Mauled - How One Tragic and Preventable Lethal Incident Changed the Legal Responsibilities of All Dog Owners
Media around the world latched onto the story, calling it: "The dog mauling case." On Jan. 26, 2001, Diane Whipple was mauled to death by two huge dogs. The case took on a new dimension because of the sexual preference of the victim, and brought same-sex partner rights to the forefront. This dramatic book tells the story and covers the trial that eventually led to a change in California law. More
On January 26, 2001, Diane Whipple was mauled to death by two huge dogs. The case fractured into other agendas. Instead of remorse or sympathy by the dog owners, there was arrogance, confrontation, even accusations. Instead of the simple idea of recompense to the life-partner of the victim, there was monolithic silence of civil laws that ignored same-sex relationships.
Media around the world latched onto the story, calling it: "The dog mauling case."
The seriousness of the case was soon apparent. For innumerable talk shows, it posed issues of public safety and the responsibilities of animal lovers. Network television brought the issue of the rights of same-sex partners into national prominence.
The ultimate irony of this case-from-hell is perhaps that, because two attorneys hardened their hearts against the victim of their carelessness, several much larger issues now can be debated with informed intensity. Now, in a concrete instance, the public can see why commitment between two people of the same gender is deserving of many of the same legal protections as those afforded heterosexual couples. By exploring the personalities and motivations of the participants in this drama, the author shows how widely the fractures from this case have spread. Such issues as animal rights, human responsibility for pet's, the purpose of adoption, and the rights of same-gender partners will never be quite the same again.
As a result of the events related in this book, California Law itself has changed.
The investigation of this horrific case was led by the senior officer of the San Francisco General Work Detail, Lieutenant Henry Hunter. This book is a tribute to his leadership and the careful prosecution by the District Attorney's Office, under the guidance of DA Terence Hallinan and the handling of the jury trial by prosecutors ADA James Hammer and ADA Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom. This book is about those men and women of law and order who saw that justice ultimately prevailed in the monstrous and preventable death of a wonderful human being.
Death of an Angel" has more twists and turns than a Hitchcock thriller. -- Marty Nolan, West Coast correspondent for the Boston Globe, May 1, 2002
Nels Hohnson wrote: Harrington has a hit. A fascinating inside look. Uncommon backstage access to police and prosecutors. -- Marin Independent Journal, July 21, 2002
One underlying theme of this fine book is the excellence in police work in helping prosecutors achieve justice. -- Frank Jordan, retired San Francisco Mayor and Police Chief, May 15, 2002
P.J. Corkery wrote: An Amazingly compelling book. Well done, intriguing, and respectful. -- San Francisco Examiner, June 6, 2002
P.J. Corkery, columnist for the San Francisco Examnier, called Death of an Angel "Amazingly compelling, written with respect." -- P.J. Corkery, Examiner, June 15, 2002