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Daddy's girl : the Campbell murder case
Irving, Clifford.
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Publication Information:
New York : Pinnacle Books, 1999.

Physical Description:
617 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits ; 18 cm
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Central Library KF224.R347 I78 1988C Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks

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In 1982, a successful lawyer and his wife were found brutally shot to death in their own bed. From an investigative reporter comes the shocking story of one of Texas's most complex murders--the story of a tortured and bitter woman driven to kill her own parents. of photos.

Author Notes

Clifford Michael Irving was born in Manhattan, New York on November 5, 1930. He received a degree in English from Cornell University. He became an author and his early novels included On a Darkling Plain, The Losers, and The Valley. He also wrote an as-told-to memoir, Fake!: The Story of Elmyr de Hory, the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time.

In early 1971, Irving decided to write an authorized autobiography of Howard Hughes based on meetings and interviews that never took place. He received an advance from McGraw-Hill and sold rights to Life magazine and Dell. He fooled editors, lawyers, handwriting experts, and journalists who had interviewed Hughes in the past. The book was about to go to press at the end of 1971, when Hughes went public and denied knowing Irving. In March 1972, Irving and his wife pleaded guilty to conspiracy in federal court. In state court, they along with Irving's research assistant, Richard Suskind pleaded guilty to conspiracy and grand larceny. Irving was given a prison sentence of two and a half years and served 17 months.

Irving and Suskind wrote about the incident in Clifford Irving: What Really Happened, which was published in 1972. It was reissued in 1981 as The Hoax. After serving his prison sentence, Irving wrote several novels and true-crime books including Daddy's Girl: The Campbell Murder Case, Trial, and Final Argument. In 2012, the fake Hughes autobiography was published as an e-book under the title Clifford Irving's Autobiography of Howard Hughes. He also published Jailing: The Prison Memoirs of 0040, aka Clifford Irving as an e-book. He died from pancreatic cancer on December 19, 2017 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

The Houston murder of James and Virginia Campbell by their daughter, Cindy, and her boyfriend, David West, was the subject of Jack Olsen's Cold Kill ( LJ 12/87). Irving's and Olsen's treatments differ in style and judgment. Irving focuses on the trialsWest pled guilty, and after one hung jury, Cindy was convictedalthough he doubts Cindy's guilt. Olsen ignores the trials and portrays Cindy as the instigator. Clearly, Cindy is unlikable and unbalanced; Irving's sympathy for her may be unpopular. He was a defense witness at one trial, and his thorough account is personal in tone, whereas Olsen's novelistic style is more readable and dramatic. Most public libraries will want at least one version. Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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