Description : The second edition of “Murder in California: The Topography of Evil” is Marques Vickers’ visual return to 108 infamous crime scenes detailing the shocking and often searing narratives behind each tragedy. Over 225 images amplify insight by escorting the reader to the crime location, offering a critical context and perspective for understanding. The captured snapshots portray visual testimonies of extinguished lives removed by acts of violence. Crime scenes often revert back into unremarkable landscape or unassuming buildings over the ensuing years and decades. Several have altered little since their moment of infamy. Many are passed daily by pedestrian and vehicular traffic unaware of a location’s unique significance. California has been the residence for many notorious profiled individual and serial killers including the Zodiac, Ted Unabomber Kaczynski, Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan, Jim Jones, Richard Allen Davis, David Carpenter, The Menendez Brothers, Juan Corona, Rodney Alcala, Phil Spector, Dan White, Juan Corona, Richard Ramirez and Scott Peterson. The media has christened some monikers including the Trailside Killer, Children of Thunder, Co-ed Killer, Vampire of Sacramento, Zebra Killers and the Death House Landlady. The state has been the death site of notable victims including Senator Robert Kennedy, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, Supervisor Harvey Milk, Mobster Bugsy Siegel, Black Panther Huey P. Newton, Journalist Chauncey Bailey, Nicole Simpson-Brown, Rapper Notorious B.I.G., Polly Klaas, Lacy Peterson, the Heaven’s Gate cult, singers Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and actors Haing Ngor, Ramon Novarro and Sal Mineo. The Murder in California edition profiles are segmented into nine categories including assassinations, abductions, historical legacies, reckless homicides, chance encounters and manslaughters, law enforcement fatalities and controversies, unsolved murders, rampage and serial killers. Within the context of examining each profile, many important issues and questions are raised without necessarily culminating in resolution. These include capital punishment, racial perceptions, contributing parental influences, media reporting, public opinion, juvenile sentencing, self-incrimination protections and the impartiality of our judicial system. An extensive and updated listing of fatality victims is included along with convicted and deceased killers. Each living convict still registered within the United States penal systems is identified by their current penitentiary residence. Vickers’ own introduction to the consequences of murder began with the 1968 killings of David Faraday and Betty Lou Jenson by the Zodiac killer in the author’s hometown. Faraday was an acquaintance of Vickers through Boy Scouts and his older sister knew both victims. His reflections on the trauma inflicted on his intimate suburban community correspond with the realization that a single homicide affects far more individuals than simply the victim. Hundreds and often thousands may be touched by the arbitrariness and unfairness of life being terminated abruptly and prematurely. Cases Profiled (By Sequential Order and Category): Assassinations: Oakland School Superintendent Dr. Marcus Foster, Mobster Bugsy Siegel, Journalist Chauncey Bailey, Mickey and Trudy Thompson, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, Rapper Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.), The Marin County Courthouse Shootout Massacre, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Hitman Joseph The Animal Barboza, Vic Weiss and the Wonderland Gang. Abductions: Patty Hearst, Nicholas Markowitz, Brooke Hart, The Onion Field Killings, Polly Klaas, Ramona Irene Price, Cal Poly Student Kristin Smart, Kevin Collins, Rachel Newhouse, Aundria Crawford and Karen Mitchell. Historical Legacies: Fung Little Pete Jing Toy, Charles Crawford, US President Warren Harding, Ned Doheny and Hugh Plunkett, Mary Ellen Pleasant, Orcutt Freeway Sniper, Miles Archer and Eastside Salinas Gang Killings. Chance Encounters and Manslaughter Killings Ennis Cosby, Diane Whipple, Haing Ngor, Huey P. Newton, Johnny Stompanato, Barbara Graham, Marvin Gaye, Phil Hartman, Phil Spector, Ramon Novarro, Ronni Chasen, Sal Mineo, Sam Cooke and Father Eric Freed. Unsolved Murders: The Black Dahlia, Lindsay Cutshall and Jason Allen, Bob Domingos and Linda Edwards, Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders, Crips Gang Founder Raymond Washington, David Nadel, Geneva Ellroy, Virginia Rapp, Kym Morgan, William Desmond Taylor, Ted Healy and the Visalia