Monthly Archives: July 2011

Murder, Money and Madness

Riverview Books has released Scavengers: A True Story of Money, Madness and Murder, (235 pages, illustrated; $19.95), an account of one of the most bizarre crimes in American history. When a band of predators came to believe eccentric widow Marjorie Jackson was a modern-day witch, it became the seed for the theft of $3,800,000, and the predators overlooked another $5,000,000. Did the Jackson family grocery-chain carry a curse? Over four decades the money contributed to the mental illness of the heir and his wife, lured at least 24 people into crime, brought about two murders, and led two men to the electric chair. Carefully researched and written by author Dick Cady, Scavengers underscores Joseph Conrad’s statement, “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is unnecessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”