Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America: A Memoir By The Other Son

Son of a Grifter The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes the Most Notorious Con Artists in America A Memoir By The Other Son In a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion Suddenly America was transfixed by a pair of real life film noir charac

  • Title: Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America: A Memoir By The Other Son
  • Author: Kent Walker Mark Schone
  • ISBN: 9780061031694
  • Page: 372
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  • In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion Suddenly, America was transfixed by a pair of real life film noir characters The media couldn t get enough of the twisted relationship between Sante Kimes and her twenty three year old son Kenny.But the most chilling story of all was never told In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion Suddenly, America was transfixed by a pair of real life film noir characters The media couldn t get enough of the twisted relationship between Sante Kimes and her twenty three year old son Kenny.But the most chilling story of all was never told until now Kent Walker, Sante s elder son, reveals how he survived forty years of the Dragon Lady s very special brand of motherly love and still managed to get away.As a child Kent watched his mother destroy his hardworking father, Ed Walker, and then with Kent s painful collusion snare what Sante called my millionaire When she married seemingly respectable real estate developer Ken Kimes, it was a match made in hell.For the next two decades Kent s mother and stepfather indulged in a globetrotting orgy of criminal behaviour.Kent, their would be recruit, was privy to the family business torching houses, defrauding friends, crashing White When Kent s half brother, Kenny was born, Kent was twelve years old old enough to know that he was his younger sibling s only protector Kent tried desperately to save Kenny from his mother s sinister bidding His failure haunts him to this day.

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    1. In a time where the human psyche is incessantly bombarded with graphic tales of rape, robbery, grafting and murder, a person would be led to believe that the age of violence and vicious people has climaxed to such an extreme degree that nothing would be shocking anymore. One would think. But then Sante and Kenny Kimes-a cunning, sadistic, peacockish, manipulative, cold-blooded, greedy, murderous mother-son duo-enter the maelstrom of the media blitzkrieg, and the person rolls his or her eyes with [...]

    2. 'A Must Read' for anyone's True Crime Personal Library SectionI couldn't get over some of the things Sante Kimes got away with in her lifetime. I remember being in Los Angeles and first hearing about the murder of Irene Silverman. I started to follow the NY TIMES articles on the entire matter. Then, I saw Kent Walker on Larry King and decided to get the book--which I finally managed to read & finish during a flight to London & France. It was quite interesting to read this book from her e [...]

    3. I started reading this book because Holly Black mentioned it in her thank yous from her book Red Glove. It's a pretty interesting story as far as having a psychotic mother and documenting her path of destruction. It's wild how Sante Kimes could get in so much trouble and bluff her way out of it. I couldn't help but be impressed with some of her quick thinking to escape arrest.Another thing that added to my interest in the book was discovering how Black had peeled away the essence of the author's [...]

    4. The title should have been Son of Thee Grifter.Sante Kimes is definitely interesting. A memoir from her son paints a portrait of a colorful character and it just seems like 'WoW she was a real person' is an understatement's just difficult to believe she was truly so.(I don't even have a good enough word to describe her). Whatever. I am fascinated with her and I will be reading more about her in the future.(view spoiler)[I am saddened that Kent Walker doesn't have closure at the end of the book, [...]

    5. I don't read much true crime anymore but enjoyed this one quite a lot. The guy telling the story (Kimes' other son) was almost as fascinating to me as his mother and brother because of the constant rationalizations and mini-confessions he uses in order to avoid copping to his own sociopathy. Weird, subtle stuff.

    6. This is the true story of Sante Kemes and her son Kenny who conned their way through life, then murder, then prison for life. Kenny is in eight years of solitary confinement. Gave me a creepy feeling reading this book.

    7. Not enough detailI feel like this book was part truth and part lie. I feel like he has a protective version of the truth and it's only the things he feels comfortable saying out loud that we get to hear. I do not believe that this book was soul baring no holds barred truth. I do believe that his mom and brother had a sexually inappropriate relationship but that the author is either too embarrassed or too proud to speak about it, amongst other things. And having no pictures makes this book no hal [...]

    8. HauntingI found myself completely drawn in to the authors world & wondering about the questions he had posed for himself - I will be scouring the internet for more information on this to see how it all turned out

    9. This book was a little long but I had a hard time putting it down. It's a fascinating look into the minds of twisted sociopaths and the outcomes of living life as a grifter. I would recommend the book to anyone.

    10. This is a fascinating story. I'm only rating it three stars because it needed an editor. It is way too long and need a professional touch. On the plus side, it's written by the son of the evil Sante Kimes and gives a first hand account of her psychopathic ways.

    11. For those readers who have read books about psychopaths by "experts" who study them, Kent Walker's book is a completely different take on the subject. Walker, together with investigative reporter Mark Schone, has written a memoir on what it is like to have a sociopathic parent whom he both loves and hates. He talks about how he was taught to help his mother Sante to shoplift at a very early age, later to help her with her fraudulent schemes, and finally the struggle to break away from her to try [...]

    12. This is an engrossing true crime novel set during my lifetime so I found it particularly interesting.Our writer is a really sympathetic character - born to an enigma named, usually, Sante Kimes. She is a very dedicated con artist, not so brilliant but so determined she gets away with millions of dollars worth of grift.The author takes a hard look at himself throughout and seems to be forthcoming about what he sees as his weaknesses and failures, often struggling with the question of how much was [...]

