Los Angeles. The entertainment capital of the world. The city that movie director John Waters called “rich, hilarious, of questionable taste and throbbing with fake glamour.” In Fallen Angels, award-winning journalist Marvin Wolf and noted criminal justice attorney Katherine Mader take you beyond the glitzy public facades, beyond the hype and dreams to the real streets and highways of this intriguing, often violent city. Exploring 39 exhaustively researched true crimes and mysteries, they reveal an altogether different side of L.A. than the one you might have seen on TV or in the movies.
Instead, you’ll find riveting accounts of L.A.’s most extraordinary crimes, from the time of the first American settlement, including: Did Clarence Darrow bribe jurors? A heavy crush ruins Fatty Arbuckle. Bugsy Siegel’s contract is a big hit. Who killed Nick Adams? Patty Hearst and the SLA shootout. John Belushi strikes out on a speedball…and many other enthralling tales involving the mobsters, politicians, movie stars and private citizens of the City of Angels.
For instance, no Hollywood screenwriter could have invented the hermit, Otto Sanhuber, who spent his nights hiding in his lover’s attic and his days in her unwitting husband’s bed—for 22 years—until he killed the husband. And for adventurous readers, the authors provide links to the various crime scenes detailed in each story, so that readers can visit the sites themselves. Fallen Angels—with its colorful cast of real-life characters, bizarre crimes and mysteries—is a must-read for every True Crime buff.
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About the Author
I began my career in the media as a U.S. Army combat photographer in Vietnam. Assigned to a public information section, I soon saw that writing was an important adjunct to my photo work. In Vietnam I worked for Charles Siler, one of the finest officers ever to serve his country, and had the great good fortune to meet and become friends with some of the world's greatest reporters and photographers, including Nobel laureate author John Steinbeck, Jonathan Fenby, Peter Arnett, Horst Faas, and many others. These men were generous with their time and wisdom and helped put me on the path to becoming a writer. As I made the transition from magazine writing to longer forms, I was encouraged to specialize but found that I was interested in so many things that I found it impossible to choose only one. Instead I became a frequent collaborator, helping such notables as Native American leader Russell Means and former South Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky with their autobiographies. I also developed an appreciation for suspense and intrigue that inevitably led me to write about crime. About 2001 I took a segue into film, and had a short but interesting career writing for television. That helped me to create a character that I've put into the Rabbi Ben Mysteries. The first of these books, "For Whom The Shofar Blows," debuted on Amazon.com in November 2011. Thanks for visiting this page, and remember that habitual readers are smarter and have more well-rounded personalities.
A Los Angeles native, Katherine Mader began a career in law as an Assistant Public Defender in Sacramento County, California. During nine years in private practice she represented numerous accused murderers, most notably Angelo Buono, who was convicted of nine murders in 1983 and labeled as one of the "Hillside Stranglers." She then became a Deputy Los Angeles County District Attorney and subsequently served as the LAPD’s first Inspector General.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well written, easy to follow and simple the way most true crime stories are (collections at least) Anyone interested in some obsolete true crime (as well as more main stream) or the history of Los Angeles should definetly read it, the detailed directions to the site are better than graveline tours, and I personally think a nice way to spend a Sunday out..this is the book that started my personal ball rolling, Los Angeles now has a crispy red glow..a nice addition in my eyes (And as for the critic review that said the directions are just a morbid gimick..up his) So my review makes me sound like a morbid wierdo..granted, also greatly appriciate something well written and with a little added extra..this book has all of it