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‘Homicide Miami: The Millionaire Killers’ by Peter Davidson
Published by Berkley, 8 August 2013. ISBN: 978-0-42522-901-9
On May 24, 1995, in Miami, self-made
millionaire Frank Griga and his girlfirend Krisztina Furton left their house in
the company of Danny Lugo and Adrian Doorbal, young men representing themselves
as agents for a mulit-million telecommunications company.In fact they were the leaders of a gang
who’d already kidnapped one millionaire and tortured him to give up his assets.Griga and Furton were never seen alive again.
This detailed account of their murders and the subsequent
trial begins with that last sight of the couple, then goes back to give us the
background to the ‘Sun Gym gang’, their failed attempt to murder Marcelo
Schiller, and the investigation which that sparked off.It then narrates the deaths of Griga and
Furton, the police investigation of their disappearance, the discovery of their
bodies and the subsequent trial of the gang.The book includes photos of the people involved. Knowing that they were
caught makes the investigation section interesting rather than tense – even if
you didn’t know the case, the introduction glosses the trial, and the photos
include the police board beneath the chin.Schiller’s experience put the Sun Gym gang right in the frame, so the
police didn’t have to find a suspect; their work was centred on making sure
they got the evidence.
This book is very good on reportage.We’re given exact facts, dates , times,
places and witness testimony from everyone involved in the case is used
throughout.Although there’s a general
tabloid feel, with generous use of words like ‘love-nest’ andphrases like ‘should have been a wonderful
day’, the gruesome nature of the murders isn’t dwelt upon.The detail on the course of the investigation
is good, and the trial is followed in full, again using witness words.A crime novelist would find this book a
useful reference for procedure.
The author didn’t go into the psychology of the criminals,
which I regretted.I’d have liked to have
had a pyschiatrist’s assessment of people who were simultaneously so
cold-bloodedly ruthless and so incredibly inept.
Homicide Miami:The Millionaire Killers is a detailed and
readable account of the crime that inspired the film Pain & Gain.
Peter Davidson is an investigative reporter from South Florida. He is
the author of Bones on the Beach,Murder
at Holy Cross, and Death By Cannibal
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.