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Death Without Dignity: The Story of the First Nursing Home Corporation Indicted for Murder Hardcover – March, 1987

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The six-month, nationally publicized trial in 1985 of five executives of a corporate chain of Texas nursing homes for the murder of an 87-year-old woman and deaths caused to other inmates through abuse and neglect, serves as a warning of the dangers of a system not equipped to care for an increasingly aging population, stresses Long, a Texas journalist. In this exposition of a major social problem inadequately funded by Social Security, the author credits a Galveston assistant district attorney for uncovering patient abuses, described here in harrowing detail, and doggedly pursuing the case despite political pressure from the powerful nursing home lobby and his own superiors. The courtroom drama and its participantspatients, their families, medical staff, corporate and legal figuresare vividly portrayed. Considered the most expensive criminal trial in Texas history, the case was ended by the granting of a defense motion for a mistrial. Photos not seen by PW.
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About the Author

Steven Long boasts more than 2,000 hours in the courtroom, more time there than most practicing lawyers acquire in a career. He has covered some of the most important trials of the last two decades, from murder cases, to the white collar madness called Enron. Few can capture the drama of a courtroom quite like him. He has now put his classic Death Without Dignity back in print. The book was honored with a State Bar of Texas Gavel Award. Readers devoured his Out of Control (St. Martin’s Press), the story of the Clara Harris murder Case. Every Woman’s Nightmare (St. Martin’s Press), tells the story of the fairytale marriage and cold blooded murder of Utah’s Lori Hacking whose body was left by her husband in a Salt Lake City dump. He recently turned to fiction with Ruby’s Passing, a breathtaking saga of crime, demonic possession, and the grandeur of Texas’ Big Bend country. Steven and his wife Vicki live in Houston and own Horseback Magazine. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Monthly Press; 1st edition (March 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877190623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877190622
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,707,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Long is today a celebrated, much published author of both fiction and non-fiction books. Death Without Dignity is his first book, now updated and republished on the 25th anniversary of the end of the Autumn Hills Nursing Home murder trial. The first and perhaps only corporation ever tried for murder.

Death Without Dignity is a gripping true story of a sensational courtroom drama of a corporation and five executives tried for the murder by abuse and neglect of 56 old, infirm residents of the Autumn Hills Nursing Home in Texas City, Texas. Long pulls no punches, describing the alleged abuse in gut wrenching detail. Most fascinating, is Long's penetrating description of the personalities of the major characters in the courtroom drama--the judge, and the lawyers on each side--all of whom he befriended during the lengthy trial and who gave him special access to their innermost secrets because Long, unique among all the reporters covering the trial, had earned the special trust and friendship of them all. Long's unequaled eye-for-detail style that made the recent Ruby's Passing, his first work of fiction, so captivating, is evident in abundance in Death Without Dignity.

Ironically, Death Without Dignity and much of Ruby's Passing take place in Long's boyhood backyard--Galveston, Texas. Perhaps this life-long familiarity with the local Galveston County scene is what gives Long's descriptions of the people and places his incomparable, trademarked you-are-there breadth and depth.

The difference between Long's Death Without Dignity and courtroom novels written by Grisham et al., is that Long did not invent the lawyer to lawyer and lawyer to judge dialogue, or the lawyer strategy.
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This book was a difficult read, The abuse and cases of neglect touched my heart. I had to read it chaper by chapter. Too hard to read three or four chapters in a day.Its a shame this book is not on the new york best sellers list. Maybe some hot shot politician could make some changes in our healthcare system.
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The details of a long ago problem did not hold my attention. Historic fiction about the case would have improved the telling.
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It was a very informative book. Did not like went on in the Nursing homes but everybody should read this one so they can be aware of the treatment some Nursing Homes give.
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