Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong

Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong Marjorie Diehl Armstrong, As One Judge Described Her, Was A Coldly Calculated Criminal Recidivist And Serial Killer She Had Experienced A Lifetime Of Murder, Mayhem, And Mental Illness She Killed Two Boyfriends, Including One Whose Body Was Stuffed In A Freezer And She Was Convicted In One Of The Federal Bureau Of Investigation S Strangest Cases The Pizza Bomber Case, In Which A Pizza Deliveryman Died When A Bomb Locked To His Neck Exploded After He Robbed A Bank In Near Erie, Pennsylvania, Diehl Armstrong S Hometown Diehl Armstrong S Life Unfolded In An Enthralling Portrait A Fascinating Interplay Between Mental Illness And The Law As A Female Serial Killer, Marjorie Diehl Armstrong Was In A Rare Category In The Early S, She Was A High Achieving Graduate Student Pursuing A Career In Education But Suffered From Bipolar Disorder Before Her Death, She Was Sentenced To Serve Life Plus Thirty Years In Federal Prison In Mania And Marjorie Diehl Armstrong, Jerry Clark And Ed Palattella Examine Female Serial Killers By Focusing On The Fascinating And Tragic Life Of One Woman This Book Also Explores Mental Illness And Forensic Psychology And Provides A History Of How American Jurisprudence Has Grappled With Such Complex And Controversial Issues As The Insanity Defense And Mental Competency To Stand Trial The Authors Account Shows Why Marjorie Diehl Armstrong Was Unlike Any Other Criminal Man Or Woman In American History Accounts Of Diehl Armstrong S Travails Her Difficult Childhood, Her Murder Trials, Her Hoarding Are Interpolated With Chapters About Mental Disorders And The Law

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  • Hardcover
  • 284 pages
  • Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong
  • Jerry Clark
  • 20 August 2018
  • 9781442260078

10 thoughts on “Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong

  1. says:

    Goes off on unnecessary and odd tangents I imagine most people pick this up to read about the Pizza Bomber case It barely touches it.

  2. says:

    Like many people I have a mild fascination with serial killers, so I figured from the title of this book that it would be an engaging portrait of Diehl Armstrong s life, the factors that led her to become homicidal, that sort of thing Instead, it was mostly disjointed quote snippets pieced together like refrigerator poetry in between dry court notations and dessicated fact recitation I managed about two thirds of the book before giving up, because I couldn t keep any of the involved people straight and had no an insight into the mind of this serial killer than I had when I d begun it.Although If you re looking for a plodding history of the entirety of Western psychiatry as well as many, many, MANY detailed breakdowns of the DSM from I to V, then this book will be your jam.

  3. says:

    This was tough Brian Wells, one 0f Marjorie Diehl Armstrong s victims, was a regular fixture in the lives of many families in my suburb outside of Erie, as he was our local pizza delivery man The myth and reality of Marjorie shaped much of my late childhood and teenage years, as a young person from Erie And this book was not for me Not for any reason to do with any personal investment I may harbor, but because the editing, which definitely was lacking I was totally surprised by this, too, because I generally have great experiences reading works published by Rowman and Littlefield Some of the continuity was simply sloppy You can definitely take this review with a grain of salt, as I m from Erie and also the suburb where Diehl Armstrong stashed a body in a freezer, but as an avid reader, this one just did not impress me.

  4. says:

    I assume I m not the only one to track down this book having watched the excellent EVIL GENIUS documentary series on Netflix Sad to say, MANIA AND MARJORIE DIEHL ARMSTRONG is nowhere near the same calibre as the show, although it does flesh out a few extra details for those of us entranced by the case It presents a chronological listing of Armstrong s life and crimes, mainly based on court transcripts The story is still amazing but feels a bit familiar if you ve watched EVIL GENIUS.The main thing that prevents this from being good is the endless padding there are long chapters on everything from female serial killers to the history of mental illness I mean, did we need the long quotes from Plato and Aristotle Really There s also some repetition here which doesn t help Even so, the facts alone make this an interesting story, but I d recommend checking out EVIL GENIUS instead for a much thrilling account.

  5. says:

    This book, which I read before viewing the related Netflix series, was picked up out of my college library for the simple fact that it was a new addition to the psychology section.Parts of it dragged, and other sections were repeated over and over again, which gave some chapters a sense of deja vu However, the subject matter itself was intensely interesting, and Clark clearly had done his research.While I also enjoyed the Netflix series, this book adds further depth into the actual history and psychological concepts to be learned from the Pizza Bomber Case It s worth a read, but should probably be stretched out over a few sittings I tend to read books in marathon sprints to the finish.

  6. says:

    I listened to the audiobook version, so the typos editing mistakes that another person leaving feedback mentioned is not something I can address Audibly, though, the text flows very smoothly and intelligently with good organization of themes.I quite enjoyed this book and am not sure why it has low ratings, except that maybe people were expecting it to be of a biography on Diehl Armstrong than it is The main focus of the book, I believe, is the history and usage of the insanity defense in legal systems then, the author happens to use the Diehl Armstrong case throughout the book as a case study partial biography.

  7. says:

    If you enjoy deep background on the history of mental illness in general, and on mania in murderers specifically, and on mania in female murderers to be exact this is the book for you As it happens, I was engrossed, and listened to many sections repeatedly However, it s not your usual blow by blow description of events and does require some concentration to absorb the details.

  8. says:

    3.5 stars These kinds of books are difficult to review It s horrendous and awful subject matter wise, obviously I appreciated the background matter regarding general mental health information, etc but overall it felt disjointed at times and I wasn t exactly on the edge of my seat the whole time waiting on the next turn of events.

  9. says:

    Listened to audiobook.Organizationally, this book was a mess The authors included an inordinate amount of repetition and digression Information stated without equivocation at one point became very uncertain later.

  10. says:

    Very interesting It s a sad story all around but such is real life.

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