American Murder: Criminals, Crimes, and the Media [NOOK Book]

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Investigating the way Hollywood scoops up notorious criminals and turns them into legends, this entertaining who's-who guide provides thumbnail sketches of such killers as Ma Barker, Black Beard, Al Capone, John Wesley Hardin, and Charles Starkweather. Noting that some figures are glamorized in popular culture (Jesse James), while others are demonized (Charles Manson), this encyclopedic collection explores the legends' emotional truths as depicted in movies, stories, and songs. Facts of the real cases behind ...
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American Murder: Criminals, Crimes, and the Media

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Overview

Investigating the way Hollywood scoops up notorious criminals and turns them into legends, this entertaining who's-who guide provides thumbnail sketches of such killers as Ma Barker, Black Beard, Al Capone, John Wesley Hardin, and Charles Starkweather. Noting that some figures are glamorized in popular culture (Jesse James), while others are demonized (Charles Manson), this encyclopedic collection explores the legends' emotional truths as depicted in movies, stories, and songs. Facts of the real cases behind these notorious criminals are also presented, including the landmark rulings that pioneered new approaches to criminal justice.
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Editorial Reviews

The Roanoke Times
Mayo's breezy and often-irreverent style sheds some fascinating light on events about which we think we know, and subjects ranging from outlaws and mobsters to serial killers. Despite its grim subject matter, it's a fun read.
American Reference Books Annual
An encyclopedic look at America's love affair in the media with lawbreakers . . . An excellent resource, and is recommended.
Reference & Research Book News
Written in an informal style . . . this encyclopedia offers a rogue's gallery of famous U.S. killings, killers, and other scoundrels.
Library Journal

The American psyche is profoundly intertwined with the sordid; murder is what fascinates us the most. As a veteran movie reviewer, radio host, and podcaster, Mayo is particularly interested in how the media feed the legends of murderers. His expansive introduction speculates about the transformation of hardened criminals into glamorous movie idols unrelated to historical truth. Although focused on murders in the United States, this is a familiar mix of sensational stories with an undefined scope, including murders with a celebrity element or crimes involving high drama. Profiles range from a few paragraphs to pages of detail, and entries span the entire time line of American history, including articles citing crime in the Colonies. The photos sprinkled throughout do not shy away from the gruesome. Overall, there are about 300 tales of horror, from Blackbeard to Osama bin Laden, with lots of mafia figures and outlaws in between.
—Kelli Perkins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578592562
  • Publisher: Visible Ink Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Mike Mayo is a former host of the nationally syndicated Movie Show on Radio and frequently comments on the movies for Wisconsin Public Radio. He is the author of VideoHounds Horror Show and VideoHounds DVD Guide. He lives in Chatham, New Jersey.
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