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Death Sentence: The Inside Story of the John List Murders (Anglais) Poche – octobre 1990

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow. Just wow. 26 décembre 2012
Par Goodreadsaddict3 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
I've read a lot of true crimes stories, by many different authors, and I have to say, this one, Death Sentence, by Joe Sharkey stands right up there with the very best of them. No small feat! I am usually fairly tough in my reviews, can be painfully harsh, but this chronicle of the List murders is 100%.
Easy to read - but I couldn't put it down anyway. I am a very, very busy person, always running from one activity to the next, and I grab up these paperback books to carry with me to read everywhere while waiting for some thing or the other. I can't remember the last book that kept my attention like this one. The story itself is horrific, but so are most inexplicable murders. It is indeed all in how the events are ordered, and told, by an author. Helen List, the wife, was hard to like by anyone it appears, however, somehow Joe Sharkey managed to give her a soul. Honestly, I've read plenty of such books, about less than admirable people being killed for whatever reason, or none, and the authors often fail to flesh out the individual well enough to make the reader sympathetic. (See Ann Rule's Green River Running Red - UGH!!- actually, no, don't read that rubbish).
The murder of young children is always beyond comprehension of course, so there is no need to elaborate on JS's portrail of the List offspring. I found it painful to read about their lives...

And the second wife, Delores - his portrayal of her courtship and life with John List as Bob Clark was honest and believable, just perfect. He only reported what he knew, and the reader could easily make their own conclusions of how that union tramped along. I had issues with Helen's sister Jean, about her going to see this monster and even cosidering compassion and forgiveness, but author JS managed that sticky point well also, by letting the reader know how Jean's feelings waxed and waned. All in all, this is an extremely well crafted script, if I could give it ten stars, I wouldn't hesitate. Highly recommended read!!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well researched, good pacing. 12 août 2016
Par Dawn Taylor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
I have always been intrigued with the John List murders. This book gives very good insight into the family life prior to the murders. Most importantly, it provides a rather detailed account of John List's life after the murders as his alias Robert Clark. The only fact that wasn't listed was that the glass in the ballroom ceiling was a Tiffany original. I always thought this compounded the tragedy, as John List as an accountant, surely could have sold the house with the valuable ceiling and solved his financial difficulties, had he been aware of its true value.

Good read, well researched. Photos included.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfectly Written, Exhaustively Researched 18 septembre 2007
Par Dan Bogaty - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
Joe Sharkey's DEATH SENTENCE is an account of the life of John Emil List who, in a case that was well known in the 70s, killed his mother, his wife, and their 3 children. The research in this book is outstanding, and Sharkey clearly put a great deal of time and effort into it. Therefore we learn about List's upbringing, as well as that of his wife Helen, in depth; with the end result that we understand their psychology; what made them the people they became.

List was an only child in a family with two elderly parents and was raised in an insular German Lutheran community in Michigan where frugality and adherence to both parental, societal, and Divine authority was the law. His father had little to do with him, while his mother was overprotective. List grew up to be a compulsive, rigid, repressed man who feared and resented the social changes taking place in the 70s.
He was competent at his jobs, usually working as an accountant, but, after a period where he would be considered a competent employee, he was invariably fired - the reason being that while he was good at following procedure, he was unable to improvise, to be flexible. The Lists moved to New Jersey in the early 70s and promptly bought a mansion they could not remotely afford. Right around this time List was again getting fired, this time from a bank, and his final downhill spiral began. He was earning virtually no money and though he was diligent about applying for work, he found nothing. Ashamed of his failure, he began leaving the house, wearing his ever-present suit and tie (in which he was known to mow the lawn), with his briefcase, going to the commuter train station, and just sitting there all day, before returning home in the evening. Finally, in November 1971, List, a passively unpleasant and dogmatically religious man, broke and unable to pay his bills, carefully planned and carried out the murder of his family so they wouldn't be impoverished, he said, and to "ensure that they would enter heaven."
List, after leaving town well before - due to his meticulous planning -anyone knew about the deaths, migrated to Denver where using an alias he started a new life which eventually included marriage. Sharkey meticulously covers List's new life in Denver as well as his move to Richmond, where, 18 years after the murders, he was apprehended.

Sharkey has produced a true crime masterpiece. He has chosen a highly interesting case. The often boring police work and courtroom scenes are brief and serve as necessary parts of the story rather than, as is too often the case with lesser writers, tedious filler.
Sharkey's background research of the main players as well as his thoroughness in detailing the elements of the crime are admirable and as a result the book is an excellent read. Sharkey's writing is excellent and he does not feel the need to use signposts to tell us what to think nor does he use the irritating colloquial/dramatic style often used even by decent true-crime writers. Sharkey writes reportorially, simply and intelligently for intelligent adult readers.

Sharkey clearly cared about writing a good book and put in a lot of work to do so. DEATH SENTENCE is the successful product of that effort. I'd consider it a must for any devotee of intelligent true-crime.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book....keeps you interested. 12 octobre 2012
Par chris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
This book is a very good & easy read. The author does a great job of making the story flow well. He also covers a significant amount in the book of what John E. List did after he commits the bizarre massacre of his family in 1971. He used a bit of artistic license in regards to conversations while he was on the lam, but overall I'd suggest it to anyone who has an interest in this true story.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A few questions remain 15 juin 2014
Par seagull - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
I have been fascinated by this case for a long time. The book provides many details not available on the internet, especially concerning the early life of John List and the early years of his marriage, which seem almost normal. His range of interest and his intellect are impressive, and I was also fascinated by the many ways he attempted to help others during his life. It also helped me gain insight into some of the colder aspects of his character, a sort of parallel personality to the good Christian man.

I am annoyed, however, about a few details that seem to vary depending on the source. These primarily concern the events of the day of the murders.

Some sources say that Patty, List's eldest daughter, called home because she was sick at school. Other sources say she called home from her part-time job after school. Which is it?

Similarly, some sources say that John List attended the soccer game of his son and namesake on the day of the murders, that he drove him home, and then killed him. Other sources, including this book, say that John Junior arrived home unexpectedly early because the cold weather had caused the game to be canceled. Surely we have List's actual testimony to resolve these questions. Why can't the record be set straight on these points?

A number of interviewers including Connie Chung asked List: if things were so bad, why didn't you kill yourself instead of your family?

While I don't condone List's actions-- help was available if he was not so proud-- he believed that if his family continued to live, based on the way their lives were going they would probably go to hell. He also feared for the prospect of their being on welfare, with its attendant humiliation and the sub-standard living conditions they would have to endure. As heinous as this crime was, I can understand why List-- with his limited ability to think outside the box, and the responsibility to provide ingrained in him by his parents-- would have thought that their deaths would save them from both eternal damnation and a life of penury and want.

My heart goes out to his second wife, Delores. Again it is so strange because John List (alias Bob Clark) was an attentive, devoted husband to her. How devastating it must have been to her to discover the truth. She seemed like a sweet and decent woman. List's step daughter Brenda, from his wife Helen's first marriage, might well be wondering what would have happened to her if she had not moved out. A sad tale, but well-told.
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