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Marrying the Hangman Unknown Binding – January 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: RandomHouse, 1992; 1ST edition (1992)
  • ASIN: B0046JDUL2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,187,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sheila Weller is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning magazine journalist. She is the author of five previous books, most recently her 2003 family memoir, Dancing at Ciro's, which The Washington Post called "a substantial contribution to American social history." She is the senior contributing editor at Glamour, a contributor to Vanity Fair, and a former contributing editor of New York. To Learn more, visit www.girlslikeusthebook.com

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Ryan on August 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading "Marrying the Hangman" by Sheila Weller. It's the story of an attractive Julie Christie look-alike named Diane Pikul who was murdered by her husband in 1987. Joe Pikul was a financially savvy Wall Street stock analyst who dabbled in drugs and cross-dressing (and that's the least of it). Unfortunately, to Diane's detriment, he also had a terrible temper and was dangerously jealous and possessive of her. When she filed for divorce after years of abuse, Joe lost it and murdered her. The story did not get a lot of air time because the big New York City stories during that year included the Lisa Steinberg murder by her adoptive father Joel Steinberg as well as the trial of Robert Chambers for the strangulation death of Jennifer Levin in Central Park.

The first part of the book gives an overview of the lives of Diane and Joe before they met, when they married, and how they lived together afterward. The second part of the book discusses the aftermath of Diane's murder - Joe's attempt to get custody of his children along with his murder trial (where he takes the stand).

A familiar name came up while reading the book - attorney Raoul Felder worked tirelessly to stop Joe from getting custody of the children.

I loved this book. It was a fascinating study of the family dynamic. The author wrote an excellent book - absolutely no filler (the book is polished and thorough because Ms. Weller is a really good writer). Again, the old cliche, I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Gisi on September 23, 2014
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Interesting book. True story about a troubled man and a beautiful woman who married him. Abusive relationship. Disturbing thing is the two children they had continued to be in his care in spite of the possibility that he may have killed their mother. Granted he was the biological father but still, what if he was a danger to them. Good true story if a bit disturbing....
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By donna parker on October 10, 2014
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It was ok
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenniesm on October 6, 2014
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Not a fan of the writing, The story did not come together as the writer probably hoped it would. I felt it was very 'choppy' . Sorry, but Id rather read fiction if these are the type of Non-fiction books out there.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda H. on October 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I actually have not read this book yet. I bought it for my sister. She said it was a good read. She said it was entertaining.
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