From mass murderers to mafia, woman reveals crimes of Los Angeles’ underbelly

In “Assassins...Serial Killers...Corrupt Cops...: Chasing the News in a Skirt and High Heels,” Pulitzer Prize-nominated Mary Neiswender shares the dark stories that made her one of the first women to break into true crime reporting
(PR NewsChannel) / April 24, 2012 / LOS ANGELES  

"Assassins...Serial Killers...Corrupt Cops...:Chasing the News in a Skirt and High Heels"

"Assassins...Serial Killers...Corrupt Cops...:Chasing the News in a Skirt and High Heels" by Mary Neiswender

In “Assassins…Serial Killers…Corrupt Cops…: Chasing the News in a Skirt and High Heels” (ISBN 1466476702), ace crime reporter Mary Neiswender shows how she broke into the world of big city hard news reporting, working for half the pay of her male colleagues at a time when the field was an exclusive boys’ club. To get the stories, she ventured into the bawdy and brawling Los Angeles waterfront, climbing over lumber-strewn wharves in a skirt and high heels to report on gang rapes, mafia murders, marine disasters and political corruption. The stories were made possible by Neiswender’s careful cultivation of sources, which put her on first-name basis with mafia heavies, longshoremen and beat cops alike.

During the infamous trial of Charles Manson, Neiswender was the only reporter the crazed serial killer would speak to. Bill Bonin, the Freeway Killer of Los Angeles, personally gave her his handwritten confession, admitting to the murder of dozens of young boys. Larry Bitaker, a criminal who raped and killed teenage girls, confessed his crimes to her. Sara Jane Moore, the attempted assassin of former President Gerald Ford, wrote and called her on a nearly daily basis for years.

With scoops likes these, it’s no wonder that Neiswender’s work was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Despite her accomplishments, her print career had its final chapter when she came to the defense of a young black athlete found hanging in his jail cell. In spite of the considerable evidence, her stories were withheld by superiors who feared bringing stigma to city and business leaders. Instead of waiting for a demotion or reassignment at her paper, she walked out.

“Assassins…Serial Killers…Corrupt Cops…” is the remarkable record of an intrepid female reporter who would not be cowed. Chock full of insider details to some of the most heinous crimes of the 20th century, the book will find itself forever on the shelves and in the hearts of every true crime aficionado. 

“Assassins…Serial Killers…Corrupt Cops… Chasing the News in a Skirt and High Heels” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: An investigative reporter with over 30 years of experience, Mary Neiswender has covered serial killers, political corruption and natural disasters. A major Los Angeles newspaper named her one of the most powerful women in journalism. She has been cited for her contributions to journalism by the State Legislature, the City and County of Los Angeles and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others.  

Mary Neiswender
Phone:             951-333-4866



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