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Title:
The Newhall incident : America's worst uniformed cop massacre
Author:
Anderson, John, 1940-
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Publication Information:
Clovis, Calif. : Quill Driver Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
187 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
1884956017
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781884956010
Format :
Book

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Central Library HV8148.N34 A53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Midnight, April 5, 1970. Minutes after a red Pontiac with two men in it was stopped, four young California Highway Patrolmen lay dead of gunshot wounds. The incident still stands as the worst of its kind and has changed the way police forces operate the world over.


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On 5 April 1970, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers in Los Angeles County pulled over two men on suspicion of being armed. When it was all over, four CHP officers and one suspect were dead. Anderson, now Chief of the CHP, was a young officer at the time and launched his own inquiry into why that terrible event occurred. His answer is somewhat surprising. Police in true crime, after all, usually see criminals as corrupt people doing wicked things. Anderson, though, concludes that the two bad guys here were driven toward lives of crime by a combination of personality, environment, and chance. Given a few breaks, they could have been as decent and hardworking as the four officers they killed. In Anderson's well-paced storyline, these six people are heading for an inevitable confrontation right out of a Greek tragedy, with a harrowing conclusion reminiscent of Capote's In Cold Blood. --Brian McCombie


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