[[ Free Reading ]] Sympathy for the Devil: The Emmanuel Baptist Murders of Old San FranciscoAuthor Virginia A. McConnell – Avengersinfinitywarfullmovie.de

I do not usually read true crime books, but in this case the famous murderer shares my surname, so curiosity drew me in Theo Durrant murdered two young women in a San Francisco church in 1895 Three things make this case noteworthy first, nothing in Durrant s previous behavior points toward such violence in fact, he seems to have been a decent, hard working chap second, although almost certainly guilty, he proclaimed his innocence right up to the moment he was hanged and third, the sensatio I do not usually read true crime books, but in this case the famous murderer shares my surname, so curiosity drew me in Theo Durrant murdered two young women in a San Francisco church in 1895 Three things make this case noteworthy first, nothing in Durrant s previous behavior points toward such violence in fact, he seems to have been a decent, hard working chap second, although almost certainly guilty, he proclaimed his innocence right up to the moment he was hanged and third, the sensational nature of the case highlights just how competitive, intrusive, and irresponsible the press could be at that time, making today s much maligned press seem almost a model of restraint Sympathy for the Devil is carried forward by the intriguing true story it relates, but McConnell insists on includingcharacters and details than this sometimes confused reader could possibly track But her reconstruction of the crime and speculation as to how Durrant could have come to commit these murders made the read worthwhile Oh yes, so far as I have been able to ascertain, Theo Durrant is not my relative Very well researched, well written account of the Emmanuel Baptist Murders The author debunked all of the myths surrounding this crime. True crime, particularly when the crime happened a long time ago, is somehow a perfect read when you re feeling sick this book fit the bill in much the same way that P.D James The Maul and the Pear Tree did a few years ago.The murders of Blanche and Millie took place in April 1895, in San Francisco, so there was no way to process the crime scenes in a modern sense no Bones , no CSI and no BAU to profile the murderer Instead there was a lot of circumstantial evidence, conflicting witness True crime, particularly when the crime happened a long time ago, is somehow a perfect read when you re feeling sick this book fit the bill in much the same way that P.D James The Maul and the Pear Tree did a few years ago.The murders of Blanche and Millie took place in April 1895, in San Francisco, so there was no way to process the crime scenes in a modern sense no Bones , no CSI and no BAU to profile the murderer Instead there was a lot of circumstantial evidence, conflicting witness statements, and two newspapers to whip the public into a frenzy Ms McConnell does a great job of sorting through all this and of pointing out where modern court cases and murder investigations differ from what happened.In the beginning of the book, however, she suggests that Theo Durrant was not the murderer, that there were other, equally plausible suspects by the end of the book, however, she seems to have changed her mind There are two others who might have done one or both murders, and it would have been interesting to explore that a little Perhaps the lack of documents due to the age of the crimes, the difference in what evidence was collected back then, and the 1906 earthquake destroying some of the records prevented her from pursuing that If I could, I d rate this 3.5 stars It was obviously well researched, and I enjoyed the historical aspects of the crime, the trial, and the media s coverage On the negative side, sometimes the book feltlike a recitation of facts than a cohesive story And while I m usually okay with loose ends, it bothered me that there really was no answer to the question, why One of the things I particularly liked about this historical true crime story was that the author hypothesized as to the perpetrator s motive Normally I don t like fiction speculation in my non fiction, but this was such a shocking and uncharacteristic crime, yet the perpetrator was practically caught red handed, what could possibly have driven him to commit murder The author underpins her theory with a solid base of facts, and you can tell a lot of thought and research went into this book One of the things I particularly liked about this historical true crime story was that the author hypothesized as to the perpetrator s motive Normally I don t like fiction speculation in my non fiction, but this was such a shocking and uncharacteristic crime, yet the perpetrator was practically caught red handed, what could possibly have driven him to commit murder The author underpins her theory with a solid base of facts, and you can tell a lot of thought and research went into this book Despite the historical distance, I felt the crime was definitely solved An interesting read He was guilty. The author was my instructor for a recent English class I took here in eastern Washington She did a great job of putting fresh insight into this old San Francisco murder. In the first 12 days of february I have read a lot but apparently I forgot to review the books I read not did I add them to the having read shelf.This was one I bought secondhand of which I received a hardback copy and I am glad I did Thought it a well written book I liked that it had quite a few photos Not sure if I agreed with the analysis of the murdered at the end of the book but a very interesting read This is the area where newspapers were very competitive and combative, where it all s In the first 12 days of february I have read a lot but apparently I forgot to review the books I read not did I add them to the having read shelf.This was one I bought secondhand of which I received a hardback copy and I am glad I did Thought it a well written book I liked that it had quite a few photos Not sure if I agreed with the analysis of the murdered at the end of the book but a very interesting read This is the area where newspapers were very competitive and combative, where it all started Newspapers hired their own people who basically did the same as cops did only they did not have to hold themselves to facts only, so there were many stories in the papers that consisted of untruth Well it is the case now as well although I remember when i was younger news was still that news Unbiased, or maybe I thought it was and I grew up On the day before Easter Sunday , four women entered the Emmanuel Baptist Church in San Francisco s Mission District to decorate the altar with flowers When they opened the door to the little room containing the library, they were greeted with a horrible sight the stabbed and strangled body ofyear old Minnie Williams, her blood coating the floor and spattering the walls A search of the church revealed another grisly discovery in the belfry the decomposing body of another young woman, reported as missing ten days before She, too, had been strangled But unlike the victim in the library, Blanche Lamont was lovingly laid out as if for burial Clues led the police to a friend of both victims, a medical student who was also the assistant superintendent of the church s Sunday school But those who knew Theo Durrant denied that this highly respectable young man could have had anything to do with these horrible crimesThe young man who committed these two apparently motiveless murders was depicted by the popular press at the time as a monster, a devil in disguise, only pretending to be religious McConnell demonstrates that he was exactly what he seemed to be a genuinely good man whose life went terribly wrong because of the biological, genetic, and mental problems from which he suffered problems he was not even aware of Sympathy for the Devil examines the extensive and sensational press coverage of the case criticized by the Governor and by the California Supreme Court , the effect of the murders on San Francisco, and also analyzes what turned an apparently upstanding young man into a vicious murderer