Thursday, March 23 at 7 PM -- The Library's An Evening with the Author series welcomes author R. Marc Kantrowitz. His new book, Old Whiskey and Young Women: American True Crime Tales of Murder, Sex and Scandal, explores some of the most notorious legal cases in American history.
What all these cases have in common is that they titillated, if not repulsed, the entire nation when they first occurred. What they still have in common is that, for the most part, they are today nearly totally forgotten. From the unfair framing for murder of America’s most famous comedian, to America’s first capital case involving an older woman and her much younger lover murdering her husband, to Mad Harry Thaw, the wealthy and mad son of a steel magnate, killing America’s foremost architect over a beautiful woman, all come to life in gripping detail and drama. And meet the real Norman Bates of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, whose mother fixation and real life gruesome crimes far outmatched those of any fictional character. Kantrowitz’s fascinating book brings to life these notorious characters and many more from the rich pages of history.
Kantrowitz is an author, lawyer, former Associate Justice for the Massachusetts courts from 2001-2015. He is currently a professor of law at Northeastern University. Through his writing he likes to show readers that people are generally the same today as they were hundreds of years ago; the smart, wise and generous vying against the petty, vengeful and stupid.