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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466206063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466206069
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Tylenol Mafia by Scott Bartz is one of the best pieces of journalism I have ever seen. All students of PR and journalism should read it...  This expose' of the No. 1 phony story in PR is long overdue.  -- Jack O'Dwyer, O'Dwyer PR

"This is really a story, not of the murders themselves, but of corporate corruption and an American political system that is willing to allow murderers to go free in order to protect corporations from lawsuits."  -- Michael Rivero, "What Really Happened" radio show.

It reads like a murder mystery -- WGN-TV Chicago

The book also raises suspicion over dozens of incidents, including a bottle of cyanide-laced Tylenol turned in a month after the poisonings by the wife of a DuPage County judge - Daily Herald

We defer any comment on the investigation of these poisonings to the appropriate legal authorities. --  Johnson & Johnson spokesman Bill Price

More About the Author

Scott Bartz is the author of the TYMURS series:

- TYMURS: The 1982 Tylenol Murders
- TYLENOL MAN: A 30-Year Quest to Close the Tylenol Murders Case
- TYMURS NYC: The 1986 Tylenol Murder (To be published 11/10/12)

Bartz's first book, The Tylenol Mafia: Marketing, Murder, and Johnson & Johnson, was released in 2011. His next book will be a nonfiction narrative in the true crime genre.

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He also goes a little bit crazy with the conspiracy theories, which sometimes seem more opinion than fact.
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Mr. Bartz did a terrific job in providing very detailed information about the victims, the extortionist, other prime subjects and the lead investigators on the case.
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All of the repetition made this one a difficult book to finish, and I hate when reading feels like a chore.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Jack O'Dwyer on September 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been a lifelong journalist including ten years at the former New York Journal-American and Chicago Tribune and The Tylenol Mafia by Scott Bartz is one of the best pieces of journalism I have ever seen. All students of PR and journalism should read it.
It has thousands of well-documented details by Bartz and excellent logic applied to these details.
I've covered the PR industry since 1968 in our newsletter, magazine and website and have always found the Tylenol story to be a masterpiece of spin although media have swallowed it as the "Gold Standard" for crisis handling.
PR Society of America as well as major media such as the New York Times, Economist, Fortune and Christian Science Monitor must revisit the Tylenol murders and revise their glowing opinions of how J&J behaved.
Bartz offers convincing proof that the issue was not some madman putting poisoned Tylenol bottles back on shelves but the contamination taking place in the distribution chain from J&J through rack jobbers and others who did the actual packaging and delivery to stores.
The "smoking gun" is the death of Lynn Reiner, who had given birth to a son four days earlier in 1982, and who died after taking poisoned Extra Strength Tylenols given to her by the hospital. No "madman" broke into the hospital's pharmacy to spike those capsules. They came from within J&J's distribution chain.
Bartz notes that the odds of families purchasing the exact five bottles of Tylenols that were poisoned over a 300-square mile radius where there were hundreds of stories is a fraction of one percent. Obviously there were hundreds of other poisoned bottles. Many of them were destroyed or turned over to J&J--a bizarre example of entrusting a suspect with the evidence. This turns normal police practice on its head.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By AG on October 6, 2011
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This book is disturbing on so many levels. The story would be unbelievable if it were not so meticulously researched and documented. The facts that Scott Bartz sets forth in this book are irrefutable and could have only been uncovered by someone with inside knowledge about how the pharmaceutical industry and Johnson & Johnson works. I commend him for his courage in challenging some very powerful and scary people.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 2 on October 2, 2011
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How in the world are the authorities and Johnson & Johnson getting away with this? I could not stop reading the book when I first opened it. All of these details and stories I had no idea were even a part of this case. I always thought we would find out who this guy was when he was on his death bed, finally ready to confess to it. But, a worker in a warehouse in the distribution channel? Yes, it completely makes sense now! Once the author introduced the scenario that way, it all started adding up--- like, the "route of the madman" that the FBI offered the media to plaster all over the news. The route was this perfect circle of retail stores the Tylenol killer supposedly went to. Bartz took that info and translated it to a now-obvious theory-- a delivery route from the distributor! Bartz mapped it all out so clearly. The other thought-provoking fact that I thought was amazing was the reward offered was only $100,000, but J&J spent hundreds of millions in marketing to save their product. Why would you offer so little if you wanted to get information from the public so badly? Well, offering $1,000,000 or more would entice people to really dig deep into the facts to solve the case. Then, they would owe the victim's families way more than $1M. I give huge kudos to Scott Bartz for doing something that no one else that I know of has done with this case--- question the reason why this case has not yet been solved and research everything. His detail is beyond impressive. I hope that someone with the badge of authority reads this and goes against the grain to finally solve this for these families... and the consumer.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kb on October 2, 2011
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This is such an interesting and horrifyingly revealing read. Having grown up in one of the towns where this heartbreaking tragedy hit, this subject has always been of particular interest to me. It amazes me how much of this case was ignored, mishandled, and covered up. This was a very scary time for so many, and it makes me very angry to realize how the public and the victims were lied to and continue to be lied to about this incident. This book has made me feel extremely gullible for having believed the media and the authorities all these years about what really happened. My hope is that the release of this book opens some eyes. It is well researched and well written, and I would recommend it to anyone. Truly, this is a conspiracy of mega proporation, and it has been cracked wide open with this book.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By MR on October 10, 2011
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This is an astonishing revelation of how a giant corporation worked closely with the FBI, FDA, local police and the Legal Profession to obstruct justice. I recommend that all those folks involved in the "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrations read this book. It will add fuel to their fire. The primary complaint of "Occupy Wall Street" demonstrators is focused on the behavior of the Financial Community but their outrage should extend to giant corporations and government officials who think they are above the law.
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