Everybody pays: Two men, one murder and the price of truth
By Maurice Possley & Rick Kogan
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY (2001)
$25.95 (hard cover) 276 pages
Everybody Pays is about a murder, a “hit,” in Chicago in 1972. On
a quiet September evening, a car pulls up, and shotgun blasts blow away
a hardworking, hard-drinking ex-husband. The killer gets out of the
car to finish off the victim with a pistol, when he comes face to face
with a neighbor, who had taken his dog out. They stare at each other.
It was that stare, that look into the shooter’s eyes, that propels the
story. We follow the investigation, the cops on the take, a crooked
trial with a corrupt judge, the subsequent investigation and against the
odds, and the second trial with a very different outcome.
Crime accounts, fiction and non-fiction, all side with someone. The
usual suspects, so to speak, are the prosecutors, victims or, and
increasingly, the defendants. The story is told fro
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