A Death in Belmont

by Sebastian Junger | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 9780060829957 Global Overview for this book
Registered by mellion108 of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on 9/12/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by mellion108 from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan USA on Saturday, September 12, 2009
Excellent! Junger's books are always so well researched, and he has a knack for telling a great story. I really enjoyed listening to this and found it fascinating and thought provoking. It's amazing to me how advanced police procedures have become just since this time. And it's frightening to think of Roy Smith's legal ordeals—what a horrible fate for so many people involved.

So, listen and come to an opinion: Was DeSalvo the Boston Strangler? Did Roy Smith strangle and rape Bessie Goldberg?
Unabridged, 7 CDs, read by Kevin Conway

In 1963, with the city of Boston already terrified by a series of savage crimes known as the Boston Stranglings, a murder occurred in the quiet suburb of Belmont, just a few blocks from the house of Sebastian Junger's family—a murder that seemed to fit exactly the pattern of the Strangler. Roy Smith, a black man who had cleaned the victim's house that day, was arrested, tried, and convicted, but the terror of the Strangler continued.

Two years later, Albert DeSalvo, a handyman who had been working at the Jungers' home on the day of the Belmont murder, and had often spent time there alone with Sebastian and his mother, confessed in lurid detail to being the Boston Strangler.

This is the point of entry to Junger's first book-length project since The Perfect Storm: a narrowly averted tragedy for Junger's family opens out into an electrifying exploration of race and justice in America. By turns exciting and subtle, the narrative chronicles three lives that collide—and are ultimately destroyed—in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America. The power of the story and teh brilliance of Junger's reporting place this book on the short shelf of classics besie In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter.

Journal Entry 2 by mellion108 at Morristown, Tennessee USA on Sunday, January 03, 2016

Released 5 yrs ago (11/27/2015 UTC) at Morristown, Tennessee USA


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