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Dubbed "the Jesse James of Canada," Norman "Red" Ryan was infamous in the 1920s and '30s until he was gunned… down in an attempted robbery in Sarnia, Ontario. Ernest Hemingway wrote about Ryan's escape from Kingston Penitentiary for the Toronto Star, Morley Callaghan based a novel on him and stories of Ryan and his crimes filled newspapers and airwaves. One of the first Canadians to be granted parole, he was held up by Prime Minister R.B. Bennett as a model of rehabilitation and became a regular guest at Toronto police picnics. All the while, however, Ryan was continuing a crime spree on the side. Jim Brown, filmmaker and CBC Radio host, tells the incredible true story of "Red" Ryan, a larger-than-life criminal whose fame and legend were much encouraged by the media--he was the "Kardashian" of the time--and whose story endures.
Arrested often as a teenager in New Orleans, Albert was behind bars in his early twenties when he was inspired… to join the Black Panther Party because of its social commitment and code of living. He was serving a 50-year sentence in Angola prison in Louisiana for armed robbery when on April 17, 1972, a white guard was killed. Albert and another member of the Panthers were immediately accused of the crime and put in solitary confinement by the warden. Without a shred of actual evidence against them, their trial was a sham of justice that gave them life sentences in solitary. Decades passed before Albert gained a lawyer of consequence; even so, sixteen more years and multiple appeals were needed before he was finally released in February 2016. Remarkably self-aware that anger or bitterness would have destroyed him in solitary confinement, sustained by the shared solidarity of two fellow Panthers, Albert turned his anger into activism and resistance. The Angola 3, as they became known, resolved never to be broken by the grinding inhumanity and corruption that effectively held them for decades as political prisoners. 2019.
An operatic story of jealousy, obsession, vast fortunes, and moral crusaders set against the glittering backdrop of Gilded Age New… York City. When Stanford White, one of the most famous architects of the era—whose mark on New York City is second to none—was murdered by Harry K. Thaw in 1906, his death become known as “The Crime of the Century.” But there were other players in this love triangle gone wrong that would play a part in the incredible story of White’s murderer. Chief among them was the ambitious district attorney William Travers Jerome, who had the opportunity to make—or break—his career with his prosecution of Thaw. Award-winning journalist Mary Cummings reveals a new angle to this incredible crime through Jerome’s story—a story that is ripe for our post-“Serial” era. Thaw was the debauched and deranged heir to a Pittsburgh fortune who had a sadistic streak. White was an artistic genius and one of the world’s premier architects who would become obsessed with a teenaged chorus girl, Evelyn Nesbit. White preyed on Nesbit, who, in a surprising twist, also became a fixation for Thaw. Nesbit and Thaw would later marry, but Thaw’s lingering jealousy and anger toward White over his past history with Nesbit would explosively culminate in White’s shocking murder—and the even more shocking trial of Thaw for a murder that was committed in front of dozens of eye witnesses. The promising young D.A. would find his faith in himself and the law severely tested as he battled colorful crooks, licentious grandees, and corrupt politicians. Cummings brilliant reveals the social issues simmering below the surface of New York that Jerome had to face. Filled with mesmerizing drama, rich period details, and fascinating characters, Saving Sin City sheds fresh light on crimes whose impact still echoes throughout the twenty-first century.
By Astrid Holleeder. 2018
The incredible true story of a woman who risked everything to put her brother, a murderous psychopath and one of… the world's most infamous crime bosses, behind bars.Astrid Holleeder is in hiding because she had the courage to write this book. Her brother Willem Holleeder, best known for his involvement in the 1983 kidnapping of the CEO and chairman of Heineken brewing company, is one of the most notorious criminals in contemporary history. For decades, Wim ruled over his family mafia-style, threatening death if any of them betrayed him. Astrid and her sister, Sonja, watched as their brother eliminated anyone who got in his way, and they lived in terror of inciting his rage, unable to protect even their own young children from his violence. Trained as a lawyer, Astrid served as her brother's unwilling confidante. Now, she's turning the tables on him. Charged for his involvement in multiple assassinations, including that of his former partner and brother-in-law, Holleeder is finally on trial for murder, all due to the shocking testimony of his own family. An international bestseller that has sold more than 500,000 copies in Holland, this stunning, edge-of-your seat memoir chronicles Astrid's terrifying experience working as a double agent, preserving her brother's trust just so that she could get enough information to put him away for life. Judas is the intimate account of Astrid's deeply personal betrayal, set against the backdrop of their haunting family history and the astonishing world of the criminal underground.
