Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South [EPUB]
26 October 2018, 11:46
2018 | EPUB | 2.34MB
Meet Money Rock―young, charismatic, and Charlotte’s flashiest coke dealer―in a riveting social history with echoes of Ghettoside and Random Family
Meet Money Rock. He’s young. He’s charismatic. He’s generous, often to a fault. He’s one of Charlotte’s most successful cocaine dealers, and that’s what first prompted veteran reporter Pam Kelley to craft this riveting social history—by turns action-packed, uplifting, and tragic—of a striving African American family, swept up and transformed by the 1980s cocaine epidemic.
The saga begins in 1963 when a budding civil rights activist named Carrie gives birth to Belton Lamont Platt, eventually known as Money Rock, in a newly integrated North Carolina hospital. Pam Kelley takes readers through a shootout that shocks the city, a botched FBI sting, and a trial with a judge known as “Maximum Bob.” When the story concludes more than a half century later, Belton has redeemed himself. But three of his sons have met violent deaths and his oldest, fresh from prison, struggles to make a new life in a world where the odds are stacked against him.
This gripping tale, populated with characters both big-hearted and flawed, shows how social forces and public policies—racism, segregation, the War on Drugs, mass incarceration—help shape individual destinies. Money Rock is a deeply American story, one that will leave readers reflecting on the near impossibility of making lasting change, in our lives and as a society, until we reckon with the sins of our past.
Irrefutable Evidence: Adventures in the History of Forensic Science [EPUB]
05 March 2018, 00:57
2009 | EPUB | 1.98MB
The rise of scientific thinking in finding, catching, and convicting criminals―and, just as important, freeing the innocent―has transformed society's assault on crime. Before scientific detective work, early attempts to maintain public safety relied on the severity of punishment rather than any probability of apprehension. But with the rapid development of the sciences in the nineteenth century, some techniques began to spill over into more effective police work.
Michael Kurland's engrossing history of forensic science recounts this remarkable progress, which continues to the present. He traces the history of the major techniques of criminal detection and many of the minor ones. Here are Bertillon's physical measurements used to recognize habitual criminals; the study of fingerprints identifying criminals long after they have left the scene of the crime; Gravelle's comparison microscope comparing bullets to determine if they have been fired from the same gun; the development of bloodstain identification and, ultimately, the blood type involved. Mr. Kurland explains how once–accepted techniques have fallen by the wayside―handwriting analysis, for example―and how methods such as lie detectors, voice spectrum analysis, bite mark evidence, and other methods have proven unworthy.
Finally Irrefutable Evidence explores the rise of modern DNA typing techniques, which have proven the innocence of many persons convicted of major crimes and resulted in the exoneration of more than two hundred on death row.
Blood, Sweat and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, A Pioneer Forensics Investigator [EPUB]
25 February 2018, 21:13
2017 | EPUB | 8.24MB
Heralded internationally as “Canada’s Sherlock Holmes,” John Vance was an innovative and pioneering forensic investigator who was so successful at solving criminal cases, he was the subject of numerous attempts on his life. Over the course of forty-two years beginning in the 1930s, Vance helped police detectives in British Columbia to determine murder from suicide as well as solve hit-and-runs, safe-crackings, and some of the most sensational murder cases of the twentieth century.