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Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery Reviews

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“I followed the case closely from the beginning, since I was at the bank (in the drive-thru lane) presumably when the bank was robbed. I drove away from the bank and back up Peach Street to the tv station where I worked, and when I got to my office, there were news cameras at the bank covering a robbery and a man wearing a bomb. The many bizarre twists and turns this story took, and the untimely deaths of several of the players in this crime, make it compelling and fascinating. It’s a great look at how twisted a mind really can become.” Shani Bills

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“Pizza Bomber” a “fascinating” account

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With ‘Pizza Bomber,’ Jerry Clark and Ed Palattella have written the definitive account of truly strange case

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A History of Heists: Bank Robbery in America Reviews

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“I never knew that Clyde Barrow played the saxophone and wanted to become a professional musician. There were several other fascinating stories in there including one bank robber who wanted to become a defense attorney (and argued that there wasn’t much difference between a robber and a lawyer!). Another only robbed a bank because he wanted to pay off his student loans (and who doesn’t relate to that?). This is a great book.” Liz

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Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong Reviews

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Despite the authors’ detailed knowledge of their subject, readers will emerge from this well-written volume wondering what exactly led this once-promising woman to a life of violent crime. 

One in almost every six serial killers is a woman, according to serial killer expert Eric Hickey. The case of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, a female accomplice in the bizarre Pizza Deliveryman Collar Bomb Heist, is a shocking eye-opening account of just how predatory and dangerous a female serial killer can be. — Peter Vronsky, Author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters

Clark and Palattella’s riveting true crime narrative, wrapped in a history of forensic psychiatry, offers a disturbing tour inside the baffling mind of an anger-driven female serial killer. Meticulous and probing, they unravel the psychiatric and legal back story of the bizarre Pizza Bomber killing and the demented woman who devised fatal solutions to her “poor luck with men.” A tangled tale of losers, hoarders, swindlers, and manipulators that offers all the right stuff for criminologists and true crime fans alike. — Katherine Ramsland, PhD, professor of forensic psychology; author of The Mind of a Murderer and Confession of a Serial Killer

The case of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong is a labyrinth of lies, deceit, and violence. Fraught with diagnoses of mental illness and mental disorders, authors Clark and Palattella delve into convoluted psychopathology of one of America’s most twisted female serial killers. Her amazing story is a dichotomy of good and evil, of victim and victimizer, of innocence and guilt. This is a must read for those fascinated by the Darkside. — Eric W. Hickey, PhD, Walden University