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Notorious New Jersey: 100 True Tales of Murders and Mobsters, Scandals and Scoundrels Paperback – October 29, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0813541778 ISBN-10: 0813541778

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Rivergate Books (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813541778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813541778
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Blackwell takes a walk on the wild side of New Jersey history to introduce the reader to the Garden State's leading crooks, con men, killers, and other lowlife, all described in fast paced, entertaining style. You wouldn't want to invite these characters into your living room, but they make for a lively reading experience.
(Marc Mappen coeditor of the Encyclopedia of New Jersey)

Definitely take the tour-a bullet-riddled ride you won't forget.
(Rob Polner coauthor, New York Notorious: A Borough-By-Borough Tour of the City's Most Infam)

About the Author

JON BLACKWELL is a journalist who has often written about New Jersey. He was an editor at the Asbury Park Press and a reporter at the Trentonian and is now a copy editor at the New York Post.

Customer Reviews

On my way back home to Jersey and picked this book to read.
Gigi
Very disappointed with this book--thought it would be about relative modern times--Could not recommend this book under any circumstances.
Ronald W. Liles
If so you will love this story of murder and gangsters in New Jersey thru the decades..
JohnnyMac

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C-Reader on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you're a fan of true crime, mysteries, trivia, politics, New Jersey, weird tales, and everything in between, you'll enjoy these 100 well-told stories of the Garden State's crimes and mysteries, past and present. The author is clearly passionate about his subject, and had some fun telling these tales. Even the captions are entertaining and sometimes tongue-in-cheek.

The stories range from a former Jersey City assemblyman who faked his own drowning to a possible "Jack the Ripper" suspect who moved to NJ following the London crimes (betcha didn't know that!!) In fact, there is a lot you probably didn't know about New Jersey in this comprehensive book.

Of course, there are the cases that were so famous that they spawned TV movies and national attention: the Lindbergh kidnapping, the murderous Cherry Hill rabbi, the Glen Ridge rapists, the "Baby M" saga (one of the rare entries that isn't about crime, but is still a notorious case) and others.

What's creepy is that in some of the cases, the perpetrator is still at large.

There are more than 400 pages in this paperback, but the writing style is so breezy and fun, and the passages are separated into categories, that it's an easy and delightful read. It might even make a good gift.

And there are also the requisite mob stories in here, if you're a "Sopranos" fan. A very well-done read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Webster on February 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
Jon Blackwell has summed up New Jersey's notorious past in one neatly bundled 400+ page volume.

Notorious New Jersey: 100 True Tales of Murderers and Mobsters, Scandals and Scoundrels provides a perfect read for anyone who wants to understand why New Jersey deserves its laughingstock slogan from former Gov. Richard Codey: "Welcome to New Jersey: Come See For Yourself."

After reading Notorious New Jersey you won't need to go "see for yourself" -- you'll have read the book (good enuf!!) -- and can stay alive in the relative safety of your own home.

Everybody knows at least a dozen New Jersey jokes, but Blackwell has pulled together most of the reasons for all the cringes that are synonymous with almost anything completely Jersey -- murders (too numerous to name so check the FBI files), mobsters -- The Sopranos (need I say more), scandals -- (a gay-American governor and the long line of his cronies are just the newest additions) and scoundrels (if you eliminate this category Jersey would go from the most densely populated state to a vast wasteland of emptiness, well maybe).

In "Notorious New Jersey", Blackwell cordons off the scoundrels, creeps and human debris that have made the Garden State a place to avoid in the minds of many. The chapters in the book are delineated into areas titled Old Rascals, Dead Wrong, Mob Paradise, Power Corrupts, Enemy Action and Cause Celebres, and is filled with the stories that have made headlines in New Jersey, and around the world, for more than three centuries.

In Blackwell's Notorious New Jersey you'll learn why the state could well be best described as the "Serial Murderer State" or the "Murder Capital of the World". In New Jersey they just do it right -- killing is the name of the game it seems.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on April 12, 2008
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Author Jon Blackwell treats us to a variety of categories in his 100 true tales from my favorite section on mob bosses to corrupt politicians, terrorists, spies, and other infamous characters that make up the shady history in New Jersey. The reader is taken back to relive "old rascals" such as Aaron Burr's duel with Alexander Hamilton in Weehawken, a fight to the death between Ambrose Harris and Robert "Mudman" Simon, "The Mad Hatter" dies in the chair (barber), "Richie the Boot" Boiardo and his mysterious house, and so many others are gruesomely fascinating. I also learned that Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski's exploits may not be all that they are cracked up to be in the recent book entitled "The Iceman." The book covers a lot about crooked politicians and other shady characters I've never heard of while I would have liked to have more of the book devoted to the mobsters. Nevertheless the book is one to add to your true crime collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher E. Baud on March 14, 2008
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If you grew up in New Jersey, you know you're tougher than anyone else. This book just confirms it.

Blackwell takes the reader on a thrilling ride through the Garden State's most infamous and darkest moments. Any true Jerseyan would be proud of Blackwell's hard-hitting tales of native rogues and rapscallions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JohnnyMac on February 11, 2013
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If so you will love this story of murder and gangsters in New Jersey thru the decades.. My only complaint is it could be a little more location specific. Addresses etc.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gigi on May 24, 2011
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On my way back home to Jersey and picked this book to read. Great stories I had never heard and old stories that I've heard and had forgotten. The stories were long enough to give detail and short enough to keep your attention - fun stuff!
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