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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425205266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425205266
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. Morgan on February 7, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gene O'Shea has done a remarkable job in telling how two ATF agents solved a heralded Chicago murder mystery 40 years after the killings. Chicago was shocked in 1955 when the naked bodies of three young boys were found in a ditch in a forest preserve. An incredible effort on the part of police and investigative authorities for years was unable to solve this horrible crime. It took two outstanding agents, John Rotunno and Jim Grady, through intensive investigation to crack this "cold case." O'Shea has detailed a most interesting summary of just how these agressive agents turned up enough evidence to convict horseman Kenneth Hansen. His book is a fascinating read. This worthy story would make a top-notch movie...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M.P. Holtschlag on September 11, 2005
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This is a sad brutal story 40 years in the making. O'Shea brings the outfit, Chicago Horse syndicate and the infamous Jayne gang uncomfortably close to the reader--especially parents. The author masterfully weaves the past and present into a well written, easily understood history of the brutal crimes committed against three innocent young boys in 1955. The ATF agents who cracked this cold case deserve the gratitude of every parent. They never gave up. Thanks.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Another reader on September 12, 2005
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It's a good book. It is truly amazing that this type of case could slide to obscurity. It sheds light on just how elusive solving high profile crimes can be and how they can connect to other crimes. Instead of becoming completely tangled in that web, it keeps its emphasis on the right area, the case of these children. It is good to know that even after forty years, some kind of justice was served while there were still those alive to witness it.

Anyone who is enamored with mobster types and stories should refer to this one as the flipside of the reality on how inherently sick and cruel these individuals really were.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy E. Drake on November 12, 2005
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If you grew up in metropolitan Chicago you are aware of the events covered in this story. Your eyes have glazed over countless news stories and telecasts, all of which served to confuse you more than help you. O'Shea has superbly connected the dots of crime stories more complex than the collective Dashielle Hammett. Terrifying that it is non-fiction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. T. Herrmann on October 7, 2005
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This was a fast read, the author handled this sad story with delicate care, it is a testimony that eventually whether you believe it or not what comes around goes around.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Borkovich on September 11, 2005
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What an excellent first go around for O'Shea! He manages to weave the inticacies of all the characters in a way that is easy to understand and yet very poignant. I really enjoyed reading this book and was glad that justice finally wins out! A must read!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dan Bogaty on March 5, 2007
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Unbridled Rage is the story of the solving of the 40 year old murder of three young boys in Chicago. Along the way, the author, Gene O'Shea, touches on a number of other murders connected to the notorious Silas Jayne gang in Chicago. The story is fascinating and the writing is just excellent. For example there are courtroom scenes where necessary to advance the story, but these scenes which in the hands or lesser writers can be numbingly boring, are brief and relevant. O'Shea writes as a reporter presenting a clear narrative, rather than as a cheerleader, which unfortunately is an all too common phenonmenon in true crime writing. He remains as non-judgemental as anyone could, given the nauseating nature of the crime, and of the personal make-up, which O'Shea explores in interesting depth, of the murderer. The time frames of this book range from 1955 to the early 21st century. This could have become difficult to follow, but at the start of each chapter, O'Shea lists the dates covered in that particular chapter.
A very strong effort.
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