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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Plenty of these around but good for free would have paid for it if it was for sale and very boring that you have to write so many words to submit a review
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Author Solves The Crimes That 1000 Years Of Police Couldn't
Weighing in at 575 pages, this isn't a book that you'll be finishing in anything approaching a hurry. Fortunately for me, it's spread into 39 chapters, so it's very possible to read for a short while, then put the book down for a period of time, without risk of losing where you are, like you would in another book.

Now, the author of this work is a...
Published on 10 Dec 2007 by T. Owen


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2.0 out of 5 stars The Author Solves The Crimes That 1000 Years Of Police Couldn't, 10 Dec 2007
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T. Owen "Tim Owen" (Leicester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Great Unsolved Crimes (Paperback)
Weighing in at 575 pages, this isn't a book that you'll be finishing in anything approaching a hurry. Fortunately for me, it's spread into 39 chapters, so it's very possible to read for a short while, then put the book down for a period of time, without risk of losing where you are, like you would in another book.

Now, the author of this work is a crime-solving genius, and all police authorities would be wise to offer him whatever it costs to get him under their employment.

This is evident from the opening chapter, in which he's able to give clear indications of who killed King William Rufus a millennium ago. Despite the title of the book and the fact that people that were there at the time were unable to make the links themselves, he's able to set out how somebody who was never under suspicion at the time was able to pull it off.

Repeat this for all of the 39 murders covered in the book.

That, for me, is the problem with this work. Yes, he is able to give you the background for each story, which is what I wanted, but I dislike how he seems to make it into a script that the reader is supposed to follow to reach conclusions that were never realised in reality.

I find it hard to swallow that so many cases in history went unsolved when I, if this were fictionalised, would be able to determine who the culprits are just from the way that the story is written. And this guy wasn't there over the last thousand years, remember.

And there's not only that. There's the tenuous links he creates. For example, Lizzie Borden, of the nursery rhyme fame: "Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks; When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one."

Now, even people of the day knew that she had done it, although she was acquitted. Nonetheless, the author spoils things in the final paragraph:

"Those who think she could not have done it should remember what she did do to Abby's cat. A woman who is capable of beheading a cat is certainly capable of killing her father."

What tosh. It's not true in any realm of reality that the willingness to kill an animal, even if it's a seemingly pointless or cruel act, means that the person is automatically capable of patricide. We've all pulled wings off flies. Some of us will have used traps or poison to catch vermin.

Anyway, this kind of delivery tarnishes the book. I enjoyed some of the historical coverage, although wasn't impressed by the way he added details he gave in order to make it clear who the real culprit was, and idiocy where "willingness to harm an animal = undoubted willingness to murder one's father" really damages it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth, 29 Sep 2009
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This review is from: Great Unsolved Crimes (Hardcover)
Dissapointing. The author presents just a case that I've been interested in and know a lot about it: the Jonbenet's murder case. Most of what says the author about this case (I mean facts, not opinions) is wrong. Lots of carelness, it seems a book written in a hurry with not contrasted documentation at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars no change, 19 Jun 2014
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From the beginning of time up to the present day murders have been and are committed without being solved and I find it amazing in this day and age that this happens. This is a good read for non fiction buffs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable, 22 Mar 2014
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Fascinating....a few cliches....but all in all, well worth the read. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in true crime and mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good, 8 Jan 2014
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i enjoyed this book, found it interesting, it was cheap to buy and delivered promptly, didnt know the auther but will look for him again
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new to say, 3 Jan 2014
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This is a good read, the author doesn't make you believe his POV he leaves it up to you which is good. However their are no new cases just ones that have been done before and sheds no new light at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 25 Feb 2013
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Plenty of these around but good for free would have paid for it if it was for sale and very boring that you have to write so many words to submit a review
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 18 Feb 2013
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Quite interesting especially the more modern crimes , some high profile stories with information not heard before. Too many ancient crimes though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 29 Jan 2013
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Recommended book,though the stories are very tragic , it made me realise how many cases go unsolved , it's unbelievable
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, 29 Jan 2013
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Interesting stories especially the first section of the book good variety because it's classed through the different Decades worth a look
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