Famous American Crimes and Trials: 1981-2000

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Praeger, 2004 - Law - 311 pages
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What do Lizzie Borden and O. J. Simpson have in common? Or the Lindbergh baby and Gary Gilmore? The answer: they were all the focus of famous crimes and/or trials in the United States. In this five-volume set, historical and contemporary cases that not only "shocked the nation" but that also became a part of the popular and legal culture of our country are discussed in vivid, and sometimes shocking, detail. Each chapter focuses on a different crime or trial, and explores the ways in which each became famous in its own time. The fascinating cast of characters, the outrageous crimes, the involvement of the media, the actions of the police, and the trials that often surprised combine to offer here one of the most comprehensive set of books available on the subject of famous U.S. crimes and trials.

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Finally, a mega reference work devoted solely to all of America's famous and infamous crimes and trials. Organized chronologically, with the first volume starting in 1607 and the fifth ending in 2000 ... Read full review

Contents

An Author from behind Bars
1
The Hunt for a Killer
17
High Numbers
35
Copyright

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Frankie Y. Bailey is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (SUNY). Her area of research is crime and culture, focusing on two areas: crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture. She is the author of the Edgar-nominated OUT OF THE WOODPILE: BLACK CHARACTERS IN CRIME AND DETECTIVE FICTION (Greenwood, 1991). She is the co-editor (with Donna C. Hale) of POPULAR CULTURE, CRIME, AND JUSTICE (Wadsworth, 1998). She is the co-author (with Alice P. Green) of ALAW NEVER HERE: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN RESPONSES TO ISSUES OF CRIME AND JUSTICE (Praeger, 1999). She is the co-editor with Steven Chermak and Michelle Brown of MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF SEPTEMBER 11 (Praeger, 2003). She and Donna C. Hale are the co-authors of book, BLOOD ON HER HANDS: THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF WOMEN, SEXUALITY, AND MURDER (Thomson, 2004). As a mystery writer, Bailey is the author of DEATH=S FAVORITE CHILD (Silver Dagger, 2000), A DEAD MAN=S HONOR (Silver Dagger, 2001), and OLD MURDERS (Silver Dagger, 2003), featuring Southern criminal justice professor/crime historian Lizzie Stuart. Her most recent publication is a short story in the mystery anthology, Shades of Black (2004), edited by Eleanor Taylor Bland.