From murder and matchstick men to all-consuming fires, painted women, and Great Lakes disasters--and the wide-eyed public who could not help but gawk at it all--"Milwaukee Mayhem" uncovers the little-remembered and rarely told history of the underbelly of a Midwestern metropolis. "Milwaukee Mayhem" offers a new perspective on Milwaukee's early years, forgoing the major historical signposts found in traditional histories and focusing instead on the strange and brutal tales of mystery, vice, murder, and disaster that were born of the city's transformation from lakeside settlement to American metropolis. Author Matthew J. Prigge presents these stories as they were recounted to the public in the newspapers of the era, using the vivid and often grim language of the times to create an engaging and occasionally chilling narrative of a forgotten Milwaukee.
Through his thoughtful introduction, Prigge gives the work context, eschewing assumptions about "simpler times" and highlighting the mayhem that the growth and rise of a city can bring about. These stories are the orphans of Milwaukee's history, too unusual to register in broad historic narratives, too strange to qualify as nostalgia, but nevertheless essential to our understanding of this American city.
One afternoon, students at Liberty High School in Louisville, Kentucky, discovered a body facedown and lifeless in a drainage ditch. Within minutes, police descended onto school grounds and encountered one of the most violent scenes in their careers. In the hours that followed, the body was identified as fourteen-year-old Trey Zwicker.
ACCUSED tells the story of a family’s dysfunction that resulted in a brutal, stomach-churning crime. After being released from prison, Joshua Gouker wasted no time regaining custody of his son, Joshua, and within just weeks his stepson, Trey Zwicker, was dead. Trey’s stepfather and fifteen-year-old stepbrother, Joshua, were charged with one of the most heinous crimes in that area’s recent history. Young, a former honor student and wrestler, stood accused of murdering his own step-brother at his father’s bequest. Who was really guilty?
ACCUSED author Brittany Drucker utilizes her experience as a criminal defense attorney in the Louisville area to offer telling insights and revealing evidence into the backgrounds of Trey Zwicker, Joshua Young and Joshua Gouker. Drucker addresses the alleged sociopathic tendencies of Gouker, who was gifted with the ability to charm and puppeteer those around him. In addition to an intimate look at the background and personal lives of the key players in this case, she reveals startling concealed elements of the crime, including the erratic testimony of Gouker himself as he attempted to control witnesses and scam jurors. In this gripping true crime thriller, viewers of the trial wondered as will readers: Was Joshua Young a cold-blooded killer or just another victim of his sadistic, psychopathic father?
Curbchek-Reload is the third True Crime account written by Zach Fortier. Like the two previous books, Curbchek and Streetcreds, it is based on real events that happened to Zach Fortier during a thirty year career in Law Enforcement. Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the final years of Zach's time spent as a cop, He is damaged and paranoid. Having survived frequent life and death battles. He is taking dangerous risks and pushing himself to the limits. Sprinkled with humorous events to lighten the razors edge descriptions of the daily shootings, stabbings and, rapes, Curbchek Reload has the highest rating of any of Zach Fortier's books.
The story of the way the FBI was forced to change its methods of operation to capture Theodore Kaczynski, the notorious Unabomber, provides a fascinating look into the Bureau itself and the three individuals charged with leading the investigation and capture of the notorious terrorist after the Bureau’s 18 years of frustration.
The authors are Jim Freeman, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, San Francisco, reporting directly to FBI Director Louis Freeh; Terry Turchie, designated by Freeman as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Unabom Task Force; and Max Noel, a Unabom Task Force supervisor and the agent who developed the arrest plan that led to the safe capture of Theodore Kaczynski. The three collaborated to write the definitive work on the man long considered to be the most notorious lone wolf terrorist in American history.
In Warm Bloodn this fictionalized biography, authors Judith Gwinn Adrian and DarRen Morris share stories of privilege and prison, hurt and heart: epistolary accounts of two people raised in the parallel universes of southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois. After serving three months of a 15-year sentence for armed robbery, Judy’s father’s privilege allowed him to join the military and then become a physician and medical researcher. Some of his research involved human experimentation on prisoners. And DarRen, at the age of 17, was sentenced to life in prison for murder, with a first possible parole date of 100 years. He has now served more than half his life in Wisconsin maximum security prisons. He has become a Rastafarian and a uniquely talented artist. Judy teaches restorative justice, as well as other subjects, at a small college in Wisconsin.
Billionaire banker Edmond Safra was a superstar among the world’s wealthy elite, until he was mysteriously killed on December 3, 1999, in a fierce fire that consumed his lavish Monte Carlo penthouse. His nurse, former Green Beret Ted Maher, woke up the next morning bloodied and blamed. Now Maher breaks his silence about what really happened that fateful night and during his persecution that followed. This book offers an insider’s look into Safra's last days and Ted’s ongoing fight to reveal the truth, answering long-speculated questions in this fascinating and shocking true crime story.
The mysteries surrounding Safra’s death were complex. There was no shortage of potential suspects, from the Russian Mafia to Colombian drug cartels. The disputed events ignited a heated global controversy and threatened to tarnish Monaco’s golden image as a safe haven for the rich and famous. Yet Ted Maher, the American, was held solely responsible for the crime.
Ted’s journey from a dream job on the Côte d’Azure to a surreal nightmare of betrayal and deception has more levels of intrigue and suspense than a blockbuster spy thriller. With all the details the media couldn’t—or wouldn’t—reveal, including two kidnappings, two hunger strikes and a nail-biting prison break, A Privileged Witness opens two doors: a platinum portal into the luxurious life of the Safras and a hard iron cell gate into the 2,814 days of Ted Maher’s ordeal. It also provides the final chance for an innocent man to clear his name.