By Richard Morenus. 2015
The author was a businessman from New York who got tired of the Big City life and was… unhappy for some time He decided to move as far away from that environment Taking only his dog some gear and an open heart he travelled to Canada During this trip he found an island of epic beauty and decided to purchase it His story tells of his difficulty trying to adapt to such the harsh environment The local population were Native Americans who gave him the name Crazy White Man for making the changes that he did Dick Morenus New York radio and magazine writer took to the Ontario bush country to shed his ulcers After writing this hilarious account of his six-year transition from tenderfoot to woodsman-guide he returned to city life to teach write and lecture CHICAGO TRIBUNE -- As a story of the indomitable spirit of men and women pitted against the overwhelming forces of nature Crazy-White-Man is an inspiring one as a tale of pure adventure it will be hard to put down a book that is a little classic of the rugged life CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR -- one of the best tales of escape from city pressures It is a vivid close-up of the Ontario bush--written down with the vividness and gaiety of a man who knew he was free NEW YORK TIMES -- Respect for Mr Morenus courage and hardihood grows with every page we read it emerges as a valuable addition to the small number of books about the Canadian bush COLORADO SPRINGS FREE PRESS -- Anyone from young to old who has wanted to toss the soft life of today into the discard and live as our ancestors did will enjoy this book To those who have lived under frontier conditions it will be equally refreshing--and that cannot be said for many of this type
By Leslie Schwartz. 2018
Leslie Schwartz s powerful skillfully woven memoir of redemption and reading as told through the list of books… she read as she served a 90 day jail sentence In 2014 novelist Leslie Schwartz was sentenced to 90 days in Los Angeles County Jail for a DUI and battery of an officer It was the most harrowing and holy experience of her life Following a 414-day relapse into alcohol and drug addiction after more than a decade clean and sober Schwartz was sentenced and served her time with only six months sobriety The damage she inflicted that year upon her friends her husband her teenage daughter and herself was nearly impossible to fathom Incarceration might have ruined her altogether if not for the stories that sustained her while she was behind bars--both the artful tales in the books she read while there and more immediately the stories of her fellow inmates With classics like Edith Wharton s Ethan Frome to contemporary accounts like Laura Hillenbrand s Unbroken Schwartz s reading list is woven together with visceral recollections of both her daily humiliations and small triumphs within the county jail system Through the stories of others--whether rendered on the page or whispered in a jail cell--she learned powerful lessons about how to banish shame use guilt for good level her grief and find the lost joy and magic of her astonishing life Told in vivid unforgettable prose The Lost Chapters uncovers the nature of shame rage and love and how instruments of change and redemption come from the unlikeliest of places
By Robert Cea, Roman Caribe. 2018
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By Brian Innes. 2006
The Terrifying Story of the Most Monstrous Serial Killers through History.Serial Killers are the most notorious and disturbing of all… criminals, representing the very darkest side of humanity. Yet they endlessy fascinate and continue to capture the public's attention with their strange charisma and deadly deeds. From Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy and the Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, these killers transfix us with their ability to commit utterly savage acts of cruelty and depravity. Only with modern police detection methods and psychological profiling, have these figures that have existed throughout human history finally been identified in the deadliest category: serial killers. These methods, the killers' characters and their crimes are described here in fascinating and terrifyingly gripping detail. The whole history of serial killers is brought to life in 50 chapters, including:Herman Webster Mudget, Devil in the White CityJohn Christie, 10 Rillington Place murdersZodiac KillerIan Brady and Myra Hindley, The Moors MurderersTed BundyFred and Rosemary WestJeffrey DahmerAileen WuornosHarold Shipman, Dr Death
By John H. Culp. 2016
This is the follow-up novel to John H Culp s highly successful Born of the Sun containing many… of the central characters of the earlier novel--particularly the Kid and the rough-and-ready crew of the Tail End Ranch of North-west Texas Readers will be taken on more wild-and-woolly adventures and are in for an even more exciting dramatic spree in the thundering danger-filled pages of The Restless Land Piles dramatic scene upon dramatic scene until the reader is left breathless --Chicago Sunday Tribune THE RESTLESS LAND should be a pleasure to readers of --Kirkus Service Like its predecessor THE RESTLESS LAND is agreeable to read an entertaining story of cowhands Indians and other members of a frontier community with its abundance of roughhousing murder and legitimate killing in range and Indian conflicts --Library Journal Crowded with stirring conflict and colorful characters THE RESTLESS LAND finishes with a spectacular climax that will bring readers to their cheering feet --Dallas Morning News THE RESTLESS LAND IS A GRIPPING TALE --Nashville Banner
