Death in California: The Bizarre, Freakish, and Just Curious Ways People Die in the Golden State

Death in California: The Bizarre, Freakish, and Just Curious Ways People Die in the Golden State

by David Kulczyk
     
 

With details about grim and grisly fatalities, this history of California's arcane deaths encompasses the murders and accidents that at one time shocked the West Coast. The stories of hangings, gun accidents, suicides, crashes, and overdoses of both the famous and obscure offer a bizarre and lighthearted, if sometimes perverse, glimpse into the Golden State's

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With details about grim and grisly fatalities, this history of California's arcane deaths encompasses the murders and accidents that at one time shocked the West Coast. The stories of hangings, gun accidents, suicides, crashes, and overdoses of both the famous and obscure offer a bizarre and lighthearted, if sometimes perverse, glimpse into the Golden State's strange past. From the tragic tale of 14 tourists swept to their deaths over Vernal Fall in pastoral Yosemite National Park and the gritty details of Bob "Bear" Hite overdosing on heroin in a seedy Hollywood nightclub to the shocking chronicle of a 10-ton jet crashing into a Bay Area kitchen, this zany collection is delightfully weird and enthrallingly human.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Once the reader gets into the somewhat voyeuristic rhythm of wondering who's going to 'get it' next and how, Kulczyk's assemblage of well-researched stories becomes very addictive." —"Chico News & Review"
Sacramento Book Review

Tells a story of thirty-one shocking murders and accidents that stunned the very soul of the state and took place between 1852 and 2007.

Midwest Book Review
A quirky compendium . . . an unforgettably compelling account of grisly mishaps, dark twists of fate, and ill luck of the worst kind.
Chico News & Review
Once the reader gets into the somewhat voyeuristic rhythm of wondering who's going to "get it" next and how, Kulczyk's assemblage of well-researched stories becomes very addictive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781884995576
Publisher:
Linden Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
1,339,003
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.54(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

"Once the reader gets into the somewhat voyeuristic rhythm of wondering who's going to 'get it' next and how, Kulczyk's assemblage of well-researched stories becomes very addictive."  —Chico News & Review

"A quirky compendium . . . an unforgettably compelling account of grisly mishaps, dark twists of fate, and ill luck of the worst kind."  —Midwest Book Review California Bookwatch

"Tells a story of thirty-one shocking murders and accidents that stunned the very soul of the state and took place between 1852 and 2007."  —Sacramento Book Review

"[This book] pairs regional history with a fine survey of death . . . packed with irony and strange circumstances and perfect for any general California lending library." —Midwest Book Review California Bookwatch, (March 2011)

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