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The life and times of Crazy Joey Gallo
By R. Marc Kantrowitz
September 21, 2017
That Joe Gallo was certainly a killer and perhaps a sociopath did not impact the adoration heaped on him by many of New York’s literati. He married his second wife in the home of actor Jerry Orbach, with comedian David Steinberg serving as his best man. Bob Dylan, in his twangy voice, immortalized him in his ode, “Joey,” singing “Joey, Joey; What made them want to come and blow you away?”
It seemed that everyone, with the apparent exception of Dylan, knew the answer.
Joey Gallo was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 1929, to a bootlegger father bent on teaching Joe and his two brothers, Larry and Albert, the art of crime. It was a lesson well learned. Read more.
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April 11, 2018
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“Murder and mystery, society, sex and suspense were combined in this case in such a manner as to intrigue and captivate the public fancy to a degree perhaps unparalleled in recent annals.” Ohio vs. Sheppard, 165 Ohio St. 293, 294 (1956).
While this should no longer occur in a criminal trial, it can in a book. And this is the book in which it does.
Here, some of the most notorious legal cases in American history are explored. What they have in common is that they titillated, if not repulsed, the entire nation when they first occurred. What they still have in common is that, for the most part, they are today nearly totally forgotten.
From the unfair framing for murder of America’s most famous comedian, to America’s first capital case involving an older woman and her much younger lover murdering her husband, to Mad Harry Thaw, the wealthy and mad son of a steel magnate, killing America’s foremost architect over a beautiful woman, all come to life in gripping detail and drama. And meet the real Norman Bates of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, whose mother fixation and real life gruesome crimes far outmatched those of any fictional character.
This book brings to life these notorious characters and many more from the rich pages of history.
Read: "A New Chapter"
“Who’s the No. 1 comedian working today?” Appeals Court Judge R. Marc Kantrowitz asks more than a dozen wide-eyed, mostly young law clerks seated around a long conference-room table. A few moments of tense silence follow. This, after all, is a bit less serious of a query than a judge might typically pose to a student clerk, so it takes a few seconds to warm to the task. Read more.