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The Sleepwalker,  The Trial That Made Canadian Legal History
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The Sleepwalker, The Trial That Made Canadian Legal History

By June Callwood

Toronto: Lester and Orpen Denny's. Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1990. First Edition. Hardcover. 0886193540 . Hardcover/jacket - fine/very good. Hardcover is clean and unmarked, a little bumping to spine ends. Dustjacket has light edgewear, scuffing, a few tiny edge tears and age tanning/suntanning to some edges and rear cover. Not price clipped. Landmark Canadian legal case that successfully used sleepwalking as a defence in a murder trial. (680,5-18) ; 8vo; 349 pages .


Surviving the Long Night,  An Autobiographical Account of a Political  Kidnapping
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Surviving the Long Night, An Autobiographical Account of a Political Kidnapping

By Sir Geoffrey Jackson

New York: The Vanguard Press. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1974. First Edition. Hardcover. 0814907563 . HC/DJ - near fine/very good. Blue cloth hardcover is clean with slight wear/bumping at corners. Pages are clean and intact, with no markings. Light age tanning to pages and inside covers. Dustjacket has light edgewear, a few tiny edge tears, age tanning and light soiling, crease rear flap, not price clipped. . In 1971 the author, then British Ambassador to Uraguay, was kidnapped whilst riding in an Embassy car. He was pistol whipped, handcuffed, drugged and taken to a Tupamaro hideout to be confined in a wire cage. Sir Geoffrey relates the incredible events he endured and the psychology of the hooded men and women who held him captive for 244 days.... (505,0315) ; 8vo; 226 pages .


Born to Be Wild

By Bowe, Barry

Warner Books. Fair. 1994. First Printing. Mass Market Paperback. 0446364347 . Paperback is ex-library, with usual ex-lib type of markings. Interior in fairly good condition, cover in fair to poor condition. Cover has library markings, fairly heavy wear overall, numerous creases etc. Pages are all intact, and clean other than a few ink markings, a few tiny spots and a few small edge tears. Light age tanning to interior. B/w photos. Reading or study copy. Recounts the criminal career of Bobby Nauss, a member of an infamous Pennsylvania motorcycle gang who was convicted of trafficking in drugs, killing a woman, and raping another, and who escaped from a maximum security prison. (145not,713) ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 280 pages .


The Bandido Massacre,  A True Story of Bikers, Brotherhood and Betrayal
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The Bandido Massacre, A True Story of Bikers, Brotherhood and Betrayal

By Peter Edwards

Toronto: Harper Collins. Fine in Fine dust jacket. 2010. First Edition. Hardcover. 9781554680443 . HC/DJ - fine. Excellent condition, looks like new, clean with no markings, slight edge crinkling on jacket. B/w photos; On the morning of April 8, 2006, residents of the hamlet of Shedden, Ontario, woke up to the news that the bloodied bodies of eight bikers from the Bandidos gang had been found dead on a local farm. The massacre made headlines around the world, and the shocking news brought a grim light to an otherwise quiet corner of the province. Six Bandidos would eventually be convicted of the first-degree murder of their biker brothers. Like other outlaw bikers, Bandidos portray themselves as motorcycle enthusiasts who are systematically misunderstood and abused by the police, as well as feared by the public. We now know the Bandidos were anything but simple motorcycle enthusiasts. However, unlike such biker gangs as the Hell's Angels, who run sophisticated operations, the Bandidos were highly disorganized, prone to petty infighting and even engaged in sabotaging fellow members. This is the story of how the Bandidos self-destructed over one dark night. As gripping as any crime novel, The Bandido Massacre takes us inside a crumbling brotherhood bent on betrayal and self-obliteration. (700) .