By Keagan Lejeune. 2016
From the infamous pirate Jean Laffite and the storied couple Bonnie and Clyde to less familiar bandits like train-robber… Eugene Bunch and suspected murderer Leather Britches Smith Legendary Louisiana Outlaws explores Louisiana s most fascinating fugitives In this entertaining volume Keagan LeJeune draws from historical accounts and current folklore to examine the specific moments and legal climate that spawned these memorable characters He shows how Laffite embodied Louisiana s shift from an entrenched French and Spanish legal system to an American one and relates how the notorious groups like the West and Kimbrell Clan served as community leaders and law officers but covertly preyed on Louisiana s Neutral Strip residents until citizens took the law into their own hands Likewise the bootlegging Dunn brothers in Vinton he explains demonstrate folk justice s distinction between an acceptable criminal act operating an illegal moonshine still and an unacceptable one cold-blooded murder Recounting each outlaw s life LeJeune also considers their motives for breaking the law as well as their attempts at evading capture Running from authorities and trying to escape imprisonment or even death these men and women often relied on the support of ordinary citizens sympathetic in the face of oppressive and unfair laws Through the lens of folk life LeJeune s engaging narrative demonstrates how a justice system functions and changes and highlights Louisiana s particular challenges in adapting a system of law and order to work for everyone
By R. Kent Newmyer. 2002
John Marshall (1755--1835) was arguably the most important judicial figure in American history. As the fourth chief justice of the… United States Supreme Court, serving from 1801 to1835, he helped move the Court from the fringes of power to the epicenter of constitutional government. His great opinions in cases like Marbury v. Madison and McCulloch v. Maryland are still part of the working discourse of constitutional law in America. Drawing on a new and definitive edition of Marshall's papers, R. Kent Newmyer combines engaging narrative with new historiographical insights in a fresh interpretation of John Marshall's life in the law. More than the summation of Marshall's legal and institutional accomplishments, Newmyer's impressive study captures the nuanced texture of the justice's reasoning, the complexity of his mature jurisprudence, and the affinities and tensions between his system of law and the transformative age in which he lived. It substantiates Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.'s view of Marshall as the most representative figure in American law.
By Zack Mcdermott. 2017
The story of a young man fighting to recover from a devastating psychotic break and the mother who refuses to… give up on him Zack McDermott a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed Truman Show-style as part of an audition for a TV pilot This was it - his big dreams were finally coming true Every passerby was an actor every car would magically stop for him everything he saw was a cue from The Producer to help inspire the performance of a lifetime After a manic spree around Manhattan Zack who is bipolar was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to Bellevue Hospital So begins the story of Zack s freefall into psychosis and his desperate poignant often darkly funny struggle to claw his way back to sanity regain his identity and rebuild some semblance of a stable life It s a journey that will take him from New York City back to his Kansas roots and to the one person who might be able to save him his tough big-hearted Midwestern mother nicknamed the Bird whose fierce and steadfast love is the light in Zack s dark world Before his odyssey is over Zack will be tackled by guards in mental wards run naked through cornfields receive secret messages from the TV befriend a former Navy Seal and his talking stuffed monkey and see the Virgin Mary in the whorls of his own back hair But with the Bird s help he just might have a shot at pulling through starting over and maybe even meeting a woman who can love him back bipolar and all Written with raw emotional power humor and tenderness GORILLA AND THE BIRD is a bravely honest account of a young man s unraveling and the relationship that saves him
By John Mccaslin. 2009
Weed Man - The Remarkable Journey of Jimmy Divine - is John McCaslin's account of the unbelievable exploits of a… Jimmy Moree - a law-abiding citizen turned million-dollar drug trafficker, who, amidst sometimes unbelievable, hilarious and escalating circumstances, risked life and limb to both make - and give away - a fortune. Shiploads of Colombian weed Sack loads of cash Island huts made of marijuana bales Trafficking drugs while directing the neighborhood crime watch Crooked cops and politicians and CIA operatives Weed Man details exploits of one of the biggest drug traffickers to infiltrate the United States. D.C. political columnist John McCaslin's account of a law-abiding citizen turned swashbuckling Caribbean Robin Hood is an unbelievable, entertaining - and true - story of crime, high jinx on the high seas. It was on a secluded cay in the Bahamas one otherwise ordinary morning that Jimmy Moree went for his usual jog on the beach--one that changed his life forever. After all, how many people stumble upon several million dollars while exercising? Soon, millions more would fall into his lap. And with every million, Jimmy spins an amazing yarn, each more incredible than the last--like when he tried to poison a mean neighbor with a deadly barracuda; how ungodly deception caused him to