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A Terrible Thunder: The Story of the New Orleans Sniper
     

A Terrible Thunder: The Story of the New Orleans Sniper

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by Peter Hernon
 

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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

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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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A Terrible Thunder is more than just another fashionable rehashing of a crime. In its depiction of Essex's abrupt transmogrification it raises questions about the accumulated effect of petty but persistent injustices and about the individual's capacity to endure aggrievement
Library Journal
On December 31, 1972, revelers gathering in downtown New Orleans for the New Year's celebration found themselves running for cover as a sniper opened fire. The shooter targeted police officers, killing several over the following week before a final showdown on the roof of a hotel, where he was killed. Journalist Hernon's 1978 title unfurls the story of sniper Mark James Essex, a U.S. Navy veteran who declared war on white society. A solid title for true-crime collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891053498
Publisher:
Garrett County Press
Publication date:
02/08/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
284
Sales rank:
380,016
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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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A Terrible Thunder : The Story of the New Orleans Sniper 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Muttdad More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago