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MURDER USA: True Crime, Real Killers (MURDER CHESAPEAKE: TRUE CRIME, REAL KILLERS Book 2) by [Ken Rossignol, Elizabeth Mackey]

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This comment was provided by the sister of Martin Abell who was convicted of murder in the Pawn Shop Murder: 

"What made me sad was all the murderers that are free and my brother will die in prison for the protection of his son. I loved the book. I don't like one of the reviews. I want to put a good review on it. I remember most all of them and heard of the rest. I like the way you wrote - plain and simple. Easy to read. You didn't write it like a rocket scientist with all of the big words etc. Good thing you didn't because we from St. Mary's County wouldn't understand it. I liked that it was plain and to the point." --- Glenda Ann Abell   
C Wm (Andy) Anderson
#1 REVIEWER, #1 HALL OF FAME
5.0 out of 5 stars Change the World by Writing Reviews
May 30, 2019
This is one of those rare opportunities I get, in my desire to make for a better world. A more just world. A world where every human being is accorded due respect and brotherly love. How, by reviewing a nonfiction book rehashing crimes in one of the more violent regions of the country.

I should note, a primary reason this book appealed to me is that the first case discussed is similar to a friend I had in high school - Roger Guindon. At just 16, while on Christmas break, Roger was found to have been murdered by a shot to the back of his head. It was theorized that it happened while he was driving his Volkswagen to work at the local McDonalds take-out restaurant. A suspect, who had reportedly boasted to other inmate(s) of a murder, for some inexplicable reason, the jury found the alleged perpetrator 'not guilty.'

As to the writing and editorial stance displayed in 'Murder USA," I believe it is necessary to warn readers of author Ken Rossignol's penchant for speaking his mind while writing of people whom he holds in lower esteem than most other writers would. Most folks familiar with Rossignol would expect nothing less from him. They want the unvarnished truth, absent of political correctness, which is precisely what he delivers in this collection.

BLUSH FACTOR: Rossignol quotes with accuracy and does not beat around the bush. Put another way, there are a few eff-words used by people associated with the criminal element displayed for us. I give him high marks for not glossing over such language, but, I suspect, a few potential readers will pass on this tome so they can avoid the rough language and graphic descriptions used. To my mind, though, doing so does provide some honor, in a way, to the lives lost. Then again, though, were I to have been a victim, if I could somehow read such a book of my demise, I might object.

WRITING & EDITING: Although it is unsettling to read such a nonfiction book of crime, I did find it difficult to not keep turning the pages after my lunch hour ended. Rough edges or not, I was captivated by the writing.

BOTTOM LINE

One of those books that I want to rate four stars, but, due to the intensity with which my senses were assaulted, and due to my being forced to revisit my memories of Roger Guindon and the last words he spoke to me just as we prepared to go on Christmas vacation, I find myself forced to raise the star rating a notch.

Five stars out of five.

PS Those last words to me from Roger were in reference to a story I was telling friends at Lynwood High about a customer at George's BBQ, where I worked part-time. Roger told me he had initially thought was that I had been telling a tall tale. On that Friday, however, he said, "If you had been lying, though, you wouldn't have kept telling the same story. So now, Bill, I believe you."

I had no idea then that his father was the head of the LAPD narcotics division and, according to the LA Times January 24, 1970 news story regarding the trial.

The above postscript is provided in my hopes to somehow help resolve the cold case of Dec. 30, 1968. In that sense, I share Ken Rossignol's ideal to change the world. That is why I love "Murder USA."

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07S8F7WF6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The Privateer Clause Publishing / THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY LLC (May 23, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 23, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 15258 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 396 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 239 ratings

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