American Murder: Criminals, Crimes, and the Media

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Visible Ink Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 425 pages
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Investigating the way Hollywood scoops up notorious criminals and turns them into legends, this entertaining who's-who guide provides thumbnail sketches of such killers as Ma Barker, Black Beard, Al Capone, John Wesley Hardin, and Charles Starkweather. Noting that some figures are glamorized in popular culture (Jesse James), while others are demonized (Charles Manson), this encyclopedic collection explores the legends' emotional truths as depicted in movies, stories, and songs. Facts of the real cases behind these notorious criminals are also presented, including the landmark rulings that pioneered new approaches to criminal justice.

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The American psyche is profoundly intertwined with the sordid; murder is what fascinates us the most. As a veteran movie reviewer, radio host, and podcaster, Mayo is particularly interested in how the ... Read full review

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Mike Mayo is a former host of the nationally syndicated Movie Show on Radio and frequently comments on the movies for Wisconsin Public Radio. He is the author of VideoHounds Horror Show and VideoHounds DVD Guide. He lives in Chatham, New Jersey.

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