The lady of the dunes
By R. Marc Kantrowitz
January 25, 2018
“Unsolved” is a new column written on behalf of all victims of unsolved murders, all worthy of having their stories told, if for no other reason than to recognize that they have not been forgotten. There is also the hope, however slight, that through the advances of technology and DNA, as well as the reawakening of one’s guilty conscious, be it of the perpetrator or a witness, that the crime will be solved.
It’s late afternoon on Friday, July 26, 1974. A 13-year-old is frolicking with her dog in the empty dunes of Race Point Beach in Provincetown, a mile or so east of the ranger station.
The teen grows concerned when the beagle bounds away. Calling out, she soon hears him barking. As she approaches, she sees him sniffing a prone figure.
Perhaps thinking the dog has invaded the privacy of a sunbather, she edges closer. When the blurred sight comes into focus, she realizes what she’s seeing and gags at the dog’s discovery. Screaming, she turns and flees in terror. READ MORE.
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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.
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“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.