How do you defend a madman?

Defending a Monster Reviewed by Publishers Weekly

“How do you defend a madman accused of killing 30 young men and teenagers? That is the powerful theme of this book by a retired judge and criminal attorney whose first case was defending John Wayne Gacy, a popular community figure who began a deranged killing spree in Illinois in the 1970s.”…

…”What emerges is a deep probing into Gacy’s mind as it unraveled into a “detached, disconnected” madness wrapped in a maze of sexual confusion and murderous intent.”…

Publishers Weekly Reviewed on: 06/06/2011 

“I have read a few books about serial killers in the past, out of curiosity – but never anything quite like this”

Greg Barbrick at reviews John Wayne Gacy – Defending a Monster

“I have read a few books about serial killers in the past, out of curiosity – but never anything quite like this. Hearing the defense attorney’s side of things is a fascinating experience. One is able to see first-hand just how difficult the situation is.” … “John Wayne Gacy: Defending A Monster provides a very different perspective than that of the usual true crime books. As such, it is recommended.”

By Greg Barbrick, BLOGCRITICS.ORG Published 1:45 am PDT, Monday, August 1, 2011

Sam Amirante given a case with details that seemed unimaginable

Northwest Indiana Times – OFFBEAT: New book by John Wayne Gacy’s lawyer a chilling read.” by Phil Potempa

“The question of “How do you guarantee a fair trial without the influence of hate, revenge, media or an outraged public?” is the foundation of the book, which is written in the lawyer’s first-person account…” 

Phil Potempa’s daily entertainment news column
Karin Saltanovitz
 Aug 7, 2011

The Worst Kind of Evil

“Sam Amirante still vividly remembers the moment his secretary delivered the message which would lead to the most shocking case of his career.”

Judge Sam Amirante’s interview Phil Rogers on NBC 5 Chicago aired 
August 1, 2011: “The Worst Kind of Evil”

““Sam, there’s a guy who called looking for you. He says his name is John Gacy.”

Amirante was just hanging up his shingle after a stint in the public defender’s office, and Gacy was his first paying client in private practice.”…

By Phil Rogers  Published on August 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm

John Wayne Gacy had a 34th Victim

Gacy’s attorney says there was another victim in the Des Plaines River

Daily Herald interview published 
August 1, 2011: “Attorney: John Wayne Gacy had a 34th Victim”

“John Wayne Gacy was put to death in 1994 for killing 33 young men and burying most of them in the crawl space of his home in unincorporated Norwood Park Township.

However, there was a 34th victim, Gacy told his attorney, Sam Amirante.”…

Daily Herald – Jamie Sotonoff, August 2, 2011

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ABC Channel 7 Chicago’s News Report

‘John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster’

Judge Sam Amirante & Danny Broderick’s interview on ABC 7 morning news – aired August 4, 2011: “John Wayne Gacy:Defending a Monster”

“…When was the last time someone you knew asked you for a favor? What if that favor was defending a man who you later discovered to be guilty of crimes so grotesque they make your blood curdle? Can you guarantee him a fair trial without the influence of hate, revenge, media or an outraged public?…”

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sam L. AmiranteTells His Side of the Story

Chicago Law Bulletin article – August 15, 2011: “Gacy’s defense lawer tells his side in new book”

Gacy’s defense lawyer tells his side in new book

“It’s been more than three decades, but retired Cook County Associate Judge Sam L. Amirante still remembers the night John Wayne Gacy came to his office and gulped down two coffee cups full of whiskey.That’s because what followed Gacy’s quickly downed cocktails was a confession that made Amirante’s jaw drop and eventually resulted in one of Cook County’s most notorious criminal trials.”…

By Bethany Krajelis Law Bulletin staff writer
Posted August 15, 2011 3:31 PM

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