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Dial M : the murder of Carol Thompson
William Swanson
Adult Nonfiction HV6534.S193 S92 2006

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Veteran Minneapolis journalist Swanson has crafted a compelling look at the brutal 1963 murder of a local housewife, a case that attracted international attention. With a novelist's skill, the author opens with the morning of the crime, when a neighbor found the bloodied and battered Carol Thompson at her door in a quiet St. Paul suburb. The victim died soon after reaching a nearby hospital, leaving behind a grieving husband and four children. The dogged police investigation rapidly saw through the family's Norman Rockwell facade, and the widower's long history of philandering enabled them to focus on identifying the hit men he employed for the crime. Despite a careful murder plot with many elements just like Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, the execution of the contract was bungled, and T. Eugene Thompson was quickly given up by his associates. This slim volume stands out from similar explorations of local crimes that have long been forgotten by the nation, thanks to the sensitive and detailed attention given to the characters of Carol Thompson's murderers and of her children and their attempts to come to terms with the horrific reality of their mother's death. (Mar. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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