A True Story Of Murder In America

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On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of hundreds of young men slain in Los Angeles every year. His assailant ran down the street, jumped into an SUV, and vanished, hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes. But as soon as the case was assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shifted. Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential American murder -- one young black man slaying another -- and a determined crew of detectives whose creed was to pursue justice at all costs for its forgotten victims. Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a new lens into the great subject of murder in America -- why it happens and how the plague of killings might yet be stopped.
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Jul 08, 2018

She doesn't really consider the cases where the instincts and determination of detectives are going toward the conviction of the wrong person, but she does paint a compelling case that we are pouring resources into the wrong ways to deal with high-crime areas.

Feb 13, 2016

This book is 95% filler - a waste of time. The message, that violence flourishes where there is no law enforcement, is important. This point could be made in one concise essay.

Jul 09, 2015

I am not sure which author led me to this piece but I am a little upset with whomever recommended it. I appreciated the history of violence in the south from the 19th through the 21st century. I appreciated the history and contemporary view of violence and gangs in what was once known as South Central LA and is now simply called the South West district due to stigma. I appreciated the inside look at police and detective work in South Central and how for instance one detective was given five homicide cases on his day off. I am sure that does not happen to the vast majority of other detectives in America. However I felt this would have made a better article or series of articles in the LA Times than as a book. I think she stretched out routines that were unnecessary to the story to fill up space. I also think while she did a great job following the detectives that she did not spend enough time and energy with the actual victims and their families and other folks who live in South Central. Besides the few detectives who actually do live in the neighborhood still I am sure that life and perspective is vastly different for the normal citizen living in this veritable war zone. It was interesting that one of the local detective's son was murdered, however so were hundreds of others and their story is no less important or interesting in my humble opinion.

athompson10 Jun 09, 2015

A worthy successor to David Simon's "Homicide." This book is as much an indictment of the LAPD's pathetic approach to and support of homicide investigation as it is a study of the deaths by gun violence of young black men in LA.

Marinetti May 23, 2015

Top notch look at black gang violence and police response in Los Angeles. I did find the book went downhill a little towards the very end- but 3/4ths of the book is excellent.

Apr 14, 2015

A penetrating look into the problems and causes of black on black violence in Los Angeles.

Mar 25, 2015

A frightening & compelling read. The author examines the complexities of crime in urban LA through the lens of one particular murder, and the detectives who pursue the case with relentless dedication.

Mar 09, 2015

very good insight into black on black murders which is so prevalent here in Omaha. I think good read for everyone. When I read about homicides I look to see if it is in my neighborhood and am fearful. Am sorry for victims and their families. But I had not considered living in the neighborhood with the murderers for decades and grudges that go on for generations. Maybe this picture of day to day life of victims and limited resources for police will encourage us to
be more empathetic and active in solving issues that lead to this violence.

Feb 17, 2015

very well written book.
The author tells a real life murder case from Los Angeles through to the final court verdict and intertwines it with a history of the detectives that solved it as well as trying to explain black on black violence.


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