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One Deadly Night

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    Needs Another Edit

    I live in the town that this occurred in and am familiar with the trial. The book was informative, but didn't tell much beyond what the press told. Beyond that it was very poorly written and edited. The redundancy was annoying (example: too often when David Camm's name appeared it was preceeded by an unnecessary adjective. Every time his sister's name appeared, throughout the entire book, it was indicated that she was his sister. I think everyone would get that in the first fifty times it was mentioned, no need to keep mentioning it.). There is reference to Camm driving his wife and children to her family's house on Thanksgiving morning to have breakfast and open presents. Who opens presents on Thanksgiving? Did the author mean CHRISTMAS? Also, there were many places in the surrounding towns that were referred to by incorrect names and then referred to again later by the correct names (ex: Slate Creek is Silver Creek, there is no New Albany Memorial Hospital, it is Floyd Memorial Hospital and it is JeffersonVILLE, Indiana not Jefferson, Indiana). The description of the town is not quite accurate either. I mean, I didn't even recognize it as the town I live in based on the author's description. Lastly, at the end of the book (beginning page 319), there are so many errors,it's ridiculous. Debbie Renn is correctly referred to as Kim's sister and a few sentences later, as David's sister. In the following few pages so much is repeated,literally entire sentences, I didn't even finish the rest. You could seriously cut out about 100 pages if you took out everything that was repeated and irrelevant. You have to wonder, with all the errors, how much effort was put forth in writing this book. People that are not familiar with the case or town will probably be intrigued, but to someone who lives here, it was just reused media information.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Still Worth your time...

    and money. Particularly if you are not from the Indiana community and/or were not following the trial closely as it took place.I agree with other reviewers that the editing and geographic errors were irksome. Nonetheless, for the rest of us, these were forgivable if the other important detail wass not subtantially inaccurate. Presuming that, Glatt provides another extensive study of the evolution of evil. Which is why the writer's treatment of David Camm's, and other socio-skunk's, early life is critical to the book. Or if you believe, as many arguably do, that there is [And I say "is" because it's not over yet as of this review!!] reasonable doubt as to David Camm's guilt, this book is an excellent illustration of the post-O.J. jury backlash.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    Not worth it

    Just couldn't get into it.Although i liked John Blatt's book on Melanie McGuire.This one spent the first 7 chapters tellin me about this guys life from his little league team to his prom to his college days to his first job and on and on and on.Who cares? Get to the meat and potatos.A big bore.But once again,his "to have and to kill" book about Melanie was very good.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    Justice was Served, but the Editing was a Crime!

    The editing is terrible and the book contains many mistakes. I grew up in this community, and all the incorrect names within the surrounding community took a while to figure out. I will admit that I got up during the night serveral times to make sure that my doors were locked and the children were all in their beds. Reading this book reminds you that are evil people, like David Camm, in the world.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Scary...

    This wasn't the best written of true crime books but it kept my attention as it literally hit close to home. I am an Indiana resident and was born and raised in Michigan City where David Camm was imprisoned for some time. There's a twist in thr epilogue that you don't see coming. I would be interested in researching this case some more to see what the final outcome was. Worth reading for sure.

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