An account of Arthur Jackson's murderous obsession with Theresa Saldana describes how he stalked and attacked the young actress, who had become the focus of his schizophrenic delusions. 50,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.
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This case history of a celebrity stalker stays afloat because of the violence of the assault on actress Saldana (The Commish), her terror at being the centerpiece of a schizophrenic's delusionary system, and the fascinating and sometimes lyrical diary of the attacker. California forensic psychiatrist Ronald Markman (Alone with the Devil, 1989) and true-crime writer Ron LaBrecque (Special Effects, 1988) reconstruct the story with the help of interviews with lawyers, police, and court officials. On March 15, 1982, Scotsman Arthur Jackson waited outside Saldana's West Hollywood home and stabbed her so hard that his cheap Korean steak knife bent when it struck her bones. He stabbed her so many times that she required a transfusion of 26 pints of blood. He stabbed her chest, he wrote, ``because it would be ungentlemanly to stab a lady in the back.'' Although everyone who met Jackson acknowledged that he was disturbed and dangerous, he was tried as a criminal and sentenced to 15 years in prison, with possible parole after seven years. Markman, who interviewed Jackson and testified in his defense, and LaBrecque argue that society would be best served if doctors, and not lawyers, decided the fate of the violently insane. (As a boy in Aberdeen, in fact, Jackson had committed himself voluntarily and was subjected to more than 50 insulin-induced comas in five months, along with electroshock therapy.) The authors give a short course in schizophrenia and forensic psychiatry. But even with the constant psychiatric comment, the book takes off with Jackson's grueling pilgrimage across America to find Saldana (``the countess of heaven in my heart and the angel of America in my dreams''). A story of madness and unrequited love, with an energy that pushes through its institutional narration. (8 pages b&w photos-- not seen) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Saldana, a rising young movie actress, was attacked by a knife-wielding psychopath outside her West Hollywood home in 1982 and nearly killed. The stalker was Arthur Jackson, a paranoid schizophrenic born in Scotland. Forensic psychiatrist Markman ( Alone with the Devil ), who testified at Jackson's first trial, and journalist LaBrecque ( Lost Undercover ) have done a notable job of analyzing the etiology of Jackson's psychosis and of attempting to penetrate the stalker's bizarre logic, which involved an identification with a bank robber named Joseph Cretzer, who died in a riot at Alcatraz in 1946. Jackson believed that if he killed Saldana and was executed for it, he, Cretzer and the actress would be united in heaven for eternity. That Jackson got 16 years in his first trial in 1982 for attempted murder and almost six years in a second trial in 1990 for writing threatening letters to Saldana is incidental, the authors believe, to the bigger issue raised by the case, which is the inability of the U.S. justice system to give either protection to victims or treatment to the mentally ill. The book delivers an important message, but whether general readers will be drawn to what is essentially a psychiatric case history is questionable. Photos not seen by PW.
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Descrizione libro William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0688109705
Descrizione libro William Morrow and Company, In, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110688109705