The first half is unbelievable and shocking. The second half is a snore.
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Great mystery with an ending that leaves you VERY unsatisfied. Apr 04, Greta rated it liked it Shelves: I did enjoy the book. It however, fall far short of my expectations. I had 3 main issues with it. It did not escape my notice that after the high profile prosecution case of the Manson Murders that a high profile defense case would be an extra special feather in his cap I don't think his motives for taking on the case were as altruistic as he presented. Good points of the book: Ironically, I think the best thing about this book is the things that are unsaid..
Read between the lines, and this book becomes much more interesting. Sep 24, J. Moncrieff rated it liked it. I was so looking forward to reading this book. It's about the Palmyra murder case, which I'm extremely interested in, and it was written by Vincent Bugliosi, who became one of my all-time favourite writers after I read Helter Skelter, which was brilliant.
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Sadly, this book is not brilliant. The first part was really interesting, as it starts before Mac and Mutt Graham and Buck and Jennifer head to the supposedly deserted island. I found the details of their lives on the island fascinating. Unfortuna I was so looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately, the second and longest part of the book is all about the trial, and seems mostly to consist of Bugliosi bragging about what a great lawyer he is and taking us behind the scenes of his process.
Maybe some found this interesting, but learning that he writes everything out on a yellow legal pad was not my idea of a riveting read. He must be an incredible lawyer, though, because I never once thought that his client, Jennifer Jenkins, was innocent of Muff's murder, and yet, he got her off. The only proof of her innocence appeared to be Bugliosi insisting that his instincts told him she "must" be innocent.
Even he didn't sound fond of her--she comes across as an unlikeable, difficult client and a pathological liar with a thing for thugs. The fact that she was so broken up over Mac and Muff's disappearance that she immediately moved into their boat, ate their food, and helped herself to Muff's clothing seems despicable to me. I can't imagine wearing a dead woman's clothes, even if that woman had passed away in her sleep.
I gave this three stars only because the first section was great. Sep 05, Jim Thomsen rated it it was amazing. Every bit the equal of Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter," this book is a comprehensive ripper of a true-crime yarn that feels structured like an Agatha Christie tale. Four people are on a remote, even spooky South Pacific island named Palmyra. Two, a married couple, disappear and are presumed dead.
The other two — a hippie with a murky criminal past and his maybe-not-as-naive-as-she-seems girlfriend — turn up months later in Hawaii with the boat belonging to the vanished couple. The man is fou Every bit the equal of Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter," this book is a comprehensive ripper of a true-crime yarn that feels structured like an Agatha Christie tale.
The man is found guilty of murder nearly a decade later, after the bones belonging to one of the missing turn up. But was the other guilty as well? Bugliosi, who switches to the defense table in this tale, insists that she isn't. He does a good job of convincing a jury nearly two decades after the slayings You'll have fun trying to put together the pieces of the bizarre true s and s story of Paradise Found — and Paradise Lost. It's a story in which physical evidence, by necessity, must take a backseat to circumstantial offerings and character assessment. And being readers, we love to judge.
And put our wits against those of Bugliosi, who is one of the sharpest legal minds in American crime. He makes his case, lays out all the facts, put his own spin on them No, his prejudices are there — but fairly and honestly rendered — and that's what ultimately keeps the reader in the game amidst an intimidatingly high stack of facts and suppositions. Good fun, good story, good storytelling. Feb 23, Lisa rated it it was amazing.
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This book is not just a true story, but it is comprised of actual journal entries. If you like crime drama, this book is amazing. It is split into two parts, first part is journal entries, the second part is ths story of the trial. This book is definitely one of my all time favorites.
Jun 29, Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing. Dec 06, Sandi Lee rated it really liked it.
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In I was pregnant with my second child and living in the very small and remote village of Puako on the big island of Hawaii. While visiting my best friend and neighbor, Gerri, there was a frantic knocking on her door. The woman standing on the porch said she needed to use the phone and that it was a dire emergency. We could see a large yacht anchored offshore and a dinghy beached on the primitive landing that local fishermen used to launch their skiffs.
We asked if that was her boat and she In I was pregnant with my second child and living in the very small and remote village of Puako on the big island of Hawaii. We asked if that was her boat and she said yes and that an emergency had required them to anchor and seek a phone which the neighbor nearest the landing told her that Gerri had.
My husband worked for Gerri's husband who had a small house painting business and they had one of the only phones in the village. The woman said it would be a collect call and Gerri led her to a back bedroom where the phone was and she closed the door. Several minutes later the woman came out of the bedroom and ran out the door back to the dinghy which we watched her row back to the yacht.
After Vincent Bugliosi left the L. DA's office he went into private practice. One of his cases was the defense of Stephanie Stearns who along with her boyfriend, Buck Duane Walker, was accused of murdering Mac and Muff Graham on a remote atoll in the Pacific called Palmyra. The couple was arrested for stealing the Grahams' boat 3 months after the Grahams' had disappeared in They had separate trials with Walker having a public defender and Stearns' affluent family hiring Vincent Bugliosi.
Walker got life and Bugliosi got Stearns aquitted. There is not a doubt in my mind that this woman was just as guilty as her boyfriend. She said she had no knowledge of any part of the crime but how are you one of only four people on a deserted island that doesn't hear a chainsaw or gunshots or many other things that apparently happened on the day of that murder??
