Into Their Own Hands

Into Their Own Hands

by Gary Provost
     
 

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AN EYE FOR AN EYE

They are battered women, grieving parents, and burglarized homeowners who responded to criminal violence by taking the law into their own hands. Their cases have struck a deep chord in American society. Are they victims of a failing judicial system or criminals themselves? True crime writer Gary Provost examines the stories of ordinary

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AN EYE FOR AN EYE

They are battered women, grieving parents, and burglarized homeowners who responded to criminal violence by taking the law into their own hands. Their cases have struck a deep chord in American society. Are they victims of a failing judicial system or criminals themselves? True crime writer Gary Provost examines the stories of ordinary citizens who have taken on the roles of judge, jury and — sometimes — executioner. Are their acts a higher form of justice...or merely revenge? You decide:

* Bernhard Goetz, who shot four teenagers when they approached him on a subway train and demanded money
* The young man who gunned down his own friend for killing his teenaged sister in a drunk-driving accident
* The mother who risked her life to track down and apprehend her daughter's rapist
* "Grambo," the Dallas grandmother who held a burglar at gunpoint for forty-five minutes while waiting for the police
* The battered wife who hired a hit man to murder her husband after seventeen years of abuse

Fascinating, penetrating, and chilling, Into Their Own Hands is a controversial and thought-provoking look at what's wrong with crime and punishment in America today and what happens when victims don't just get mad — they get even.

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Sue-Ellen Beauregard
Beginning with a lengthy description of feuding neighbors who settle their differences with guns, Provost documents numerous violent, murderous revenge acts. Here is case after case of persons who avenge the death of loved ones by killing those who perpetrated the crime, of fired employees who murder their former bosses, and of battered women who stab, club, and shoot their mates. Each chapter is loosely concerned with a particular type of avenger and grabs attention by presenting a particularly provocative case history amid other less sensationalized ones gathered from interviews, media reports, and police and court documents. Although Provost attempts no analysis of the crimes or insight into cultural attitudes, his book is a frightening commentary on a violent society.

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ISBN-13:
9780553561173
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Pages:
288

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