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Beverly Hills Supper Club: The Untold Story of Kentucky's Worst Tragedy Paperback – December 1, 2012

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ISBN-13: 978-0615729244 ISBN-10: 061572924X

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"As a 34-year veteran of the fire protection field, I have long been fascinated with the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. It wasn't until recently, however, that I looked more closely at the actual investigation of the incident. I was shocked by what I saw and, more importantly, what I didn't see. After reading this book, I'm sure you will agree that this nationally significant fire deserves a full inquiry, particularly for the families of the victims who were killed on that weekend."
--Glen Corbett, Fire Engineering Magazine

About the Author

Robert Webster is a northern Kentucky native and author of numerous articles on local and regional history. He has written three previous books, two of which received Kentucky History Awards. Bob is a 1976 graduate of Holmes High School and attended Morehead State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. He is a member of the Kenton County Historical Society and, at the time of this publication, proudly serves as their vice president. Tom McConaughy is a longtime friend and former coworker of David Brock, and was well aware of Brock’s experience the night of the tragic fire. When other witnesses stepped forward and Brock began his investigation, Tom signed on without question and soon became one of the investigation’s primary researchers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Saratoga Press LLC (December 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061572924X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615729244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angela Rice on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that belongs in your personal library. Having my family based in Northern Kentucky gave me insight and historical connections I didn't expect to have. The most intriguing part was the timeline of the day of the fire, followed by the entire history of the tangled mess between the government and the mob. I'm sure you've heard bits and pieces of this tragic event; this book ties it all together. Incredible!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry Blake on June 5, 2013
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Very enlightening book. we live cl;ose to where the supper club was located and many of our friends have family members who parished in the fire. There are so many contradictory and suspicious facts that surround teh events of that night and the following few days
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Koeninger on January 7, 2014
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We lived in Northern Kentucky at this time it was so hard to watch on TV but you couldn't look away. I just finished this book and loved every word. An easy read and to me educational, I had always wondered what really happened, not sure if it happened as stated in this book but it made more sense than what we were told for so many years. I do believe now there was more involved of wrong doing after reading this book. I would recommend this book for everyone to read..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David T. Prows on October 31, 2013
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Excellently written book that confirms what we all have thought for years. Many friends teachers and neighbors were killed in the fire. My parents were supposed to have been there but cancelled late, thank God. Therefore, this book was of extreme interest to me. This was likely the worst mass murder in our countries history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lou Curee on August 30, 2013
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I have always been fascinated with the stories and articles I have read over the years pertaining to the Beverly Hills Supper Club tragedy on May 28, 2011. I had been to the Beverly Hills Supper Club on special occasions and remember the night of the fire like it was yesterday. I have wondered for years if anything would ever surface concerning the TRUE story of what happened that night. This book is so well researched and written. I was amazed to learn of the degree of mob involvement and the coverups that occurred over the years. There is NO DOUBT that the fire was arson. It is so sad that so many innocent lives were ruined and/or lost and also that all the wrong people/companies were penalized. A great and very educational read! I bought the hard copy of this book to keep in my library.

Mary Lou Curee
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on June 12, 2013
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Despite official explanations that cite wiring as the culprit, there are those who say the Beverly Hills Supper Club was burned to the ground by spiteful arsonists. Was it? We don't know, but if this book is taken as the sole evidence to make that claim, then I have to believe that claim remains not only unproven but less plausible than I found it before I read this book. What could have been a comprehensive history of a sickening 1977 tragedy instead became a disappointment in my view, and here is why I say that.

Have you ever known a person to want something to be true so badly that he argues a point of view until he convinces himself of it? That reminds me of what is going on in this book. The authors have gone against decades of opinion and evidence to create a lurid theory of murder based largely on speculation, and have put it into a rather rambling sort of book that perhaps unintentionally transforms itself into an expose of the area mob and in so doing never quite makes its passionately hoped-for case for arson. In telling what they think happened that night in May 1977, the authors somehow try to incorporate the drowning death of a five-year-old Alexandria, Kentucky boy nearly a year after the fire, hint at alleged gangland kingpins in Cleveland as possible masterminds in a fiery mob hit, speak of poison pen letters left in mailboxes, write up supposed conversations between shady characters and the club's owner (which the owner denies took place), with the overall result being, as a friend who also read the book said to me, "the whole book jumps the sharks around the mid-way point."

Granted, proof would be difficult to come by after thirty-some years, but after finishing this book I came away thinking: case not made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Crosby on January 11, 2014
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I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend. I was delighted to see the book was out in paperback. Jack was very surprised and excited about reading this book. The Beverly Hills Supper Club fire had a huge impact on the greater Cincinnati area. Such a senseless tragedy. I can't wait for Jack to finish the book so that I can read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Osterhage on December 19, 2013
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I found the book fascinating. I grew up in Cincinnati and it's one of those times you remember exactly what you were doing when you heard about it. So heartbreaking. To read about what really happened is jaw-dropping. I recommend it to anybody - especially to those who are from the area.
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