New Arrivals · True Crime

January 19, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Political corruption

January 18, 2019
125 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- 1. Where in the world is corruption most prevalent? / Esteban Ortiz-Ospina and Max Roser -- 2. The founding fathers were corruption fighters / John Joseph Wallis -- 3. Modern-day politics and the abuse of the public trust / Voice of America -- 4. The search for the most corrupt state in the US / Oguzhan Dincer and Michael Johnston -- 5. When is a gift a bribe? / Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman -- 6. Those with the wealth also have the power / G. William Domhoff -- 7. Wealth inequality data is nonsense / Scott Sumner -- 8. Unleashed campaign spending thanks to Citizens United / Gary Beckner and Richard Posner -- 9. How Citizens United changed the rules of the game / Represent.Us -- 10. Comments on the deeply flawed US electoral system / Andrew Gumbel -- 11. Corruption even worse since the 2016 election / Transparency International -- 12. The roles of fear and relief in fighting corruption / Jermyn Brooks -- 13. Curbing corruption with transparency, tchnology, and more / Augusto Lopez-Claros -- 14. Social media and youth activists in anti-corruption campaigns / Mariana Ceratti -- 15. What could stop corruption in America? / Represent.Us -- Organizations to contact -- Bibliography -- Index.

Who killed Betty Gail Brown? : murder, mistrial, and mystery

January 14, 2019
Lawson, Robert G., 1938- author.
ix, 205 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Preface -- The Murder of Betty Gail Brown -- The Initial Investigation -- Cooling Down of a Hot Case -- Arrival of a Real Suspect -- Events Preceding Trial -- The Trial -- Conclusion -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
"On October 26, 1961, after an evening of studying with friends on the campus of Transylvania College, nineteen-year-old student Betty Gail Brown got into her car around midnight--presumably headed for home. But she would never arrive. Three hours later, Brown was found dead in a driveway near the center of campus, strangled to death with her own brassiere. Kentuckians across the state became engrossd in the proceedings as lead after lead went nowhere. Four years later, the police investigation completely stalled. In 1965, a drifter named Alex Arnold Jr. confessed to the killing while in jail for unrelated charges in Oregon. Arnold was brought to Lexington and put on trial, where he entered a plea of not guilty. Robert Lawson was a young attorney at a local firm when a senior member asked him to help defend Arnold, and he offers a meticulous record of the case...A written transcript of the court proceedings does not exist, but Lawson's account, drawing on police and court records, newspaper articles, and his own notes, provides an intriguing record of one of Kentucky's most notorious cases." --pg 4 of cover.

America, compromised

January 14, 2019
Lessig, Lawrence, author.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
xii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Congress -- Of finance -- The media -- The academy -- The law -- Remedies.

Burned : a story of murder and the crime that wasn't

January 11, 2019
Humes, Edward, author.
New York : Dutton, [2019]
307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines the case of Jo Ann Parks, the sole survivor and eyewitness of a Los Angeles apartment fire in which her three young children perished. Parks was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole based on forensic fire science that is now being challenged by the California Innocence Project, which contends tunnel vision and outright bias not only led to life in prison for an innocent mother, but convicted her of a crime that never actually happened.

The G-men and the nurse : a 1929 FBI Washington cold case

January 9, 2019
Plunkett, William E., author.
xx, 169 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
It was the sensational Washington, D.C., death case that punctuated the end of the Roaring Twenties. The victim was an attractive young nurse found semi-nude in her apartment with a pajama cord around her neck. Detectives said it was a suicide, but a maverick patrolman thought otherwise and took on the entire metropolitan police force to try and prove it.

Handsome Johnny : the life and death of Johnny Rosselli : gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin

December 18, 2018
Server, Lee, author.
532 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 25 cm
Out of the past -- Once upon a time in Los Angeles -- Our man in Hollywood -- Bleeding the dream merchants -- The big squawk -- Crime don't pay -- A warlock's carnival -- Neon Babylon -- The spy who came in from the pool -- A coffin for Johnny.
A singular figure in the annals of the American underworld, Johnny Rosselli's career flourished for an extraordinary fifty years, from the bloody years of bootlegging in the Roaring Twenties--the last protégé of Al Capone--to the modern era of organized crime as a dominant corporate power. The Mob's "Man in Hollywood," Johnny Rosselli introduced big-time crime to the movie industry, corrupting unions and robbing moguls in the biggest extortion plot in history. A man of great allure and glamour, Rosselli befriended many of the biggest names in the movie capital--including studio boss Harry Cohn, helping him to fund Columbia Pictures--and seduced some of its greatest female stars, including Jean Harlow and Marilyn Monroe. In a remarkable turn of events, Johnny himself would become a Hollywood filmmaker--producing two of the best film noirs of the 1940s. Following years in federal prison, Rosselli began a new venture, overseeing the birth and heyday of Las Vegas. Working for new Chicago boss Sam Giancana, he became the gambling mecca's behind-the-scenes boss, running the town from his suites and poolside tables at the Tropicana and Desert Inn, enjoying the Rat Pack nightlife with pals Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. In the 1960s, in the most unexpected chapter in an extraordinary life, Rosselli became the central figure in a bizarre plot involving the Kennedy White House, the CIA, and an attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro. Based upon years of research, written with compelling style and vivid detail, Handsome Johnny is the great telling of an amazing tale.

Sons of Cain : a history of serial killers from the stone age to the present

December 17, 2018
Vronsky, Peter, author.
viii, 423 pages ; 21 cm
I. On the origin of the species: the evolution of serial killers. Serial killers: a brief introduction to the species ; Genesis: the stone age reptilian zombie serial-killer triune brain ; Psychopathia sexualis: the psychology of the lust serial killer in civilized society -- II. Serial killer chronicles: the early forensic history of monster. The dawn of the less-dead: serial killers and modernity ; Lupina insania: criminalizing werewolves and Little Red Riding Hood as victim, 1450-1650 ; Malleus maleficarum: the great witch hunt as a serial-killing-woman hunt ; The rippers before Jack: the rise of modern serial killers in Europe, 1800-1887 ; Back in the USA: the rise of the modern American serial killer ; Slouching toward Whitechapel: sex crimes in Britain before Jack the Ripper -- III. The new age of monsters: the rise of the modern serial killer. Raptor: Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel murders, 1888 ; The French ripper: the forensics of serial murder in the Belle Epoch, 1897 ; Red tide rising: serial killers in the first half of the twentieth century, 1900-1950 ; American gothic: the "golden age" of serial killers, 1950-2000 ; Diabolus in cultura: serial-killing rape culture "sweats," the "greatest generation," and their sons of Cain -- Conclusion: Pogo syndrome: thinking herds of crazies in the twilight of the golden age of serial killers -- Afterword: "Serial killers need hugs too."
"From the author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters ... an in-depth examination of sexual serial killers throughout human history, how they evolved, and why we are fascinated by their horrifying crimes"--Back cover.

What we talk about when we talk about rape

December 10, 2018
Abdulali, Sohaila, author.
226 pages ; 20 cm
Introduction -- Who am I to talk? -- Shut up or die, crazy bitch -- Totally different, exactly the same -- Yes, no, maybe -- What did you expect? -- Oh, please -- How to save a life -- The Abdulali guidelines for saving a rape survivor's life -- The official version -- Your love is killing me -- A brief pause for horror -- A bagful of dentures -- Teflon Man -- Keys to the kingdom -- A brief pause for fury -- Rx: polite conversation -- All in the family -- A brief pause for confusion -- STealing freedom, stealing joy -- Lead weights for drowning -- A brief pause for ennui -- The quality of mercy -- Your rape is worse than mine -- Good girls don't -- Rape prevention for beginners -- Boys will... -- A brief pause for terror -- The full catastrophe.
"Drawing on her own experience, her work with hundreds of survivors as the head of a rape crisis center in Boston, and three decades of grappling with rape as a feminist intellectual and writer, Abdulali tackles some of our thorniest questions about rape, articulating the confounding way we account for who gets raped and why--and asking how we want to raise the next generation. In interviews with survivors from around the world we hear moving personal accounts of hard-earned strength, humor, and wisdom that collectively tell the larger story of what rape means and how healing can occur."--Dust jacket flap.

