25 February 2013, 07:24
Crown | 2007 | ISBN: 0307395227 | EPUB | 1.08MB
They called it Satan's Circus--a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, it was a place where everyone from the chorus girls to the beat cops was on the take and where bad boys became wicked men; a place where an upstanding young policeman such as Charley Becker could become the crookedest cop who ever stood behind a shield.
Murder was so common in the vice district that few people were surprised when the loudmouthed owner of a shabby casino was gunned down on the steps of its best hotel. But when, two weeks later, an ambitious district attorney charged Becker with ordering the murder, even the denizens of Satan's Circus were surprised. The handsome lieutenant was a decorated hero, the renowned leader of New York's vice-busting Special Squad. Was he a bad cop leading a double life, or a pawn felled by the sinister rogues who ran Manhattan's underworld?
With appearances by the legendary and the notorious--including Big Tim Sullivan, the election-rigging vice lord of Tammany Hall; future president Theodore Roosevelt; beloved gangster Jack Zelig; and the newly famous author Stephen Crane--Satan's Circus brings to life an almost-forgotten Gotham. Chronicling Charley Becker's rise and fall, the book tells of the raucous, gaudy, and utterly corrupt city that made him, and recounts not one but two sensational murder trials that landed him in the electric chair.
The Devil's Garden: The Claremont Serial Killings
24 February 2013, 04:20
Random House Australia | 2007 | ISBN: 1741664667 | EPUB | 514.41KB
The State of Western Australia (WA)was in shock. Claremont is a salubrious suburb of Perth. Three lovely young women disappearing from relatively safe streets without a trace was very disturbing. The investigation has continued full-time over ten years, the biggest in the history of the WA police. And it is now Australia's longest running and most expensive murder investigation. Controversy surrounding the Claremont killings has not faded with time.
There are a number of suspects. Bodies of the three missing women have been found. But what about all those other young women in Western Australia who have not been seen for years. Are they also victims of the Claremont serial killer? Debi Marshall looks critically at the police investigation and 16 other disappearances in Western Australia. She talks to everyone involved from forensic investigators, criminologists, the police, the media, and the victims' parents. The results of her investigation should not be ignored.
Underbelly: The Gangland War
24 February 2013, 04:18
John Blake | 2009 | ISBN: 184454737X | EPUB | 3.13MB
John Moran and Carl Williams were the two biggest rival drug barons in Australia. They certainly weren’t partners, but they weren’t sworn enemies. After a meeting over a drug money dispute went sour, Moran shot Carl in the stomach, but decided not to finish the job. It turned out to be the biggest mistake of his life, as Carl became hell bent on revenge. Within months, most of the Moran family and a host of underworld figures would die in an astonishing spate of revenge killings that shook the public and the police to the core. Murder, greed, drugs, sex, and corruption abound in this true story that reads like a piece of gangster fiction. This is the amazing story of a powerful man who did things his way to the bitter end.