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And the Sea Will Tell Paperback – April 17, 2006
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Part 2 is the story of the subsequent criminal proceedings. Aware of Mr. Bugliosi's illustrious record as a prosecutor, I considered this part one big happy ending from the outset, looking forward to an account of his dramatic show and cogent case against the murderer. I was dismayed to learn that he was instead retained to defend the murderer's girlfriend in a separate trial. What makes it a great story is that the defense faced overwhelming obstacles and was at times on the brink of losing it all! By no means is this Mr. Bugliosi crowing about his stellar performance in some slam-dunk case. This is the story of a remarkably unconcerned and ungrateful Adult Child of an Alcoholic (who displayed classic symptoms of that syndrome) who went to slaughter with far better representation than she deserved, an embarrassing record of suspicious conduct around the time of the murders, and a blithe, lazy attitude toward trial preparation.
You can guess the outcome of the trial considering that this book was written, but it still has a tense ending regarding what the defense team went through during deliberation. How the jurors' dispositions compared to the lawyers' guesses is another thing to look forward to.
This is a nonfiction novel rather than one of Mr. Bugliosi's indignant harangues but as usual, I learned a lot about criminal process and jurisprudence. He also lets us in on small aspects of his personal life and I enjoyed this, too.Read more ›
Still, his summation makes for a fascinating study in how great defense attorneys work (I thought he was especially clever in insinuating that those who took issues with Jennifer's behavior were "strict Puritans," thus indirectly shaming those jurors who might think ill of her). I can see how they were swayed by his arguments and appreciate the care he took to make them (and explain them in the book).
This book also shows, as in the Simpson case, the difficulties state prosecutors face in squaring off against high-profile defense attorneys. I couldn't help but get the impression that many jurors were taken with Bugliosi's persona and celebrity status thanks to the Manson case. I also wonder why the prosecutors didn't exploit his contradictory argument that Jennifer acted independently of Buck while on the island, yet "her reality became his reality" when she was lying to cover up the theft when they were back in Hawaii. You can't have it both ways, which is why I still believe she bears guilt for this crime.
All in all, it was a great read, not quite as gripping as Helter Skelter, but nearly so. I highly recommend this book and hope someday another author will take a look at this fascinating case.
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If you like the nitty gritty of every remark in a trial then this book is for you. Case is fascinating- whole second half is S. L. O. W.Published 5 days ago by akinker
Very exciting beginning, but when it gets to the trial it really drags. Vincent Bugliosi really likes to dwell on the boring details of the trial! Still a good read.Published 22 days ago by Lorraine J
Vincent Bugliosi became famous for successfully prosecuting Manson and his followers. Subsequently he became a respected voice in the legal community, with extensive legal... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A reader
3/4 of the book is an advertisement of Vincent Bugliosi's self-expressed expertise as an attorney. Most unethical, in my opinion.Published 1 month ago by Joe Palazzo
Well Jennifer Jenkins is really Stephanie Stearns. And how does Bugliosi know what type of conversations Mac and Muff had with each other in Palmyra. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Me
I bought this book for my fiance' who fell in love with Bugliosi after reading Helter Skelter. She thought this book was very very good!!Published 2 months ago by Josh