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No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine High School by Brooks Brown and Rob Merritt
No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death at Columbine High School

Curt Rowlett, January 12, 2007

The Roman poet Virgil once wrote, "From a single crime, know the nation."

Brooks Brown, who knew both Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, gives a unique perspective on the root causes that may have led to the infamous Columbine massacre, a list that includes intense bullying, preferential treatment given to athletes and a culturally-ingrained intolerance for anyone deemed to be different from the status quo.

Detractors of both the book and the author seem to be entirely missing the point Brown makes in this book, i.e., the same sort of "bullying" behavior that one reads in the hostile comments left on the various reviews are just the sort of thing that probably helped to perpetuate the hate and discontent felt at Columbine. When will people ever learn, one must ask?

All in all, this one is an excellent read and I highly recommend it for learning the whole truth behind the causes of the Columbine massacre.
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Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed (Zodiac Killer) by Robert Graysmith
Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer Revealed (Zodiac Killer)

Curt Rowlett, January 10, 2007

This is Graysmith's follow-up to his first book on the Zodiac case. In this latest effort, Graysmith sadly disappoints on many levels, not the least of which is the fact that his "solution" to the Zodiac murders is to point the finger at Arthur Leigh Allen as the infamous Zodiac killer, knowing full well that Allen has been completely eliminated as a suspect by the police through DNA testing and a whole long list of other exculpatory evidence.

A true waste of paper and a disservice to serious research into finding out who the real killer is.
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Into the Bermuda Triangle by Gian Quasar
Into the Bermuda Triangle

Curt Rowlett, December 3, 2006

As a huge fan of the paranormal and any sort of "Fortean" subject matter, and as a former professional seaman, I have always been fascinated by the whole Bermuda Triangle mystery. (My career as a sailor led to my traveling extensively throughout the areas of the Bermuda Triangle while serving in the United States Coast Guard. I also worked as an employee at the "secret naval base" at AUTEC on Andros, Island in the Bahamas for an 18 month period from late 1984 to 1986. During my years at sea, I had two personal encounters with strange, unexplained phenomena while transiting through the Bermuda Triangle, both quite similar to events described by the author in this book).

"Into the Bermuda Triangle" is very well researched; in fact, one might even accuse author Quasar of overkill in that area to some degree! But while meticulous research is a commendable and necessary thing considering the nature of the subject matter, my only real objection here lies in the fact that the author tends to bore the reader in places with extremely dry recitations from the data he has uncovered, choosing to stick to the plain facts and not stopping to include dialog that is necessary purely for entertainment value. (In a real sense the book, at times, lacks the right amount of ?juiciness? that will hold a reader?s interest).

That criticism aside, the rest of the writing is excellent, the editing and layout very professionally done and the author has included a great photo section and lists of his source materials. (The latter is important to researchers and to the book?s credibility: one need only enter Quasar?s data into an Internet search engine or online government data base to check the reliability of a report).

The prime importance of Quasar?s work lies in the fact that he has been able to prove that the Bermuda Triangle mystery is an ongoing one and that it has yet to be ?solved? by anyone. He covers old cases, but more importantly, picks up where other authors left off in the late 70s and proves through modern research that ships and planes are still continuing to disappear under highly mysterious circumstances, many of them in broad daylight and under perfect flying/sailing conditions.

Quasar explores many theories to explain the disappearances, a few that are highly thought-provoking (such as the discussions of witness-observed space-time phenomena and weird magnetic anomalies) while other ideas, though interesting to consider (and even possible) are highly debatable as to their true viability (in particular, the tired old "lost Atlantis" theories are revisited and the discussion of anomalous electromagnetic phenomena observed in the Triangle area is equated to the so-called ?Hutchison Effect,? a term coined to describe similar phenomena allegedly recreated by controversial electronic experimenter John Hutchison).

Final analysis: This book is among the best written on the subject of the Bermuda Triangle and certainly, the most objective in its approach to one of the more enduring and unexplained nautical mysteries of our times.

I recommend reading it to those persons who are seeking the latest information about the Bermuda Triangle and who want to learn whether or not the mystery is still ongoing. (It is).
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Turn Me On, Dead Man: The Beatles and the "Paul Is Dead" Hoax by Andru J. Reeve
Turn Me On, Dead Man: The Beatles and the

Curt Rowlett, December 2, 2006

One of the most enduring legends of rock and roll is the old rumor that Paul McCartney of the Beatles was decapitated in a car crash at 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 1966.

Beginning around September or October of 1969 and lasting for a period of almost six weeks, fans of Beatle music were fully convinced that Paul was actually dead and had been secretly replaced by a mysterious double. (Indeed, to some extent, that belief still exists to this day in certain quarters). Fans looking for clues to Paul's death found them in surplus on the group's album covers, in the fan booklets that came with albums, and even embedded in the band's music.

This book explores the facts surrounding the rumor and is perhaps the most comprehensive retelling published to date. (Great photo section, too).

While it is true that some of the "Paul is Dead" clues are simply too preposterous to accept, a few actually remain unexplained, both as genuine mysteries and as examples of unusually strong coincidences and synchronicity that cannot be quite so easily dismissed.

The number 9, number 9, number 9!
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Complete History of Jack the Ripper New Edition by Philip Sugden
Complete History of Jack the Ripper New Edition

Curt Rowlett, December 2, 2006

An in-depth history of the most infamous serial killer of all time.

This book is a virtual encyclopedia of the known and not so well known facts about the case.

So real you will be transported to fog-shrouded London streets where one hears the footsteps of a malignant stranger approaching!

Highly recommended.
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