Murder in Little Egypt

Compared to the United States as a whole, the annual murder rate in Little Egypt is nearly double, about 10.1 per 100,000 inhabitants, 6.6 for the rest of the country. Of rural and semi-rural areas, only Harlan County, Kentucky, ...

Author: Darcy O'Brien

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497658653

Category: True Crime

Page: 348

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New York Times Bestseller: The “fascinating” true story of John Dale Cavaness, a much-admired Illinois doctor—and the cold-blooded killer of his own son (The Washington Post). Fusing the narrative power of an award-winning novelist and the detailed research of an experienced investigator, author Darcy O’Brien unfolds the story of Dr. John Dale Cavaness, the southern Illinois physician and surgeon charged with the murder of his son Sean in December 1984. Outraged by the arrest of the skilled medical practitioner who selflessly attended to their needs, the people of Little Egypt, as the natives call their region, rose to his defense. But during the subsequent trial, a radically different, disquieting portrait of Dr. Cavaness would emerge. Throughout the three decades that he enjoyed the admiration and respect of his community, Cavaness was privately terrorizing his family, abusing his employees, and making disastrous financial investments. As more and more grisly details of the Cavaness case come to stark Midwestern light in O’Brien’s chilling account, so too does the hidden gothic underside of rural America and its heritage of violence and blood. “A meticulous account . . . An implicit indictment of a culture that condones and encourages violent behavior in men.” —The New York Times Book Review “A fascinating story, and Darcy O’Brien does a great job of structuring it for suspense.” —The Washington Post “Riveting.”—Publishers Weekly “A terrifying story of family violence and the community that honored the perpetrator.” —Kirkus Reviews “Stunning material . . . Handled with justice and fastidiousness by a natural storyteller.” —Seamus Heaney, winner of the Nobel Prize

American Murder

After his son's funeral in St. Louis, which had been attended by friends of the doctor from Little Egypt, detectives arrested Dr. Cavaness for Sean's murder. The news tore through southern Illinois like a twister.

Author: Darcy O'Brien

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504047173

Category: True Crime

Page: 1632

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Three riveting accounts of horrific crimes and the twisted minds behind them by an Edgar Award–winning author, in one volume. A father’s ultimate betrayal, a savage killing spree that terrorized Los Angeles, and the brutal slaying of a rich man’s college-aged daughter. In this heart-stopping true crime collection, New York Times–bestselling author Darcy O’Brien uncovers the dark underside of the American dream. Murder in Little Egypt: Dr. John Dale Cavaness selflessly attended to the needs of his small, southern Illinois community. But when Cavaness was charged with the murder of his son Sean in December 1984, a radically different portrait of the physician and surgeon emerged. Throughout the three decades he had basked in the admiration and respect of the people of Little Egypt, Cavaness was privately terrorizing his family, abusing his employees, and making disastrous financial investments. In this New York Times bestseller, as more and more grisly details come to light, so too does rural America’s heritage of blood and violence become clear. The Hillside Stranglers: For weeks, the body count of sexually violated, brutally murdered young women escalated. With increasing alarm, Los Angeles newspapers headlined the deeds of a serial killer they named the Hillside Strangler. But not until January 1979, more than a year later, would the mysterious disappearance of two university students near Seattle lead police to the arrest of a security guard—the handsome, charming, fast-talking Kenny Bianchi—and the discovery that the strangler was not one man but two. The Hillside Stranglers is the disturbing portrait of a city held hostage by fear and a pair of psychopaths whose lust was as insatiable as their hate. A Dark and Bloody Ground: On a sweltering evening in August 1985, three men breached Roscoe Acker’s alarm and security systems, stabbed his daughter to death, and made off with over $1.9 million in cash. The killers were part of a hillbilly gang led by Sherry Sheets Hodge, a former prison guard, and her husband, lifetime criminal Benny Hodge. The stolen money came in handy shortly afterward, when they used it to lure Kentucky’s most flamboyant lawyer, Lester Burns, into representing them. “The smell of wet, coal-laden earth, white lightning, and cocaine-driven sweat rises from these marvelously atmospheric—and compelling—pages” (Kirkus Reviews).

Princeton Alumni Weekly

BOOKS Murder , They Wrote MURDER IN LITTLE EGYPT Darcy O'Brien '61 Morrow , $ 19.95 cloth ; New American Library , $ 4.95 paper THE DEATH SHIFT : THE TRUE STORY OF NURSE GENENE JONES AND THE Texas BABY MURDERS Peter Elkind '80 Viking ...

Author: Jesse Lynch Williams

Publisher: princeton alumni weekly

ISBN: PRNC:32101081978114



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Murder During the Chicago World s Fair The Killing of Little Emma Werner A Historical True Crime Short

... the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Santa Clara; as well as the exhibition "Street in Cairo," with a famous belly dancer named Fahreda Mahzar, who was often referred to as "Little Egypt, the Bewitching Bellyrina.

