Annal: 2000 Edgar Allan Poe Award® for Best Fact Crime

Results of the Edgar Allan Poe Award® in the year 2000.

Book:Blind Eye

Blind Eye: How the Medical Establishment Let a Doctor Get Away with Murder

James B. Stewart

Young, blond, handsome Dr. Swango seemed a godsend wherever he was hired to practice medicine. But acclaim would turn to disbelief, dismay, then horror, as the evidence mounted that he could actually be murdering his patients. Then, Dr. Michael Swango would leave that hospital—only to be rehired at another. Today the FBI believes that Swango may be the most prolific serial killer in American history.

In his brilliant, bestselling Den of Thieves, James Stewart exposed crime on Wall Street in the Roaring Eighties. Now, in Blind Eye, he takes readers into the closed world of America’s medical establishment, where doctors repeatedly accept the word of fellow physicians over that of nurses, hospital workers and patients—even after the horrible truth emerges.

With prodigious investigative reporting, Stewart’s mesmerizing account moves from the hospital rooms of the prestigious…[more]

Book:And Never Let Her Go

And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano: The Deadly Seducer

Ann Rule

From America’s most celebrated true-crime writer comes the heartbreaking real-life drama of a doomed young woman hopelessly trapped in a web of sexual intrigue, political manipulation, and emotional deception by her charming and successful—but ultimately deadly—lover.

The author of fifteen New York Times national bestsellers, Ann Rule, a former Seattle policewoman, has researched thousands of homicides and understands every facet of murder investigation. Now, in the most complex and shocking book of her long career, she delves into the motivation that drove a seemingly successful man to kill, and she explores heretofore unknown aspects of a fatal affair between a beautiful young woman who moved confidently in the heady world of the upper echelons of government and a widely admired millionaire attorney who was an immensely popular political figure. …[more]

Book:Disco Bloodbath

Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous But True Tale of Murder in Clubland

James St. James

When was the last time you read a story about murder and degradation that made you laugh out loud? When was the last time you read something that you just had to share with somebody and soon had you reading passages aloud? When was the last time you read something that was so startling that it made you think, “My God, not only am I not in Kansas anymore, I’m not even sure what planet I’m on!”

Well, welcome to the world of Disco Bloodbath, and the crazy, maddening, terrifying, bizarre, and totally charming people who inhabit it, doing all sorts of unspeakable things to each other—and to themselves—all in an effort to keep ennui at bay just for one more day.

Disco Bloodbath is a dazzling, dizzying, amazingly vivid, and startlingly fresh look at a subculture that for several…[more]

Book:The Ghosts of Hopewell

The Ghosts of Hopewell: Setting the Record Straight in the Lindbergh Case

Jim Fisher

In this illustrated examination of the Lindbergh kidnapping case, Jim Fisher seeks to set the record straight regarding Bruno Hauptmann’s guilt in the crime of the century.. “In February 1935, following a sensational, six-week trial, a jury in Flemington, New Jersey, found German carpenter Hauptmann guilty of kidnapping and murdering the twenty-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.. “It was not until the mid-1970s that revisionists began to challenge the conventional wisdom in the case: that Hauptmann was the lone killer. Revisionist books and articles appeared, as did plays, TV shows, and a movie, all portraying Hauptmann as the victim of a massive police and prosecution frame-up.. “Former FBI agent Fisher discusses the hard evidence - the ransom notes, the wood of the kidnapping ladder, and other evidence. He analyzes and debunks the various revisionist theories and presents new evidence that, coupled with the undisputed facts, proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Hauptmann was guilty as charged: he kidnapped and murdered the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

Book:Mean Justice

Mean Justice: A Town's Terror, A Prosecutor's Power, A Betrayal of Innocence

Edward Humes

Deep in the heartland of California lies a city on the cutting edge of the nation’s war on crime. Besieged by spectacular crimes in which pillars of the community were accused of murder, rape and the most vile conspiracies, Bakersfield found its saviors in a band of bold and savvy prosecutors. They descended on the courthouse like avenging angels, winning their cases, forging sweeping new laws and creating one of the toughest towns on crime in America—a model for the rest of the country.

There is only one problem: The people who were arrested, tried and imprisoned in those landmark cases were innocent.

In Mean Justice, award-winning author and journalist Edward Humes embarks on a chilling journey to the dark side of the justice system—the powerful true story of one man’s battle to prove his innocence. It is a story both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, for Humes shows how the individual injustice done to one man is part of a disturbing national trend, in which…[more]

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