Homicide by the Rich and Famous
A Century of Prominent Killers
by Gini Graham Scott
March 2005, 280pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-98346-8
$55, £43, 48€, A76
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Profiles the crimes of the rich and famous, from the beginnings of the 20th century to the present, and argues that the rules are different for the rich and famous.

Many people express shock and horror when they hear of a wealthy or famous person killing another person. As a society, we seem to expect the rich and famous to behave better, to commit fewer crimes, to be immune to the passions that inspire other, less prominent people to kill. After all, the rich and famous have everything—why would they need to murder? But the rich and famous kill for the very same reasons others do: love, power, money, jealousy, greed, revenge, and rage. Here, Scott takes us on a tour of murders committed by the rich and famous during the last century, looking at the motives, the responses of the community and local law enforcement, the media, and the outcomes. She argues that the rich and famous may kill for the same reasons as others, but they receive vastly different treatment and are often able to get away with murder.

Homicide by the rich and famous is not new in this country, nor is fascination with the crimes committed by our most revered citizens. But being among the upper echelon of society does afford such suspects with a greater ability to escape punishment. They have greater access to better respresentation, they have the means to flee the country, they have influential friends in high places willing to put themselves on the line, and they are generally treated better by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. This book profiles the many ways in which homicides committed by the rich and famous are similar to other murders in their motives, but differ from those committed by everyday citizens in their outcomes. Scott provides readers with a showcase of crimes that will infuriate and fascinate readers.


"Scott (an independent writer/researcher/consultant) examines 17 of the richest, most famous, and most bizarre murders to churn up the media in the last century. Here we find a sausage king who conceals the evidence in his next shipment and a playboy who shoots a rival in full view of the Gotham elite and buys his way in and out of a mental institution."—Reference & Research Book News, August 1, 2005

"Dr. Scott provides an organized, accessible collection of some of the most intriguing crime stories of elite American culture. Without resorting to sensational reporting, she nevertheless has penned a page-turner."—Katherine Ramsland, Professor of Forensic Psychology, DeSales University, author of The Criminal Mind and Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers

"An unsparing examination of the power of wealth and fame over justice that roasts American values over a brilliant flame of indignation."—Marvin J. Wolf, author of Perfect Crimes

"Ms. Scott's book demonstrates that homicides are not just confined to the inner city or gang violence. No one is immune from this deadly violence or its consequences. It is often good old fashioned police work that brings these cases to justice."—Peter Dunbar, Deputy Chief, Oakland Police Department

"Homicide by the Rich and Famous is an exciting read. Gini Scott is an excellent researcher...Reading this book will change people's reactions to crime news forever."—Alma H. Bond, Ph.D., Psychoanalyst, faculty of Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) and Writers School, author of The Deadly Jigsaw Puzzle and Murder on the Streetcar
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