Capone: A Photographic Portrait [EPUB]
27 January 2014, 00:06
2012 | EPUB | 10.69MB
A visual retelling of the rise and eventual fall of Chicago's most notorious gangster: Alphonse "Scarface" Capone. Comprised of many never-before-published photographs from the Chicago Tribune's vast archives, Al Capone is a look back in time to the Roaring Twenties and the early days of organized crime. This collection of historical photos—taken from 1926 to 1952—focus on Capone and those connected to him, including his family, mob rivals, and targets.
Many of these photographs have never been seen outside of Chicago's Tribune Tower, but all of them are high-quality scans of original glass-plate negatives, making them historically significant to both photography buffs and readers interested in Capone. The introduction by the Chicago Tribune's associate managing photo/video editor details this process in an illuminating, fascinating fashion.
Al Capone's first section gives readers a look inside Capone's luxurious and illicit gangster lifestyle—vacation homes, mob funerals, gun-toting arrests—up to the time of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929. The second part follows Capone's 1931 indictment, trial, and sentencing on charges of defrauding the government and violating prohibition. The third section introduces readers to a mob target who evaded assassination for decades, and one who was not so lucky. The fourth part follows up with Al Capone's brother, Ralph, and the fifth part focuses on Capone's death.
American Honor Killings [EPUB]
24 January 2014, 07:15
2013 | EPUB | 415.8KB
In American Honor Killings, straight and gay guys cross paths, and the result is murder. But what really happened? What role did hatred play? What were the men involved really like, and what was going on between them when the murder occurred? American Honor Killings explores the truth behind squeamish reporting and uninformed political rants of the far right or fringe left. David McConnell, a New York–based novelist, researched cases from small-town Alabama to San Quentin's death row. The book recounts some of the most notorious crimes of our era.
Beginning in 1999 and lasting until the 2011 conviction of a youth in Queens, New York, the book shows how some murderers think they're cleaning up society. Surprisingly, other killings feel almost preordained, not a matter of the victim's personality or actions so much as a twisted display of a young man's will to compete or dominate. We want to think these stories involve simple sexual conflict, either the killer's internal struggle over his own identity or a fatally miscalculated proposition. They're almost never that simple.
Together, the cases form a secret American history of rage and desire. McConnell cuts through cant and political special pleading to turn these cases into enduring literature. In each story, victims, murderers, friends, and relatives come breathtakingly alive. The result is more soulful, more sensitive, more artful than the sort of “true crime” writing the book was modeled on. A wealth of new detail has been woven into old cases, while new cases are plumbed for the first time. The resulting stories play out exactly as they happened, an inexorable sequence of events—grisly, touching, disturbing, sometimes even with moments of levity.
Jailing: The Prison Memoirs of 00040 [EPUB]
21 January 2014, 10:34
2012 | EPUB | 3.04MB
When the Nixon administration dealt Clifford Irving a 2 ½ year prison sentence for committing the Howard Hughes Autobiography, the 41-year-old author was shocked . . . and unprepared to serve time. In prison, he learned how to jail and prevail. But then he was caught with contraband, moved to a three-star penitentiary, and later accused of inciting a riot and conspiring to kill the warden.
This is the true and penetrating story of how Irving survived and won the battle for his freedom. After his journal was excerpted in Playboy, the full memoir hasn't been available until this special new for 2012 eBook edition.
The cover photo of the author was taken at Alcatraz in July 1979 - While on a voluntary visit!