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  • By Dan Bogaty on August 13, 2013

    During a 9-month period in 1988, 11 women went missing in New Bedford, MA. The common thread was that the women were drug and alcohol abusers and, and some had been in and out of jail and had worked as part-time prostitutes. Carlton Smith's KILLING SEASON, chronicles the disappearances; the recoveries of the bodies; and the confused, incompetent, and politically charged often parallel investigations in the cases.Any potential reader should know that the killer was never identified, though the authorities didn't lack for suspects whose prominence depended on who was investigating at any given time.Smith does a nice job presenting the lives and backgrounds of the women, and while these sketches are not always in great depth, they are respectful and show serious investigative work. In fact Smith's investigation and the quality of his writing are among the book's strongest points. And the pictures are relevant.The story is interesting, but the book begins to drag in the last third or so, mostly because of the immense amount of detail Smith includes in his very thorough examination of the efforts of the cops and the DA, a politically ambitious man named Ronald Pina to charge someone - anyone - with the killings. Pina's use of a grand jury is portrayed as particularly egregious and the results are actually pretty funny.All in all KILLING SEASON is a workmanlike and professional effort; a worthwhile, but hardly a must, read.Mija in Ohio sent me this one and I thank her for it.

  • By Pamela S. Simone on March 14, 2018

    While the book doesn't solve the case, it is a textbook on how not to investigate a crime. It seemed like the investigation was doomed from the start just by the chaotic law enforcement structure. There was no way to efficiently organize evidence, suspects, interviews.Pina doomed the case from the start by ignoring what evidence he had and focusing on the two people that evidence excluded. Then most of his witnesses had no firsthand knowledge and testimony was hearsay and conjecture. I was surprised to read that the Grand Jury moved to indict.This book illustrates how the victims and their families were repeatedly victimized not only by the killer but by a nonfunctional system that got more involved in stereotyping victims, brushing off concerns of family members who reported the missing women, politics, territorial disputes over jurisdictions, petty departmental squabbles, and personal vendettas than in focusing on solving crimes.This guy is very likely still out there. He may have moved on and may have victims elsewhere.The investigators and the attorneys involved have moved on. The families and friends of the victims are still living in limbo with no justice and few answers.This book should be a reminder that the lives of these women matter and what happened to them should have mattered enough to those whose jobs it was to get justice to focus on the victims and finding the killer. The victims got lost in the bureaucracy victimized again but by a system that should have gotten them justice.

  • By A customer on June 21, 1999

    Being from the area it brought back a lot of memories. Made me realize that I forgot so much about what happened years ago. I have actually met three of the suspects mentioned in the book due to working in the Sheriff's Office for the past nine years. Still unsolved to this day. We may never find out who the killer was and if he will ever strike again.

  • By Just the facts. on December 18, 2013

    This true crime book is well researched since the author who is a Journalist did a lot of research about the town of New Bedford, the people involved, the victims, and their families and it was not just copied verbatim from newspaper or magazine articles.That being said the author does focus way too much on the politician/D.A., and on the lawyer involved in this case. I thought there were way too many chapters devoted to both the D.A./politician and the lawyer, and not enough that focused on the victims or suspects of the murders.

  • By Book Fanatic on November 30, 2017

    This book is about the serial murder case in Massachusetts that has never been solved. This book adequately describes the series of murders but mostly focuses on the dysfunctional law enforcement situation in Massachusetts. I don't normally find the side issues interesting in true crime books, but in this one it actually works. I know there's a new book out about the same crime that I'm going to read as well.

  • By The Sarge in FLA on October 2, 2013

    Purchase was made because I was there and knew many of the people in the book. Both sides of the law. I knew much of what had been printed in the newspaper and what people were saying, but had never read the book. About 40 years later I decided to read a different version. The book gets deeper than what was in the newspaper or TV news in that it discusses some of the people's backgrounds, personal lives and families. Good book to read, especially if you are from the area, and may be interesting to anyone that is not familiar with the New Bedford area and it's history.

  • By Kevin T. Fitzgibbon on September 13, 2010

    Book was in new condition, arrived promptly, well packed, what can I say? what's to complain? I would highly recommend this vendor based on my experience.

  • By Kindle Customer on November 1, 2017

    Carlton Smith was a well-known true crime writer. This book is interesting because the author puts the focus in the hunt for a serial killer on the District Attorney rather than a suspect. However, it leaves the reader in suspense because a suspect is not even hinted about.


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