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Most of these “...True Stories of Murder and Mayhem”, take place in the North Country of Minnesota, Wisconson and a couple of neighboring states. Each tale begins with a helpful paragraph introducing the story. The title story “Family That Couldn’t Sleep at Night”, is about 3 brothers that make up The O’Kasick Gang, who shoot two Minneapolis policeman, killing one and gravely injuring the other. The hunt for the killers by the authorities is complex, lengthy and a sensation in the region.
The son of a well known millionaire poet/artist in “Danny’s Boat” is the victim of a gripping, twisted tale when he is murdered by the crewmen he hired for his yacht to take an impulsive voyage. The story takes detectives and then Rubenstein from Minneapolis to many cities and countries in this tragic story.
“Key Man” is the story of the murder of a Minneapolis wholesale florist that destroys a family, displaying for the reader, The Good – Det. William Quinn of Minneapolis PD; The Bad – an unknown killer; The Ugly – Det. Russell Krueger, also of MPD, a heavy-handed brute who hung out with gangsters and took over as lead detective in the case.
In the autobiographical “Notes On My Sources” Rubenstein tells his own excellent and moving tale of woe, when he took a 3-plus year vocational training course in Writing About Crime and Criminals in Sandstone Federal Prison without intending to.
My favorite story in this true crime collection was “Danny’s Boat,” about two men who would make friends the with owners of sailing vessels then go sailing with them and kill them, hijacking the ship to smuggle drugs. But I loved the other captivating stories, too. What a wonderful collection of criminals – evil, stupid, conniving, bumbling… Never a dull moment.
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