Bugliosi was a great attorney. He was a narcissistic man, of that there is no doubt Without the help of his co-authors of both Helter Skelter and this book neither would have made very enjoyable reading. He changed Stephanie Stearns name to Jennifer Jenkins in the book He definitely knew his way around the criminal justice system and the law. I'd hire him in a heartbeat if I was charged with murder if he was still alive today. I don't believe he really gave a damn if she was innocent or not, but was only interested in winning his case. Walker was paroled in because of poor health and moved to Willits California where lived in a small trailer outside of town.
He wrote a book called Palmyra: True Story of an Island Tragedy, in which he asserted he was having an affair with Muff and that when Mac caught them in the act he had to kill him in self-defense. He died of a stroke 2 years later before his book was published. I believe it was finally published in Stephie Stearns lives in Hawaii, a free and "innocent" woman. Vincent Bugliosi died in June of at the age of 80 and his legacy lives on To me this is a much more interesting true crime story than Helter Skelter Jan 02, William Tatsch rated it it was ok Shelves: This is a dichotomy of a book; the first half presumably written by the second author is enjoyable and everything you could want in a true crime book - if only he could have written the whole book.
The second half of the book was a trudge to read; The trial sequence part of the book is usually one of my favorites, but I found I had to make myself read it here. I think the biggest problem with this book arises out of my expectations going in, which I concede may not be a fair way to judge the b This is a dichotomy of a book; the first half presumably written by the second author is enjoyable and everything you could want in a true crime book - if only he could have written the whole book. I think the biggest problem with this book arises out of my expectations going in, which I concede may not be a fair way to judge the book.
I was expecting a neutral, fact-based telling of the story from beginning to end, but the second half of this book is anything but neutral. In fact, while it purports to be the story of a murder on Palmyra Island, it seemed to me to be a vehicle for Vince Bugliosi to celebrate himself at the expense of anyone else mentioned in the book, including his client. As an aside, I don't believe that he actually said half the things he said to the judge in this case, and I think he was a bit deluded about his client's character.
In short, in my opinion, I found Vince Bugliosi to be one of the most self-serving, pompous, biased, annoying, and self-aggrandizing characters, let alone authors, I have ever seen. He definitely put me off of this book. In fact, I bought Helter Skelter at the same time I bought this book to read, but I don't want to put myself through another Vince Bugliosi self-worship session, so I think Helter Skelter is going to Half Price Books at my earliest convenience along with this book. The sad thing is that this could be a really good book in the hands of a different author.
View all 4 comments. Jan 21, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absolutely riveting true legal drama! But be warned, unless you're excited by the courtroom proceedings and the chess play that happens between defence and prosecution, you might find most of the book tedious and slow. Bugliosi can be a little full of himself, but he built an incredible defence case, and managed to hit almost any curveball flyin Absolutely riveting true legal drama! Bugliosi can be a little full of himself, but he built an incredible defence case, and managed to hit almost any curveball flying in his direction.
There is a lot to learn for students of law. She acted very strange throughout her trial, was tardy about proving her own innocence, and did not show much emotion over the deaths of two people or the fact that she was accused of killing them. Perhaps she got away with murder, or perhaps she's simply a sociopath, but I had absolutely no reason for cheering for her.
By Elisabeth Eaves , January 4, In one of my favorite true-crime books, evidence of murder is uncovered on a remote Pacific Ocean atoll amid shifting sands and tides. The sea may soon tell in a more literal sense. Just as we were getting used to the idea that our appliances are watching us, it seems there will be one less place to escape monitoring: The internet of things—that proliferating network of wifi-connected objects reshaping homes and cities while yielding troves of data—is so far confined mostly to land.
The Grahams were a happily married couple touring the world, and Mr. Graham ran his business remotely. The Grahams had brought more than a year's supply of food for their voyage, but Walker and Stearns quickly consumed their own meager supplies and resorted to harvesting the island's few coconuts, often by chopping down entire trees, leaving scars on the island habitat. According to Stearns, the Grahams disappeared sometime between August 28 and August 30, , and the young couple found the Grahams' Zodiac rigid inflatable dinghy upside down. On September 11, , after days of searching and waiting for the Grahams to return to their boat, Stearns said she and Walker scuttled the Iola and sailed for Hawaii on the Sea Wind.
Once in Hawaii, the couple had the Sea Wind repainted and also renamed it, which according to boating superstition brings bad luck.
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This act aroused suspicion; acquaintances of the Grahams easily recognized the distinctive Sea Wind despite its new paint job. Stearns was arrested in the lower level of the Hawaii Yacht Club for the theft of the Sea Wind ,  but Walker was able to escape and avoid capture by using a motorized dinghy to race up the " row" of the Ala Wai Harbor. It was believed he fled on foot after leaving the dinghy at the loading dock near the Ilikai Hotel.
Early one morning in , other visitors to Palmyra, sailors Robert and Sharon Jordan, from Durban , South Africa , found Muff Graham's skull and other skeletal remains in the surf near a large metal container. The remains showed signs of dismemberment and burning possibly by Mac Graham's acetylene welding torch , and the body appeared to have been concealed underwater in the container.
Buck Walker was tried and convicted of Muff Graham's murder. Although Walker never testified, the defense claimed that he and Stearns were attempting to return the Sea Wind to Hawaii with the Iola in tow, but the Iola ran aground on the reef as they exited the lagoon and had to be abandoned. During the voyage back to Hawaii, it was claimed that a large swordfish damaged the Sea Wind ' s hull below the waterline, necessitating her repair and subsequent repainting and renaming.