Author: R. Barri Flowers

Publisher: R. Barri Flowers


Category: True Crime

Page: 80

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From R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and bestselling author of Murder at the Pencil Factory and Murder of the Banker's Daughter comes the historical true crime short, Murder During the Chicago World's Fair: The Killing of Little Emma Werner.

Loving Little Egypt

His usual habit when insomnia claimed him was to go for a long walk, but when he opened the door, several large dogs raced toward him with such clear intentions of murder that he quickly closed it again. He tried reading; he had brought ...

Author: Thomas McMahon

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226561134

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

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In the early 1920s, nearly blind physics prodigy Mourly Vold finds out how to tap into the nation's long distance telephone lines. With the help of Alexander Graham Bell, Vold tries to warn the phone companies that would-be saboteurs could do the same thing, but they ignore him. Unfortunately, his taps do catch the notice of William Randolph Hearst, who hires Thomas Edison to get to the bottom of them—and the chase is on!

Reckoning at Eagle Creek

In many respects, O'Brien chose to saddle the invented Potts story as a cautionary tale of the Egyptian code of violence—or, at least to someone who grew up in ... It led to one of his top-selling books, Murder in Little Egypt.

Author: Jeff Biggers


ISBN: 9781458721846


Page: 484

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Growing Up in Little Egypt

We didn't have classes on the weekend, so we would take a little trolley the twenty—five miles to Oklahoma City. I enjoyed eating at a good ... When he came home and went to his bed, he immediately started screaming bloody murder.

Author: Linda Lee Ream

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475901733

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Eldon Lee's stories as told to his daughter, Linda, about his family history, farming, school, hometown life, courtship, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Linda continues the story with memories of her father.


He was hanged in 1928 for murdering a small - town mayor . He declared on the gallows , “ What a beautiful world . ” 3 Not that the murder rap has ever subsided . A true crime page - turner , “ Murder in Little Egypt , ” chronicling a ...

Author: Ted Olson

Publisher: Mercer University Press

ISBN: 0865549788

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 506

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CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual is a publication dedicated to the interdisciplinary study and artistic appreciation of the South (broadly defined) and Southern culture. The material in the second volume of CrossRoads explores such topics as Southern language, literature, visual art, music, and food, and features scholarly work, compelling creative work, and visual arts. Original.

I The Creation of a Serial Killer

Reprint. Outstanding Praise For I: The Creation of a Serial Killer "This book is like an avalanche: it starts strong and rapidly gains momentum as it cascades downward on its destructive journey of serial murder. Truly insightful.

Author: Jack Olsen

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312983840

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

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The renowned crime journalist and author of The Misbegotten Son turns his attention to serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson, the "Happy Face Killer" from Oregon who strangled eight women in the 1990s, detailing his evolution from angry child to psychotic murderer. Reprint.

A Dark and Bloody Ground

Full of colorful characters and desperate deeds, A Dark and Bloody Ground is a “first-rate” true crime chronicle from the author of Murder in Little Egypt (Kirkus Reviews). “An arresting look into the troubled psyches of these ...

Author: Darcy O'Brien

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497658530

Category: True Crime

Page: 392

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An Edgar Award–winning author’s true crime account of a grisly string of killings in Kentucky—and the shocking spectacle of greed that followed. Kentucky never deserved its Indian appellation “A Dark and Bloody Ground” more than when a small-town physician, seventy-seven-year-old Roscoe Acker, called in an emergency on a sweltering evening in August 1985. Acker’s own life hung in the balance, but it was already too late for his college-age daughter, Tammy, savagely stabbed eleven times and pinned by a kitchen knife to her bedroom floor. Three men had breached Dr. Acker’s alarm and security systems and made off with the fortune he had stashed away over his lifetime. The killers—part of a three-man, two-woman gang of the sort not seen since the Barkers—stopped counting the moldy bills when they reached $1.9 million. The cash came in handy soon after when they were caught and needed to lure Kentucky’s most flamboyant lawyer, the celebrated and corrupt Lester Burns, into representing them. Full of colorful characters and desperate deeds, A Dark and Bloody Ground is a “first-rate” true crime chronicle from the author of Murder in Little Egypt (Kirkus Reviews). “An arresting look into the troubled psyches of these criminals and into the depressed Kentucky economy that became fertile territory for narcotics dealers, theft rings and bootleggers.” —Publishers Weekly “The smell of wet, coal-laden earth, white lightning, and cocaine-driven sweat arises from these marvelously atmospheric—and compelling—pages.” —Kirkus Reviews “A fascinating portrait of the mountain way of life and thought that forged the lives of these criminals.” —Library Journal

Personality Disordered Patients

New York , Onyx , 1994 O'Brien D : Murder in Little Egypt . New York , William Morrow , 1989 Pacepa IM : Red Horizons : The True Story of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescus ' Crimes , Lifestyle , and Corruption .

