Double Indemnity Murder: Ruth Snyder, Judd Gray, and New York's Crime of the Century (Paperback)Landis Mackellar (author)
Paperback 411 Pages / Published: 30/10/2006
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Few incidents in crime history have been as notorious - yet mundane - as the 1927 murder of Queens suburbanite Albert Snyder by his wife and her lover. Resonant of the foot-loose Jazz Age, it made persistent headlines, led to a sensational trial, spawned a 1920s Broadway play, and two classic film noirs of the 1940s: ""Double Indemnity"" and ""The Postman Always Rings Twice"". This book assesses the entire case, from grisly slaying and shabby cover-up to sharp police work and aftermath. Moreover, it explores sociocultural questions that beg to be answered: what effect does news reportage exert upon high profile cases, and why did such a transparent crime earn such an enduring place in the popular psyche. Landis MacKellar lives in Vienna and Paris. His interest in the Snyder-Gray murder began when he taught in Queens College in New York City.
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Number of pages: 411
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 230 x 153 x 23 mm
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