A Terrible Thunder: The Story of the New Orleans Sniper

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Garrett County Press, 2005 - True Crime - 284 pages
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On New Year's Eve in New Orleans, 1972 Mark James Essex began one of the most violent and deadly sniper attacks on policemen that any American city had ever seen. It was yet another tragic journey down the road of race hatred, and before it ended one week later, hundreds of heavily armed police and a Marine Corps assault helicopter would be called to a burning downtown hotel to battle phantom gunmen who refused to surrender or to be killed.

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This is a grimly fascinating book, in the category of truth-is-stranger-than fiction. On January 1, 1973, a sniper began picking off police officers as they reported to duty at the "Central Lockup" in ... Read full review

A Terrible Thunder : The Story of the New Orleans Sniper

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On December 31, 1972, revelers gathering in downtown New Orleans for the New Year's celebration found themselves running for cover as a sniper opened fire. The shooter targeted police officers ... Read full review

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Peter Hernon is an editor for the Chicago Tribune. Author Resides in Chicago, IL.

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