Assassins...Serial Killers...Corrupt Cops...: Chasing the News in a Skirt and High Heels Paperback – February 20, 2012
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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.
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.
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"