Ransacker. Rampage Mass Murders: Elliot Rodger, The Helzer Brothers, Bruce Pardo, The 101 California Building Rampage, John Linley Frazier, Edward Charles Allaway, Golden Dragon Restaurant, Meritage Salon, John Kenney, Frederick Martin Davidson, Lynwood Jim Drake, High School student Andy Williams, Oikos University Shootings, Nicolas Holzer, the Cleveland Elementary Schools in San Diego and Stockton and Marcus Wesson. Premeditated Murders: Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten, Laci Peterson, John Morency, Artie Mitchell, Nicole Brown-Simpson, Menendez Brothers, Bonnie Lee Bakley, Vincent Brothers, Marin County Barbeque Killings and Ewell Family Executions. Law Enforcement Fatalities and Controversies Captain Walter Auble. Oscar Grant III, Newhall CHP Massacre, Office Thomas Guerry, Oakland Macarthur Boulevard Shooting, Demetrius DeBose, Policeman Matthew Pavelka and the North Hollywood Bank of America Shootout. Serial Killings: Zodiac Killer, Charles Manson, Dorothea Puente, Efren Saldivar, Ted Unabomber Kaczynski, The Two Night Stalkers, The Zebra Killings, Heaven’s Gate Suicide, Edmund Kemper III, Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris, Juan Corona, Richard Trenton Chase, Speedfreak Killers, Herbert Mullin, David Carpenter, Reverend Jim Jones and the People’s Temple Massacre, Hillside Strangler and Rodney Alcala.
Description : "Murder in California: Rage and Revenge Murders" profiles some of California's most infamous murder cases. The edition more photographically transports you to several of the murder sites where the homicides occurred and/or images related to the case and perpetrator(s). The images and profiles offer a descriptive account, detailed location, and trial aftermath providing an important understanding into the further reaching effects of each crime. Convicted killers and their confirmed victims are identified. For criminals still living, their current incarceration location is provided.The captured snapshots portray visual testimonies of extinguished lives removed by acts of violence. Crime scenes often revert back into unremarkable landscape or unassuming buildings over the ensuing years and decades. Several have altered little since their moment of infamy. Many are passed daily by pedestrian and vehicular traffic unaware of a location's unique significance. California has been the site for many notorious homicides. The following are portrayed in this edition: Artie and Jim Mitchell: Contemporary Cain and AbelThe Unfulfilled Crossover of Dorothy StrattenEwell Family Killings: Delayed Gratification Thwarts A Perfect KillingJohn Morency: As the Adulation Ceased, the Poisoning was AdministeredLaci Peterson: When Motive Convicts Beyond the Body of EvidenceLyle and Erik Menendez: The Sins of the Son's Bury Their FatherThe Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald Goldman Murders: An Over-Publicized American TravestyThe Marin County Barbeque MurdersA Convincing Performance Behind the Killing of Bonnie Lee BakleyVincent Brothers: The Convicting Insects on the RadiatorDiane Whipple: Defining Accountability With Vicious Pet OwnersEastside Salinas: An Invisible War Rages StreetsideThe Isolated Unexplainable Roadway Slaying of Ennis CosbyFather Eric Freed's Brutal Slaying: A Lost Coast of Fractured SoulsThe Silent and Senseless Murder of Lindsay Cutshall and Jason AllenHaing Ngor: An Extended and Consequential Journey Curtailed By A Random KillingHuey P. Newton: A Tarnished Messenger with Feet of ClayJohnny Stompanato: A Fatal AttractionBarbara Graham: An Unsympathetic Film PortrayalMarvin Gaye: A Visionary Dishonored Within His HouseholdNed Doheny and Hugh Plunkett: The Greystone Mansion KillingsThe Unexplainable Sunday Morning Sniper AttackPhil Hartman: The Shocking Murder and Suicide From An Unanticipated SourcePhil Spector: The Crumbling Legacy of a Musical GeniusRamon Novarro: The Gruesome Torture of a Closeted Screen IdolRonni Chasen: When Two Divergent Worlds CollideSal Mineo: A Career Comeback Suddenly CurtailedThe Abrupt Departure of a Soul Music Legend Sam Cooke In His PrimeRampageThe Covina Christmas Eve Massacre by a Santa ImpersonatorEdward Allaway: The Questionable Case For Cured InsanityMel and Elizabeth Grimes: The Consequences Behind a One-Ton StoneThe Helzer Brothers: Children of ThunderThe Disintegrating Mind and Schoolyard Entrance Massacre by Brenda SpencerDr. Victor Ohta: The Execution and Incendiary of the House on the HillThe Vindictive Rage of Elliot RodgerThe 1977 Golden Dragon Massacre: The Gang Who Didn't Shoot StraightLynwood Jim Drake: A Loose Wire Springs A RampageMarcus Wesson: The Cult and Tragic Murder Consequence Traced to Family AbuseScott Dekraai: The Mad Rampage and Excruciating Slow Justice and SentencingHolzer Family Stabbing Spree: Spiraling Out of Control Mental IllnessThe Oikos University Massacre: Piecing Together a Disjointed PuzzleSan Diego State Engineering Graduate Student's Rage Against His Perceived Academic TormentorsSantana High School: Adolescence Angst With A Gunfire SolutionCleveland Elementary School in Stockton: The Inevitable Slaughter of the Innocent
