Homicide by the Rich and Famous: A Century of Prominent Killers

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Many people express shock and horror when they hear of a wealthy or famous person killing another person. As a society, we seem to expect the rich and famous to behave better, to commit fewer crimes, to be immune to the passions that inspire other, less prominent people to kill. After all, the rich and famous have everything—why would they need to murder? But the rich and famous kill for the very same reasons others do: love, power, money, jealousy, greed, revenge, and rage. Here, Scott takes us on a tour of ...

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Overview

Many people express shock and horror when they hear of a wealthy or famous person killing another person. As a society, we seem to expect the rich and famous to behave better, to commit fewer crimes, to be immune to the passions that inspire other, less prominent people to kill. After all, the rich and famous have everything—why would they need to murder? But the rich and famous kill for the very same reasons others do: love, power, money, jealousy, greed, revenge, and rage. Here, Scott takes us on a tour of murders committed by the rich and famous during the last century, looking at the motives, the responses of the community and local law enforcement, the media, and the outcomes. She argues that the rich and famous may kill for the same reasons as others, but they receive vastly different treatment and are often able to get away with murder.

Homicide by the rich and famous is not new in this country, nor is fascination with the crimes committed by our most revered citizens. But being among the upper echelon of society does afford such suspects with a greater ability to escape punishment. They have greater access to better respresentation, they have the means to flee the country, they have influential friends in high places willing to put themselves on the line, and they are generally treated better by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. This book profiles the many ways in which homicides committed by the rich and famous are similar to other murders in their motives, but differ from those committed by everyday citizens in their outcomes. Scott provides readers with a showcase of crimes that will infuriate and fascinate readers.

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"Scott (an independent writer/researcher/consultant) examines 17 of the richest, most famous, and most bizarre murders to churn up the media in the last century. Here we find a sausage king who conceals the evidence in his next shipment and a playboy who shoots a rival in full view of the Gotham elite and buys his way in and out of a mental institution."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275983468
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2005
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

GINI GRAHAM SCOTT is a professional writer with over 35 books to her credit, including Homicide: 100 Years of Murder in America, You the Jury: A Recovered Memory Case, The Empowered Mind, and others. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and a J.D.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 A matter of motive 1
The case of Roland Burnham Molineux 3
The case of Candace (Candy) Mossler 10
Ch. 2 What's the method? 17
The case of Linda Burfield Hazzard 19
The case of Dr. Carl Coppolino 26
Ch. 3 Hiring help 39
The case of Allen Blackthorne 40
Ch. 4 The big cover-up 53
The case of Albert Louis Luetgert 54
The case of Thomas Capano 62
Ch. 5 Family, friends, and high places 77
The case of Harry Thaw 78
The case of Susan Cummings 85
Ch. 6 The power of the police, press, personality, and politics 99
The case of Cullen Davis 101
The case of Michael Skakel 114
Ch. 7 Legal power? 131
The case of Lizzie Borden 132
The case of Claus von Bulow 145
Ch. 8 When rich kids kill 161
The case of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb 162
The case of Lyle and Erik Menendez 179
Ch. 9 Losing it 195
The case of the Wardlow Sisters 196
The case of John du Pont 205
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