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The Wrong Man: Who Ordered the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal and Why Kindle Edition

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GREAT AUTHOR!! By Patricia Taylor 
I have read five books by Joe Bruno and I am indeed hooked.  I can't wait to read more. One of the best writers ever!
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Joe Bruno's "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps" was the runner up in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Book Awards in the category "General Nonfiction."

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POWERFUL READ!!!

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"The Wrong Man: Who Ordered The Murder Of Gambler Herman Rosenthal And Why" by Joe Bruno is an excellently written account of the murder of the title and the court case that followed. Written in a gripping narrative this reads as easily as a compelling thriller.
Clearly well researched and confident about court proceedings at the times and about the facts, the author tells the story of what may have been a great miscarriage of justice. The fact that this has actually happened exactly 100 years ago but is about real people and events had a huge impact on me during the read.

The author did well with holding back his own conclusions until the end with great journalistic skill. Short and concise this is a great and powerful read.

From the Author

2012 is the 100-year anniversary of the murder of small-time gambler Herman Rosenthal - the most celebrated murder of its time. Make no mistake, there are no good guys here; no innocent victims. The fact is Bald Jack Rose, a well-known New York City criminal, framed crooked New York City police lieutenant - Charles Becker - for the killing of stool pigeon Herman Rosenthal. 
People in the underworld cheered the death of Rosenthal; he was disliked that much. But that doesn't negate the fact that the wrong man sat in Sing Sing's electric chair for ordering Rosenthal's murder, while the man who framed Becker - and orchestrated the murder of Rosenthal himself - walked away a free man. 

"The Wrong Man" explains how this all happened, and who benefited from Becker's conviction and execution.

You'd be shocked, surprised, and sickened at how easily an innocent man, albeit a crooked cop, could be framed.

If it could happen to Lieut. Charles Becker, it could happen to any one of us.

A sobering thought, indeed.

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  • File Size: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Knickerbocker Publishing Company; 1 edition (July 17, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 17, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087STI5K
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Joe Bruno, a former New York City sports writer, is the author of 39 true crime books, two crime novels, and two screenplays.

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Mathew J. Mari, New York City criminal lawyer for 38 years, says, "Joe Bruno and I grew up in the same neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York City. We met and know the most of the same people, some of whom are alleged to be organized crime figures. And I emphasize the word 'alleged.'

"That's why Joe Bruno's insight and style makes it easy for the reader to understand the colorful yet brutal characters that dominated the crime scene in America for two centuries. He knows what he's talking about because he's lived through it.

"Joe Bruno's mob books are 'A composite of characters and events, which weaves the denizens of the underworld with the rich history of New York City, as well as in other parts of the country.'"

*****

Joe Bruno's five-part series "Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps," finished runner-up in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Ebook Awards in the category "Nonfiction."

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THE WRONG MAN: WHO ORDERED THE MURDER OF GAMBLER HERMAN ROSENTHAL AND WHY by Joe Bruno is fraught with details of a true crime committed 100 years ago this year in New York City. I've read several of Bruno's books and they are all well-written and well-researched. The author in my opinion, is a New York Historian.

Bruno unravels the true story of a highly decorated crocked cop who was sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit, while the real killers walked away. The story is very interesting and is written like a murder, mystery, thriller.

Another good true crime book to add to your collection. Highly recommended.
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Joe Bruno presents a little known but highly interesting story of organized crime, murder, and mayhem in New York City in "The Wrong Man." Although the story itself is fascinating and Bruno's research in the subject is meticulously detailed, his writing style leaves something to be desired.

"The Wrong Man" is the story of the murder of Herman Rosenthal, a small time gangster who ran some illegal gambling operations in the early 1900s. Rosenthal ran afoul of the authorities, most notably Charles Becker, a corrupt New York police lieutenant who had at one time protected Rosenthal's operation. To save himself, Rosenthal agreed to implicate many of his former associates and he was gunned down outside a New York hotel one night in 1912. The actual killers were four small time hoods who were quickly captured, but the identity of the man or men who ordered the hit was not quite as clearcut. However, Becker was soon arrested, convicted twice (after his first conviction was overturned due to judicial misconduct), and executed. Despite the convictions, many people, including Bruno, felt Becker had been framed by the actual killers, rival gangsters whose operations would be hurt if Rosenthal had testified. Becker was the first policeman in the United States to be executed for murder.

Whether or not Bruno's theory is correct, the story is bizarre and compelling. The cast of characters is a veritable who's who of New York life, from Stephen Crane and Arnold Rothstein to characters with nicknames like Gyp the Blood. Although the story is complex, Bruno does a fairly good job of organizing and telling it. I've read one of his other books which was far more disjointed.
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If you thought justice was always fair- forget about it. Corrupt cops and an incompetent DA can get anybody convicted of whatever they deem necessary for their interests. Mind boggling and gut wrenching narrative keeps you from putting it down.You won't sleep through this one! I don't know where Bruno gets the info but if I were him I would be looking behind me always.
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Mr. Bruno took a complicated story and was able to tell it with clarity so that the characters came alive. There were many involved in this story but it was easy to keep track of all of them. I grew up in Brooklyn in the 1930's, well after this story takes place, but the
politics and police corruption were the same. Brought back many memories.
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Considering the time frame, I'd say the author did a good job on research; also considering the advances in technology today compared to the era of this one, I would be less inclined to believe this happened today. If you like true crime stories check this one out
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This author, Jeff Guinn, has completed several historical books mainly in the 'roaring thirties' era. The events occurred and were very well documented by Guinn, however sometimes the story trail got off track and would seem to go down one 'avenue' which was different than he was directing the reader. The descriptions of the Gun Fight was outstanding particularly of the OK Corral. Having visited the location it wasn't hard for the reader to visualize the events good job. Any history conscious reader would respect the research and documentation involved in writing this book.
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