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Marrying the Hangman (Onyx) [Mass Market Paperback]

Sheila Weller

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton / Signet; Reprint edition (27 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451403797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451403797
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10 x 3.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,391,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent True Crime Story! 17 Aug 2011
By B. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
I just finished reading "Marrying the Hangman" by Sheila Weller. It's the story of an attractive Julie Christie look-alike named Diane Pikul who was murdered by her husband in 1987. Joe Pikul was a financially savvy Wall Street stock analyst who dabbled in drugs and cross-dressing (and that's the least of it). Unfortunately, to Diane's detriment, he also had a terrible temper and was dangerously jealous and possessive of her. When she filed for divorce after years of abuse, Joe lost it and murdered her. The story did not get a lot of air time because the big New York City stories during that year included the Lisa Steinberg murder by her adoptive father Joel Steinberg as well as the trial of Robert Chambers for the strangulation death of Jennifer Levin in Central Park.

The first part of the book gives an overview of the lives of Diane and Joe before they met, when they married, and how they lived together afterward. The second part of the book discusses the aftermath of Diane's murder - Joe's attempt to get custody of his children along with his murder trial (where he takes the stand).

A familiar name came up while reading the book - attorney Raoul Felder worked tirelessly to stop Joe from getting custody of the children.

I loved this book. It was a fascinating study of the family dynamic. The author wrote an excellent book - absolutely no filler (the book is polished and thorough because Ms. Weller is a really good writer). Again, the old cliche, I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book!
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