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Sex Crimes: Then and Now: My Years on the Front Lines Prosecuting Rapists and Confronting Their Collaborators
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After being fired from her post as Chief of the Special Victims Unit for refusing to “go along to get along,” Alice Vachss published the incendiary Sex Crimes, described as “a stark, passionate closing argument in [her] broader case against the criminal justice system” by the NY Times, which named it as a Notable Book of the Year. Nick (Goodfellas) Pileggi called it “the single best book about prosecuting sex crimes in America, period.” Now, twenty years later, Alice Vachss becomes Special Prosecutor for Sex Crimes in a new environment … on the opposite coast, in a small rural community. And asks the critical question: What has changed? Sex Crimes: Then and Now shreds the myths about sex crime prosecution in America, revealing that the passage of time and a different locale are mere window dressing for horrors America has yet to face. For those who want something more than press releases and Trash-TV “coverage,” this no-compromises ebook offers the brutal truth.

In Sex Crimes Then, (included free in this two-book package) the woman the press described as one of America’s toughest prosecutors grippingly recounts her career and in the process offers a searing indictment of our justice system. Included are close-ups of her most harrowing cases, among them the predatory pedophile who headed a boy’s club to get closer to victims; the serial rapist who terrorized the city as “The Stalker”: and the violent incest offender who tortured his “property” (his own daughter.)

“My first lesson about sex crimes prosecution,” Vachss writes, “was that perpetrators were not the only enemy.” She shows how the system is heavily weighted against victims. In what has come to be her trademarked term, she brands as “rape collaborators” police officers and judges whose ingrained attitudes aid and comfort criminals; elected officials and attorneys concerned only with their political futures; fickle juries seemingly impervious to compelling evidence; and a legal system skeptical of cries of rape.

Asked in a 2007 interview in The Guardian “Does she miss putting rapists in prison? ‘Hell, yes,’ says Vachss. Would she return to the front line? ‘Am I willing to put up with the politics of running for office, or the backstabbing and infighting of being an employee of an elected official? That’s a much tougher question.’” [Julie Bindel, “The rapists’ enemy”]

Sex Crimes Now finds Alice Vachss, still the same, back in the trenches insisting to a jury: “I don’t have to prove motive. The motive for rape is rape,” and battling a system hell-bent on freeing a monster. Inevitably, Vachss reached a point of no return, “Years before, Richard A. Brown’s response when he was asked why he fired me was that I’d done an excellent job. Ever-aware of the politics of prosecution, Brown had waited until he was elected, not simply appointed, before taking it upon himself to decide how much weight ‘doing an excellent job’ would or would not carry in his office. All these years later this new DA was about to make the same decision.”

