The Devil's Garden: A War Crimes Investigator's Story

The Devil's Garden: A War Crimes Investigator's Story

by John R. Cencich
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The Devil's Garden: A War Crimes Investigator's Story by John R. Cencich

In 2002 John Cencich traveled to a safe house in Belgrade to interview the former head of a Yugoslav secret intelligence agency. In less than an hour, Cencich had what he needed: corroboration of information provided by another spy. This evidence would be used against Slobodan Milo?evic in his war crimes trial at The Hague. For the veteran United Nations war crimes investigator, however, the mission was business as usual.

The Devil's Garden is the inside story of the investigation and indictment of Slobodan Milo?evic and the identification of fifteen coperpetrators in the joint criminal enterprise (JCE) that had resulted in the massacre of thousands of civilians. As the senior American investigator at The Hague, Cencich drew up the investigative plan, codeveloped the prosecution theory of the JCE, and wrote the first significant draft of the indictment. He also led the international team of police investigators, detectives, and special agents on the case against Milo?evic and his inner circle of secret police, assassins, spies, terrorists, underworld figures, and murderous paramilitary leaders for crimes committed throughout Croatia.

Here, readers will travel alongside Cencich as he journeys to The Hague and will see how these once-in-a-lifetime experiences affect him to this day. Detailing one of the largest international criminal investigations ever undertaken, this book is a unique blend of history, international law, and true crime in Europe's deadliest battles since World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612341736
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date: 06/30/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,182,025
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

JOHN CENCICH is a professor of justice studies at California University of Pennsylvania and director of the Pennsylvania Institute of Criminological and Forensic Sciences. A decorated police veteran and former special agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Cencich is the recipient of the Police Meritorious Service Medal for Valor from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States Meritorious Service Medal for his singular investigative leadership with marked international impact. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The Devil's Garden: A War Crimes Investigator's Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm waiting for my mom to lend it to me. She talked constantly about this book. She thought she wouldn't like it but, it turns out she did. When it started reading about the war that happened in Croatia she wanted to read it because just this summer we went to Croatia where this book talks about. I personally say read it its sold out everywhere. Its obviously Amazing..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a well written book that tells a story of how the Croatian people were treated throughout the war. Mr. Cencich is a highly educated man and he explains the facts very clearly. After reading this book, I had a much broader understanding of what occurred in Croatia and I recommend this to all of my Croatian family and friends to read.