It was the story that shocked the nation and captured headlines for more than a year. In January 2001, Diane Alexis Whipple bled to death in the hallway of her ritzy Pacific Heights apartment building when she was mauled by two Presa Canarios, a vicious breed of attack dog imported from the Canary Islands. After the lethal attack, animal experts testified that the dogs could not have been stopped, explaining that they had entered a frenzy called the "Red Zone".
Now, New York Times best-selling author Aphrodite Jones shows that the mauling was only one part of a frightening story involving obsession, bestiality, and illegal dog rings. The dogs belonged to Whipple's neighbors, lawyers Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel, who had been keeping them for a leader of the notorious prison gang the Aryan Brotherhood.
Jones takes us deep into the bizarre world of Paul "Cornfed" Schneider, a Hannibal Lechter-type character who actually owned the dogs, Bane and Hera. She explains how Noel and Knoller, after being warned about these killer dogs, brought them to the heart of San Francisco, leading the dogs eventually to murder an innocent next-door neighbor. Jones also reveals the shocking L.A.-area whereabouts of the offspring of Bane, the dog most directly involved in the mauling.
Jones is a masterful investigator and writer who has interviewed the complete cast of characters - including Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller during their imprisonment - and can now tell the full story of what happened in that apartment hallway. Red Zone is a riveting pause-resisting account of this news-making story that takes us deep into the relationship between man and animal.
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I didn't read it, so I couldn't tell.
The dog mauling itself was a compelling story.
There were way too many mispronounciations in this narration. Pronouncing Aryan, a very common term in this book (Aryan Brotherhood), as Orion was really distracting when you don't see the word in print. There were many Northern California place names that were also mispronounced, and other common words that were mispronounced.
a very good book, well researched
That the author researched many aspects of this story and that it wasn't just a retelling of the newspaper articles related to this incident.
The narrator has a very pleasing voice, but her repeated mispronunciation of common and crucial words in this story was quite annoying. Was there no editor here?
This book definitely kept my interest throughout the 10 plus hours.
- Michelle in New York City