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Nation and then in the midst of troubled times faded away Award winning author Brian Hicks using newly declassified FBI files thousands of pages of investigation notes testimony and new interviews takes the reader on a mid century cruise through history revealing a cold case file that had been until now left unsolved for history And as he relates in this work of masterful storytelling it all began with the last cruise of the Morro CastleOne of those two men Thomas Torresson Jr first sailed on the cruise ship as a high school senior recovering from serious illness and soon found a love that would endure his entire life Within months he would join the crew For George Rogers a gifted radio operator with a secret past the ship was merely the latest in a long line of jobs Their paths would crossseveral times on the way to their destiny and. The Morro Castle was a luxury liner which sailed from New York City to Havana Cuba during the early thirties Although its primary function was to transport mail between the two cities the ship also had a decent passenger business despite the ever worsening depression taking tourists to Gay Havana which at the time was still a wild party town On the Labor Day cruise in 1934 the ship mysteriously caught fire and sunk killing than half the passengers and crew aboard This book tells that story but also tells the story of George Rogers a radio operator who was convicted of murdering two elderly neighbors as well as attempting to kill a friend with a bomb The connection between those two stories is that George Rogers was the radio operator on the Morro Castle and many believe he was responsible for setting the fire and possibly also for murdering the ship's captain before the fire beganThe author of the book Brian Hicks has obviously done painstaking research and although the book tends to be a novelization it is comfortable with inserting facts as well as their sources into the story The main voice we hear from during the parts of the story which take place on the Morro Castle is Tom a young man who was working on the ship that summer Hicks had a chance to interview Tom who was roughly 84 at the time Hicks met him and get a lot of details not just about the fire itself but also about the way the ship ran and about the tensions and problems among the crew leading up to the disasterHicks follows an extensive description of the disaster itself with coverage of the various trials held to attempt to get to the truth about the matter with regards to fault and blame The aggregious errors made by the replacement captain and the crew are brought to light by the combined efforts of the US District Attorney's office the department which would soon become the FBI and the board that dealt with issues of the sea After that Hicks continues on to follow George Rogers and the case uietly being built against him as far as the Morro Castle was concernedThis book is well written and includes a lot of interesting gripping details It has a certain feeling of being a detective story without getting totally side tracked never forgetting what the story is REALLY about The author ties his strings together well and in general I found the book to be a fascinating read

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When the Dancing Stopped The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly WakeThe disaster would affect the two in very different ways one would become famous the other scarred foreverIn the grand tradition of The Devil in the White City Hicks details a desperate investigation and the search for what may be the modern era's first serial killer through the tragic backdrop of a country suffering through depression and a buildup to war With cameos by J Edgar Hoover Franklin D Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway When the Dancing Stopped is the captivating true story of two men irrevocably bound by history a true American hero and a dangerous killer masuerading as one More than that there is the larger cast of characters crew members and passengers investigators scoundrels and yes additional victims For the story that began on that storm tossed night off the coast of New Jersey continued as we now learn for decades to co. In the summer of 1934 off the coast of New Jersey the Morro Castle a well known luxury liner returning from a Labor Day cruise to Havana caught fire during a tropical storm just hours after its captain was found dead in his cabin The ship was incinerated some 134 passengers died and the rest forced to jump into the sea to survive Based on recently declassified FBI files thousands of pages of investigation notes testimony and new interviews Hicks provides a fast paced account exploring the mystery of what exactly happened on the Morro Castle seven decades ago

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When the Dancing Stopped The Real Story of the Morro Castle Disaster and Its Deadly Wake review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ò During the dark days of the Great Depression thousands of weary souls escaped their bleak lives for a week of paradise aboard the Ward Line'sDuring the dark days of the Great Depression thousands of weary souls escaped their bleak lives for a week of paradise aboard the Ward Line's glamorous cruise ship the Morro Castle It was the most famous passenger liner of its day lightning fast elegantly appointed It was also a ticking time bomb It was the summer of 1934 Two sailors joined the Morro Castle crew one a teenager on his first job away from home the other a dangerous psychopath Within two months they would witness the end of the party in a single night of death killer storms and catastrophic fire And that was only the beginning of a twenty year long storyIn When the Dancing Stopped we too walk up the gangplank to that art deco liner and at first enjoy the glamour and the sultry Havana nights With mounting suspense we also witness the launch of a mystery that mesmerized the. There are usually three types of crime layouts for books1 The author decides heshe knows what was in a criminal's head and spends the entire book spinning the spin2 The author writes a thesis but neglects to keep the reader involved due to the fact that it's really just a thesis3 The author throws everything at the reader from the beginning so the rest of the book is a letdownThankfully this book is none of the above Brian Hicks crafts a tale that leads the reader into a just one page even though it's 2AM spellbinding journey to discover the cause behind one of the greatest maritime disasters of the 20th century Hicks has done his research homework to the point where he even throws off newspaper facts from the 19th century all to support his findings on the psychopath who is really the center of the storyWe don't know this of course because we think we're going to read a book about a ship but it's so much than that I love authors who do their homework and don't just guess and that's why this book merits the highest marks Engrossing and gruesomeBook Season Autumn because that's when the nuts thrive