Author: Michael H. Stone

Publisher: American Psychiatric Pub

ISBN: 1585627054

Category: Medical

Page: 277

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Determining the amenability of personality disorders to psychotherapy -- a patient's capacity to benefit from verbal approaches to treatment -- is important in helping clinicians determine the treatability of cases. Michael Stone here shares the factors he has observed over long years of practice that can help practitioners evaluate patients, stressing the amenability of the various disorders to amelioration. By focusing on which patients are likely to respond well to therapeutic intervention and which will prove most resistive, his book will help therapists determine with what kinds of patients they will most likely succeed and with which ones failure is almost a certainty. Stone establishes the attributes that affect this amenability -- such as the capacity for self-reflection, motivation, and life circumstances -- as guidelines for evaluating patients, then describes borderline and other personality-disordered patients with varying levels of amenability, from high to low. This coverage progresses from patients belonging to the DSM "anxious cluster," along with the depressive-masochistic character and the hysteric character, to patients who demonstrate an intermediate level of amenability to psychotherapy. He introduces the interrelationship between borderline personality disorder and dissociative disorders and discusses treatability among certain patients in Clusters "A" and "C," as well as others with narcissistic, histrionic, depressive disorders. Final chapters address the most severe aberrations of personality and the limitations they impose on the efficacy of therapy. Personality-Disordered Patients is filled with practical, clinically focused information. This guideline structured book: Covers all personality disorders-including ones not addressed in the latest DSM such as sadistic, depressive, hypomanic, and irritable-explosive Identifies both attributes necessary for treatability and factors associated with low treatability Pays particular attention to borderline disorders, which represent the most discussed conditions and are among the most challenging to psychotherapists Reviews personality traits whose presence, if intense-even if unaccompanied by a definable personality disorder-creates severe problems for psychotherapy Numerous case studies throughout the book provide examples that will help therapists determine which of their own patients are most likely to benefit from their efforts and thereby establish their own limits of effectiveness. By alerting practitioners to when therapy is likely to fail, these guidelines can help them avoid the professional disappointment of being unable to reach the most intractable patients.

The Cambridge Companion to American Crime Fiction

Dale Cavaness, theprotagonist ofDarcy O'Brien's Murder in Little Egypt, was a respected Illinoisdoctorwho beat his wife, and ultimately murdered his two sons. There are rotten kids, such.

Author: Catherine Ross Nickerson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139824873

Category: Literary Criticism


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From the execution sermons of the Colonial era to television programs like The Wire and The Sopranos, crime writing has played an important role in American culture. Its ability to register fear, desire and anxiety has made it a popular genre with a wide audience. These new essays, written for students as well as readers of crime fiction, demonstrate the very best in contemporary scholarship and challenge long-established notions of the development of the detective novel. Each chapter covers a sub-genre, from 'true crime' to hard-boiled novels, illustrating the ways in which 'popular' and 'high' literary genres influence and shape each other. With a chronology and guide to further reading, this Companion is a helpful guide for students of American literature and readers of crime fiction.

The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers

The Miramichi Axe Murder. Halifax, N.S.: Nimbus, 1992. Mitrione, Dan. Suddenly Gone. ... Murder Machine. New York: Onyx, 1993. Myers, John. Doc Holliday. ... Murder in Little Egypt. New York: Morrow, 1989. ———.

Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780816069873

Category: True Crime

Page: 515

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The Encyclopaedia of Serial Killers, Second Edition provides accurate information on hundreds of serial murder cases - from early history to the present. Written in a non-sensational manner, this authoritative encyclopaedia debunks many of the myths surrounding this most notorious of criminal activities. New major serial killers have come to light since the first edition was published, and many older cases have been solved (such as the Green River Killer) or further investigated (like Jack the Ripper and the Zodiac Killer). Completely updated entries and appendixes pair with more than 30 new photographs and many new entries to make this new edition more fascinating than ever. New and updated entries include: Axe Man of New Orleans; BTK Strangler; Jack the Ripper; Cuidad Juarez, Mexico; John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, the Sniper Killers; Gary Leon Ridgway, the Green River Killer; and Harold Frederick Shipman.

Murderers Row

... Ernest, Crime Within the Square Mile, London (1935) Norman, C., The Genteel Murderer, New York (1956) Normanton, ... Darcy, Murder in Little Egypt, New York (1989) ——, Two of a Kind, The Hillside Stranglers, New York (1985) Oddie, ...

