New York Alan Gelb Most Likely to Succeed: 2

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Most Likely to Succeed: 2

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9780525248781: Most Likely to Succeed: 2

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This is a taut, textured true-crime study by the author of Columbus Avenue , who himself lives in East Chatham, the upstate New York town where the multiple murders related here were committed. On Dec. 13, 1987 four dead bodies were found in the home of Robert Gates: businessman Gates; his older son, Bobby, age 19; his live-in girlfriend, Cheryl Brahm; and his orphaned nephew, Jason, 3. Immediately suspected was Gates's younger son, Wyley, 17, a computer whiz and salutatorian of his class, but a cold, distant, seemingly emotionless youth. Wyley was taken into custody, and it developed that he had discussed plans to commit the murders and rob the family home with at least one close friend, Damian Rossney. The police were so convinced of Wyley's guilt that they were lackadaisical about assembling evidence, according to the author. As a result, Wyley and Damian, tried separately, were acquitted of murder but found guilty of conspiracy and imprisoned. Gelb leaves little doubt that he believes Wyley is the killer and concludes that the young man has "a fundamental soullessness, a basic lack of human fiber."
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Peace was shattered on December 13, 1987, in East Chatham, New York, a small upstate town, when the entire Gates family, except for one son, was found murdered. Within 24 hours, Wyley Gates, the surviving son, had confessed to the crime. Within a year, Wyley had been tried and found not guilty of all charges, except for conspiracy to murder. Wyley Gates was a most inscrutable defendant. An honor student and class vice president, he was very different from the rest of his blue-collar family. What caused the explosion that lead to their death? While Gelb, who lives in the community, draws a psychological portrait of Wyley, he can't completely explain the enigma. He does provide, however, a gripping courtroom procedural. For large true crime collections.
- Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib. , Cambridge, Mass.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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