Over a career spanning forty years, Marvin J. Wolf has written for television and authored many nonfiction works, including bestsellers Fallen Angels and Where White Men Fear To Tread.
Perfect Crimesby Marvin J. Wolf
THE LONE WOLF
No such thing as PERFECT CRIMES? Witness this whirlwind tour of dirty deeds, sinister scandals, and cold-blooded murderdone in the name of love, money, madness, and morefrom around the world or right next door. All of these notoriously wicked characters overlooked a fatal flaw that brought their almost perfect crimes to light.
THE LONE WOLF
Japanese jet-setter Kazuyoshi Miura had a talent for making money, a taste for lizard-skin boots, and a lust for leading trusting young women like lambs to slaughter....
CHOP CHOP MAN
Mild-mannered maniac Jeffrey Dahmer wined his male guests with drugged drinks, and then dined on thembut the remains of his victims would tell tales of terror and torture that would shock the world....
From the Hollywood Hills to the Swiss Alps, Thomas Devins wheeled and dealed, thrilled and killed, and led the law through a game of global hopscotch in which he was always one step ahead....
For these and many others, crime didn't quite pay off. But for true-crime aficionados, this all-new collection is a jackpot!
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I bought this book and let it collect dust on my shelf. I picked it up one day and was both amazed and terrified with the stories, I couldnt put the book down. I think it's awesome.
Okay, I admit that I was already a little skeptical about this book when I saw the authors¿ photos in the back. (They¿re shown in what they might think looks like pulp detective gear - him in a fedora and raincoat, her in a weird hat with face netting.) But the lure of ¿twelve tales of fiendish schemes that came off without a hitch - almost¿ got me and I bought it. Unless you don¿t read much true crime, leave this one on the shelf - it¿s not very good. The authors present a dozen cases, ranging from 1955 to 1991 (the book came out in `95), and feature crimes in which the perp nearly pulled off the perfect crime. I¿m still trying to figure out why someone would write a book like this¿ I mean, isn¿t any crime technically perfect until the bad guy is caught? Let me tell you about some of the cases they chose. The Lone Wolf: Kazuyoshi Miura, a Japanese entrepreneur, decided to do away with his wife while on a shopping trip in Los Angeles, allowing him to collect on a substantial life insurance policy and return to his playboy single life. After an apparent street robbery ended with the wife shot and dying in a hospital, Miura¿s girlfriend disappeared. Her body was discovered in California. LA police and Japanese journalists put all the pieces together, and in 1994, Miura was found guilty of murder. Chop Chop Man: This is the story of Jeffrey Dahmer. I¿m not convinced Dahmer pulled off any perfect crimes; it was the ineptitude of the Milwaukee police that allowed him to get away with the 17 murders he eventually confessed to. There are several books out there about Dahmer that explore his case in detail. Goodbye, Mr. Chips: When flight attendant Helle Crafts disappeared without a trace, her friends were worried that her husband, Richard, killed her. Crafts stated he last saw his wife on November 19, 1986. He filed a missing persons report, and later passed a polygraph and several police interviews. If a snowplow driver had not spotted someone down by the river one night running a woodchipper, Crafts might have pulled it off. Police found tiny fragments of bone, cloth, hair, and mail that were Helle`s. Craft had rented the chipper from another town, killed his wife, froze her, cut her up, and ran her through the chipper. This is likely the ¿true story¿ that the Cohen brothers based Fargo on. The stories are generally decent, but the writing isn¿t great ¿ and you¿d expect with two authors, it would be sharp. I know I¿m not alone when I find a writer less credible because of typos or misrepresentations. It could be the fault of a copy editor somewhere, but I couldn¿t help rolling my eyes when I saw the word ¿pursuaded¿ twice on the same page. You can find most of these cases in other books, and I recommend you pick those up instead.