8/15/14

Book Review: Weird Criminal Law Stories Women in Trouble by Leonard Birdsong


By on 8/15/2014 05:09:00 AM

When I was in college, the college newspaper always shared a huge news of the weird section with many criminal exploits gone wrong.  I looked forward to those everyday!  When I discovered Weird Criminal Law Stories Volume VI:  Women in Trouble by Leonard Birdsong, I knew that I wanted to read and review it.  What did I think of Birdsong's latest addition to this Weird Criminal Law Stories books?

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.  We may also receive slight compensation from affiliate linking within our posts.

A Quick Summary of Weird Criminal Law Stories Volme VI Women in Trouble.  More silly and unlawful conduct by women than anyone could ever imagine! There’s a story for everyone in this book. You can read about the 6-foot, 400-pound woman arrested for fraud with $26,000 found stuffed in her very ample bra; stories of women who get naked and do disorderly things like steal cars, smash windshields and freak out in airports; the story of the dying woman who asked her husband to have a replica of her vagina carved on her tombstones which he could look at instead of chasing women after her death; stories of women teachers who have sexual affairs with high school boys; a woman who called New Haven police from a nightclub to give her a ride home; a story about a Texas women who asks her son to set a snake afire in her backyard and burns down her house; a story of a Japanese madam who specializes in providing 330-pound prostitutes to men who like women with “explosive boobs and butts”; a story about an Arizona lady who was the spokesperson for the State Department of Public Safety who was forced to resign when she learned that she was an undocumented alien living illegally in the U.S.; a “drunken dummy” or two; and a wide variety of just plain, stupid criminal stories about women in trouble that make this anthology worth reading. It is Professor Birdsong’s funniest yet!

Weird Criminal Law Stories Women in Trouble brings a smile on every page.   Birdsong doesn't have to write a lot of accompanying commentary for his little news reports to make them hilarious--although the little bit on every account brings a smile.  This book proves that fact is often far stranger than fiction and Birdsong does a wonderful job tracking down obscure, weird, criminal cases involving women. 

Weird Criminal Law Stories Women in Trouble offers a fun diversion.  I read the book fairly quickly.   I really had to keep reading as the stories were so unbelievable, yet true.  I think the book may be fun to use (as I did in college) as a daily dose of the weird.  The head shaking, the eye rolling, the disbelief, and the giggles provided by the book offer a fun diversion from the daily, normal world in which most of us live.

Would I recommend Weird Criminal Law Stories Women in Trouble? I really enjoyed the short, easy to read stories of women creating trouble in this book.  I think everyone has a little fear of getting caught doing something stupid--but, the ladies featured in Birdsong's book took it to new levels.  Birdsong has a knack for finding great little stories for his books and this one is no exception.


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About the Author

Professor Birdsong received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Howard University. He teaches law in Orlando, Florida. After graduation from law school he worked four years at the law firm of Baker Hostetler. He then entered into a varied and distinguished career in government service. He served as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong later served as a federal prosecutor. After leaving government service, and before he began teaching, Professor Birdsong was in private law practice in Washington, D.C.

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