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on 18 December 2017
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on 4 August 2015
First half of book is interesting but second half drags on the court case was all very boring and long and ended with them just pleading guilty yawn
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on 10 March 2003
This book tells the story about a murder that shocked Philadelphia and its environs several years ago. When a man called 911 and reported that his wife was in the bath tub and did not appear to be breathing, police and paramedics rushed to the home. There, they found Craig Rabinowitz waiting for them and in the bath tub, apparently dead, was his twenty nine year old wife, Stefanie.
Although there were virtually no visible signs of foul play on the body and hospital doctors had originally categorized the death as accidental, a wily and astute county coroner and forensic pathologist ordered a post-mortem on the body. That resulted in a finding of death by homicide. From the very beginning, the only real murderer suspect was the husband, Craig Rabinowitz, whom the police discovered had a very dark side, much to the surprise and dismay of family and friends. The Craig Rabinowitz whom the police investigation uncovered was nothing like the Craig Rabinowitz family and friends had described.
The book reveals some of the tawdry details of the secret life that Craig Rabinowitz had led for some time. There is, however, no reconciliation of the Craig that friends and family knew with the secret Craig . The reader also comes away knowing very little about the murder victim. The treatment of those involved in this criminal scenario is quite superficial and repetitive. It is simply not fleshed out or well thought out. Moreover, while there are photographs included in the book, none are of the crime scene. Most of the eight pages of photographs are of those affiliated with the investigation and prosecution of the case.
This tepid book is only moderately interesting, at best, and will probably only appeal to avid fans of the true crime genre.
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on 15 April 2014
first book I skipped lots of pages. well written. but so boring. Anne Rule does it better.she brings sympathy and empathy other books.
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on 23 May 1999
I found this story to be engrossing from beginning to end. The story has you hooked by page 20 and you don't want to put it down!
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on 15 January 1999
I just happened to pick up a friends copy of the book and within pages I was completely hooked. I realize now after reading this book that watching murder cases unfold as sensationalized by the media has given me a warped sense of how these cases are actually handled. Following a real case from beginning to end, seeing how the police perform excrutiatingly detailed investigations, seeing how the prosecution has to use the information to build a winnable case was absolutely fascinating. All in all this book was quite an education.
I was also impressed with how the author managed to make this a very readable book. Working within the confines of the facts of the case and the real personalities behing the headlines, he managed to make the characters intriguing and 3-dimensional. This added to the "and you are there" feel of the book.
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on 24 March 1999
Another disappointment from St. Martin's True Crime Library! The Senior Editor, Charles Spicer, advises the reader in the intro that, "Each month we offer you a fascinating account of the latest, most sensational crime that has captured the nation's attention." I believe that herin lies the problem. A rush to publication, long before more mature insights emerge and a full complement of knowledgable participants are able or willing to speak, combine to form a shallow , dry, and one-sided depiction of events. Ken Englade's, "Everybody's Best Friend", is a perfect example. We never get to know anybody. The murderer's family and family background are virtually absent from the narrative. There is absolutely no insight into the victim. Purported dialogue is so hackneyed and stilted as to be a joke - totally divorced from actual conversational speech. Psychological insight into motive and behavior do not exist here. And where is the viewpoint of the defense attorneys? There is a note at the end of the book that they declined to be interviewed. Perhaps they were not approached in the right manner. Their view is sorely missed. I can understand why the D.A.,(Bruce Castor), in his reader's comment quoted elsewhere in this column, is so pleased with the book. It's HIS book! Maybe because he was so frustrated at being unable to actually try the case and reap the inevitable notoriety, he was willing to reveal to us, in such excruciating detail, the machinations of his case. In any event, these problems exemplify what happens when a complex, almost biblical tale of greed, lust, and murder, jumps straight from the tabloids, (the author actually counts newspaper paragraphs!), to the non-book format. Such a frustrating disappointment! Hopefully, in years to come, a more sophisticated re-telling of events will emerge, perhaps via a Tommy Thompson, Joseph Wambaught, or Jerry Bledsoe. I will be waiting.
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on 26 November 1998
Ken Englade has captured the essence of how we put this case together. He goes beyond a recantation of events to bring out our reasoning processes letting the public know what truly goes into the investigation, preparation and prosecution of a major murder case. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good tale, wants to be entertained, and needs to know the story behind the headlines. Bruce L. Castor, Jr., First Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County, PA.
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