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Gang Mom (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1998


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Expanding on his 1997 Reader's Digest article, Rosen (former New York Times columnist) explores the lives of Mary Thompson and the teenage members of her Eugene, Ore., gang?the 74 Hoover Crips. Although seeming to be an anti-gang activist?as evidenced in speeches she gave at local high schools?Thompson convinced her posse that 17-year-old Aaron Iturra, whom she had entrusted to protect her son, needed to be killed. Detectives investigating the case came to her for help; what they found instead was a hidden past of recurrent crimes and lies. At first, police were doubtful they could get Thompson for murder and were prepared to settle for lesser charges, but thanks to her own incriminating statements through police wiretaps and while on the stand, she was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. While Rosen displays an extensive knowledge of gang lifestyle and terminology, as well as of police procedure and investigative techniques, his frequent interjections to the narrative ("Scripted tears, spare me!") only point out the obvious and detract from the overall effect.
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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312968108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312968106
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crystal J. Morton on August 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a very ironic case, where a single mother who is well known in her community for her tough stance against gangs turns out to be the ringleader of one. Unfortunately, while the story itself is very interesting, the book is not written all that well. I felt it lacked depth. I think more detail and more background is called for, to give the reader the feeling of knowing the characters. There were also some confusing and/or conflicting passages. Worth reading, but not one of my favorite true crime books.
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