    13. I know this is terrible, but sometimes I like to read these books about horrible mothers, just so I can tell myself "well at least I know for sure that I'm not THAT bad". But the super crazy thing about this book is that, although Sante Kimes is (was? I haven't looked up where things stand now) a truly horrible sociopath with almost no redeeming qualities, I think she really did love being a mother. She was not a good mother- she was a terrible narcissist that turned her children into messed up [...]

    14. I guess I'm into memoirs about sociopaths lately. Here's a memoir about growing up living with a mother who's a total sociopath and a grifter. I vaguely remember in 2000 when it was big news that she and her other son, Kenny Kimes, were arrested for allegedly killing a socialite in NYC and also for trying to steal said socialite's mansion. This other son, Kent Walker, was not involved in any of the grifting shenanigans, though he does not come across as lovable or even very likeable in the memoi [...]

    15. This is a book written by the son of Sante Kimes. Her son Kenny, who is the authors half brother, is her accomplice in crime. They were convicted of 118 criminal counts including murder, robbery, forgery, and theft. Kenny Kimes was sentenced to 125 years in prison. Sante was sentenced to 120 years They have detainers filed against them from California charging murder and death sentences are possible for each of them. The author relates a very tragic upbringing and he seems to have been loyal to [...]

    16. I desperately wanted to love this book because the tale is fascinating. I learned about it on an episode of "Wicked Attractions". And I greatly appreciate Kent wanting to tell his story- it's an amazing one! The only problem is that the book is in desperate need of an editor. It should have been 200 pages less. I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again in between the good stuff. If not an editor to trim some of the fat then maybe a ghost writer to make things sound like they a [...]

    17. This book kept me turning the page all the way through! Sante and Kenny Kimes are painted and written WHOLE, not just as the complete criminals that they were, but also the mother (however broken she was) and the younger brother. I was completely blown away by the precision planning of Sante and the utter willingness of her sons, Kent as a young man, to follow her rules, plans, and ways of living. I thought that Walker did an amazing job writing this book, considering that by trade he was nothin [...]

    18. Son of a Grifter: The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America: A Memoir by the Other Son by Kent Walker (William Morrow 2001)(364.1523). This pair slithered onto the scenes in the late 1980's; they were a mother and son pair of con artists who were charged with murdering a wealthy old lady in New York. The story devolved from there. This pair of misfits had been making their living as con artists for many years. This is their sordid story. My rating: 7/10 [...]

    19. This book was a real page turner. It just goes to show that children who are brought up by sociopaths can still turn out okay. Kent Walker's mother was a career con artist who conned her way into marriage with a millionaire. When he died, she was desperate to maintain her extravagant lifestyle and ended up committing murder. This book is the story of her oldest son, who succeeded in getting away from his mother and building a life of his own, but not before wasting years and years being manipula [...]

    20. I had mixed emotions reading this book. I was fascinated by the event shay unfolded and the incidents of Sante's charm got her out of trouble. However, I found myself disliking the author, her other son, immensely. He is not much better than his mom and brother. He cops to aiding and abetting many of their crimes and also makes excuses for them throughout the book. What really irked me was the way he put his wife and children at risk for what he admits was greed. Maybe he isn't in jail, but I th [...]

    21. Mesmerizing Painfully unflinching about his own role in the otherworldly events perpetrated by his mother, an astounding sociopath and, ultimately, notorious murderer, Walker achieves the near-impossible feat of allowing us to see her as human. Well, almost. The characterization of everyone else in this mesmerizing story is also extraordinarily rich and nuanced. Compelling is too mild a word to describe this book.

    22. Sounded better in the online reviews than it was. Badly written, flat recitation of bizarre events, with little sense of the author’s perspective either as a child or as an adult. If Walker wrote this as a catharsis with respect to his mother and half-brother’s criminality, he appears to have a lot of feelings yet to be dredged up and worked through.

    23. I don't remember how I came by this book but I kept it as my "in the car book". Therefore, it took me awhile to get through it but it wasn't for lack of interest. Very interesting story about a sociopath. Trusting people can be so taken in by people like these because they just can't imagine that others are capable of these actions. It was an education for me.

    24. I was hoping we'd learn more about what makes Sante Kimes tick. Unfortunately, that information is not available; maybe it would have been at one time, but not today. To me, the importance of understanding criminal minds and the connection between early life events and later crimes is the best chance we have of preventing crime.

    25. mostly what I got out of this book is relief that I did not reproduce. I have a little more paranoia than previously about identity theft. The author is in a tough spot in that he obviously loves his mother and brother, but knows that neither can be trusted the least little bit, even in jail. Given that, he manages to tell a fairly balanced (and readable) tale.

    26. Compelling story of a sociopath mother and her abiding son. You name it, they were probably convicted of it. Scams, theft, larceny, multiple murders, etc. Could have been a better read but unevenly written and, at times, difficult to follow (skipping around dates, bringing up people as though I should already know who they are, then semi-explaining them later).

    27. strange family.True story about a psychopathic, neurotic, control-freak mother, her crimes, and her brainwashed family. She lived in her own delusional view of life in which she accepted only her version of the truth no matter the evidence to the contrary.

    28. A great read! Impossible to put down! I can't even imagine the challenges the author must have faced in trying to write this story considering his relationship to the characters. Yet, honesty and integrity shine through.

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