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Cradle of Death (St. Martin's True Crime Library) by John Glatt
Cradle of Death (St. Martin's True Crime Library)

Audrey Starkey, April 3, 2009

Cradle of death is a chilling account of a mother who not only killed 8 of her 10 children, but managed to avoid prosecusion for nearly 40 years.

The author does a fantastic job of luring the reader into the world where one almost feels sympathy for the mother whose children are being taken from her by the insidious SIDS illness. One has to ask themselves "Why didn't anyone stop it!."

In 1949 the first of 10 children was born to Marie Noe and died, apparently of SIDS at age 1 month. Whether that death was truly SIDS and triggered a psychological need to kill her remaining children l by l, or whether Marie suffered from post-partum psychosis remins unclear. What did become clear is that she killed each child, and managed to convince everyone, including physicians, that the children were victims of SIDS. She was showered with sympathy.

Although family and friends became suspicious when every child succumbed to what was thought to be SIDS, the matter went virtually undetected until the 1990's. With the death of the last child, authorities began to open up the cases of the long forgotten siblings. Eventualy the mother confessed to have killed 8 of the 10 children.

Readers who enjoy true crime will find the story compelling, well researched, and flows well.
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Red Zone: The Behind-The-Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling
Red Zone: The Behind-The-Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling

Audrey Starkey, October 14, 2008

Red Zone is a perfact example of how the media twist facts of true crime incidents in order to sell their story. I have followed this story ever since the huge Dogs killed an innocent women who was delivering groceries into her apartment. The 2 dogs, who were definately too large to live in a small apartment, and were untrained and unmanaged, were only PART of the story. The owners of these dogs were attornies who were involved sexually, emotionaly and financially to an inmate who had been segregated in one of California's toughest prison. How these two acted, and how they used Attorney priveledge to engage in illegal practices was, to me, a crime that definately would have warrented their life without parole the jury gave them. However, the judge did throw out the verdict and decided to allow them to walk free. The book was well written, and explained how this couple came to own a pair of very dangerous dogs and never took time to properly train them. After exiting an elevator unleased, these dangerous dogs ran after an innocent women, mauling her into a bloddy, deadly mess. The author did a good job of providing back ground information, history of this breed, and the sicko lawyers who were at the root of the problem.
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Johnstown Flood
Johnstown Flood

Audrey Starkey, September 24, 2008

The story of The Johnstown Flood of 1889 was a well researched book that explained how the lack of money spent to AVOID a disaster was the actual cause of one of the worst disasters in American history. The story is very similar in nature to the disaster in New Orleans. However, this damn was built primarily to develop a lake in order to apease the appetites of a few very wealthy men who wanted a "getaway in the mountains." Despite repeated warnings of possible disaster if and when the damn would break, the exclusive executive club refused to spend money for needed repairs. The result was a horrible flood following an ususally heavy rainstorm that killed over 2,000 innocent people in the valley below, leaving thousands homeless, jobless and badly injured. Schools and libraries were distroyed along with businesses.

The story weaves in and out of the facts that were reported by newspapers, found in record books, and stories passed down through the generations. Similar in nature as in today's world, Johnstown was flooded with reporters, people wanting to help, supplies and food, etc. Of interest is the fact that this was the very first real disaster that the newly formed RED CROSS has attented. McCullough points out from records how many very poor families throughout the US sent what they could while the weathly members of the club that caused the flood gave almost nothing, nor were they ever held accountable fore the disaster.

This book is a documentary, and thus rather dry at times. However, the author did an excellent job of pulling facts together, and wrote it in such a way as to keep you interested throughout.

I definately recommend this book, and feel the person reading for the CD copy did a fine job.
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God's Brothel: The Extortion of Sex for Salvation in Contemporary Mormon and Christian Fundamentalist Polygamy and the Stories of 18 by Andrea Moore Emmett
God's Brothel: The Extortion of Sex for Salvation in Contemporary Mormon and Christian Fundamentalist Polygamy and the Stories of 18

Audrey Starkey, September 24, 2008

was very impressed with the research into the various groups who practice Pologmy worldwide. This book has a map showing where these groups are thoughout the USA, and if they are Christian, Muslim or Fundamentalist Morman. She does explain that the Modern LDS church DOES NOT condone Pologamy, and explains why some groups continue to believe that this is the only way to heaven.

The first part of this book is a history of Pologamy, and gives a summary of many groups and how and why they got started. She makes it very clear that this is not just a "Morman" occurance, but rather widely practiced in many religions.

The second part contains 18 stories of women and girls from various groups who have chosen to withdrawal from this lifestyle, and have begun to speak out what their experience were, and how it affected them and their families. It is an eye-opening group of stories, allowing the reader inside the walls of the groups.

The people who become involved in these groups come to a believe that this lifestyle will be an escape from the stressful way the modern American lives. It appears to be a close knit family, pulling their money together, avoiding outside stressors, and living a Godly life in order to obtain lasting life in the hear-after.

Perhaps there are many groups who do practice the above: however, what this book tells is the stories where the system has gone corrupt, forcing girls as young as 12 into marriages, demanding they have a child a year, discarding males, and using the public welfare system to support the children. Education is withheld, and attempting to leave the groups can become a deadly game for the women and children.

I recommend this book for anyone interested in studying this lifestyle because it tells stories of all religious pologmany groups, and you learn the actual stories of 18 from all different groups throughout the USA.
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Cut the Clutter & Stow the Stuff by Lori Baird

Audrey Starkey, September 19, 2008

Have you accumulated so much STUFF that you have no room for your family, pets and friends? Then this book is for you! Edited by Lori Baird, she not only explains the problem, but teaches you, step by step multiple solutions, showing how you can prioritize, organize and rid yourself of unneeded clutter. The illisrations are helpful, and suggested solutions are given with small budgets in mind.

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