Dangerous Games: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer on Death Row Who Changed His Sex and Won Her Freedom

Dangerous Games: The True Story of a Convicted Murderer on Death Row Who Changed His Sex and Won Her Freedom

by Robert L. Bentley

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this unusual story, engagingly told by screenwriter Bentley, Leslie Douglas Ashley met Carolyn Lima at a lesbian bar in Houston. In February 1961, soon after moving in together, the pair, who had turned to prostitution, were charged with fatally shooting a customer named Fred A. Tones, leaving his burned body in a vacant lot. A legal battle and media circus ensued. Ashley was sentenced to death; Lima was imprisoned and eventually released. Ashley's verdict was overturned because the prosecutor improperly hid psychiatric records. Ashley was sent to a mental hospital, escaped and was captured six months later. After serving five years in prison, he was released and underwent a sex-change operation, becoming Leslie Elaine Perez. In a stranger than fiction twist, she became politically active in Houston's chapter of ACT-UP. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
William Beatty
Screenwriter Bentley has produced a book that could easily be turned into a TV series. It features sex, violence, and unpleasant, wisecracking, flamboyant characters. The hook, obviously, is Leslie Douglas Ashley's sex-change operation, which actually occurred after his widely publicized murder case, trials, and escape from prison (maturely driven sex-change operations--e.g., Christine Jorgensen's, thoughtfully reported in her famous 1967 autobiography--would not now attract a large audience). The rest of the story is simple: in 1961, transvestite Leslie and immature Carolyn Lima got involved in Houston with, among many others, Fred Tones, a sagging real estate agent with a "mammoth white 1960 Lincoln Premiere, with sleek tail fins and heavy chrome." The threesome then got out of hand, and Tones was shot, dragged out of the apartment to a vacant lot, doused with gasoline, and torched. Trial, death sentences, and retrials follow; all are described in considerable detail.

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Carol Publishing Group
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6.34(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.38(d)

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