Not Just Evil: Murder, Hollywood, and California's First Insanity Plea

Not Just Evil: Murder, Hollywood, and California's First Insanity Plea

by David Wilson


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ISBN-13: 9781682303276
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,275,369
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David G. Wilson worked for thirty years in the San Francisco Bay area with his own company providing investigative services. He was hired twice by the US Senate to investigate political corruption involving elected officials. In 1989 he made the first of seven trips to the West African Rain Forrest where he studied the philosophy, theology and rituals of the indigenous shamans. Based on these studies he has written ten books on traditional Yoruba culture and has lectured extensively on the topic. He lived for five years in Mexico where he studied the system of pyramids built throughout South America. He is currently living in New Mexico exploring sacred sites and working as a Jazz musician. He has three children and four grandchildren.

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Not Just Evil: Murder, Hollywood, and California's First Insanity Plea 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Marion Parker was 12-years-old when kidnapped and later murdered and dismembered by William Edward Hickman on December 15, 1927. He asked for $1500 ransom which was delivered by the child's father. The killer left only Marion's torso for her father ... her arms, legs and internal organs were delivered to the police at a later date. When arrested and charged, Hickman freely admitted that he had killed Marion Parker. Hickman's lawyers absolutely were against the death penalty. The best they could hope for would be something never tried before .. an insanity defense. Their argument was that he was so involved in watching theater movies, he was living in a fantasy world and did not know right from wrong. There are several parts to this book. The reader learns a little about Hickman, hears his own words about why he felt compelled to kill. We also hear about his aversion to real life .. his fantasy world in the movie theaters was his 'real world'. At the same time, there was a war on censorship in the entertainment field. Movie makers, theater owners were at loggerheads over who would set the standards of decency. This had all started when theaters were showing pictures of Marion Parker after she was killed. Several movie moguls were concerned that the Hickman case and his link to movies would kill the industry. During Hickman's trial, both defense and prosecuting attorneys were looking for psychiatrists who would testify the way they wanted. Psychiatrists weren't much respected or believed in the 1920s and there was no clear definition of insanity. The end of the book consists of what happened to all the players after .... This was an interesting read, but I would have liked to see more information concerning Hickman's early years and maybe not so much about Hollywood. Many thanks to the author / Diversion Books / Diversion Publicity / Netgalley who provided an ARC. All opinions expressed are my own.