Homicide by the Rich and Famous: A Century of Prominent Killers (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2005 - Social Science - 266 pages
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Many people express shock and horror when they hear of a wealthy or famous person killing another person. As a society, we seem to expect the rich and famous to behave better, to commit fewer crimes, to be immune to the passions that inspire other, less prominent people to kill. After all, the rich and famous have everything—why would they need to murder? But the rich and famous kill for the very same reasons others do: love, power, money, jealousy, greed, revenge, and rage. Here, Scott takes us on a tour of murders committed by the rich and famous during the last century, looking at the motives, the responses of the community and local law enforcement, the media, and the outcomes. She argues that the rich and famous may kill for the same reasons as others, but they receive vastly different treatment and are often able to get away with murder.

Homicide by the rich and famous is not new in this country, nor is fascination with the crimes committed by our most revered citizens. But being among the upper echelon of society does afford such suspects with a greater ability to escape punishment. They have greater access to better respresentation, they have the means to flee the country, they have influential friends in high places willing to put themselves on the line, and they are generally treated better by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. This book profiles the many ways in which homicides committed by the rich and famous are similar to other murders in their motives, but differ from those committed by everyday citizens in their outcomes. Scott provides readers with a showcase of crimes that will infuriate and fascinate readers.

  

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Contents

A Matter of Motive
1
The Case of Roland Burnham Molineux
3
The Case of Candace Candy Mossler
10
Whats the Method?
17
The Case of Linda Burfield Hazzard
19
The Case of Dr Carl Coppolino
26
Hiring Help
39
The Case of Allen Blackthorne
40
The Case of Michael Skakel
114
Legal Power?
131
The Case of Lizzie Borden
132
The Case of Claus von Bulow
145
When Rich Kids Kill
161
The Case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb
162
The Case of Lyle and Erik Menendez
179
Losing It
195

The Big CoverUp
53
The Case of Albert Louis Luetgert
54
The Case of Thomas Capano
62
Family Friends and High Places
77
The Case of Harry Thaw
78
The Case of Susan Cummings
85
The Power of the Police Press Personality and Politics
99
The Case of Cullen Davis
101
The Case of the Wardlow Sisters
196
The Case of John du Pont
205
Conclusion
221
Notes
227
Bibliography
251
Index
257
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GINI GRAHAM SCOTT is a professional writer with over 35 books to her credit, including Homicide: 100 Years of Murder in America, You the Jury: A Recovered Memory Case, The Empowered Mind, and others. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and a J.D.

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