A Terrible Thunder: The Story of the New Orleans Sniperby Peter Hernon
It was yet another tragic journey down the road of hatred, and before it ended one week later, hundreds of heavily armed police and a Marine Corps assault helicopter would be called to a burning
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On New Year's Eve in New Orleans, 1972, Mark James Essex began one of the most violent and deadly sniper attacks on policemen that any American city had ever seen.
It was yet another tragic journey down the road of hatred, and before it ended one week later, hundreds of heavily armed police and a Marine Corps assault helicopter would be called to a burning downtown hotel to battle phantom gunmen who refused to surrender or to be killed.
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Peter Hernon lives near Chicago with his wife, Janice, and two daughters. An editor for the Chicago Tribune, he has written five books and was co-author of a bestselling look at the Anheuser-Busch dynasty: Under the Influence. He worked as a journalist in New Orleans.
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Herndon does a good job describing the event that happened. But I was struck by the impression that the police response was chaotic and out of control most of the time. More people lost their lives because of this. The Howard Johnson's building was turned into a shooting gallery and they're probably still digging out bullets. One thing that was not brought out was how did the gunman get so much ammo into the building ? It's a good book that points to the changes law enforcement has made when dealing with this type of situation.