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A Tale of Two Fathers
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Biddy Chambers was a woman devoted to her husband and to God. In this short eBook, about a 30 minute read, you will see the hand of God in every aspect of Oswald and Biddy Chamber's life, as they served him in early 1900's England. You will read about the inspiring story of how My Utmost for His...
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Kate Adler led a quiet life as a computer analyst, never expecting someone would want to kill her.One day Kate decrypts an encoded message exposing Iran’s secret plans to start a war by triggering a global market crash. She escapes an assassination attempt by an Iranian hit team with the help of...
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Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Linda M. Kurth paints a colorful picture of life as a young newlywed far from home in the late 60’s. With a dash of humor, the author explores her transformation into adulthood, becoming part of Rex’s dysfunctional family, her growing love for the Southwest, and...
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Winner American Fiction Best Book Awards and Readers' Favorite Book AwardsSOLDIERS OF FREEDOM is the true story of the 1944-1945 War in Western Europe and the final Allied struggle to conquer Nazi Germany. The story is told through the eyes of William McBurney, a tank gunner in the 761st Tank...
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Zhu Xiao-Mei was born to middle-class parents in post-war China, and her musical proficiency became clear at an early age. Taught to play the piano by her mother, she developed quickly into a prodigy, immersing herself in the work of classical masters like Bach and Brahms. She was just ten years...
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In the early spring of 2017 - almost exactly a year to the day since being discharged from hospital after a potentially fatal bout of pneumonia - a forty-something Englishman found himself walking an eleven year old jaguar through the 40 degree heat and 100% humidity of the Bolivian jungle....
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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte is an 1896 novel by Mark Twain which recounts the life of Joan of Arc. It is Twain's last completed novel, published when he was 61 years old.Told from the viewpoint of this lifelong friend, the historical novel is a panorama of...
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In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller's account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich...
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In the winter of 1873, a small band of prospectors lost their way in the frozen wilderness of the Colorado Rockies. Months later, when the snow finally melted, only one of them emerged. His name was Alfred G. Packer, though he would soon become infamous throughout the country under a different...
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12 Years a Slave is the memoir of Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release. Director Steve McQueen, who adapted this...
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It has not been the purpose of this book to novelize Wild Bill Hickok. That has already been done, and rather effectively. The main purpose of this work is to find out what was real, and what imaginary, in the stories about him. Wild Bill was a fascinating personality to all who knew him. The mere...
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This carefully crafted ebook: "Roughing It" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Based on Mark Twain's 1872 autobiographical novel, Roughing It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. After a brief stint...
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This carefully crafted ebook: "The Complete Letters of Mark Twain" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. These letters were arranged in six volumes by Albert Bigelow Paine, Samuel L. Clemens's literary executor, as a supplement to Mark Twain, A Biography...
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“The Life and Cinema of Ted V. Mikels” is an authorized biography of iconic filmmaker Ted V. Mikels that spans his 87 years, ending with his last project, “10 Violent Women 2,” when he passed away on October 16, 2016. The result of extensive interviews with Mikels from December 2015 to May...
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AS SEEN AND HEARD ON: BBC NEWS, RADIO 2, RADIO 4, ITV NEWS, LBC NEWS, ALJAZEERA, CHANNEL 4 NEWS AND SKY NEWS 'At a time when displacement has become increasingly politicized, this book is a gift, a dazzling testimony to the extraordinary contributions that refugees make to the host communities that...
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A poor immigrant girl full of ambition and determination to achieve her version of the American Dream decides to descend into the obscure world of exotic dancing. From a humble and sheltered pizza cook Elena turns into a top earner overnight. She becomes a part of a dark, fast-paced world of lust...
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The wonderful and inspiring story of Clara Brown, 1800-1885, is one of my all-time favorite stories! At age 36 Clara was separated from her beloved husband Richard and three children on the auction block. After being freed at the age of 57, she begins a tireless search for her only remaining family...
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The epic horrors of psychopathic mastermind Eddie Lee Sexton from the New York Times bestselling author who “knows how to dramatize true crime” (Elmore Leonard).   For years, Eddie Lee Sexton ruled his large family like Charles Manson. The depraved patriarch dominated his ragged brood of twelve...
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No violence, even less sex but plenty of swearing. Le Journalier - The Diaries of John D Hill reveal the life of a mildly depressed Maltese born English diarist as depicted in a series of journals kept from the latter part of the 20th century....
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In 1896, Philip Johnston, age four, arrived on the Navajo Reservation with his parents, William and Maggie. He grew up playing with Navajo children, riding his pony to the trading post, going with his father to visit Navajo families among many other activities. In 1901 William brought Navajo...
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Free to Kill Again tells the stories of 30 convicted murderers who were released only to turn around and kill again. Many were serving life sentences and were released early. Some were serving life sentences without parole eligibility and still got out while some were even on Death Row before they...
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At once a pop culture icon, cult figure, and film industry outsider, master filmmaker David Lynch and his work defy easy definition. Dredged from his subconscious mind, Lynch’s work is primed to act on our own subconscious, combining heightened, contradictory emotions into something familiar but...
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