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"Media and law enforcement work at cross-purposes. Law enforcement want to solve a case as fast as possible and put the guilty behind bars. The media want a case to drag on as long as humanly possible, and do all they can to extricate every last bit of drama, drop by bloody drop, in order to hold the attention of the millions of viewers who have gotten hooked. Law enforcement must abide by rules. The media make their own rules, and even then break them, or find ways to work ...

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Overview

Excerpt from The Murder Business

"Media and law enforcement work at cross-purposes. Law enforcement want to solve a case as fast as possible and put the guilty behind bars. The media want a case to drag on as long as humanly possible, and do all they can to extricate every last bit of drama, drop by bloody drop, in order to hold the attention of the millions of viewers who have gotten hooked. Law enforcement must abide by rules. The media make their own rules, and even then break them, or find ways to work loopholes into them. All that matters is ratings. If people knew how it’s done&#8212how the media seduce, buy, bribe, and corrupt, like an inevitable, malignant cancer on a murder investigation&#8212they might be too sickened to buy the next ticket to the carnival....The unfortunate truth is that today, each murder has many victims, and high-profile murders can hurt innocent people who get burned by the spotlight, whether or not they sought it out themselves. I learned that firsthand as a police witness in the O. J. Simpson trial, a wrenching experience that showed how the criminal justice system can be manipulated by money, power, politics, and fame. In twenty years of police work, I thought that the guilt or innocence of the suspect was all-important. Then I started covering high-profile murder cases, where ratings and profit often far outweigh the importance of facts."

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High-profile killings, even crimes of passion, can be lucrative business. Eventually, the culprits might go to jail, but before they do, the media will enjoy a very profitable feeding frenzy. The advent of cable television has only redoubled the market for news tidbits and even rumors about "front-page murders." Mark Fuhrman, a prominent TV crime watcher himself, argues in this book that our media obsession with crime is battering justice. To prove his case, the author of Murder in Brentwood revisits cases including the JonBenet Ramsey murder; the death of Anna Nicole Smith and her son; the killing of Andrew Kissel; and the Martha Moxley homicide. Finger-pointing by a longtime professional.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596985841
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/16/2009
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 980,110
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Fuhrman is a retired LAPD homicide detective who gained national recognition during the O. J. Simpson case. That case was the subject of his first book, Murder in Brentwood, which became a New York Times bestseller. Since then, he has written five other books on crime and is currently employed as a FOX News consultant. Mark lives in North Idaho with his wife and two children.

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Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Chapter 1 American Murder Meets American Idol: The Caylee Anthony Case 1

Chapter 2 Killer Cop Drew Peterson 23

Chapter 3 When Crime TV Goes Too Far Melinda Duckett 49

Chapter 4 Murder and the Upper Class Martha Moxley 69

Chapter 5 Portrait of a Mama's Boy Scott Peterson 87

Chapter 6 Death of a Troubled Princess JonBenét Ramsey 107

Chapter 7 The Strange Death of a White House Counsel Vince Foster 133

Chapter 8 The Case That Started It All O. J. Simpson 149

Chapter 9 The Witness Everyone "Forgot" 169

Index 189

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2009

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    how murder makes a killing

    "the murder business" is a very hard to put down book. los angeles police detective mark fuhrman has done a remarkable job researching and documenting many capital murders and he shows how the media has made a killing off of each detail and how certain television outlets use these crimes to up their ratings this book is very fasinating to me because as a law enforment officer the writer is able to bring in more details of these crimes that the average arthur has not been able to find the public will learn more details about these crimes as well as what can be done in the future. great gift idea for a friend or family

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    I enjoyed it. A page turner, I couldn't put it down. I agree w

    I enjoyed it. A page turner, I couldn't put it down. I agree with him on ALL points, especially his main point of the book regarding the media and it's effect on the criminal justice system. I always asked myself, " if these host lawers are commenting on tv as the trial is going on, isn't there something wrong with that?. Dont the Lawers in that active trial get some pointers from their comments? The jury can"t discuss anything but they can on tv? I have great respect for Mark Fuhrman.He knows his stuff.

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Well worth reading

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    first book on the nook.

    good job on exsplaining.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

    Misses His Own Point

    Mr. Fuhrman is probably a very good detective and is capable of putting together some material that is both interesting and salable. In this book, he puts forth a valid criticism of the media: That they pick certain types of stories with 'attractive' victims to bolster their news ratings by keeping these stories alive. Unfortunately, his efforts to support his premise seem to flounder after the first chapter or two. He seems more intent on proving that he was smarter and more competent than the local law enforcement officers. He's probably right, but that's not what the book purports to be about.

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  • Posted October 31, 2009

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    Fuhrman is profiting on "crime" stories too.

    Fuhrman goes on Fox and makes judgements on how the media is turning crime into entertainment and profit. He is doing the exact same thing! How much will he make on this book or the last one and the one before that. He is right about one thing, that he can't be both journalist and detective. Fuhrman only sees it his way and never leaves room for debate. I think the media's focus on crime is positive because it makes us all aware that it lurks around every corner and to watch kids more closely. I really could not get into it.

    He still believes the Ramsey parents killed their kid. The Boulder, Colorado D.A. cleared the Ramsey's DNA in 2008, how can you still believe otherwise.

    Fuhrman makes assumptions on the Caylee Anthony case on how the grandmother keeps her house spotless. I don't equate having a spotless house to knowing of or having knowledge of, their granddaughter's disappearance. She did call the police and reported it, the grandparents are not the guilty party here, nor on trial. I feel sorry for this family who are torn between the love of their daughter and granddaughter.

    Fuhrman was a detective 6 months prior to working the Simpson murder case and a regular patrol officer for the rest. Fuhrman preaches media dishonesty in his book, then he too should practice it.

    What murder case has Fuhrman actually solved? Not the Moxley case, because that report was given to him from writer Dominick Dunne. He stated in his book that Lange and Vannatter were inexperienced conducting their initial investigation of the murders of Goldman and Brown-Simpson because their work at the crime scene was incompetent and they were in awe of Simpson. At least Lange and Vannatter have solved a murder.

    Why he is telling the public, his opinion about the media's fascination with crime? What does Fuhrman expect us to do about it? We don't run the news networks, however, he made Fox an exception to the rule or is that because they write his paychecks? It's so hypocritical, if Fuhrman has a problem with the media, then why doesn't he just quit his own job at Fox first and set an example for the rest of us subverts.

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