Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments

3.71 avg rating
( 1,184 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781931056960: Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

A collection of courtroom writings includes accounts of the two trials of Claus von BČulow, the O.J. Simpson trial, the Menendez brothers murder case, and the indictment of Michael Skakel for a long-unsolved Connecticut murder.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"In my everyday life over the last fifty years, it has been my curious lot to move among the rich and famous and powerful, always as an outsider, always listening, watching, remembering."

Writing about the crimes of the rich and famous for Vanity Fair with this insider's status, Dominick Dunne has borne witness to the often bizarre personalities who surround high-profile cases and their telling intimacies. Andrea Reynolds, for instance, dressed only in a negligee and jewelry, insists that her jewels are finer than those of the comatose woman in whose apartment she resides and whom her lover, Claus von Bulow, is charged with attempting to murder. The essays in Justice offer a fascinating, disturbing, and wry look at the cast of a half dozen high-profile trials, including Lyle and Erik Menendez, who murdered their affluent parents; Marvin Pancoast, who beat the $18,000-a-month mistress of Alfred Bloomingdale to death with a baseball bat; the multibillionaire banker Edmund Safra, who suffocated in his own bunker-like bathroom in Monaco; and the gossiping members of Los Angeles society during "All O.J., All the Time."

The most moving story by far is the title piece, about the murder of Dunne's daughter, the actress Dominique Dunne, by her ex-boyfriend, who walked away with a pitifully light sentence thanks to the extremes taken by his defense lawyer and the vanity of the judge. While the succeeding stories don't have the same poignancy, Dunne still makes them personal--after all, he knows many of those involved, and justice truly is personal for him. In fact, it is this moral authority that enables him to enter the strange universe of high-society crime and write about it with no pretense of objectivity, but rather with rage toward the short shrift justice is so often given in celebrity cases. The counterpoint to his anger is a delicious irony in the form of fascinating subplots, jet-set gossip, and terrific quotes straight from some of the horses' mouths. Dunne has both a sharp sense of the absurd and a trenchant eye for injustice in any form. --Lesley Reed

From the Inside Flap:

n two decades, Vanity Fair has published Dominick Dunne's brilliant, revelatory chronicles of the most famous crimes, trials, and punishments of our time. The pursuit of justice has become his passion — a passion that began during the trial of the man who murdered Dunne's daughter and who was sentenced to six and a half years and released in less than three. Dunne's account of that trial and its shocking result became the first of his many classic essays on justice.

Dominick Dunne's essays do much more than simply describe; his investigations have shed new light on those crimes and their perpetrators — and demonstrated how it is possible for some to skirt, even flout, the law. His persistence and personal involvement in the matter of Martha Moxley's murder was an important catalyst in bringing a dormant case back to life.

Here in one volume are Dominick Dunne's mesmerizing tales of justice denied and justice affirmed. Whether writing of Vicki Morga

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780609809631: Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0609809636 ISBN 13:  9780609809631
Publisher: Broadway Books, 2002
Softcover

9780609608739: Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments

Crown, 2001
Hardcover

9780751532609: Justice : Crimes, Trials, and Punishments

Time W..., 2002
Softcover

9781587241390: Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments

Wheele..., 2001
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Dunne, Dominick
Published by New Millenium Audio
ISBN 10: 193105696X ISBN 13: 9781931056960
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Wonder Book
(Frederick, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New Millenium Audio. Condition: New. Audio Cassette. Case New.Slipcase New.Case sealed/unopened.Shrink wrapped! 12 cassette set. Quality guaranteed! In original artwork/packaging unless otherwise noted. Seller Inventory # F14G-00068

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.73
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Dominick Dunne
Published by New Millenium Audio (2001)
ISBN 10: 193105696X ISBN 13: 9781931056960
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New Millenium Audio, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M193105696X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.88
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Dunne, Dominick
Published by New Millenium Audio (2001)
ISBN 10: 193105696X ISBN 13: 9781931056960
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New Millenium Audio, 2001. Audio Cassette. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11193105696X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 69.23
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Dominick Dunne
ISBN 10: 193105696X ISBN 13: 9781931056960
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-193105696x

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 134.08
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds