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True Stories of Law & Order: The Real Crimes…

True Stories of Law & Order: The Real Crimes behind the Best Episodes of…

by Kevin Dwyer, Juré Fiorillo

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  mahallett | Jun 14, 2011 |
True Stories was a quick read. Can't say it was incredibly, good or bad. It was what it purported to be: summaries of the real crimes that inspired Law and Order Special Victims Unit episodes. The book doesn't really provide any substantial insights, but simply provides easy-to-read, brief summaries of the criminals and their crimes. ( )
  Voracious_Reader | May 2, 2010 |
Although the book has little to do with the actual LAW & ORDER shows, it does a great job of going "behind the scenes," as it were, of 25 of the show's episodes to explore the true crimes they were based on.

These aren't stories for the faint of heart, but they do pull at the heartstrings. I remember watching many of the episodes the crimes were based on. This is a great book, especially for those interested in true crimes, but anyone will find them fascinating.

The authors have truly done their research and are to be commended. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 14, 2009 |
I was already familiar with the cases featured in this book but I didn't mind reading up on them again. ( )
  r0ckcandy | Apr 9, 2009 |
I used to read true crime all the time. In recent years I have taken a break from that genre and branched out. That being said I am still a huge Law and Order watcher, and having had this book in my TBR for a while I decided to read it.

And I picked the right book to read. True Stories of Law & Order picks 25 of the better known stories to tell you. It gives you the “ripped from the headlines” look at how Law & Order played it, than tells you the real story. This book spares no details I the telling of each of these stories. While some of them are more exciting than others, I know I was riveted to the page every time I flipped it.

If you have a weak stomach I do not recommend reading this book. Many of the stories give the very grizzly details, and several involve young children. But if you can handle such details and are a fan of the True Crime genre this is a book for you. To me it was very interesting to get the true facts behind some of the Law & Order episodes I liked best. I also found it interesting to see just how much they changed things, or didn’t.

One nice thing that the book also has is the occasional sidebar of extra information. It takes the time to explain some of the cop and lawyer lingo and tells you just how much it is actually used in real work. Or as in the case of some actions is not legal to use at all. If you enjoy this kind of book and are looking for a riveting read go out and pick up this book. ( )
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1. Acquitted of murdering a neighbor, tranvestite billionaire Robert Durst remains a suspect in his wife's disappearance.
2. Weeks after returning from combat duty in the Gulf War, Anthony Riggs was killed in a life-insurance scheme hatched by his wife and brother-in-law
3. Bonnie Garland, a student at Yale University, was murdered in her Scarsdale home by fellow student and ex-boyfriend Richard Herrin; the Catholic church spoke out in Herrin's defense.
4. Hockey dad Thomas Junta beat Michael Costin to death after their kids' practice game in Massachusetts.
5. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer helped get Jack Abbott, a convict with literary promise, paroled.  Six weeks later, Abbott killed a man and was sent back to prison.
6. Kitty Genovese was repeatedly stabbed on a street in a Queens, New York, neighborhood.  No one called the police until after she had been killed.
7. Two British ten-year-olds were charged with the abduction and murder of two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool.
8. The murder of a married couple went unsolved for four years until Paul Cox confessed to the crime during an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
9. Hollywood starlet Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered outside her home by a fan who had been stalking her for several years.
10. On a winter day in 1984, Bernie Goetz shot four black teenagers when they approached him on the subway demanding money.  Was it self-defense or vigilantism?
11. Death row inmate Karla Faye Tucker underwent a religious transformation and lobbied to have her death sentence commuted.  Despite the support of Congressman Newt Gingrich and televangelist Pat Robertson, she was executed in 1998.
12. Robert Chambers strangled Jennifer Levin in New York City's Central Park in what the press quickly dubbed "the preppie murder."
13. A civil jury found White Aryan Resistance founder Tom Metzger and his son guilty of inciting the murder of Ethiopian immigrant Mulugeta Seraw.
14. Candace Newmaker, a ten-year-old Colorado girl, was smothered to death during a rebirthing session with her therapists.
15. Mafia wise guy Louis "Lump Lump" Barone, a regular at the exclusive Harlem eatery Rao's, shot and killed a fellow patron for insulting him.
16. In Milwaukee, eight-year-old Terrance Cottrell was smothered during a church exorcism intended to cure his autism.
17. Californian George Franklin was tried and convicted of the murder of an eight-year-old girl based on his daughter's recovered memory of the crime.
18. Whitey Bulger, head of Boston's Winter Hill Gang, spent decades murdering, robbing, and extorting his neighbors at will, thanks to an old neighbor in the FBI.
19. New Jersey teens Thomas Kosovich and Jason Vreeland ambushed and killed two pizza deliverymen for the "thrill" of it.
20. The Israeli government refused to extradite Samuel Scheinbein, an American teenager charged with murder in Maryland.
21. Diane Whipple, a popular lacrosse coach, was mauled to death by her neighbors' dogs in San Francisco.
22. Cuban boatlift refugee Julio Gonzalez committed the worst mass murder in American history when he set fire to the Happy Land nightclub in the Bronx, killing eighty-seven people.
23. Oklahoma police chemist Joyce Gilchrist's faulty forensic work sent innocent men and women to prison -- and may have cost one man his life.
24. Misogynist Marc Lépine, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, killed fourteen women in an antifeminist tear through a Canadian engineering school.
25. Sixties radical Ira "Unicorn" Einhorm fled the country after police discovered his girlfriend's badly decomposed body inside a trunk in his closet.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425211908, Paperback)

True Stories of Law & Order reveals the fascinating and shocking facts behind 25 of the hit show's most popular episodes - from the incredible account of how a woman's repressed memory leads to the solving of a 30-year-old cold case to the high-profile investigation of tranvestite millionaire Robert Durst. And just like in Law & Order, the actual crime is just the beginning, as you follow these cases from the initial stages of the investigation through the trial and up to the often controversial verdicts.

Part of the reason millions of fans tune in to Law & Order is the gritty realism of its storytelling. The monumentally popular show has included many episodes inspired by actual cases ripped from the headlines - true crimes that are often stranger and more chilling than fiction.

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Part of the reason millions of fans tune in to Law & Order is the gritty realism of its storytelling. The monumentally popular show has included many episodes inspired by actual cases ripped from the headlines. Here are the fascinating and shocking facts behind 25 of the hit show's most popular episodes--and, just as in the television drama, the actual crime is just the beginning, as you follow these cases from the initial stages of the investigation through the trial and up to the often controversial verdicts.--From publisher description.… (more)

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