Political corruption and the abuse of power

December 5, 2018
Machajewski, Sarah, author.
New York : Lucent Press, 2019.
104 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 23 cm
A disease called corruption -- Understanding political corruption -- A culture of corruption -- The role of money -- A global problem -- Standing up to corruption -- Discussion questions -- Organizations to contact.

Summer's almost gone : the Bricca family murders/// the most notorious cold case in Cincinnati History

November 30, 2018
Townsend, J. T., author.
© 2018
x, 515 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Small town city: April 3rd-June 6th, 1966 -- Silent noons: June 10th-August 16th, 1966 -- Cherish is the word: August 15th -Sept. 18th, 1966 -- Late harbingers: September 25th 1966 -- Certain shadows on the wall: September 25th, 1966 -- The listening house: September 26th-28th, 1966 -- Murder at large: September 28th-30th, 1966 -- Dear unknown: October 1st-8th, 1966 -- Glimmer of guilt: October 9th-20th, 1966 -- Few too many: October 20th-Dec 9th, 1966 -- Halfway to heaven: December 6th 1966-Feb 2nd, 1967 -- Phantom footsteps: Feb 3rd, 1967-Dec 31st, 2017 -- Night of a thousand lies.
"It was an unbelievable crime--hideous, unexpected, baffling. A crime destined to become the most notorious and obsessive cold case in Cincinnati history. On that long ago day in September on the cusp of autumn, we were horrified by the blaring Bricca murder headlines. Jerry, his pretty wife Linda, and their young daughter Debbie were found stabbed to death in their home in the city's Bridgetown neighborhood. Striking between the 4th and 5th slayings of the Cincinnati Strangler in 1966, the Bricca killer plunged a city already on edge into an abyss. A half century later, the Bricca mystery lingers in cobwebs and survives on whispers ... With this overdue excavation of the Bricca murders, JT Townsend will jettison the unworkable and the implausible scenarios until we arrive at the probable truth"--Adapted from jacket flap.

Kickback : exposing the global corporate bribery network

November 28, 2018
Montero, David, author.
296 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: Encounters. "Foul corruption" ; Money boxes -- Part II. The kickback system. Happy fools ; The black curtains ; A houseboat in the swamps -- Part III. Impact. Miza ; Fueling the fire ; Flash bang -- Part IV. Redress. Givebacks ; A new standard.
"An investigation into corporate bribery around the world and how it undermines democracy and the free market system." -- Publisher annotation.

The spy who was left behind : Russia, the United States, and the true story of the betrayal and assassination of a CIA agent

November 26, 2018
Pullara, Michael, author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
xiii, 336 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"On August 8, 1993, a single bullet to the head killed Freddie Woodruff, the Central Intelligence Agency's station chief in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Within hours, police had a suspect--a vodka-soaked village bumpkin named Anzor Sharmaidze. A tidy explanation quickly followed: It was a tragic accident. US diplomats hailed Georgia's swift work, and both countries breathed a sigh of relief. Yet the bullet that killed Woodruff was never found and key witnesses have since retracted their testimony, saying they were beaten and forced to identify Sharmaidze. But if he didn't do it, who did? Those who don't buy the official explanation think the answer lies in the spy games that played out on Russia's frontier following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. Woodruff was an early actor in a dangerous drama. American spies were moving into newborn nations previously dominated by Soviet intelligence. Russia's security apparatus, resentful and demoralized, was in turmoil, its nominal loyalty to a pro-Western course set by President Boris Yeltsin, shredded by hardline spooks and generals who viewed the Americans as a menace. At the time when Woodruff was stationed there, Georgia was a den of intrigue. It had a big Russian military base and was awash with former and not-so-former Soviet agents. Shortly before Woodruff was shot, veteran CIA officer Aldrich Ames--who would soon be unmasked as a KGB mole--visited him on agency business. In short order, Woodruff would be dead and Ames, in prison for life. Buckle up, because The Spy Who Was Left Behind reveals the full-throttle, little-known thrilling tale"-- Provided by publisher.

