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Old 10-13-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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I just started reading We Is Got Him (no, that's not a typo), by Carrie Hagen.

This is a recounting of "the first kidnapping for ransom in the US", in Philadelphia, in 1874. While it is not exactly the greatest writing that I have ever read, it is well-enough written to keep the reader engrossed and wanting to learn more of the mystery.

The title comes from one of the lines in the first ransom note, penned by the semi-literate kidnapper. It is actually difficult in some cases to figure out what the kidnapper was trying to say, so it must have been very frustrating for the well-educated parents of the child to have had to try to decipher what the miscreant was trying to tell them.

Anyway, if you enjoy reading historical novels or actual historic accounts of true crime stories, I think that you will enjoy this book.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:02 PM
 
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Thanks...I read True Crime-usually Ann Rule books of more recent crimes.

The Strange Case of H.H. Holmes, John Borowski
book about the first US serial killer -very strange indeed
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:52 PM
 
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Retriever, thanks for the recommendation. Hope I can find it for the Kindle.
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Old 10-13-2011, 07:26 PM
 
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I may have to check this out, Three Wolves.....thx.
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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I usually read John Grisham. Kinda true crime but not really.
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:33 PM
 
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Thanks...I read True Crime-usually Ann Rule books of more recent crimes.

The Strange Case of H.H. Holmes, John Borowski
book about the first US serial killer -very strange indeed
Another good book on that subject is:

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Nassau, Long Island, NY
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Default Interesting book about the Son of Sam

The Ultimate Evil by Maury Terry

http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Evil-...8631643&sr=1-3

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Did David Berkowitz, perpetrator of the infamous “Son of Sam Murders” act alone? Or rather was he a hit man for a dangerous satanic cult, the Process Church of the Final Judgment? When Berkowitz confessed to the murders in 1977, investigative reporter Maury Terry set out to collect the real facts and reveal the true evil mastermind behind these crimes -- as well behind many other ritualistic homicides he attributes to the cult.
Did 'Son of Sam' Really Act Alone?
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5351509

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What most don't know about the Son of Sam case is that from the beginning, not everyone bought the idea that Berkowitz acted alone. On the list of skeptics, police who worked the case, even the prosecutor from Queens, where five of the shootings took place. In addition, Berkowitz himself, in a little known interview done years after the killings, claimed there were other shooters, naming names.

But perhaps most surprising is what Dateline recently learned, that the arrest of David Berkowitz didn't actually close the Son of Sam case. In Berkowitz's home town it is still not officially closed.

I read this book and it really made me wonder (although the theory has never been legally "proven" and accepted by law enforcement). The book is meticulously researched. It's not a thin, little "true crime" book either. It was really a great read and very scary.

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Old 10-14-2011, 10:27 PM
 
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Another good book on that subject is:

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

That book, like all of Erik Larson's books, is excellently written.
Unfortunately, We Is Got Him is not in that league of writing, but it is decent enough to keep me reading it.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:57 AM
 
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Is the original poster's recommended book about Charley Ross?
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:53 AM
 
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Is the original poster's recommended book about Charley Ross?

Yes, Charley Ross was--allegedly--the first child kidnapped for ransom in the US, and the book is the tale of that crime.
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