When the Husband is the Suspect

When the Husband is the Suspect : From Sam Sheppard to Scott Peterson - the Public's Passion for Spousal Homicides

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This book provides an overview of several of the most famous homicidal husband cases of recent years, including: Sam Sheppard, who inspired the TV series and movie "The Fugitive"; Jeffrey McDonald, the subject of the bestseller "Fatal Vision"; Mister Perfect, Brad Cunningham, who was convicted of bludgeoning his wife to death; Michael Peterson, who was the subject of the IFC documentary series "The Staircase" and a lifetime original movie starring Treat Williams; OJ Simpson, whose dream team of lawyers defended the former pro-football player and movie star as the entire nation watched; and, Claus von Bulow, immortalized in the book and movie "Reversal of Fortune". It also includes: Robert Blake, former TV star, who was suspected of engineering the death of his con woman wife; Scott Peterson, a philanderer who almost escaped arrest for the murder of his wife and unborn child; and, Lambert 'Bart' Knol, who claimed he suffered from 'substance-induced persistent amnesia' when he was accused of killing his wife of thirty-eight years.
These cases and others are presented in an objective manner by a knowledgeable voice that recognizes that suspicion, and sometimes even conviction, are not always synonymous with guilt.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 102 x 166 x 22mm | 140.61g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 076535523X
  • 9780765355232
  • 2,319,811

About F. Lee Bailey

F. Lee Bailey is a distinguished trial lawyer, author, and lecturer. His phenomenally successful career as a trial lawyer has been highlighted by such sensational cases as those of Dr. Sam Sheppard, Dr. Carl Coppolino, the Boston Strangler, Patty Hearst, and OJ Simpson. Of the murder trials that Bailey has handled, the conviction rate for his clients has been an amazingly low 4 percent. Among his previous books is the national bestseller, "The Defense Never Rests." He is based in Boston, Massachusetts, and Miami, Florida. Jean Rabe was a police blotter reporter before she began to write books. She resides in Kenosha, WI.
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"One bloody roll call of botched crime scenes, outlandish alibis and celebrity trials."--"Chicago"" Sun-Times""For the reader who would like to learn about these famous cases without the hype of the tabloids, "When the Husband is the Suspect" offers solid interest and information."--"St. Louis"" Today""His book summarizes 20 different notable cases of murdered women, from the crime through the trial. Focusing on such famous defendants as Sam Sheppard, O.J. Simpson, Scott Peterson, and Robert Blake, some of whom he defended, Bailey offers his take on these crimes. His stories of both the innocent and the guilty remind readers that being a suspect doesn't make you a killer."--"Library Journal""Fascinating read for the lover of true crime. Well documented ... a chilling look into the mind of the killer...."--"Shelf Life"
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