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Walter Hixson's pithy narrative account of four sensational murder cases---the Lizzie Borden, Lindbergh baby, Sam Sheppard, and O.J. Simpson trials---offers interesting observations into the greater cultural and political forces that shaped their verdicts. His step-by-step analysis of the details of each case provides not only insight by skillful synthesis of the existing literature but also a solid overview of the events surrounding these four cases, each of which became a national obsession as well as a miscarriage of justice. Taking a fresh look at the criminal justice system and the role of the media in the larger American milieu, Hixson delves into sociocultural impacts of crime that are both thought-provoking and fascinating reading.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. I - Gendered Justice: Lizzie Borden and Victorian America
  2. pp. 5-66
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  1. II - Vengeance: Bruno Richard Hauptmann and The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping
  2. pp. 67-128
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  1. III - Vendetta: Sam Sheppard and The North Shore Nightmare
  2. pp. 134-194
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  1. IV - A House Divided: Race and The O. J. Simpson Case
  2. pp. 195-254
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  1. V - Conclusion: Sensational Murder and American Justice
  2. pp. 255-262
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  1. Critical Bibliography
  2. pp. 263-269
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-274
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