Till Death Us Do Part by Vincent Bugliosi

Till Death Us Do Part

On December 11, 1966, a mysterious assassin shot Henry Stockton to death, set his house on fire, and left the scene without a trace. A year later, when a woman was found brutally killed, shreds of evidence suggested a connection between the two murders.In the Palliko-Stockton trial, prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi offered a brilliant summation that synthesized for the jury the many inferences and shades of meaning in the testimony, fitting all the pi...

Details Till Death Us Do Part

TitleTill Death Us Do Part
Release DateMay 17th, 2004
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery, History

Reviews Till Death Us Do Part

  • Beverly
    Bugliosi was the brilliant prosecutor in the Charles Manson case. His book of that case called Helter Skelter is riveting. And the Sea Will Tell is also by him and describes a case in which he worked to convict the man in the case, while setting his girlfriend free, the female half of the couple all the time in her own idiotic way setting up impediments to her own defense. He is dogged and determined to put murderers behind bars. I found this boo...
  • ♥ Marlene♥
    Finished this morning and just want to say that this is a great book. This has been on my shelf for at least 10 years and do not ask me why. No idea why I did not pick it up to read sooner. So glad I read this cause it was well written. (I feel sorry for the author because I only know Vincent Buglosi wrote it but I assume he told it and the real author wrote it?Highly recommend this old fashioned good true crime book but you have probably already...
  • Brittany Kubes
    From the POV of a prosecutor, Till Death Us Do Part comes from the opposite perspective of my normally criminal defense-oriented reading. I prefer a book or a tale about the system problems due to overreaching prosecutors, shady police officers, and sympathetic criminal defendants. Here, I was reading about a prosecutor’s predicament of trying to convict defendants he knows are guilty but has insufficient evidence to convict in the face of doub...
  • Phil
    I do not believe I would make a very good lawyer, or a very good juror for that matter. At the risk of sounding conceited, I *do* make a very good reader, so you can believe me when I say this book deserves five stars. Bugliosi's trial narrative reads like fiction, and his ethical, just persona shines through this otherwise bleak tale. I've admired Bugliosi ever since I completed my study of the O.J. Simpson trial, and would recommend his books t...
  • Susan Liston
    I read this many years ago, and recalled that I found it intriguing and somewhat creepy, but didn't remember many details. That's pretty much what I thought this time around. Bugliosi details how he constructed his prosecution, which was purely circumstantial, and it's pretty interesting. One thing I didn't remember is scratching my head over someone going to all the "trouble" if that's the word, of plotting and committing a murder for money and ...
  • TXGAL1
    This is the third book written by Bugliosi that I have read. Not only is he an exceptional author, he is the best District Attorney that Los Angeles ever had. If you are a fan of True Crime, please add Vincent Bugliosi to your reading list. His cases are fascinating and his prosecution of them legendary.
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Vincent Bugliosi made he fame as the LA prosecutor during the Charles Manson trial and went on to write the best seller Helter Skelter about those heinous murders. In this book, again he is prosecuting a murder...in fact a double murder.....and from the beginning, it doesn't appear that the State has a very strong case. It is all circumstantial and some of the witnesses for the prosecution don't appear to be very dependable. A man is shot several...
  • Sandy
    From the author and prosecutor of Helter Skelter(Charles Manson), is another true crime book where he was the L.A. prosecutor for two conspirators of murder. The crimes took place in the late 60's. L.A. was a different place than it is now. The book was written in the 70's and made into a movie in the early 90's. Bugliosi is quite a famous prosecutor and has a great memory for telling a fascinating murder story of 2 cold blooded and greedy killer...
  • Erica
    Based on a true story, Till Death Us Do Part is a very compelling read. If you like crime stories, this is definitely one for you. Bugliosi has a way of writing that makes you walk away feeling as though you actually knew all of the characters personally. I found it very easy to get involved with the storyline and when it ended I was disappointed and have made it a point to read more books by Bugliosi now that I am finished with law school.
  • Craig Adamson
    I found this book at the bookstore and since I already read Helter Skelter (the audiobook) and enjoyed it so much I decided to grab this one and read it. Bugliosi is a very interesting person in the sense that he is so detail-oriented I almost can’t imagine him in any other role than as an attorney. He obviously takes his job very very seriously which is what you would want if you were a taxpayer in the state of California or if you were your d...
  • Katy Koivastik
    No detail is too small for Vincent Bugliosi when putting together a ”mosaic of guilt”, as he calls it, in a purely circumstantial case.The first part of the book introduces the perpetrators, “Alan Palliko” and “Sandra Stockton” (whose names have been changed for legal reasons), and their milieu: the sunny, swinging Southern California of the mid 1960s. We also meet the victims “Judy Palliko” and “Henry Stockton”.We learn much ...
  • E Wilson
    This was certainly an interesting murder case, but I don't know if it was interesting enough for a full length book. I think the first half was 3 stars and the second half covering the trial was 2 stars. It is really alarming to know there are psychopaths such as Alan Palliko who will kill for a relatively small amount of insurance money and then shop around for a wife for a second helping of insurance money. Also alarming that a women like Kathe...
