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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466476702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466476707
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,750,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first met Mary Neiswender during the investigation and trial of William Dale Archerd for the murder of six people by injecting them with insulin. Her daily reporting of the trial was always accurate and well written. I have followed her career ever since. This book is representative of her accuracy and integrity in reporting some of the most heinous crimes and civil misconduct committed anywhere.
This country needs more investigative reporters like Mary. She would have been a great homicide investigator. She knew how to investigate, get the facts and present them succinctly.
Harold W. White, Captain Retired, L.A. County Sheriffs Dept.
Author of "Whitey's Career Case - The Insulin Murders"
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Mary Neiswender is an old-school reporter, who walked away from daily journalism more than 30 years ago after a beef with her editors over news coverage and the lack thereof. She talks about that and much more in her recently released book entitled "Assassins... Serial Killers... Corrupt Cops... Chasing the News in a Skirt and High Heels."
Part autobiography and part true crime, Neiswender's book is interesting, readable and disturbing. But it's not perfect, and it's not for everybody.
If there is a primary message in the book, it is this. Evil exists in our world. It lurks outside our doors, it lives down the block, it watches our children as they frolic on the playground, and it respects no one and nothing. It takes many forms. It might be a scraggly low-life living in the shadows, a dumpy, middle-aged lady with a gun in her purse, a crime-savvy prosecutor with a trigger temper, a respected doctor with a bright smile and a dark secret, a pervert whose joy is in the screams of his victim, or even a guy in uniform driving around town in a black-and-white with flashers on the roof.
If you are an opponent of capital punishment, this is a book that might change your mind.
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Mary Neiswender became a reporter when women could not be found in the average newsroom.
She was smart, gritty and tough but always a lady to the core, someone who actually made sense
out of Charley Manson's warped ramblings. She started out covering the crime riddden waterfront for a Long beach newspaper and wound up as one of L.A.'s premier reporters. Her book contains some of the best reporting ever done in Los Angelesa area. Her writing style is clear and decisive, easy to read. In my view she ranks right up there with the great women reporters of yesteryear, Adela Rogers St. John, Aggie Underwood, Florbel Muir. There's no need to chew and digest "Assassins...Serial Killers...Corrupt Cops." Mary brings her stoies to life
at the very start and when she interviews Charley Manson, the only reporter toever do so, she brings him to life on every page. There's Jack Kirschke, the D.A. who almost got away with killing his wife and her lover. There's William Dale Archerd, the so-called "insulin killer" who left a huge trail of murder victims, including his mother and many more. Must reading for most, but not for the faint of heart.
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This book takes you into a world that has all but disappeared: the world where a reporter could make a difference, when good looks and hairspray had nothing to do with whether you were hired in media. Ms. Neiswender traces the downward spiral of that world while giving you the dirt on her most famous cases, and her most notorious pen pals, including Charlie Manson. In the very conservative and male-dominated world of newspapers in the 1940s and 1950s, she was the odd one. Tramping through the Port of LA in a skirt and high heels, she wrote about corruption, gang rapes, back room deals and learned how to swear in six languages. At that point in history, her female contemporaries were writing about recipes; she was meeting FBI agents at midnight on dark street corners, to make sure no one would know who her sources were. Ms. Neiswender is truly an inspiration and does an excellent job of painting the picture of newspaper days that have all but been forgotten. At times, the book becomes a bit gruesome when describing the South Bay Killers and the Freeway Killer but it is still an excellent read and extremely fast paced. I highly recommend it.
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Mary has written an important book about a transitional time at big city newspapers. Before there were many women in newsrooms, Mary was a tough reporter who got along just fine covering cops. She loved the style of the good cops. I can see why given the murder stories they helped her put together. Interestingly, however, her final investigation which is reconted in detail here concludes that the Ron Settles death in a Signal Hill jail should have been tried as a killing. It's an account that's worth the price of admission many times over. And there are other well-told stories just as riveting. In a world where trade press publishers seek out real stories and devote some effort to their production and promotion, this would be a best seller. Anyone who is interested in California murders and murderers will enjoy her memoir.
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