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e-Book Cheating Death (Onyx) download

by Edwin Chen

ISBN: 0451403150
ISBN13: 978-0451403155
Language: English
Publisher: Onyx; 1 edition (March 3, 1992)
Category: True Crime
Subategory: Memoris

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Cheating Death (Onyx) Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 1992

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Written by. Edwin Chen.

Cheating Death (Onyx).

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An account of the crimes of three men--a doctor, a businessman, and a gigolo--describes how their nearly perfect plan involving murder and insurance fraud was solved
Oh, my God. This murder was an incredible story. I grew up in La Canada, next to Glendale and later lived in Glendale, California, so I remember the locations.

A drug-addicted doctor killed a man to help two other men commit life insurance fraud for over a million in policies. It's incredible how far the doctor had fallen in life - drugs, loss of patients, loss of hospitals privileges, a practice that was a front for drug dealing, and the other two men were incredible in their insurance scams.

Even more incredible, the other two men had taken the huge proceeds from a different scam and started a legitimate business that was wildly successful. They didn't need to pull another insurance scam and kill someone. They were already rich. Then, the two of them vanished separately.

Delivery was good and the merchandise was as advertised. I was very satisfied with all.

Take a down-and-out, broke, and drug addicted doctor, Richard Boggs, add two men, Melvin Hansen and John Hawkins, who have become increasingly proficient at insurance scams, compound a bizarre plot to fraudulently collect $3,000,000 worth of life insurance, and you have the basis for Edwin Chen's true crimer CHEATING DEATH. This is a really fascinating book with a plot that even veteran readers of the genre have probably never encountered.
I have down-rated the still-very-good book one star because of Chen's writing style. While he writes for the most part straightforwardly, I had a problem with his occasional difficult-to-comprehend chronology. I have no problem with books whose chapters alternate between periods of time, but Chen will, in the same chapter begin with an event that occurred after its precedent, which he then presents afterward, often on the same page. I found this to be confusing and without any apparent reason.

I also dislike true crime fiction intended to convey atmosphere or personality, finding the falsity outweighs any potential benefit. So when Chen writes, "On a muggy afternoon in early July, a perspiration soaked mailman walked gratefully into the elegantly appointed, air-conditioned lobby..." or "Jones patted his jacket pocket to make sure the subpoena was there." or "The only other passerby was a homeless man pushing a shopping cart down the sidewalk, oblivious to the commotion, mumbling to himself." he, in my opinion diminishes his otherwise fine work by fabricating events which are completely unnecessary in the first place.

I also doubt that Chen has any clue whether or not, when private detective Vincent Volpi briefed his staff "he had a twinkle in his eye." Maybe it is just that I don't recognize them, but I have never, to my knowledge, seen a twinkle in anyone's eye. But maybe in my ignorance, I assumed it was a gnat or something.
I recently read and reviewed another very good book by Chen called DEADLY SCHOLARSHIP, about which I had a similar reaction; an interesting and well researched story, basically well written, but with just enough of the writing I presented above to be irritating, though not in sufficient quantity to have made me sorry I read the book.

Bottom line is that I think true crime fans will like CHEATING DEATH a lot. I did and I highly recommend it.

I first heard about this case on NBC's Unsolved Mysteries in 1990. Their producers made Dr Boggs' office look nicer than it really was! I sure wouldn't go there for treatment for any reason! The place was unsanitary, for starters. I wish that OSHA would have pulled a surprise office inspection on him prior to April 16th, 1988. They would not have been pleased with the office conditions under any circumstances! Gene Hanson was downright stupid for (a) keeping murder victim Ellis Green's ID with him until his January, 1989 arrest and (b) using the stupid false name of WOLFGANG VON SNOWDEN while on the run. John Hawkins may have been smart in some respects but he was stupid in others. The guy doesn't know nothing about running a business! The cash register currency is not your money , John. That is the store's money. YOU CAN'T TREAT THE CASH DRAWER LIKE IT'S YOUR PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT!!! HELLO?

As the Coroner Investigator in this case, I found the work of Mr. Chen pretty thorough with a few minor exceptions. It points out the flaws in a system where entities that have specific mutual interest in a particular case don't always communicate well and don't listen to their "gut" feelings about a case. The book underplays the role of the California Department of Insurance Fraud Bureau and the hard work of the Assistant District Attorney, Al MacKenzie. It shows how vulnerable an overburdened system is to abuse and fraud. But for the checks and balances of the public and private sector, this crime would not only have been unsolved, but would never have been discovered in the first place. By the way, since the book was written, all three suspects in the murder for insurance money have been captured, tried and convicted. Two of them received life without parole, while the third received 25 to life. All are currently serving their sentences in prison.

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