along. After the first few hours, which were quite dull to me, the book picks up steam and become much more interesting,

    The reader does a good job and has the appropriate tone for book.

  • Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia

    "Great Audiobook"

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    This is a great audiobook, my only complaint is that it's abridged, I would have much had a longer unabridged version. However, even abridged this is great as it's read by Pistone who does a good job but the thing that puts it over the top are the actual recordings that are weaved into the production. It's rare that any publisher puts any effort into non-fiction audiobooks so they deserve credit when they pull it off.

    The book goes hand in hand with the movie and also points out how the movie plays loose with the facts. Growing up in the Tampa Bay area and seeing the movie, I had no idea that half of this book took place only a few minutes from where I grew up. I had no idea that all those bingo halls that were all over the place, normally in abandoned supermarkets were mob run. I only bring it up since in the movie everything outside of NY takes place in or around Miami, which isn't actually true most of the time.

    Other things that make this great is when they're talking about flying to Florida to get a few hundred dollars -- it takes away from the whole glamorous angle of things when you realize the lower level guys are taking $39 flights to pick-up $250 at a time.

    Anyways it's a great book, if you enjoyed the movie you'll enjoy the book.

  • The Mafia at War: The Shocking True Story of America's Wartime Pact with Organized Crime

    "Interesting and Insightful Book"

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    I picked this book up as recently I was reading a number of Mafia books and I've already read a ton of WWII books -- so it seemed like a good match.

    Overall the book is well presented, moves along at a good pace and covers the subject matter as promised. I was familiar with how the US government worked with the Mafia during the war so that wasn't shocking at all -- but this book covers in greater detail the question of if the government also used the Mafia to its advantage in Sicily. I won't give away the conclusion but I will say I wasn't surprised at all by the conclusions the author drew based on my previous knowledge of the war in Europe.

    As for the book itself I felt for the most part it was good, there were spells however where I lost interest for a few minutes here and there but that wasn't a big issue and those spells generally only lasted a few minutes before the author was on to something new.

    The factual side of the book seems to be in order and it seems to be well researched, additionally the author doesn't seem to be pushing an agenda or making shocking claims -- something most mob books are guilty of doing. The author probably could have sold a lot more books by passing along rumors or legends as facts but thankfully, for those that respect history, he doesn't ever do so.

    The reader does a good job and is appropriate for the book.

    Overall if you have an interest in the subject at hand -- and you're not looking for shocking claims that have no basis in truth -- you should pick-up this book.

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W. Perry Hall Mobile, AL 05-19-14 Member Since 2012

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  • "Zodiac behind Big Blue Wall; the IR..."

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    I found the book compelling, not only for revelations about the identity of the Zodiac, but for the interplay of SF politics on a murder investigation and later, a coverup. I think the author has nailed it, when I consider the credibility of the presenter and the publisher (HarperCollins), the support of a qualified handwriting expert of a definitive forensic handwriting match of a few documents written and signed by Van Earl Best, Jr. and those written by the Zodiac, Best's name is embedded in two (2) of the Zodiac ciphers, the fact that both the Zodiac and VE Best, Jr. had identical scars on the same index finger. The motive, means and opportunity also support the finding but aren't needed. The only thing missing for a slamdunk beyond a reasonable doubt finding is DNA. And, Mr. Stewart and his biological mother have offered DNA to an expert who now has the markers to match to the DNA of the Zodiac.

    BUT, the Blue Wall of the SF Police Dept stalled it all and closed the investigation in 2004, the week the author began making inquiries for the Best file. Above all else, they must protect their own: a black police detective who married the Zodiac's former wife (the author's biological mother) and who was somewhat of a bit player in the whole investigation behind Toschi and Armstrong.

    To hell with the public's interest and the families of the victims.

    This book and the author's narration made me want to continue listening.

    Can I find something to criticize? Yes. Some of the investigation part repeats what was already in the life story of Van Earl Best, Jr. and I thought there was much too lengthy a discussion of the relationship between the bio mother and her husband Rotea (the detective), presumably to bend over backward to appear that no one is pointing the finger at him.

    A definite 5 STAR book.

    I just hope to hell this puts continued pressure on the higher-ups in the SFPD to get off their ASS and stop looking out for numero uno!

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    The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father…and Finding the Zodiac Killer

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    • By Gary L. Stewart, Susan Mustafa
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    Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world. Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues—including forensic evidence—that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

    W. Perry Hall says: "Zodiac behind Big Blue Wall; the IRONY of it all"

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    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Berendt
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (460)

    Genteel society ladies who compare notes on their husbands' suicides. A hilariously foul-mouthed black drag queen. A voodoo priestess who works her roots in the graveyard at midnight. A prominent antiques dealer who hangs a Nazi flag from his window to disrupt the shooting of a movie. And a redneck gigolo whose conquests describe him as a "walking streak of sex".

    Joey says: "A little slow, but entertaining"
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker (






UNABRIDGED) by Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon Narrated by Ray Porter

    Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3285)
    Performance
    (2913)
    Story
    (2923)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
  • Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting (






UNABRIDGED) by John Shiffman Narrated by David Drummond

    Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Shiffman
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In Operation Shakespeare, investigative journalist John Shiffman traces a high-risk undercover operation launched by an elite undercover Homeland Security unit created to stop the Iranians, Russians, Chinese, Pakistanis, and North Koreans from acquiring sophisticated American-made electronics capable of guiding missiles, jamming radar, and triggering countless weapons - from wireless IEDs to nuclear bombs.

