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John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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How do you defend a madman accused of killing 30 young men and teenagers? That is the powerful theme of this book by a retired judge and criminal attorney whose first case was defending John Wayne Gacy. . . . What emerges is a deep probing into Gacy's mind as it unraveled into a "detached, disconnected" madness wrapped in a maze of sexual confusion and murderous intent. . . . Despite Amirante's hearty defense, Gacy got a death sentence (he was executed in 1994) and his account will illuminate the case for anyone fascinated by the inner workings of a serial killer. 50 b&w illus. -- --Publishers Weekly
"This book, sassy, surreal, and surprisingly personal, is mostly about Gacy's trial and Amirante's observations of his `pathetic and sad' first client. . . .True crime aficionados will want to make a special place on their bookshelves for this unique-slant look at one of America's most notorious killers."--RealAspen.com -- RealAspen.com
About the Author
Sam L. Amirante is a retired judge and lawyer. His first case after leaving the Office of the Public Defender was The People of the State of Illinois v. John Wayne Gacy. In 1988, he was appointed to the bench as an Associate Judge of The Circuit Court of Cook County where he served until his retirement in 2005. He is now the principal attorney of the firm of Sam L. Amirante and Associates, P.C. Amirante authored procedures adopted by the Illinois General Assembly such as the Missing Child Act of 1984 (I-SEARCH), which is credited with helping to locate more than 3,000 missing children. Sam lives with his wife and children in Barrington, Illinois.
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AMERICA!! A place where even a monster like John Wayne Gacy can get a fair trial. We are lucky to have the men and women that make up the criminal justice system. From the street cops , lawyer, judges, staff members and of the ladies and gentlemen that make up the jury. Our system is the best on Earth. If you are interested in true crime READ THIS BOOK!
I only wanted to find out about his childhood to adult to find out what made him do what he did.
The book is well written by his lawyer with the whole court case and I found out what I wanted to know.
There are many black/white pictures in the book. No young teenager should read this book.
To think that this all started with a phone call to a friend by asking "Sam, could you do me a favor?"