steal the holy garments and identity of his Catholic school priest and principal; why several thousand pounds of particularly potent marijuana came to be stored in the crawl space of a church during its Easter services; his extreme generosity shown to the poor farmers and fishermen who helped care for his ailing mother; and his unlikely view as of one of the world's biggest drug smugglers from his pew at the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Endorsements "I'm delighted to see that John McCaslin has climbed out of his political trench in Washington long enough to set sail on this astonishing journey through the precarious Caribbean reefs, and beyond. Somehow, in typical McCaslin fashion, he manages to bring his readers back to the nation's capital in a chapter that will certainly have official tongues wagging in Washington." -- Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News and former co-host of NBC's Today "This story is so compelling . . . John McCaslin has put it all together in a way that simply made me want to just keep on reading. Wow." --Wolf Blitzer, anchor and host of the CNN newscast The Situation Room "For years everybody in Washington has turned to John McCaslin's Inside The Beltway column for the inside skinny on what is going on in our nation's capital. Now, in Weed Man: The Remarkable Journey of Jimmy Divine, McCaslin brings his exceptional reportorial talent to bear in a fascinating expose of the drug trade." --G. Gordon Liddy, Watergate figure and nationally-syndicated radio host "McCaslin was a 20-something White House correspondent covering my dad, Ronald Reagan, when I first read his unique musings. Maybe I'm not surprised, given the cast of characters and shenanigans he calls attention to every day in his Inside the Beltway column, that he's now somehow made his way to a distant tropical island and uncovered the colorful if not hilarious escapades of drug trafficker Jimmy Divine." --Michael Reagan, presidential son and nationally syndicated radio host "This reads like a bestseller. It's about time we hear from a genuine pot smuggler of Jimmy Divine's caliber who opens our eyes to the high times and high jinks on the high seas." --Tommy Chong, comedian and actor of Cheech & Chong fame "Proof positive that the extras in James Bond movies are far more interesting than the films, the story of Harbour Island's Jimmy Divine is so colorful it is hard to believe ... or put down. Told in a breezy, witty style, McCaslin's book captures moments in relatively recent Caribbean history when it was again possible to make a fortune by the ability to steer a boat stealthily through dangerous seas."
By Fali S. Nariman. 2010
Before Memory Fades by Fali S Nariman is a revelatory comprehensive and perceptive autobiography … candid compelling and authoritative Internationally admired and respected Fali S Nariman is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India He began his career at the Bombay High Court in November 1950 and has since been active in the legal profession Over the years he has held several prestigious posts at both the national and international levels He became a Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha in November 1999 He is the recipient of the Padma Bhushan 1991 and the Padma Vibhushan 2007 Starting with his formative years when he had the good fortune to interact with many eminent judges and advocates Fali S Nariman moves on to deal with a wide variety of important subjects such as the sanctity of the Indian Constitution and attempts to tamper with it crucial cases that have made a decisive impact on the nation especially on the interpretation of the law the relationship between the political class and the judiciary the cancer of corruption and how to combat this menace the author outlines measures to restore the now-low credibility of the legal profession he also delineates his role in several high-profile cases In recognition of his track record the Government of India nominated him to the Rajya Sabha He describes the highlights of his tenure there Both members of the legal profession and the lay reader will find the contents informative and useful
By Fali S. Nariman. 2013
A definitive analytical and meticulous account of the present state of the nation from a… constitutional perspective by one of India s most respected legal luminaries An ardent defender of the Constitution of India Fali Nariman has today attained the status of an outstanding lawyer who strongly believes in the rule of the law and stands by his convictions In this timely volume the author highlights crucial issues that the legislature the executive judiciary the bar and the common people have to deal with virtually on a day-to-day basis His main focus is on corruption at various levels and in hallowed institutions including the judiciary The author contends that the legislative and executive wings of the government the elected representatives of the people were and are expected to provide for the welfare of the people He points out that they have failed miserably simply because making of laws is not enough applying and enforcing laws which are also the primary duties of the government have left much to be desired Consequently it is the judiciary that tells the government when and how to distribute excess food what crops to grow and what not to grow which economic projects are good for the country and which are not and what fuel should be used in our vehicles and whether 2G 3G licences should be allotted only through auctions The judiciary is hence accused of overreach The contents also throw light on other important subjects such as the implications of reservations for certain sections of the population including minorities the true purpose and significance of the Constitution Centre State relations and whether the Constitution has benefited the common people over the years This is a book that is absorbing as well as thought-provoking that will make the readers put on their thinking caps
