Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors and Other True Cases
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT It’s a chilling reality that homicide investigators know all too well: the last face most murder victims see is not that of a stranger, but of someone familiar. Whether only an acquaintance or a trusted intimate, such killers share a common trait that triggers the downward... show more
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT It’s a chilling reality that homicide investigators know all too well: the last face most murder victims see is not that of a stranger, but of someone familiar. Whether only an acquaintance or a trusted intimate, such killers share a common trait that triggers the downward spiral toward death for someone close to them: they are masters at hiding who they really are. Their clever masks let them appear safe, kind, and truthful. They are anything but—and almost no one can detect the murderous impulses buried deep in their psyches. These doomed relationships are the focus of Ann Rule’s sixteenth all-new Crime Files collection. In these shattering inside views of both headlined and little-known homicides, Rule speaks for vulnerable victims who relied on the wrong people. She begins with two startling novella-length investigations. In July 2011, a billionaire’s Coronado, California, mansion was the setting for two horrifying deaths only days apart—his young son’s plunge from a balcony and his girlfriend’s ghastly hanging. What really happened? Baffling questions remain unanswered, as these cases were closed far too soon for hundreds of people; Rule looks at them now through the eyes of a relentless crime reporter. The second probe began in Utah when Susan Powell vanished in a 2009 blizzard. Her controlling husband, Josh, proved capable of a blind rage that was heartbreakingly fatal to his innocent small sons almost three years later in a tragedy that shocked America as the details unfolded. If anyone had detected the depth of depravity within Josh Powell, perhaps the family that loved and trusted him would have been saved. In these and seven other riveting cases, Ann Rule exposes the twisted truth behind the façades of Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors.
Publish date: November 27th 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
Series: Crime Files (#16)
This was just an okay read from beginning to end. I think the issue is that the first two cases were pretty much unsolved mysteries. So you can guess at what happened, but you don't really know. After that, I didn't get the reason why some of these cases were included in this volume. The last two we...
Ann Rule’s latest compilation of eerie true crime stories hits close to home with many readers. While the cases she covers in this book all take place in the Midwest to west coast, they feel like they can happen anywhere. In most of these cases, the victims were attacked by someone they knew, and, s...
Not the best collection of Ann Rule stories. Several of these tales bothered me quite a bit, especially the first two, which chronicle two very recent crimes, while the others occur mostly in the 1970's. Still, a so-so Ann Rule book is better than most other true crime books, but I would only recomm...