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 Blogcritics.org 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

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?…”

By ABC7
Thursday, August 4, 2011