Description : “The Topography of Evil: Notorious Northern California Murder Sites” is author and photographer Marques Vickers’ visual return to 43 infamous crime scenes detailing the shocking narratives behind each tragedy. Over 95 visual images amplify the experience by escorting the reader to the precise physical location, offering a critical context and perspective for understanding. Obscured by time and collective memory, revisiting a dormant crime scene is a process of comprehending the convergence of evil absorbed into a physical space. Crime scenes typically revert back into unremarkable landscape or unassuming buildings over the ensuing years and decades. Many are passed daily by pedestrian and vehicular traffic unaware of a location’s unique significance. The captured snapshots portray searing testimonies of extinguished lives removed by acts of violence. Northern California has been the residence for many notorious individual and serial killers including the Zodiac, Ted “Unabomber” Kaczynski, Dan White, Edmund Kemper III, Jim Jones, Richard Allen Davis, David Carpenter, Juan Corona and Scott Peterson. The media has renamed some such as the Trailside Killer, Co-ed Killer, Children of Thunder, Vampire of Sacramento, Zebra Killers and the Death House Landlady. Over 40+ convicted or deceased murderers are profiled including 24 who remain incarcerated and 5 awaiting execution at San Quentin Prison. The region has also buried notables among the profiled victims including San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, Supervisor Harvey Milk, Black Panther Huey P. Newton, Journalist Chauncey Bailey, Oscar Grant III, Polly Klaas, Lacy Peterson and 412 unclaimed bodies from the People’s Temple Massacre in Jonestown, Guyana. The Topography of Evil edition is segmented into seven categories including assassinations, abductions, historical legacies, reckless homicides, unsolved murders, rampage and serial killers. Within the context of each profile, crucial issues and questions are raised regarding capital punishment, American racial perceptions, parental influences, media reporting, public bias, self-incrimination protections and the fairness of judicial sentencing. A controversial alternative of voluntary euthanasia for the condemned is raised following the observation of California’s hopelessly backlogged number of inmates awaiting execution. Currently 743 inmates are sentenced to Death Row. Florida is second with 403 and Texas third at 276. The last California execution was in 2006. An extensive listing of fatality victims is included along with convicted and deceased killers. Each living convict still registered in the California penal system is identified by their respective current penitentiary, verdict and length of original jury sentencing. Vickers’s own introduction to the consequences of murder commenced with the 1968 killings of David Faraday and Betty Lou Jenson by the Zodiac killer in the author’s hometown. Faraday was an acquaintance of the author through Boy Scouts and his older sister knew both victims. His reflections on the trauma inflicted on his intimate suburban community correspond with the realization that a single homicide affects far more individuals than simply the victim. Hundreds and ultimately thousands may be touched by the arbitrariness and unfairness of life being terminated abruptly and prematurely. While acknowledging that some of the killings defy understanding and others may not properly be defined as evil, each remains uniquely tragic and generates substantial consequences. Remembering the legacies of the slain can seem uncomfortable for the living. Although absent from immediate view, the author stresses these victims should never be forgotten and merit our remembrance. Their legacies and the acts that ultimately killed them were final and irreversible. History weighs the significance. Cases Profiled (By Sequential Order and Category): Assassinations: Oakland School Superintendent Dr. Marcus Foster, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, Journalist Chauncey Bailey, The Marin County Courthouse Shootout Massacre and The Contract Killing of Joseph “The Animal” Barboza. Abductions: Kevin Collins, Cal Poly Student Kristin Smart, Brooke Hart and the Resulting San Jose Public Lynching, Patty Hearst, Polly Klaas and Rex Allen Krebs Historical Legacies: Miles Archer, Mary Ellen Pleasant, Fung “Little Pete” Jing Toy, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Warren Harding Reckless Homicides: Oscar Grant III, Artie Mitchell, Diane Whipple, Huey P. Newton, Laci Peterson and Lovelle Mixon Unsolved Murders: David Nadel, The Santa Rosa Hitchhiking Murders, Lindsay Cutshall and Jason Allen Rampage Mass Murders: Reverend Jim Jones and the People’s Temple Massacre, The Helzer Brothers, The 101 California Building Rampage, Dr. Victor Ohta, The 1977 Golden Dragon Bloodbath, Mel and Elizabeth Grimes, The Oikos University Shootings, Eastside Salinas Gang Killings and Lynwood “Jim” Drake. Serial Killings: Ted “Unabomber” Kaczynski, Edmund Kemper III, Richard Trenton Chase, Juan Corona and Herbert Mullin, Dorothea Puente, David: Carpenter, The Zebra Killings and The Zodiac Killer.
Description : “Murder in California” profiles some of California’s most infamous serial killers and unsolved murder cases. The edition more photographically transports you to several of the murder sites where the homicides occurred and/or images related to the case and perpetrator(s). The images and profiles offer a descriptive account, detailed location, and trial aftermath providing an important understanding into the further reaching effects of each crime. Convicted killers and their confirmed victims are identified. For criminals still living, their current incarceration location is provided. The captured snapshots portray visual testimonies of extinguished lives removed by acts of violence. Crime scenes often revert back into unremarkable landscape or unassuming buildings over the ensuing years and decades. Several have altered little since their moment of infamy. Many are passed daily by pedestrian and vehicular traffic unaware of a location’s unique significance. California has been the site for many notorious serial killers. The following are portrayed in this edition: The Zodiac: The Taunting Killer Charles Manson: Removing the Myths Behind an Iconic Serial Killer Dorothea Puente: Arsenic and Old Lace: Killing for Profit Efren Saldivar’s Definition of Assisted Medical Homicide Ted Kaczynski (Unabomber): To Arms Against A Faceless Society and Enemy The Zebra Killings: A Racially Intended Genocide? The Heaven’s Gate Cult Shutters Operations Abruptly and Permanently Edmund Kemper III: Constructing the Perfect Frankenstein Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris: Pitch Darkened Hearts Juan Corona: The Macabre Massacre of the Invisible Richard Trenton Chase: The Consummation of Darkness The Boneyards of the Dead Speak: The Speed Freak Killers Herbert Mullin: The Blood Sacrifices of Earthquake Preventiveness David Carpenter: The Devil Behind Bifocals and a Stutter Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple Massacre: No Way Home The Hillside Strangler Duo: Killing Cousins Rodney Alcala: A Beastly Killing Machine Slaying Beauty Richard Ramirez: The Devil’s Ambassador Golden State Killer: The Triumph of Forensic Evidence The section on famous unsolved murders include: The Santa Rosa Hitchhiking Murders: Preying on the Innocent David Nadel: The Death of a Man and Rebirth of a Performance Icon The Continued Fascination With the Black Dahlia Murder Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle: Ten-Minute Disputed Sex Scandal Was a 1963 Beachfront Slaying of a High School Couple a Prelude to Future Terror? Geneva Ellroy: The Transference of Tragedy Into Literary Expression Kym Morgan: Death By Classified Advertisement Kevin Collins: A Solitary Bus Bench Memorial to Every Parent’s Nightmare Ted Healy: The Suspected Homicide of the Fourth Stooge The Resolute Will To Keep William Desmond Taylor’s Murder Unsolved Ramona Irene Price Strolls Innocently Into A Vanished Past Raymond Washington: A Cycle of Senseless Violence Devours A Former Founder Author Marques Vickers’ own introduction into the expansive consequences of murder began with the 1968 killings of David Faraday and Betty Lou Jenson by the Zodiac killer in the author’s hometown. Faraday was an acquaintance of the author and his older sister knew both victims. His reflections on the trauma inflicted on his intimate suburban community correspond with the realization that a single homicide affects far more individuals than simply the victim. Hundreds and often thousands may be touched by the arbitrariness and unfairness of life being terminated abruptly and prematurely.
Description : Murder in Washington: Notorious Crime Sites is a visual return to 80+ infamous murder scenes profiling the shocking and detailed narratives behind each tragedy. The State of Washington has been the residence of three internationally prominent serial killers including Ted Bundy, Gary Ridgway (The Green River Killer) and Lee Boyd Malvo (DC Sniper). Many of the narratives defy believability, yet they are true. Long after the screaming headlines and sensationalism has subsided, these bizarre, infamous and obscure murder sites and stories remain buried awaiting rediscovery. The Murder in Washington edition is segmented into eight categories including assassinations, historical legacies, premeditated homicides, chance encounters and impulse killings, law enforcement fatalities and controversies, unsolved murders, rampage and serial killers. The edition provides the precise location of each crime site, fatality victims, perpetrators and for those still living, the penal institution where they are incarcerated. Cases profiled include: Ted Bundy: The Serpent who loved to kill women Gary Ridgway: The Green River Prostitute Killer Uncle Joe Kondro: A family or friend’s worst nightmare Lee Boyd Malvo: Under the spell and shadow of the DC Sniper Rodney Alcala: Stalking and strangling beauty Donna Perry: Transgender prostitute killer Maurice Clemmons: His four police officer shooting spree Legacy hex of serial killer Jake Bird Disappearing investment trail of Doug Carlile Seattle’s underpass Jungle killings Mysterious assassination of Federal Judge Tom Wales Ann Marie Burr’s kidnapping and linkage to Ted Bundy DNA tracing genealogies condemn two Tacoma child killers forty-years later Billy Gohl and the floating cadavers of Aberdeen Tacoma’s missing Puyallup Avenue streetwalkers A botched experimental attempt at homicide Kidnapping and murder of little Charles Mattson Everett Union protest dockside massacre Incestuous killing of Sylvia Gaines. Trash talk shooting by rapper Lil Danger Unsolved Civil Rights advocate Edwin Pratt shooting Recording artist Little Willie John’s afterhours party homicide The Gits lead singer Mia Zapata abduction and murder The disappearance of radio activist Mike Webb The Hangman’s noose too light to support Mitchell Rupp The savage beating of Seattle’s Tuba Man Wilson, Anderson, Goldmark and Rafay Family killings Post Mount Saint Helens Volcano hitchhiker discovery The detonation of Oleg Babichenko’s car The seducer and killer with a thousand identities Dragging vehicle death of Susette Werner. Aurora Bridge public transport murder-suicide Gay hate crime shooting from a back seat driver Sweltering summer night bludgeoning of Geneva MacDonald Wah Mee Gambling Club massacre The therapist who crossed professional boundaries with his life Bizarre odyssey of Starvation Height A homicidal impatience by a police offer over a DUI Capitol Hill district post-Rave killing Marysville High School cafeteria shooting The clueless Spokane leach and killer Red Barn Door Tavern bloodbath Seattle Pacific University lone gunman Death and rape in Seattle’s South Park residential district Changing identity and getting away with your wife’s shooting Seattle’s Café Racer murder-suicide spree A legitimate example of Killer’s remorse Stalking and slaying an Elementary school teacher fixation Hate crime assault on the Jewish Federation Building The dredged Mahoney trunk murder Pang Frozen Foods arson fire Patrick Drum’s armed vendetta against pedophiles Survivalist Peter Keller’s attempt to erase his personal history Tacoma’s Trang Dai restaurant gang slaying A Seattle police officer ambush fueled by extreme hatred Charming George Russell, Junior's fatal voyeurism An overzealous police beating of a simple man Otto Zehm Freighter pilot’s collision with the West Seattle Bridge and a duplicitous Wife And Even More Murder Narratives….
Description : Marques Vickers’ “Northern California Coastal Bridges: Picturesque and Distinctive Spans” is a photographic survey of bridges spanning the major coastal waterbodies that dominate the northern region of the state. The photographic edition is the first in a series of three Pacific Coast profiles highlighting unique and distinguished steel, stone and concrete fabricated structures. The book features diverse vehicle, railroad and pedestrian crossings stretched along coastal Northern California. Prominent inclusions are three bridges spanning San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate, San Francisco-Oakland and San Mateo-Hayward Bridges. Lesser known are several crossings integrated into northbound Interstate 101, also known as the Redwood Highway leading into Oregon. These spans include the Pickleweed Inlet, Irwin Creek, Eel River South Fork and Samoa Island Bridges. Numerous smaller community bridges are profiled including the Arroyo Grande Creek, Jennifer Street, Pearl Street, Mare Island Causeway, Healdsburg Avenue, Rio Dell, Fernbridge Bridges and Loleta Railroad Trestle. These diminutive spans augment better-known commuter bridges including the Carquinez Strait, Benicia-Martinez, Blackpoint, and Napa River Bridges. Historical backgrounds are included for all the spans along with design specifics and dimensions. Over the past three years, Vickers has been photographing and documenting diverse and lesser known Pacific Coast attractions and architecture. This coastal bridge edition showcases the diversity of structural designs coupled by the examination of the regional dependence on waterways and pragmatic coexistence solutions.
Description : Author Marques Vickers returns to his hometown of Vallejo, California with his memoir “You Can’t Return Home Except Through Photographs and Memory”. The personal narrative traces his formation within a community that through his eyes has slipped a notch from both the middle-class and affluence. Vickers employs a light but candid tone on a gravely perceived subject, Vallejo’s regressive deterioration. The suburban San Francisco Bay Area town of 120,000 was formerly the California State Capital twice and home to the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. The base closed in 1996 creating an employment void that prompted stagnation within the downtown core. Vickers was raised locally during the 1960s-70s. He traces the specific causes for decline as the proliferation of long simmering racial tensions, homelessness, aggressive criminality and drug trafficking. Returning in 1987 as an adult following a twelve-year absence, he was struck by the town’s smallness of scale. In spite of the successful recruitment of Marine World Africa USA in 1986, the addition has not elevated Vallejo into a desirable extended stay tourist destination. He observes that seemingly for every positive step forward, the city tends to relapse two steps backwards. Despite the deterioration, most Vallejoans he knows are proud of their grounded heritage. His text is far from bleak and bitter. He cites the town’s distinctiveness, attractions and diversity that positively impacted his personal development. His photo compilation was prompted by a return for the funeral service of a 90-year-old friend Andy who died on New Years Day 2017. Andy, a former longtime resident, avoided local visitations noting the degenerating conditions from his residence in adjacent Benicia. The author’s own series of memories were exhumed at the same time as the body of his friend was being lowered into the ground for burial. Vickers surveys the present tense community with his camera lens portraying a bittersweet reality. Although he cannot overlook the obvious, he hopes the current downtown may ultimately be viewed as an isolated puzzle piece fitting into a larger positive legacy. Balancing his criticism with objectivity, humor and insight, Vickers attempts to accurate portray a subject he mourns and knows intimately.
Description : Order book for this title. Consists of sample pages from the original book followed by blank order sheets with columns for subscriber's name, address and comments.
Description : This text analyses cultural forms to demonstrate the centrality of masculine sentiment in American literary and cultural history. They analyze sentimentalism not just as a literary game but as a structure of feeling manifested in many areas.