  • Michelle Arostegui
    Once again, Bugliosi is quite full of himself, but it is a legal thriller, in every sense of the phrase. Vincent Bugliosi tells us the story of a murdering couple and their spree to kill each other's spouses in order to collect insurance and be rid of their significant other. The names have been changed but the stories are true. I found myself skipping through a lot of the legal play by play that Bugliosi belabors in the second half of the book. ...
  • deborah eden perfidio
    I loved helter skelter and one of my favorite books of all time is And the Sea will Tell. But this one ?? It was soo dry and I don’t mind when he goes on his word for word transcripts of what he said in court but this time oh boy it just took everything I had to finish it and I did there were some really good parts but the bulk of it was aSnoozer sorry Vincent May you RIP because I think you were a great lawyer but this one just wasn’t for me
  • Frances
    I finally sat down to read this book after having it for years. I’ve kept it because my Grandfather played a small part in the case and it was surreal to see his name on a few pages. Aside from that, the book wasn’t written to my liking; however, it was an interesting read. I was amazed at how well the case was put together and presented in court despite the evidence. Very good on the prosecution’s part.
  • Jaymee Splude
    I found the explanation of the legal terminology and process helpful, yet waaaay too lengthy. By the end I found myself skipping pages of trial script as i felt the only point to making it this lengthy was too show off the author's courtroom skill. BUT! I did find the story fascinating, and well written.
  • Laura
    I read this book because I loved Helter Skelter, when I read it years ago. I had never heard of this true crime, and Bugliosi brings it to life. Some times when he is talking about himself it takes me away from the story. It's a good read though. If you are a true crime reader it's worth a shot
  • Jane Thompson
    True Crime StoryThis is excellent book, written in the true Bugliosj style, with suspense and legal strategy thrown in. All of the author's books are good and we'll worth reading. I recommend it.
  • Peggy Otto
    First half, investigative details; second half, trial details from the author’s perspective as prosecutor—thorough and engaging. I found myself taking a reader’s role as though a juror sitting for a complex and engrossing case.
  • Diane Waddington
    good true crime a little dry at places
  • Charlie
    One of the best true crime books I've ever read.
  • Mary Beth
    Really enjoyed this one
  • Tamie Vice
    I couldnt put this book down.
  • Catherine
    Bugliosi was an exceptional prosecutor, but in this book he proves again what a really good writer he was, too. This is a tale from the 1960s which in some ways depicts very ordinary crime and trial, and yet shows that each of these stories is as unique as the human beings involved.
  • Justin
    "The [LAPD] detectives did not know on December 11,1966, the night of the first murder, that they would soon be drawn into a long exhaustive pursuit that would lead them from the scene of a modest, working-class neighborhood,... into...Southern CA, Baja, and NV. Nor did they know that it would take a series of unsolved, attempted murders, and a mysterious terribly brutal second murder before the state of CA would have what they believed to be suf...
  • Colby
    If you like true crime, this is a must-read. L.A. Distract Attorney, Vincent Bugliosi, does a great job presenting the murder, investigation, building the case, and telling all that happened in court when he prosecutes Alan Palliko & Sandra Stockton for double murder in the late 1960s. The case built against them is purely circumstantial & Bugliosi has the arduous task of convincing a jury these two are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. He also d...
  • Harika Kalluri
    Till Death Do Us Part is an excellent book, especially for those who want to pursue a career in the law field and/or are interested in criminal cases. The book is told as a story, rather than a case, keeping the reader on his or her feet at all times. He wonderfully develops each character, describing their emotions and facial expressions to the par when needed. There is no excessive lawyer jargon either. We follow Mr. Bugliosi's path through the...
  • Kid
    Bugliosi prosecuted this "no fucking way" LA crime of passion before he blew the world's mind with Helter Skelter. You probably know your thing related to true crime - this one, because it was written before posters for serial killer "comedy" shows were placed indiscriminately throughout the city, has some class and restraint - but not enough to keep it juicy. I learned that people can be damned fucked up in this life when money and lust are invo...
  • Christi
    Reading this book was a chillingly surreal experience for me, even though it is a TRUE story of murder in the mid-60's. In junior high, I snuck this one off my parents' bookshelves and read it in short, secretive intervals, which probably heightened the eerie feeling that is conjured up every time I think of this book and the twisted double murder plot. I'll probalby re-read this one at some point so as to be more focused on the second half which...
  • Pamela Montano
    I thought I had read all of Vincent Buliosi's books and then I found this one in a used bookstore. I couldn't put it down. It was a fascinating story told only in the way that Bugliosi does. Alan Palliko and Sandra Stockton, real names Paul Perveler and Christina Cromwell, conspire to kill each other's spouses for insurance money and to be able to continue their affair. The case is mostly circumstantial, will they be convicted or will they get of...