Death In The Desert

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Multi-millionaire Ted Binion, son and heir to the estate of cowboy gangster and gambler Benny Binion who helped mold Las Vegas, was found dead in his million-dollar home on September 17, 1998. Binion’s girlfriend, a one-time exotic dancer, and her lover, Rick Tabish, a contractor from Missoula, Montana, both were convicted of killing Binion by forcing him to swallow a mixture of black tar heroin and the sedative Xanax. Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case takes you inside this incredible case ...
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Multi-millionaire Ted Binion, son and heir to the estate of cowboy gangster and gambler Benny Binion who helped mold Las Vegas, was found dead in his million-dollar home on September 17, 1998. Binion’s girlfriend, a one-time exotic dancer, and her lover, Rick Tabish, a contractor from Missoula, Montana, both were convicted of killing Binion by forcing him to swallow a mixture of black tar heroin and the sedative Xanax. Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case takes you inside this incredible case surrounded by drugs, gambling, mobsters, and a $14 million silver stash. It explores whether it was murder, as the prosecution contended, or an accidental overdose, as the defense claimed. The book includes never-before-seen historical photos of the Binion family.
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Editorial Reviews

Barney Frank
The book includes never-before-seen historical photos of the Binion family.
Geoff Schumacher
... Lively and informative.
Steve Miller
'Death in the Desert' by Cathy Scott is professionally written, objective, and not favoring either the prosecution or the defense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588205322
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 12/20/2000
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 485,295
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Thank you for visiting my Barnes & Noble page! I'm currently finishing my eighth book, this one about the 1990 contract murder of George Kogan on an Upper East Side Manhattan street in broad daylight. Fast-forward nearly 20 years, and just last week Barbara Kogan, his estranged wife at the time, admitted to hiring a hit man to have her husband gunned down. Look for that book early next year.

In the meantime, check out my other books and also watch for a third edition of The Killing of Tupac Shakur and a second edition of The Murder of Biggie Smalls. Thanks again for stopping by! --Cathy

Cathy Scott is an award-winning journalist and true crime author based in Las Vegas and San Diego. You can find out more about this author by visiting her web site at cathyscott dot com.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Death 1
Chapter 2 Benny "The Cowboy" Binion 17
Chapter 3 His Father's Son 31
Chapter 4 "Fat Herbie" and the Mob 41
Chapter 5 Gaming Control Board 53
Chapter 6 Family Feud 59
Chapter 7 "Sandy the Stripper" 69
Chapter 8 Montana Defendant 83
Chapter 9 Buried Treasure 93
Chapter 10 The Evidence 105
Chapter 11 The Experts 117
Chapter 12 The Trial 141
Chapter 13 The Players 165
Chapter 14 The Jury 179
Chapter 15 Last Will and Testament 197
Chapter 16 Leaks 201
Chapter 17 "Pete the Drug Dealer" 205
Chapter 18 Sandy's Benefactor 211
Chapter 19 "Burking" 221
Chapter 20 A Testament 225
Chapter 21 Appeals 233
Chapter 22 Chronology 241
Appendix A 249
Appendix B 251
Appendix C 259
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Written so all the details are understood and not confusing. The

    Written so all the details are understood and not confusing. The facts are laid out well for the reader. There are many interesting stories and characters within Binion's world, which I found fascinating.The author's attention to detail is well done and easy to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2011

    Avoid this book

    This is one of the most poorly written books I have ever tried to read. There is no coherence or flow to the story. The writer jumps around between unrelated subjects and different times so much it is confusing. She is clearly biased makes repetitive arguments instead of letting facts unfold. I was more interested to see where she would jump to next in her disjointed story telling than to actually appreciate the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2004

    Described in Brutal Detail

    The writer takes you behind the scenes of this case with painstaking detail. I couldn't put the book down and was sorry when it ended. The history of the Horseshoe and the Binion family -- including their mob connections -- are detailed like never before. It's an eye-opener into the politics of Sin City that should not be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    Scott repeats herself throughout!

    I was so excited to read this book since I am obsessed with the case, but was extremely disappointed with all the typos and areas where Scott writes the same paragraph two times on the same page! The book is also extremely redundant. We read the same details over and over again. Maybe if she gave us some credit that we could remember the facts the first time she wrote them, the book might be a little easier to get through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2001

    A tough subject covered well!

    For a complicated subject, the author handled it well and thoroughly. I watched every minute of the case on CourtTV and did not want to read a book that was a blow-by-blow repeat of the trial. Scott's book had refreshing insights. She researched and investigated into the case and gave me details I wasn't able to find out on TV. elsewhere. It's definitely worth buying this book to learn m

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2001

    Well worth the read! A+++

    I waited a long time to read this book. It was well worth the wait. I had questions about the case, unanswered until I read Death in the Desert. Scott covers the case like no one else has. You'll leave the book enlightened not only about the investigation, but about Las Vegas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2001

    Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case

    Kudos to Cathy Scott. She had the guts to write what no one else would

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2001

    Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case

    I was startled with some of the revelations in this book I didn't see mentioned on TV coverage. There's new information that didn't come out during the trial. The author covers the issue well and sheds light on others. It's definitely worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2001

    A thorough inside look

    Death in the Desert is a well researched, behind-the-scenes look at this famous case. The players come to life and their emotions are revealed. I felt like I was in the courtroom with them. Kudos to the author for her meticulous research and success in making them real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2001

    I couldn't put it down!

    I started reading and stayed up all night. I was mesmerized. The story as the author tells it is captivating and Scott's research and release of fresh interviews and new information make it even more so. It's obvious she did her homework as she delves deep into the subject matter. She brings the controversial characters in this true story to life and humanizes them. If you could not get enough of the televised trial, you will like this book even more. Take my word for it. It's an absolute must-read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    Not at all disappointing.

    I waited a long time for this book to come out and was not disappointed. It was not a bore like the earlier reader wrote. It was quite the opposite. It kept me on my toes, like a well written novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2001

    Insightful reading

    I learned more about the case I didn't get from watching news coverage. Check it out. It's good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    THUMBS UP! Lots of new info to read

    Cathy Scott uncovers new information and facts about Ted Binion I didn't know about. I love the flow of the book. It has an interesting chronology, a great storyline and fascinating conclusions. I was enthralled with this book and highly recommend it.

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