A tale of two murders : guilt, innocence, and the execution of Edith Thompson

November 21, 2018
Thompson, Laura, 1964- author.
440 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
A Tale of Two Murders is an engrossing examination of the Ilford murder, which became a legal cause ce´lèbre in the 1920s, and led to the hanging of Edith Thompson and her lover, Freddy Bywaters. On the night of October 3, 1922, as Edith and her husband, Percy, were walking home from the theatre, a man sprang out of the darkness and stabbed Percy to death. The assailant was none other than Bywaters. When the police discovered his relationship with Edith, she--who had denied knowledge of the attack--was arrested as his accomplice. Her passionate love letters to Bywaters, read out at the ensuing trial, sealed her fate, even though Bywaters insisted Edith had no part in planning the murder. They were both hanged. Freddy was demonstrably guilty; but was Edith truly so? In shattering detail and with masterful emotional insight, Laura Thompson charts the course of a liaison with thrice-fatal consequences, and investigates what a troubling case tells us about perceptions of women, innocence, and guilt.

Can you ever forgive me? : memoirs of a literary forger

November 21, 2018
Israel, Lee, author.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, [2018]
x, 129 pages ; 22 cm
Brick and pigeons -- Wretched and excessive -- A Mayan minute -- The flies -- Slippery slope -- Cousin Sidney -- Louise -- Riffing -- Faux Louise -- Dorothy -- Noël -- The jig is up -- Violets for his furs -- Trimester two -- This ain't no country club, Lee -- Prep time -- My third trimester.
Before turning to her life of crime, running a one-woman forgery business out of a phone booth in a Greenwich Village bar and even dodging the FBI, Lee Israel had a legitimate career as an author of biographies. Her first book on Tallulah Bankhead was a New York Times bestseller, and her second, on the late journalist and reporter Dorothy Kilgallen, made a splash in the headlines. But by 1990, almost broke and desperate to hang onto her Upper West Side studio, Lee made a bold and irreversible career change: inspired by a letter she'd received once from Katharine Hepburn, and armed with her considerable skills as a researcher and celebrity biographer, she began to forge letters in the voices of literary greats. Between 1990 and 1991, she wrote more than three hundred letters in the voices of, among others, Dorothy Parker, Louise Brooks, Edna Ferber, Lillian Hellman, and Noel Coward-and sold the forgeries to memorabilia and autograph dealers.

Let the people see : the story of Emmett Till

November 15, 2018
Gorn, Elliott J., 1951- author.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2018.
x, 380 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
I seen two knees and feet -- Argo, Illinois -- Money, Mississippi -- I'm kinda scared there's been foul play -- Lynching -- We will not be integrated -- Let the people see what they did to my boy -- Mississippi's infamy -- Trial -- A good place to raise a boy -- The news capitol of the United States -- Fair and impartial men -- Moses Chester Miller -- Undertaker Chester Miller -- Sheriff Chester Miller
"Everyone knows the story of the murder of young Emmett Till. In August 1955, the fourteen-year-old Chicago boy was murdered in Mississippi for having--supposedly--flirted with a white woman named Carolyn Bryant, who was working behind the counter of a store. Emmett was taken from the home of a relative later that night by white men; three days later, his naked body was recovered in the Tallahatchie River, weighed down by a cotton-gin fan. Till's killers were acquitted, but details of what had happened to him became public; the story gripped the country and sparked outrage. It continues to turn. The murder has been the subject of books and documentaries, rising and falling in number with anniversaries and tie-ins, and shows no sign of letting up. The Till murder continues to haunt the American conscience. Fifty years later, in 2005, the FBI reopened the case. New papers and testimony have come to light, and several participants, including Till's mother, Mamie Till Mobley, have published autobiographies. Using this new evidence and a broadened historical context, Elliott Gorn delves into facets of the case never before studied and considers how and why the story of Emmett Till still resonates, and likely always will. Even as it marked a turning point, Gorn shows, hauntingly, it reveals how old patterns of thought and behavior linger in new faces, and how deeply embedded racism in America remains. Gorn does full justice to both Emmett and the Till Case--the boy and the symbol--and shows how and why their intersection illuminates a number of crossroads: of north and south, black and white, city and country, industrialization and agriculture, rich and poor, childhood and adulthood."--Provided by publisher.

