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Unholy Matrimony: A True Story of Murder & Obsession Hardcover – 1986

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Macmillan Book (1986)
  • ASIN: B000J6Z60O
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BenM316@aol.com on September 6, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you love true crime, this is a book not to be missed. Although being a native New Orleanian adds to one's appreciation of the story, every true crime fan will become engrossed in the story of a con man and his co-conspirators, who take advantage of a young naive girl. The story of the investigation is fascinating. Dillman is a master storyteller, as evidenced by his other books. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book several years ago and was in a bookstore a while back and recommended it to a friend. It's the classic plot of finding and setting up a dupe to kill and collect the life insurance. What was most perturbing to me about the book was not the plot itself, but the easy with which the detectives were going to close the case without investigating and that the insurance company was simply going to fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars no questions asked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TawnTawn on July 14, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well-written true crime story of conspiracy to commit crimes for money - including conning a very naive girl into marriage (to an already married man), obtaining a large insurance policy on her life, and then murdering her in a horrific manner. Amazingly cold-blooder killers: however very little background history on them, which is probably why this book is a little brief. There was another story done, "The Girl, The Con Man, and the Massage Parlor King" by Gregory Curtis in Texas Monthly July 1976, and it is now in a book called Texas Crime Chronicles. This story gives a little more information, from a bit of a different perspective, if you are interested.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stoic VINE VOICE on December 17, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For 18 years John Dillmann served with the New Orleans Police Department. He spent several years working homicides. Dillman produced four entertaining true-crime books based on his experiences. I'd read Unholy Matrimony many years ago and decided to re-read it when I found a used copy. I enjoyed the second reading as well.

In January 1974 a young Texas couple - Jim and Patricia Giesek - drove to New Orleans as part of their honeymoon. In New Orleans, a car struck Patricia, killing her. The driver of the car did not stop and disappeared. Authorities wrote the death off as a tragic hit and run, but Patricia's parents pressed the police to investigate her new husband.

Dillmann was just beginning his career in homicide and he received the low-priority case. Some routine checking raised questions that eventually took Dillmann to Dallas and San Antonio. As he kept digging, Dillman uncovered an evil plot involving bigamy, greed, massage parlors, and murder.

There are enough "hooks" in this story to keep any true-crime fan glued to the page. The two villains in the case are from central casting - a 300-pound massage-parlor "entrepreneur" and a phony psychologist. Once the trials began, attorney Irvin Dymond - New Orleans' best-known defense attorney - served as defense counsel. (Dymond was the attorney who successfully defended Clay Shaw against District Attorney Jim Garrison's charges that Shaw conspired to kill President John F. Kennedy).

Dillmann offers the reader more than just an account of the case. He also explains how homicide investigations work in New Orleans, where detectives cope with both a high crime rate and paltry resources. The book also gives the reader the "flavors" of exotic New Orleans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By YADIRA on August 26, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I READ UNHOLY MATRIMONY A FEW YEARS AGO AND HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH BOOK SINCE. BEING A NATIVE OF NEW ORLEANS I WAS FASCINATED BY THE STORY LINE. IT WAS A COMPELLING STORY OF EVENTS. MR. DILLMAN WROTE WITH SUCH COMPASSION THAT YOU CANNOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN.ABSOLUTELY EXTRAORDINARY.
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