  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Le Carre
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

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  • My Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart Narrated by Elizabeth Smart

    My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (492)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith (






UNABRIDGED) by Jon Krakauer Narrated by Scott Brick

    Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (577)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    Elysabeth Cummings says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders (






UNABRIDGED) by Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry Narrated by Scott Brick

    Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1218)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
  • The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders (






UNABRIDGED) by Anthony Flacco, Jerry Clark Narrated by Anthony Flacco

    The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anthony Flacco, Jerry Clark
    • Narrated By Anthony Flacco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, was held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, and was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, acclaimed crime writer Anthony Flacco - using never-before-heard information from Sanford’s son Jerry Clark - tells the real story behind the case that riveted the nation.

    dln says: "Almost didn't finish because of narrator"
  • Lost and Found: The True Story of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the Abduction That Shocked the World (






UNABRIDGED) by John Glatt Narrated by Randye Kaye

    Lost and Found: The True Story of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the Abduction That Shocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Glatt
    • Narrated By Randye Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    In 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped on her morning walk to the school bus. But despite her family's tireless efforts, Jaycee's disappearance remained a mystery. Then, in August 2009, a registered sex offender named Phillip Garrido appeared on the University of California, Berkeley, campus alongside two young women whose unusual behavior sparked concern among campus officials and law enforcement. That visit would pave the way for a shocking discovery: That Garrido was Jaycee Lee Dugard's kidnapper.

  • Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity's Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity (






UNABRIDGED) by Carla Del Ponte, Chuck Sudetic Narrated by Dina Pearlman

    Madame Prosecutor: Confrontations with Humanity's Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carla Del Ponte, Chuck Sudetic
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    Carla Del Ponte won international recognition as Switzerland's attorney general when she pursued cases against the Sicilian mafia. In 1999, she answered the United Nations' call to become the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. In her new role, Del Ponte confronted genocide and crimes against humanity head-on, struggling to bring to justice the highest-ranking individuals responsible for massive acts of violence in Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Kosovo.

  • Buried Memories: The Bloody Crimes and Execution of the Texas Black Widow (






UNABRIDGED) by Irene Pence Narrated by George Newbern

    Buried Memories: The Bloody Crimes and Execution of the Texas Black Widow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Irene Pence
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    1985. Gun Barrel City, Texas. Police searching for missing Fire Department captain Jimmy Don Beets dug inside a wishing well in the neatly tended garden of Beets's wife, forty-eight-year-old Betty Lou Beets. Not only did they find his body, but they also found the body of Betty Lou's fourth husband, Doyle Wayne Barker. It wasn't long before investigators unearthed the terrible truth. As Betty Lou's sordid past emerged, so did her chilling trail of marital violence.

  • Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting (






UNABRIDGED) by John Shiffman Narrated by David Drummond

    Operation Shakespeare: The True Story of an Elite International Sting

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Shiffman
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In Operation Shakespeare, investigative journalist John Shiffman traces a high-risk undercover operation launched by an elite undercover Homeland Security unit created to stop the Iranians, Russians, Chinese, Pakistanis, and North Koreans from acquiring sophisticated American-made electronics capable of guiding missiles, jamming radar, and triggering countless weapons - from wireless IEDs to nuclear bombs.

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  • Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan E. Moldea Narrated by Andrew Ingalls

    Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan E. Moldea
    • Narrated By Andrew Ingalls
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    (0)
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    According to investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea, for decades the National Football League has had a strong and unspoken understanding with a dangerous institution: Organized crime. In his classic expos, Interference, Moldea bares the dark, sordid underbelly of America's favorite professional team sport, revealing a nest of corruption that the league has largely ignored since its inception.

  • Fatal Jealousy: The True Story of a Doomed Romance, a Singular Obsession, and a Quadruple Murder (






UNABRIDGED) by Colin McEvoy, Lynn Olanoff Narrated by Roger Wayne

    Fatal Jealousy: The True Story of a Doomed Romance, a Singular Obsession, and a Quadruple Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Colin McEvoy, Lynn Olanoff
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (0)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    June 26, 2010. A Pennsylvania state trooper witnesses a car speeding and crashing into trees. Stopping to help, he finds that the driver, Michael Ballard, is alive - and drenched in blood. When asked what happened, the man answers, "I just killed everybody." Not far from the accident, police make a gruesome discovery. In the home of Michael's ex-girlfriend, Denise Mehri, they find four bodies that had been stabbed repeatedly with a knife.

  • The Chemistry of Death (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Hall, PhD Narrated by Aaron Sinn

    The Chemistry of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Alan Hall, PhD
    • Narrated By Aaron Sinn
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    This essay deals with the topic of death. It covers a number of famous poisoners and the poisons they dispatched to their victims. In addition to the mechanisms of drug action, the subject of apoptosis (programmed cell death) is also discussed. This essay is therefore a resource which can aid students and the layperson interested in drug/toxin action.