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Scotbom: Evidence and the Lockerbie Investigation

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Algora Publishing (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087586449X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875864495
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,295,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Lockerbie bombing is one of the most significant terrorist/ mass murder cases in history. SCOTBOM tells the inside story of the lengthy and intricate investigation. It is also a testimonial to the tenacity, honesty, and integrity of the hundreds of law enforcement officers who scoured the fields around Lockerbie and later the world to find bits of evidence to put the case together. Although the bombing took place in 1988, the international task force formed to solve the crime confronted issues that are timely today. Their efforts continue to be a model for international terrorist investigations. Dick Marquise is the consummate FBI professional. His account of how evidence was painstakingly gathered and how the investigation unfolded is both a compelling story and definitive history.
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The events that led to the conviction of the Pan Am 103 assasins would be dismissed as improbable were they not true. This reads like a fast paced novel, and has all the momentum of a film while remaining focused on the facts of the investigation. Marquise comes through as a modest man with an immense capacity for work, inspired by the families of the victims and determined to find justice. What justice was relaized was his achievement. Highly recommended.
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There have been an array of books written about the tragedy of Pan Am flight 103. From bereaved families to conspiracy theorists, everybody has a theory with every theory being ultimately self-serving or just plain wrong. This book is an accurate and detailed book about the investigation of this case. Mr. Marquise was intimately involved in this investigation and provides an inside look to an extremely complex case involving multiple jurisdictions from different countries. Other authors seem to assume this investigation could be conducted like any investigation in the US. This is just not true and Mr. Marquise makes that very clear.
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It is hard to believe it has been nearly 20 years since Pan Am 103 was blown out of the sky over the tiny town of Lockerbie. Richard Marquise tells the inside and compelling story of the FBI's role in helping bring at least some of the terrorists to justice. It is interesting to review Pan Am 103 in the context of a 9/11 world: Today, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are focused on prevention rather than prosecution of terrorists.

But we see that in this case, not only were some of the (albeit lower level) terrorist brought to justice, but it's the only case I am aware of where a ruthless dictator eventually cried uncle, in no small part as a result of this investigation and prosecution. Gadaffi admitted responsibility for PA 103, gave up nuclear weapons a few years later, and even recently agreed to pay millions of dollars to the victim's families to put this event behind Libya.

Because this is a fairly detailed and technical book, I would highly recommend it as a textbook for an upper level undergraduate, or even a graduate class in National Security Studies or International Relations; jamesmcasey.com
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This is an intriguing insider's tale from the one American who could write it. Retired FBI executive Richard Marquise has traveled the world, teaching the intricacies of counterterrorism and major case investigation to law enforcement officials. In Scotbom he brings his expertise to the general reader as well as criminal justice professionals. Scotbom tells the story of a horrific crime. It is also the account of a group of international police officers who refused to leave an investigation over the course of many years. This is a "must read" for anyone involved in counterterrorism.

Marquise's work is important on three levels. Using practical insight, law enforcement skills, and investigative strategy, Marquise provides a step-by-step account for criminal investigators. Second, it is an excellent case study for criminal justice classes. (My students are using it to develop a training session on major case investigation.) Finally, and most importantly, Marquise has told the story with one group of people in mind, the families of Pan Am Flight 103. His compassion for the victims flows throughout the narrative.

As news networks and public attention jump from one terrorist attack to the next, Marquise stays focused on the victims of a single event in the past. The world may have forgotten their life-altering pain. Marquise has not.
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While there are those who are always inclined to believe a conspiracy theory, Mr. Marquise's book does an excellent job of laying out the flow of the investigation into the Pan Am 103 bombing of December 1988. Readers will finally understand the context of the false leads, changing stories, and other factors that have led to beliefs that other parties, including the PFLP-GC and Iran, may have been involved in the bombing.
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