Nasty Business - One Biker Gang's Bloody War Against the Hell's Angels

By Paradis, Peter

Banff, AB: Harpercollins. Very Good. 2003. First Edition; First Printing. Mass Market Paperback. 0006391583 . Pages clean and unmarked, two pages near rear have a tiny edge tear. Bookstore stamp inside front cover. Cover has light wear to edges/corners and creasing on spine. B/w photos; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 313 pages; "Now he's somewhere in Canada with a new identity, possibly studying to be a plumber or carpenter. But for years his trade was drugs, violence, and revenge. Peter Paradis, a former male stripper and cocaine addict, rose to become a boss in the Rock Machine biker gang, only to later turn police informant. In Nasty Business, Paradis exorcises his personal demons as he recounts his life as an outlaw biker fighting a bloody street battle that captivated a city and country. The 1990s biker war on the streets of Montreal pit the established Hells Angels against upstarts the Rock Machine in a battle for the drug trade. Bombs blew up buildings and cars, while bullets cut down members from both gangs as well as unlucky civilians. After being shot by a Hells hit squad, Paradis "dreamed of having a Hells killed, and then seeing 30 or 40 of his fellow bikers at a wake in one of their clubhouses. We'd set up bazookas nearby and just blast the building into little pieces." His anger quickly turns to fatigue as the police close in and the Hells begin winning the war, spurring a penniless and ostracized Paradis to turn informant. Nasty Business provides a humbled look at the oft-glorified world of biker gangs, while exposing its reality of crime and terror. " (170noto) .


Legends, Liars, and Lawbreakers -  Incredible Tales from the Pacific  Northwest
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Legends, Liars, and Lawbreakers - Incredible Tales from the Pacific Northwest

By Green, Valerie

Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.. Very Good. 2004. First Edition. Softcover. 1551537710 . Ex-library book, but still in quite good condition - usual ex-lib type of markings. Pages are clean and intact. Cover has light wear to edges/corners and a few light creases. ; Amazing Stories; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 120 pages; Legends, Liars, and Lawbreakers - Incredible Tales from the Pacific Northwest ""I hate Sin. You know that. But I love Sinners." " -Reverend Dr. Mark Matthews This book will be especially fascinating for all readers interested in: history crime Throughout history some people have pushed the limit of what is acceptable to society. Those featured in this book lived in an era when smuggling was rife, liquor was plentiful, and murder was rampant. Many become legends in their own lifetimes and, although often feared and loathed, are remembered as colorful characters who were products of the times in which they lived. (155osl) .


HISTORY OF BRITISH SERIAL KILLING How Britain's Most Famous Serial Killers  Were Identified, Caught and Convicted
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HISTORY OF BRITISH SERIAL KILLING How Britain's Most Famous Serial Killers Were Identified, Caught and Convicted

By Martin Fido

U. K.: Carlton Books. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. 0756763258 . Carlton Books, U. K. 2001 edition. Ex-library book, but still in good condition - laminated cover and usual ex-lib type markings. Interior pages are clean and tight, light soiling to outer edge of pages. Cover has some scuffing and light wear to edges/corners. How Britain's most famous serial killers were identified, caught and convicted. [640] ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 224 pages .


MARCHING POWDER The True Story of an English Drug-Smuggler ....

By Young, Rusty

Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. Very Good. 2003. First Edition. Softcover. 028307373x . Pages clean and intact, with no markings, b/w photos. Cover has light edge/corner wear, creasing to spine and a couple small spots outer edge of pages. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 320 pages; "Marching Powder is the story of Thomas McFadden, a small-time English drug smuggler who was arrested in Bolivia and thrown inside the notorious San Pedro prison. He found himself in a bizarre world, the prison reflecting all that is wrong with South American society. Prisoners have to pay an entrance fee and buy their own cells (the alternative is to sleep outside and die of exposure) , prisoners' wives and children often live inside too, high quality cocaine is manufactured and sold from the prison, and all the police from the governor downwards can be bribed. Under the surface is a frightening level of violence-Thomas's life was often in danger and one of his friends was murdered by the police when he threatened to expose the corruption in the prison. Thomas ended up making a living by giving backpackers tours of the prison-he became a fixture on the backpacking circuit and was named in the Lonely Planet's guide to Bolivia. When he was told that for a bribe of $5,000 his sentence could be overturned, it was the many backpackers who'd passed through who sent him the money. Sometimes shocking, sometimes funny, Marching Powder is an always riveting story of survival. Thomas McFadden is now a free man, teaching English in Colombia. " [462-noto] .


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By Valentine, Steven

New English Library. Very Good. 1976. First Edition. Softcover. 0450030997 . Paperback 12mo (7" tall). Light wear to cover edges/corners, light scuffing, interior clean, feels tight and unread, age tanning to pages. B/w photos. 159 pages. The vicious shotgun killing of a Yorkshire sub-postmaster was the opening shot in the Black Panther's one-man war against society. His criminal career reached it's horrific crescendo when he was linked to the kidnapping of Lesley Whittle.....This is the story of the most complex hunt ever undertaken - and it nearly failed. (120-osl) ; 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall .