John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster

John Wayne Gacy Defending a Monster Sam could you do me a favor A seemingly simple request sparks the story that has now become part of America s true crime hall of fame It is a gory grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel It is

  • Title: John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster
  • Author: Sam L. Amirante Dan Broderick
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Sam, could you do me a favor A seemingly simple request sparks the story that has now become part of America s true crime hall of fame It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel It is also a David and Goliath saga the story of a young lawyer fresh from the Public Defender s Office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the most evil se Sam, could you do me a favor A seemingly simple request sparks the story that has now become part of America s true crime hall of fame It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel It is also a David and Goliath saga the story of a young lawyer fresh from the Public Defender s Office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the most evil serial killer in our nation s history Sam Amirante had just opened his first law practice when he got a phone call from his friend John Wayne Gacy, a well known and well liked community figure Gacy was upset about what he called police harassment and asked Amirante for help With the police following his every move in connection with the disappearance of a local teenager, Gacy eventually gives a drunken early morning confession to his friend and new lawyer Gacy is soon charged with murder and Amirante suddenly becomes the defense attorney for one of American s most disturbing serial killers It is his first case This gripping narrative vividly brings to life the gruesome killings and the infamously shocking trial.

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    1. I knew the basics about John Wayne Gacy before starting, but no details. The case made national headlines at the time, but I was too young to take notice. This is written by his defense attorney, Sam Amirante and co author Danny Broderick. What I really wanted to know is how someone can defend a serial killer. There is no doubt that Gacy committed the horrendous act of killing 33 boys and burying most of them under his house, in fact, he would tell anyone who asked that he did it(against his att [...]

    2. Wow.As with all of the true crime books I've been reading lately, I went into this one knowing very little beyond the fact that John Gacy had killed a lot of people. But there is so much more to the story.So many times while watching the news, I've remarked to my husband that I don't understand who in their right mind would defend some of the vicious, despicable people in this world, that there was no way in hell that I'd do it. After reading this book, I understand.My feelings about John Gacy a [...]

    3. Personally if I were a lawyer I would quit my job on the spot if I had to defend a man like Gacy who dressed up as a clown by day and killed by night. However this book gives people insight to the man who dealt with Gacy's case and who found himself utterly shocked by the crimes. Nothing is sugarcoated in here and it's all painstakingly honest, not to mention creepy as hell.

    4. Listened to in audio format.This book was fascinating and I have found myself listening whenever I had a spare minute.This book was written by Gacy's lawyers Sam Amirante and Danny Broderick. I was worried the book would claim Gacy's innocence or defend his actions but I was wrong.The book discussed the murder of Gacy's last victim Robert Pieste which led to his arrest. Mr Amirante also explains his horror when a drunk Gacy confessed to killing 33 young men. When Gacy is finally arrested he show [...]

    5. This is one of the most difficult reviews I’ve written for GoodReads. In part, this is because the organization and writing style of the book is so inconsistent and that can’t be attributed only to being written by more than one person. I even debated deleting the book from my listing unreviewed (as I take that name “GoodReads” literally). Ultimately, I’ve decided to recommend it conditionally.The retelling of the murders committed by John Wayne Gacy is both compelling and revolting at [...]

    6. While this is a page turner, that has more to do with the grotesque nature of the true crime that makes Gacy fascinating than it does with the craft of writing. As a result, this reads a bit like an epistle justifying why Amirante chose to defend Gacy. Throughout the entire book, Amirante and Broderick talk of Gacy's 'homosexual tendencies' in a vernacular that is more appropriate for 1979 than today. For a self-actualized gay man in 2012, their commentary grows tiring, and often had me wonderin [...]

    7. An inconsistent book mostly about what it was like to be John Wayne Gacy's lawyer. I was immediately swept into the book by the opening, which recounts a fateful visit by Gacy to a pharmacy for a small contracting job. We get the fictionalized perspective of a boy who works at the pharmacy, Gacy, and others and I hoped it would continue like this, but unfortunately most of the book simply recounts the experiences of the lawyer and not necessarily even about his extensive interaction with Gacy th [...]

    8. I read 60% of this before I chose to skim the remainder, not because of the severity and gruesomeness of the crime, but because of the writing itself. First off, the small print underneath Gacy's name on the cover bears true: it has as much to do about Gacy's lawyer (also the author) himself as it does about Gacy. This does not normally bother me, but in this case, I did not like it. The writing was laxed and informal, with sentences like this- "Ok, David Cramt a brain surgeon, and so on and so [...]

    9. Interesting review of John Wayne Gary's crimes. I didn't have much empathy for his lawyer as he seems like a bit of a dick with a warped sense of humour.

    10. I have rather mixed feelings about this book, not so much because of the subject matter but more because it felt like Amirante was trying to justify his actions in defending Gacy more than anything else. The story itself is definitely interesting and I learned quite a lot of new information about Gacy, particularly his trial more than his crimes, which I was familiar with anyway. But I really did get the feeling that Amirante felt the need to defend himself as a lawyer, a human being and most of [...]

    11. Is it fair to dislike a book because you disagree with the author? Probably not, which explains my rating on this book. The fact of the matter is the book is well written. It pulls together many of the facts known about Gacy in a cohesive structure that tells the story of the prosecution and defense of John Wayne Gacy.The biggest problem that I had with this book is that it is written by Gacy's lead defense attorney who is still trying to win the case. He's still trying to tell the world that Ga [...]

    12. i 1. Plot Overview (Don’t give the ending away!) What did you like about the plot? Did it move quickly or slowly? What didn’t you like? Was it interesting or not? Why? Give details!something i liked about this book was that, they could never find out that john wayne gacy did to teenage boys. this book moved slowly. one thing i didn't like, was that it explain how he killed every single boy. the interesting part, was when the police couldn't find out that gacy was the killer.2. Character Over [...]

    13. I don't usually read true crime, although I have read In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter. However, I was in high school in the Chicago suburbs when the John Wayne Gacy story broke, and I had to read Defending a Monster.I found the book totally engrossing, but I think that is partly due to the the timing and location of the trial when I was a teen-ager. I haven't read any other books about Gacy, so I learned a lot about the crimes, the man, and the trial. Defending a Monster is not destined to beco [...]

    14. An excellent read, written from the faintly surreal POV of John Wayne Gacy's defense attorney. The book is filled with genuinely funny moments, although some of them clearly came from Sam Amirante having to choose between laughing and punching a wall. Amirante, who knew Gacy long before he was in trouble for killing anyone, belongs squarely in the "anyone who would do this must be crazy" school of thought, but he provides such flimsy proof for that position -- like the way Gacy rolls his eyes cr [...]

    15. I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book at the library. Maybe I was expecting the same kind of book as Helter Skelter. It pulled me in at the beginning with the fictionalized account of Gacy kidnapping his final victim and how the author came to be Gacy's lawyer. After that it just seemed like alot of re-telling of events and court room transcripts. At the end of the book the author states that Gacy was a homosexual yet the subject was barely touched on during the duration [...]

    16. A worthwhile readI've read many serial killer books, and this one stands out above the rest. The second half of the book is dedicated to the court proceedings for John Gacy, a side not often told.

    17. Very transphobic when he questioned Donita. Didn't like that part. For that he loses 2 stars. Very bigoted attitude and for that he loses another.

    18. I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I felt it was an informative and detailed elaboration on the Gacy case, of which I knew next to nothing. Also the Audible recording I listened to was spectacular. But it was at times overly salacious to say the least. I could get past the chilling details if it weren't for the authors self righteous showboating. I feel I have been beaten over the head with high minded monologues about the nature of justice and the law in America repeatedly throughou [...]

    19. Ok. If you're going to read one book about a serial killer AND you would like to know a lot about being a defense attorney on a high-profile case of a serial killer, this book is for you. The first half I was reading every word with my full attention. The second half I was skimming whole chapters of the author defending his right to defend his attorney and you're like, "Who was trying to take it away from you??" I still liked the guy until I got to a part where he treated a transgender woman par [...]

    20. The true story of the crimes and trial of John Wayne Gacy told from the perspective of his defense lawyer. Being from the UK, I didn't really know too many details about the case before reading the book and therefore I found a lot of the information intriguing and interesting. I liked how the book asks questions about what makes criminals like this tick and explains the reasons that someone would chose to (or morally be able to) defend someone in court who has admitted to killing 33 young boys.H [...]

    21. I have mixed feelings about a Amirante's actions and opinions in this book. But it's because this book ran through the defense side of the heinous crime that it forced me to examine pieces of our legal system I don't spend much time mulling over. While I was expecting a deeper meditation on the nature of our legal system and defense attorneys, just telling it from the defense point of view was compelling. It tells the true crime story from start to finish and being from IL it was especially inte [...]

    22. This book is a amazing read full of emotion evoking turns. Told in the perspective of Sam Amirante Gacy's attorney, whose first case was Mr. Gacy. From the last murder Gacy committed, to his final days Sam explains all the ups and downs of being a private attorney. At the beginning of the book there is an in depth description of Gacy's last murder, how he got there, how it happened, and what he did. Hearing this is chilling and really makes you think "what's wrong with this guy?" I think what ma [...]

    23. This book is incredibly difficult to read due to the graphic nature of the subject matter. But, I have to say it certainly gives a insider's view of just who John Gacy was and what made him tick as one of the authors, Sam Amirante, was his defense attorney!Before I started reading this, I hoped Amirante would address how he could defend someone that is clearly pure evil for so obviously committing the atrocities he did. I was quite happy when, in the preface of the book, Amirante addressed that [...]

    24. I would normally devour a true crime book of this nature in a matter of days but this one took me weeks to get through. The first half of the book was really interesting. Learning about who John was, his crimes and his nutty behaviour (like socialising with the detectives assigned to tail him!) was fascinating.But the second half - constructing the defense and ultimately the trial was dead-set tedious. I was tempted to not bother finishing the book but my OCD wouldn't allow it! No book that I be [...]

    25. Great read!Well written book. An amazing story about what it truly means to be lawyer. To defend the system of justice in this great country, even when defending the most hated man in the countryERICA!! A place where even a monster like John Wayne Gacy can get a fair trial. We are lucky to have the men and women that make up the criminal justice system. From the street cops , lawyer, judges, staff members and of the ladies and gentlemen that make up the jury. Our system is the best on Earth. If [...]

    26. This is a must read book if only to remind people of the right to a fair trial with representation. Each and every defendant no matter how heinous the crime is entitled to a vigorous defense before judge and/or jury. That decision right or wrong must be respected for Lady Justice to remain blind.

    27. 4.5/5What a thought-provoking book. Gacy's defense lawyer—a man who knew his client was guilty and was disgusted by his crimes—makes a powerful argument for respecting our constitutional right to an attorney and a fair trial. Most of us could never fathom defending a lunatic like Gacy, but it's humbling to hear from a man who did so to honor our inalienable rights.

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