American Justice (1992– )
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Family Secret: The Death of Lisa Steinberg 

The tragic and disturbing death of 6 year old Lisa Steinberg is profiled by American Justice. The horrific abuse that was suffered by Lisa Steinberg and her adoptive mother Hedda Nussbaum ... See full summary »
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Episode credited cast:
Bill Kurtis ... Himself / host
Hedda Nussbaum Hedda Nussbaum ... Herself
Joel Steinberg Joel Steinberg ... Himself
Lisa Steinberg Lisa Steinberg ... Herself
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The tragic and disturbing death of 6 year old Lisa Steinberg is profiled by American Justice. The horrific abuse that was suffered by Lisa Steinberg and her adoptive mother Hedda Nussbaum at the hands of Joel Steinberg became a media focal point in 1987. Written by Roger Campbell

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2000 (USA) See more »

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The Death of Lisa Steinberg
29 June 2014 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

Although this documentary concerns the death of a young girl it is about a lot more than that. The term "abusive relationship" is one that is used often and at times frivolously, but the way Joel Steinberg treated Hedda Nussbaum beggars belief, especially as this was an intelligent career woman who could have walked away at any time.

Steinberg himself appears to have been a Jekyll & Hyde character, one who was mostly Mr Hyde at home. The disturbing footage here includes film of Hedda Nussbaum's body taken by the authorities shortly after her arrest, a woman who looked a good ten years older than she actually was.

Steinberg and Nussbaum were both said to have overindulged in crack cocaine, which may have been one of the factors that resulted in Steinberg's conviction for manslaughter rather than second degree murder.

Don't watch this if you are of a sensitive disposition.


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