Everybody Pays by Maurice Possley
Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth

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Twenty-five-year-old mechanic Bob Lowe was a hard working husband whose biggest concern was providing for his family. All that changed in the fall of 1972, when he became the sole witness to a murder on Chicago's West Side.

The victim was a neighbor, blown away by the blast of a sawed-off shotgun. The accused was Harry Aleman, cultured and charismatic-and one of the most notorious men in mob history. And Lowe could be the one man finally to put Aleman behind bars.

Promised refuge as a protected witness, Lowe agreed to testify. But through a tangled web of politics and payoffs, connections and corruption, Aleman was acquitted, putting Lowe's life in jeopardy. Disillusioned and depressed, Lowe spiraled into a world of alcoholism, drugs, and crime, losing both his family and his self-respect. Finally, after a quarter of a century, he emerged again to confront Aleman, and his own personal demons, in a dramatic, history-making trial.

Frightening, heart-wrenching, and ultimately triumphant, Everybody Pays combines the dark moral twists of James Ellroy with the kinetic jolts of a Martin Scorsese mob tale. Given unlimited access to courtroom transcripts and FBI reports, and with exclusive interviews with the key players, the authors deliver a riveting account of politics and power, of a poisoned legal system, of the revealing truths behind the Witness Protection Program, and of life and death inside and outside the mob.

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Maurice Possley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who is a Research Fellow at the Santa Clara University School of Law's Northern California Innocence Project. He is the author of two non-fiction books: Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth and The Brown's Chicken Massacre. Rick Kogan began his career at sixteen, working for the Chicago Sun-Times during the tumultuous Democratic Convention of 1968. He is currently senior staff writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine and host of the popular WGN-AM Sunday Papers radio program, which airs in thirty-eight states and Canada. He was named Chicago's Best Reporter in 1999, Chicago's Greatest Living Journalist in 2002, and was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in March 2003. A longtime friend to Ann Landers and her editor for the last five years of her life, Kogan lives with his wife in Chicago.
Published October 1, 2001 by Putnam Adult. 453 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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While mob money and muscle protected Harry over the next 20 years, Bob became an alcoholic, served time himself, recovered, and in 1997 testified as Harry was again tried for the murder of Billy Logan.

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The book closes with Aleman's 1997 retrial --- a historic overturning of the Constitutional "double jeopardy" clause --- and ultimate vindication for Lowe, who as an older, grayer man found himself giving the same testimony that he had 20 years earlier.

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