Red Zone by Aphrodite Jones
The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling

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It was the story that shocked the nation and captured headlines for more than a year. In January 2001, Diane Alexis Whipple bled to death in the hallway of her ritzy Pacific Heights apartment building when she was mauled by two Presa Canarios, a vicious breed of attack dog imported from the Canary Islands. After the lethal attack, animal experts testified that the dogs could not have been stopped, explaining that they had entered a frenzy called the "Red Zone."

Now, New York Times bestselling author Aphrodite Jones shows that the mauling was only one part of a frightening story involving obsession, bestiality, and illegal dog rings. The dogs belonged to Whipple's neighbors, lawyers Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel, who had been keeping them for a leader of the notorious prison gang the Aryan Brotherhood.

Jones takes us deep into the bizarre world of Paul "Cornfed" Schneider, a Hannibal Lechter-type character who actually owned the dogs, Bane and Hera. She explains how Noel and Knoller, after being warned about these killer dogs, brought them to the heart of San Francisco, leading the dogs eventually to murder an innocent next-door neighbor. Jones also reveals the shocking L.A.-area whereabouts of the offspring of Bane, the dog most directly involved in the mauling.

Jones is a masterful investigator and writer who has interviewed the complete cast of characters -- including Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller during their imprisonment -- and can now tell the full story of what happened in that apartment hallway. Red Zone is a riveting page-turning account of this news-making story that takes us deep into the relationship between man and animal.


About Aphrodite Jones

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Aphrodite Jone is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "All She Wanted, " slated to be a major motion picture starring Drew Barrymore, as well as "Cruel Sacrifice" and "The FBI Killer, " which was made into an ABC-TV movie titled "Betrayed by Love" starring Patricia Arquette. She began her professional writing career at age twenty-one with a nationally syndicated column for United Features Syndicate. A published journalist for seventeen years, she has also worked as a radio news director, lectured about writing as an assistant professor of English, and for the last seven years has devoted herself to human-interest and hard-news stories. Born in Chicago, raised in New York, and schooled in Los Angeles, Jones now works out of her studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Published July 1, 2003 by William Morrow. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The incident immediately received major national news attention, and Jones elaborates on the sordid details that emerged, including that the lawyers bred killer dogs to be sold to guard illegal methamphetamine labs, a scheme run from behind bars by Paul Schnieder, an Aryan Brotherhood member whom...

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