Burned Alive

Author: Kieran Crowley

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429903309

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

View: 2885

Ash Wednesday Beautiful, bubbly, 20-year-old Kim Antonakos was returning to her New York City apartment after a night of clubbing with a friend. A business major with wild black hair, long polished fingernails, and a new Honda her loving father had bought her, Kim took good care of herself and looked forward to a bright future. But on her way home in the early morning darkness of that Ash Wednesday, Kim was abducted-and her mysterious kidnappers would be the last people to see her alive. Scorching Betrayal As Kim's father, wealthy computer executive Tommy Antonakos, launched a widespread, feverish search for his daughter, he had no idea that her abductors were right under his nose. A cold mastermind had ordered had ordered Kim to be bound, gagged and left in the freezing basement of an abandoned house, hoping to extract ransom from her father. When the plans fell through, he and his henchman panicked, returned to the basement and doused a near-frozen Kim with gasoline, setting her on fire. Burned Alive When the fire was extinguished, all that was left of the lovely coed were her charred, lifeless remains. What would drive the kidnappers to commit such a cruel and senseless murder? How did their plans to cover their tracks result in another killing? And how were the murderers finally snared? Read all of the fascinating facts in a startling expose of extortion, murder, and ultimate justice.

Burned Alive

Author: Alberto A. Martinez

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1780239408

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 2946

In 1600, the Catholic Inquisition condemned the philosopher and cosmologist Giordano Bruno for heresy, and he was then burned alive in the Campo de’ Fiori in Rome. Historians, scientists, and philosophical scholars have traditionally held that Bruno’s theological beliefs led to his execution, denying any link between his study of the nature of the universe and his trial. But in Burned Alive, Alberto A. Martínez draws on new evidence to claim that Bruno’s cosmological beliefs—that the stars are suns surrounded by planetary worlds like our own, and that the Earth moves because it has a soul—were indeed the primary factor in his condemnation. Linking Bruno’s trial to later confrontations between the Inquisition and Galileo in 1616 and 1633, Martínez shows how some of the same Inquisitors who judged Bruno challenged Galileo. In particular, one clergyman who authored the most critical reports used by the Inquisition to condemn Galileo in 1633 immediately thereafter wrote an unpublished manuscript in which he denounced Galileo and other followers of Copernicus for their beliefs about the universe: that many worlds exist and that the Earth moves because it has a soul. Challenging the accepted history of astronomy to reveal Bruno as a true innovator whose contributions to the science predate those of Galileo, this book shows that is was cosmology, not theology, that led Bruno to his death.

Burned Alive

Author: Souad

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0759511128

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 6960

A 17-year-old girl from Jordan beats the odds and lives to tell the tale of her family's attempt to kill her after she shames them by becoming pregnant.

Burned Alive a True Story

Author: David Kenneth Poletz

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1466906693

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 32

View: 9436

Burned Alive is the harrowing true story of David Poletz, who was horribly burned in an industrial accident in 1992. The story charts his course as a young man working his way up in the trades at an asphalt plant in Alberta, every bit a success story until the unthinkable happens. His life and body shattered, David looked life and death square in the face and through will, determination and a few good friends, pulled his way through the toughest times to make his life better. David hopes that by reading his story, others who may face similar challenges or who just like a good story, will find in these pages some hope, and maybe even some enlightenment. If this cautionary but ultimately uplifting story of one man's struggle to overcome near-impossible odds can help or save just one person, then the effort to create it was more than worth it. Lloydm.inster, SKJAB, 2008


Author: Simon Webb

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 0752466623

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 5017

Judicial hanging is regarded by many as being the quintessentially British execution. However, many other methods of capital punishment have been used in this country; ranging from burning, beheading and shooting to crushing and boiling to death. This book explores these types of execution in detail. Readers may be surprised to learn that a means of mechanical decapitation, the Halifax Gibbet, was being used in England five hundred years before the guillotine was invented. Boiling to death was a prescribed means of execution in this country during the Tudor period. From the public death by starvation of those gibbeted alive, to the burning of women for petit treason, this book examines some of the most gruesome passages of British history.