Accused : the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Andes

November 8, 2018
Hunt, Amber, author.
New York, New York : Diversion Books, 2018.
xiii, 220 pages, 22 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The complete transcripts from the popular podcast"--cover.
"When Elizabeth Andes was found bound, stabbed, and strangled in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Within days, Bob Young, a 23-year-old football player who'd found his college sweetheart's lifeless body on their bedroom floor, was charged with her murder. To this day, police and prosecutors still say they had the right guy--even though two juries, one criminal and one civil, disagreed, and Young walked away a free man. Beth's case went cold. Nearly four decades later, two Cincinnati reporters re-examined the murder and discovered that law enforcement ignored leads that might have uncovered who really killed Beth Andes. It wasn't that there weren't other people to look at. There were plenty. But no one bothered...until now"

With one shot : family murder and a search for justice

November 5, 2018
Marcic, Dorothy, author.
viii, 371 pages, 16 unnumbered pagesof plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Note continued: 31.Munchausen or Serial Killer? -- 32.Was She an Abused Wife? -- 33.Forensic Experts -- 34.If She Did Have a Psychotic Break -- 35.Why'd She Do It? -- 36.One Possible Scenario -- 37.Hindsight of the Sheriff, et al. -- 38.Good-bye, Jenylle -- 39.Suzanne's Last Curtain Call -- 40.The Police Badge -- 41.Thoughts on Complicity and Redemption.
Ever since she was a teenager, Dorothy Marcic was haunted by unresolved questions surrounding the brutal murder of her beloved uncle, LaVerne Stordock, a respected family man and former police detective. In 2014, she embarked on a two-year mission to uncover the truth behind his death.

Fraud : how the left plans to steal the next election

October 3, 2018
Eggers, Eric, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, [2018]
232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The future is now : Tom Perez -- George Soros: the man behind the ballot booth -- We've been here before: a brief history of voter fraud -- The American dream; the problem with noncitizen voting -- Fraud by mail: the problems with absentee ballots -- Who's running this thing anyways?: the counters -- Double-barreled voter fraud -- Who counts the votes? -- Who cares who votes? -- Summing up: voting and citizenship.
"Fraud busts open the ballot box to expose the felons, illegal immigrants, and even corpses that fraudulently foil America's chances for honest election outcomes. Which members of Congress actually lost their races? Which counties have registered voters listed as over 200 years old? Where in America are over 100 percent of an area's voters registered to vote? With exclusive interviews with whistleblowers who have seen the fraud first-hand and backed by state of the art forensic tools and elite investigative acumen, Fraud analyzes the voter rolls to name names and show, in historic detail, how the numbers just don't add up"--Provided by publisher.

Hate crimes

October 2, 2018
Marcovitz, Hal, author.
80 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
How serious a problem are hate crimes? -- How are people hurt by hate crimes? -- How do laws address hate crimes? -- The challenges of bringing perpetrators to justice -- What can be done about hate crimes?.

Wicked women of Ohio

October 1, 2018
Turzillo, Jane Ann, author.
158 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Billion dollar whale : the man who fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the world

September 18, 2018
Wright, Tom (Wall Street Journal reporter), author.
xvii, 379 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. The invention of Jho Low -- Fake photos -- Asian great Gatsby -- Win tons of money -- We're going to need a bigger van -- A nice toy -- Doctor Leissner, I presume -- Saudi "royalty" (the first heist) -- Hitting a goldmine -- "I feel the earth move" -- Part II. Overnight billionaire -- An evening with the playmates -- Raining Cristal -- How to spend a billion -- Where's our money? -- Roll the presses -- Welcome to New York -- Shitty, junk products -- My good friend, Leo -- Two-million-euro bottle parade -- "Keep your nonsense to yourself" -- Belfort smells a scam -- Bitter severance -- Penthouse with a view -- Switzerland of the East -- Brazen sky -- Goldman and the sheikh (the second heist) -- Bilking the state -- Part III. Empire -- Making Busta his bitch -- All the wealth in the world -- Mystique of the orient -- "681 American pies" (the third heist) -- Art no one can see -- Jewelers and bankers -- Bona fide business -- 140 gigabytes -- Leo's Wall Street indictment -- The Oval Office -- Size matters -- Losing control -- Part IV. Bonfire of secrets -- "No cash. No deal." -- Generous Jho -- Sacks of money -- The exposé -- Buttocks in a g-string -- Strongman Najib -- Part V. The captain's resolve -- Prosecutor in an oil drum -- Special Agent Bill McMurry -- Partying on the run -- China connection -- Glass half full -- White-collar crime -- King Khadem falls -- Epilogue..

Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society : America's original gangsters and the U.S. Postal detective who brought them to justice

September 7, 2018
Oldfield, William (Archivist), author.
vii, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The printer -- Politics -- The raven -- Society of the Banana -- The inspector -- The immigrant -- Stakeout -- The boss -- The takedown --The trial -- Good-byes -- Outcomes.
"The Black Hand was an early twentieth-century Sicilian-American crime ring that preyed on immigrants from the old country. Terrorized victims rarely spoke out, and the criminals ruled with terror--until Inspector Frank Oldfield came along. In 1899, Oldfield became America's 156th Post Office Inspector--joining the ranks of the most powerful federal law enforcement agents in the country. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the unconventional Oldfield brilliantly took down train robbers, murderers, and embezzlers from Ohio to New York to Maryland. Oldfield was finally able to penetrate the dreaded Black Hand when a tip-off put him onto the most epic investigation of his career, culminating in the 1909 capture of sixteen mafiosos in a case that spanned four states, two continents--and ended in the first international organized crime conviction in the country."--Provided by publisher.

The evidence of things not seen

August 21, 2018
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987.
New York : H. Holt, 1995.
xvi, 125 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985.
"An Owl book."
Focusing on the murders of Afro-American children in Atlanta in 1979 and 1980, Baldwin examines race relations in America and the inequities of the criminal justice system.

The kill jar : obsession, descent, and a hunt for Detroit's most notorious serial killer

August 17, 2018
Appelman, J. Reuben, author.
xiii, 268 pages ; 24 cm
"Enthralling. Gripping. Cinematic. Raw. A cold case murder investigation paced like a podcast, as visually stunning as a film, and as brave and personal as our darkest memoirs. J. Reuben Appelman cracks open one of America's most notorious murder sprees while simultaneously banging the gavel on his own history with violence. A deftly-crafted true crime story with grit, set amid the decaying sprawl of Detroit and its outliers."-- Publisher's description.

Unnecessary roughness : inside the trial and final days of Aaron Hernandez

August 17, 2018
Baez, Jose, 1968- author.
xii, 276 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Foreword / Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez -- The beginning or the end -- Fuck yeah! -- Blood in Boston -- Magical Monday and the luck of the Irish -- The not so anonymous call -- A video game called Motive -- Making of a murder weapon -- Weekend at Bernie's -- Eye phone -- Sharrod the shooter -- Trapping a rat -- Patriot games -- Who shot Odin Lloyd? -- Prison life -- Family matters -- Would you please convict if there's no evidence? -- Independent and not so independent witnesses -- The street sweeper -- Marinating the jury -- Desperate measure -- Tears behind the glass -- WTF? -- The battle for the brain -- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
When renowned defense attorney Jose Baez received a request for representation from Aaron Hernandez, the disgraced Patriots tight-end was already serving a life sentence for murder. Defending him in a second, double-murder trial seemed like a lost cause--but Baez accepted the challenge, and their partnership culminated in a dramatic courtroom victory, a race to contest his first conviction, and ultimately a tragedy, when Aaron took his own life days after his acquittal. This riveting, closely-observed account of Aaron's life and final year is the only book based on countless intimate conversations with Aaron, and told from the perspective of a true insider. Written with the support of Hernandez's fiancée, Unnecessary Roughness takes readers inside the high-profile trial, offering a dramatic retelling of the race to obtain key evidence that would exonerate Hernandez, and later play a critical role in appealing his first conviction. With revelations about Aaron's personal life that weren't shared at trial, and an exploration of the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy diagnosis revealed by his autopsy, Jose Baez's Unnecessary Roughness is a startling courtroom drama and an unexpected portrait of a fallen father, fiancé, and teammate.-- Publishers description.

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