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John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster
Judge Sam L Amirante and Danny Broderick. Skyhorse (Norton, dist.), $24.95 (432p) ISBN 978-1-61608-248-2
How do you defend a madman accused of killing 30 young men and teenagers? That is the powerful theme of this book by a retired judge and criminal attorney whose first case was defending John Wayne Gacy, a popular community figure who began a deranged killing spree in Illinois in the 1970s. Amirante, who sat on the bench of the Cook County Circuit Court until his retirement in 2005, and Broderick, a lawyer, chronicle the case from the first call from Gacy asking for help to the police …