The Hanging Judge of California

  • by Don Lasseter
  • Narrated by Dan Orders
  • 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Hanging Judge of California (formerly titled Perfect Justice) probes outrageous decisions by the Federal 9th Circuit Court in overturning death penalty verdicts. California Judge Donald A. McCartin, who sent nine men to death row, speaks out in fury when convicted child killer Rodney Alcala's verdict was overturned after 23 years.
The audiobook chronicles Alcala's crimes and trials, as well as the horrific murders committed by eight other killers who were sentenced by McCartin. The judge, called "Solomon with the sense of humor of Roy Bean, reincarnated," provides a glimpse into his personal memoirs, with a caustic insight into the appeals process, and his encounters with rich and famous personalities. A must-listen for true crime fans and those interested in the convoluted system of the appeals courts.

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Gripping true stories

The book was originally published under the title “Perfect Justice” in October of 2004. The book was re-published under “The Hanging Judge of California” in February 2015. The book looks at the Federal Ninth Circuit Court’s overturning the death penalty. California Judge Donald A. McCartin, who sent nine men to death row, speaks out in fury when convicted child killer Rodney Alcala’s (known as “The Dating Game Killer”) verdict was overturned after twenty-three years. Alcala was retried and again found guilty and sentenced to death for a third time.

The book chronicles Alcala’s crime and trials as well as the murders committed by eight other killers sentenced by McCartin. The book is well written and informative. Lasseter obviously thoroughly researched the subject matter.

The Orange County Judge presided over the most watched criminal cases from 1978 to 1993 including the eleven month trial in 1987 of serial killer Randy Kraft, who was one of the men McCartin sentence to death. I particularly enjoyed the part of the book that tells about the life of McCartin. Judge Donald McCartin died in September of 2012 at the age of 87. Don Lasseter is a well known true crime writer. Don Orders narrated the book.

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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Not well written and narrated poorly

The performance of Dan Orders and whomever produced it was horrible. No one seemed to go back and edit mistakes. There were more than a couple of times that the narrator had some false starts and no one caught them to cut them out. Plus his read was nothing short of amateurish. His read really got on my nerves.
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- Thom Babbes "babbes uniplex"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2015
  • Publisher: Crime Rant Classics and Notorious USA