“Norfleet”: The Actual Experiences of a Texas Rancher’s 30,000-Mile Transcontinental Chase After Five Confidence Men
By J Norfleet, W White. 2018
Originally published in 1924 this is the true story of J Frank Norfleet a typical West Texas… ranchman and his four-year chase after a gang of international swindlers which takes the reader on a transcontinental journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific from Mexico and Cuba into Canada A gripping and incredible chronicle of one man s dedication to break up an international crime ring True story of West Texas rancher J Frank Norfleet cousin to General Robert E Lee on his grandmother s side who was deceived and robbed by sophisticated politicians and financiers and proceeded to track them across continents from the Atlantic to the Pacific from Mexico and Cuba into Canada to bring them to justice Applauded by the U S Department of Justice Norfleet set an example in his time that rings as true today do not let yourself be abused by financial manipulators who pervert laws to rob the common man A gripping and incredible chronicle of one man s dedication to break up an international crime ring
By Glenn Shirley. 2018
The Old West bred some mighty tough men Unfortunately the general public knows little or nothing about the good… ones Billy the Kid the Daltons Jesse James Sam Bass the Youngsters Wesley Hardin and many more are familiar as heroes to the children and their parents of today So even more unfortunately are many so-called lawmen who were actually nothing but hired killers far more crooked than most of the men they eliminated Heck Thomas deserves to be known in a way that most of the current TV Marshals never deserved Fighter yes and killer at times law officer of some of the toughest areas in the Southwest such as the Cherokee Strip and other outlaw-ridden parts of Oklahoma he never took a bribe was a model family man and lived to a magnificent old age still in hardness honoured as one of the last genuine heroes of the frontier by all who knew him No one outlaw or politician ever made him back down and his record of arrests and captures still stands as one of the most noteworthy of any peace officer anywhere To a public which always seeks true heroism and is proud of the iron men who built America this man Heck Thomas must stand forever as the best type of man of the West low-voiced courteous law-abiding and very very dangerous Heck Thomas made his lifework keeping the law and emerges from the shadowy past to blazing life as an authentic hero of the Old Frontier
By Cora Clark, Texa Williams. 2018
In this volume which was first published in 1954 some forty-odd myths collected at various Pomo settlements are… given clearly and concisely by Cora Clark and Texa Bowen Williams It includes a separate section in which the sister authors provide a partial analysis of the myths based upon the interpretations given them by the storytellers The meanings attributed to the tales include much nature symbolism coyote in an abbreviated creation myth for example is said to represent earth Frog Woman water Kingfisher air and the Lizard fire In other tales the number four is said to represent the growth principle arrows heat rays and so on This type of symbolism has not been attributed to the Pomo in previous discussions and is thus represented here for the first time A fascinating addition to the literature on Pomo mythology
By Ernest Haycox. 2018
LAW AND ORDER WERE HIS GAME GUNS AND GUTS HIS WAYRiver Bend stood tough and dusty at… the end of a thousand-mile cattle trail For the men who rode the long hard Texas cattle drives it was a rootin -tootin trail town where they could quench their thirst for whiskey women and a rousing fight But Sheriff Dan Mitchell wasn t worried about rowdy cowpokes the man with the star was as quick with his gun as he was with his fists and his wits When it came to law and order he meant business Trouble was the saloonkeepers and the so-called respectable folks who had put him in office had their own notions as to the extent of the law And they didn t expect the sheriff to be such an independent cuss Each wanted him out for his own reasons Now Mitchell kept his 44s belted around his waist and the Henry rifle in his saddleboot ready to keep the law his way or die trying MOVES STEADILY RELENTLESSLY FORWARD WITH GRIM POWER THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Ernest Haycox. 2018
BLOOD JUSTICEFrank Goodnight set out to track down Theo McSween the man who had run off with his… pretty sister and left her high and dry He had been on McSween s trail for weeks when he rode into Sherman City Wyoming a tough town at the base of the Owlhom hills on a hunch the varmint was hidin up there with the Wild Bunch a gang of outlaws Who been preying on prideful ranchers While Goodnight sampled the rotgut at the local saloon the Wild Bunch rode into town with their Colts ablazin and suddenly he was a stranger caught plumb in the middle of a range war But he survived dodging the hot lead and even gettin a good look at his man ridin with that bunch of gun toughs All he could think of now was putting McSween six feet under but that would have to wait a spell He wanted the chance to meet that scummy nightrider alone and man to man and make him sweat blood