Author: Robin Odell

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780752471280

Category: History

Page: 528

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Criminoloogist Robin Odell has compiled this gruesome gallery of cases from all over the world, revealing the growth in serial slayings, contract killings and middle-class murders and investigating what motivates people to commit the ultimate crime. As well as gangsters and ordinary felons, the book includes doctors, millionaries, housewives, children, lawyers, accountants, officers and gentlemen who have succumbed to the killing instinct. Behind the sensational names concocted by the tabloid press - 'Boston Strangler', 'Dracula Killer', 'Night Stalker', 'Granny Killer' - lurk real murderers committing acts of violence in circumstances often more bizarre than fiction. Arranged in an easy-to-use A-Z format, the book contains over 500 cases from serial killers such as Dennis Nilsen and Ted Bundy, to those such as Jeremy Bamber and Steven Benson who dispatched their parents for money; from murderous New Zealand teenagers whose story made a successful film, to the many doctors and nurses who took life instead of saving it; from unsolved murders such as the murder of Little Gregory in France to the paid assignments of John Waynes Hearn, a Vietnam veteran who killed to order. The result is a classic of true crime, a definitive work on murder as a worldwide phenomenon.

Crime Classification Manual

Homicide 131 kind should be looked for. Any indicators that would support the ... When St. Louis homicide detectives arrested Cavaness for Sean's murder, the people of the Little Egypt region in southern Illinois were outraged.

Author: John Douglas

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118047184

Category: Psychology


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Parents Who Kill Shocking True Stories of The World s Most Evil Parents

... 2005 McPhee, Michele R Heartless St Martin's Paperbacks, 2008 Millen, Paul Crime Scene Investigator Constable, 2008 O'Brien, Darcy Murder in Little Egypt New American Library, 1989 O'Malley, Suzanne Are You There Alone?

Author: Carol Anne Davis & Carol Ann Duffy

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 9781782197409

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

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The bond between parent and child is the strongest natural connection imaginable. But in rare and shocking cases, that bond can be brutally broken. The Philpott family, 'baby P' and jasmine Beckford are just three cases that have made a nation's blood run cold. But what could possibly drive a parent to commit the cruellest crime of all - the killing of their own child.In Parents Who Kill, renowned crime expert Carol Anne Davis explores the motives behind an act which flies in the face of all reason and instinct. This timely study examines some of the most harrowing cases documented in recent legal history, ranging from tragic negligence to more culturally specific instances of religious honour killings for 'sexual deviancy'.Update to include analysis of the most recent case of Mick and Mairead Philpott, who killed six of their children after setting fire to their own home, Davis casts a forensically objective eye over powerful themes encompassing jealousy, insanity, greed and everything in between. But this is more than just a study in the macabre. David shows great compassion and insight to reveal the psychology behind disability, mercy killings and post-natal depression, whilst in a final conclusion she proposes solutions to these issues and potentially life-saving avenues of help.Parents Who Kill is the compendium for anyone seeking to answer the hardest queston: 'What could possibly turn a parent into a killer?.'Carol Anne Davis writes with dangerous authority about the deadly everyday...You've got to read her.' - IAN RANKIN

Criminal Investigation

Back to Figure There are six murder novels, namely, Bury my heart at Wounded Knee, Shattered night, Murder in little Egypt, Omen, The Godfather, and one written by Stephen King, placed together on a floor mat.

Author: Steven G. Brandl

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781544395685

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

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Criminal Investigation, Fifth Edition offers a comprehensive and engaging examination of the criminal investigation process and the vital role criminal evidence plays. Written in a straightforward manner, the text focuses on the five critical areas essential to understanding criminal investigations: background and contextual issues, criminal evidence, legal procedures, evidence collection procedures, and forensic science. In the new edition of this bestseller, author Steve Brandl goes beyond a simple how-to on investigative procedures and draws from fascinating modern research, actual investigative cases, and real crime scene photos to give students practical insights into the field of criminal investigation today. This title is accompanied by a complete teaching and learning package. Contact your SAGE representative to request a demo. Digital Option / Courseware SAGE Vantage is an intuitive digital platform that delivers this text’s content and course materials in a learning experience that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools, all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. Built with you and your students in mind, it offers simple course set-up and enables students to better prepare for class. Assignable Video with Assessment Assignable video (available with SAGE Vantage) is tied to learning objectives and curated exclusively for this text to bring concepts to life. Watch a sample video now. LMS Cartridge: Import this title’s instructor resources into your school’s learning management system (LMS) and save time. Don’t use an LMS? You can still access all of the same online resources for this title via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site. Learn more.

Two of a Kind

Describes the police's search for the murderers of ten Los Angeles women and details the trial of Kenneth Blanchiand Angelo Buono for the killings.

Author: Darcy O'Brien

Publisher: GuildAmerica Books

ISBN: 1568650779


Page: 384

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