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Echoes in the Darkness de Joseph Wambaugh
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Echoes in the Darkness (1987 original; edició 1987)

de Joseph Wambaugh (Autor)

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On June 25, 1989, the naked corpse of schoolteacher Susan Reinert was found wedged into her hatchback car in a hotel parking lot near Philadelphia's "Main Line."nbsp;nbsp;Her two children had vanished.nbsp;nbsp;The Main Line Murder Case burst upon the headlines--and wasn't resolved for seven years.nbsp;nbsp;Now, master crime writer Joseph Wambaugh reconstructs the case from its roots, recounting the details, drama, players and pawns in this bizarre crime that shocked the nation and tore apart a respectable suburban town.nbsp;nbsp;The massive FBI and state police investigation ultimately centered on two men.nbsp;nbsp;Dr. Jay C. Smith--By day he was principal of Upper Merion High School where Susan Reinert taught.nbsp;nbsp;At night he was a sadist who indulged in porno, drugs, and weapons.nbsp;nbsp;William Bradfield--He was a bearded and charismatic English teacher and classics scholar, but his real genius was for juggling women--three at a time.nbsp;nbsp;One of those women was Susan Reinert.nbsp;nbsp;How these two men are connected, how the brilliant murder was carried off, and how the investigators closed this astounding case makes for Wambaugh's most compelling book yet.… (més)
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Títol:Echoes in the Darkness
Autors:Joseph Wambaugh (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow & Co (1987), Edition: First Printing First Edition
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Echoes in the Darkness de Joseph Wambaugh (1987)

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"Echoes in the Darkness" is a true-life crime drama. In 1978 Susan Reinert- a teacher at Upper Merion High School in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania- was found naked… dead in her car in a public parking lot. Her two young children were missing, presumed dead, and never to this day have their bodies been located.

Joseph Wambaugh, a retired police officer, tells the story, dropping back in time while providing all the known facts in sequential order leading up to the day of the murder. Suspects included William Bradfield – head of the English Department of Upper Merion and Dr. Jay Smith, the school Principal. Both men were diagnosed as sociopaths, their everyday behavior was bizarre and frightening.

Dr. Jay Smith was a recluse living a double life. A connoisseur of pornography, he was also burglarizing stores in his spare time.

William Bradfield was a womanizer, always targeting needy and timid women that he could manipulate and control. William was married to two women at the same time, and living with a third woman while simultaneously having affairs with several others. Susan Reinert claimed to be one of them – but, of course William denied it. And there were rumors that Reinert was also having an affair with Dr. Jay Smith.

Several years transpired from the moment Susan’s body was found until the final day of the trial… six frustrating and exhausting years for the investigators, lawyers, the prosecution team, and relatives of Susan Reinert. My husband always says “Truth is stranger than fiction” and indeed, in this case it certainly is. Many of the uncovered details of both suspects lives were absurd and eerie.

Because the story is told revealing only known well-documented facts, you may at times find it dry. It tends to skip large chunks of time and becomes somewhat scattered and confusing. However, when the week-end arrives during which the murder is committed, and William Bradford is presumably setting up his alibi, Susan’s body is found and the story becomes very intense. The FBI is called in because the case involves missing children. The details of the investigation are interesting and the court scenes are vivid. It is truly an amazing story.

The fact that King of Prussia is just an hour from my home made the story all the more compelling. Recognizing the locations where events occurred added to the suspense and drama. The story did not appear in our local newspaper so I did not know the outcome of the trial before reading the book. However, even if you did hear about it, and know the final verdict, it still makes an interesting read.

"Echoes in the Darkness" was woven into a TV mini-series in 1987 and is still appears on some internet movie sites. ( )
  LadyLo | Sep 25, 2019 |
A true story for a switch: Author Wambaugh rattles the eggheads of Pennsylvania's intellectual community. Object: to try to solve a murder mystery that the FBI couldn't unravel during a seven-year investigation. Whodunnit this time? ( )
  NathanielPoe | Feb 17, 2019 |
A so-so true crime book. By its very nature, this story is fairly tedious, albeit with a fascinating undercurrent of a charismatic teacher manipulating his followers to accept an unbelievable murder plot by another party. But Wambaugh is capable of much better writing than he displays in this book. ( )
  dickmanikowski | Mar 16, 2013 |
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On June 25, 1989, the naked corpse of schoolteacher Susan Reinert was found wedged into her hatchback car in a hotel parking lot near Philadelphia's "Main Line."nbsp;nbsp;Her two children had vanished.nbsp;nbsp;The Main Line Murder Case burst upon the headlines--and wasn't resolved for seven years.nbsp;nbsp;Now, master crime writer Joseph Wambaugh reconstructs the case from its roots, recounting the details, drama, players and pawns in this bizarre crime that shocked the nation and tore apart a respectable suburban town.nbsp;nbsp;The massive FBI and state police investigation ultimately centered on two men.nbsp;nbsp;Dr. Jay C. Smith--By day he was principal of Upper Merion High School where Susan Reinert taught.nbsp;nbsp;At night he was a sadist who indulged in porno, drugs, and weapons.nbsp;nbsp;William Bradfield--He was a bearded and charismatic English teacher and classics scholar, but his real genius was for juggling women--three at a time.nbsp;nbsp;One of those women was Susan Reinert.nbsp;nbsp;How these two men are connected, how the brilliant murder was carried off, and how the investigators closed this astounding case makes for Wambaugh's most compelling book yet.

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