Murder in the Garden: Famous Crimes of Early Fresno County

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Presenting 15 famous cases from Fresno, California, set in the first part of the 20th century, a long-time detective in the sheriff's office introduces key figures such as a bootlegger, an unfortunate local dubbed Alligator Jack, and a perpetrator known as the Fig Garden Fiend. Featuring local landmarks such as Mussel Slough—the setting for Frank Norris's "The Octopus—"and offering additional commentary that compares these sensational past cases to current high-profile criminal cases. A consideration of the ...

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Overview

Presenting 15 famous cases from Fresno, California, set in the first part of the 20th century, a long-time detective in the sheriff's office introduces key figures such as a bootlegger, an unfortunate local dubbed Alligator Jack, and a perpetrator known as the Fig Garden Fiend. Featuring local landmarks such as Mussel Slough—the setting for Frank Norris's "The Octopus—"and offering additional commentary that compares these sensational past cases to current high-profile criminal cases. A consideration of the changing face of crime, this history reveals a modern upswing in child abuse, multiple murders, and kidnapping cases and highlights the extended nature of the current legal process as compared to the open-and-shut character of the early 1900s.

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"Enough drama runs through the pages to keep a soap opera running at full speed for years. Deceit, romatic revenge, vendettas, greed, and some good old fashioned creeps keep things exciting." —"Fresno Bee"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941936996
  • Publisher: Linden Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 159
  • Sales rank: 1,411,719
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Morrison is a former detective with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office who served in the homicide, sex crimes, and intelligence units. He lives in Fresno, California.

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