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Assassins...Serial Killers...Corrupt Cops...: Chasing the News in a Skirt and High Heels Paperback – February 20, 2012
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This country needs more investigative reporters like Mary. She would have been a great homicide investigator. She knew how to investigate, get the facts and present them succinctly.
Harold W. White, Captain Retired, L.A. County Sheriffs Dept.
Author of "Whitey's Career Case - The Insulin Murders"
For those who are interested in journalism, L.A. history, organized crime or the Manson case this is an invaluable read. Her writing style reflects her curiosity and her focus on dispassionately reflecting facts while providing significant insight into the minds and motivations of a wide array of characters from corrupt politicians to serial murderers.
Mary's story is all the more remarkable in that she did great reporting in an era where few women were allowed such opportunities and her journalism had an impact on California jurisprudence.
Part autobiography and part true crime, Neiswender's book is interesting, readable and disturbing. But it's not perfect, and it's not for everybody.
If there is a primary message in the book, it is this. Evil exists in our world. It lurks outside our doors, it lives down the block, it watches our children as they frolic on the playground, and it respects no one and nothing. It takes many forms. It might be a scraggly low-life living in the shadows, a dumpy, middle-aged lady with a gun in her purse, a crime-savvy prosecutor with a trigger temper, a respected doctor with a bright smile and a dark secret, a pervert whose joy is in the screams of his victim, or even a guy in uniform driving around town in a black-and-white with flashers on the roof.
If you are an opponent of capital punishment, this is a book that might change your mind.
She was smart, gritty and tough but always a lady to the core, someone who actually made sense
out of Charley Manson's warped ramblings. She started out covering the crime riddden waterfront for a Long beach newspaper and wound up as one of L.A.'s premier reporters. Her book contains some of the best reporting ever done in Los Angelesa area. Her writing style is clear and decisive, easy to read. In my view she ranks right up there with the great women reporters of yesteryear, Adela Rogers St. John, Aggie Underwood, Florbel Muir. There's no need to chew and digest "Assassins...Serial Killers...Corrupt Cops." Mary brings her stoies to life
at the very start and when she interviews Charley Manson, the only reporter toever do so, she brings him to life on every page. There's Jack Kirschke, the D.A. who almost got away with killing his wife and her lover. There's William Dale Archerd, the so-called "insulin killer" who left a huge trail of murder victims, including his mother and many more. Must reading for most, but not for the faint of heart.
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Could not finish the last third as way too sadistic and graphic for even me.Published 11 months ago by Dr. Lynn Williams
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I am a writer and I had a friend who just got published. I was at William's Book Store in Palos Verdes helping a her with her first published novel when I picked up this book. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Walter Golden