Book review: "Twisted Confessions" by Charles E. Skoller

Posted on December 7, 2008

These days, most people are content to watch "CSI" or "NCIS" to receive their fill of criminal investigations. While the shows are entertaining, they are obviously not real, and as we all know, usually the truth is stranger than fiction.

Take, for instance, the Kitty Genovese and Barbara Kralik murder trials, which are both covered in "Twisted Confessions" by Charles E. Skoller. Both instances were particularly gruesome, and both had a bizarre twist. The most bizarre thing about the Genovese occurrence is that no one came to her aid, in spite of numerous neighbors hearing her screams for help. With the Kralik case, two people confessed to the murder, which sort of makes it difficult to prosecute either one separately.

Skoller, who was the prosecutor for both of these cases, tells the story of the cases as he lived it. There's no need for him to create a fictitious story line because it is intriguing enough as it occurred. I finished the book on the same day I started, and although I didn't read it straight through, I kept wondering exactly how the mysteries of whodunit would be solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in high profile crime court cases. "CSI" isn't bad, but why settle for that when you could read about cases that actually did occur?