Death of a Dream

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A BEAUTIFUL GIRL WITH AMBITIOUS DREAMS — DID FOLLOWING HER HEART COST HER LIFE?

Award-winning journalists from TV's 48 Hours Mystery go inside the case that shocked even jaded New Yorkers: the murder of aspiring dancer Catherine Woods.

She was a gifted midwestern beauty, the daughter of Ohio State University's marching band director: to dance on Broadway. Soon after high school graduation, Catherine left Columbus for New York City, determined ...

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Overview

A BEAUTIFUL GIRL WITH AMBITIOUS DREAMS — DID FOLLOWING HER HEART COST HER LIFE?

Award-winning journalists from TV's 48 Hours Mystery go inside the case that shocked even jaded New Yorkers: the murder of aspiring dancer Catherine Woods.

She was a gifted midwestern beauty, the daughter of Ohio State University's marching band director: to dance on Broadway. Soon after high school graduation, Catherine left Columbus for New York City, determined to be a star. Three years later, she was dead — murdered in cold blood in her East Side apartment. The shocking revelations that emerged from the police investigation made tabloid headlines: few knew that the struggling artist paid her bills by dancing in a topless club. But there was another hidden facet to Catherine's life — a shattering love triangle with two men, one of whom would ultimately be convicted of her brutal stabbing death. It's a chilling account of obsession, violence, and the surprising, minute evidence on which the entire case hinged. For a talented young woman reaching for the top, and the heartbroken family she left behind, it is truly the death of a dream.

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The real-life brutal murder of Catherine Woods, a beautiful exotic dancer, in November of 2005, fed tabloid headlines. 48 Hours correspondents La Rosa and Moriarty serve up a true crime account of her story and that of Paul Cortez, who was convicted of the crime the following year. Dubbed the "Stripper Beauty," Catherine was 18 when she moved to Manhattan from Columbus, Ohio (where her father directs the Ohio State University's marching band). Her dreams of Broadway were tested by a rape. On returning to New York, she soon had an Ohio pal, David Haughn, living with her on the Upper East Side, but began dating others, including Cortez, then 24, an educated band musician and yoga enthusiast who disapproved of Catherine's dancing topless for hefty take-home cash. La Rosa and Moriarty deliver a compelling account of her horrifying murder and the subsequent investigation and trial. Their version of events allows readers to draw their own conclusions as to whether justice was served. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416546610
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Series: Pocket Star Books True Crime
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Larosa is an Emmy Award-winning producer for the CBS newsmagazine 48 Hours. He won a Primetime Emmy for the acclaimed CBS documentary 9/11, and has also won a Peabody Award, a Christopher Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. For sixteen years he was reporter for the New York Daily News, where he was the co-winner with Anna Quindlen of the Meyer Berger Award given by Columbia University's School of Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two children.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    An Amazing Book

    Out of all the true crime novels I have read, this one is by far my favorite. I liked how it not only described the crime scene and court hearing well, but also described Catherine's life; so well that the reader felt themselves mourning her death along with her family and friends. Catherine's murder was untimely and inhumane, and such a beautiful, spirited, and strong woman should not have died that way. I could relate to Catherine, for I am also a dancer with hopes of making it to the Broadway stage. She was a dreamer who never gave up, and her story was excellently told in this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    WONDERFUL

    This book was a fast read. It was excellent!! I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Murder and Mystery. Catherine was an extraordinary women who didn't deserve what happened to her. Kudos to these two writers!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

    Legal Incompetence

    This book is absorbing in many ways. It portrays a woman who was resigned to stripping sympathetically, and as a strong character in her own right. Her passion for dance is the focus, not her means of paying rent. There are no stereotypes allowed...we are made to confront our own, as we experience the case through the assumptions of the racist and classist criminal justice system. The main point I got was how incompetent this system was, all the way through the case. This book will horrify and terrify you, if you have the imagination to know we could all end up in the wrong place, at the wrong time...

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    great read

    captivating book. had great detail and was very riveting. loved it

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Hard to put down!

    Such a tragedy! Very well researched and written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Good

    Well written, Bn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Excellent read!

    Could not put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Such a sad tale

    This is the sad story of a beautiful, young dancer cut down before her life had truly begun. It keeps your attention all the way through and is hard to put down. I would definitely not have wanted to be a juror in this case. But I do believe the correct person was convicted and hope that poor Catherine can now rest in peace.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Informational Book!!

    I vaggly remember watching this case on 48 Hours Mystery. I enjoyed reading the story in this book. Although, I could only give three stars, because I don't like the format that it's presented in.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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