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Book Review: Fatal Jealousy: The True Story of a Doomed Romance, a Singular Obsession, and a Quadruple Murder by Colin McEvoy and Lynn Olanoff

This is basically the story of Michael Ballard and his murder of 4 people: His girlfriend Denise, 2 other family members and a neighbor. The book was well-written and well researched. The authors interviewed this sociopathic killer for about 9 hours, so they did get a lot from him. Including the fact that he did not take any real responsibility for what he did. He blames it all on Denise and his belief that she was cheating on him. So he killed her and the others, rather than being a man and either talking to her or just moving on. His control issues did not allow this. I did like the book, but this killer really riles me up! He is the poster boy for the death penalty and deserves each one of the 4 death sentences he received.


Book Review: Buried Memories: The Chilling True Story of Betty Lou Beets, the Texas Black Widow by Irene Pence

Very good book about Betty Lou Beets and the murders of 2 of her husbands. The book was well researched and gave a good background on Betty and the events leading up to those murders. The section on her trial was on point and gave good highlights. It did not go word by word, but rather summarized the witnesses and did not talk about each and every sidebar or objection. I have to admit I preferred that, as sometimes those things end up being boring and wordy. The author did really well with this. I really liked this book and will read the author’s other books, as well.

Buried Memories: The Chilling True Story of Betty Lou Beets, the Texas Black Widow
Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Pinnacle (March 16, 2001)
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Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,835,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Book Review: Killers of the Lonely Hearts: The Tale of Serial Killers Raymond Fernandez & Martha Beck by R. Barri Flowers

This book was a good overview of the crimes of Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck. It is a short book, and not in-depth, but it is good and gives the facts. At the end, there is a bonus of short previews of R. Barri Flowers other book, including a fiction novel based on Jack the Ripper. The short preview was quite intriguing. I did enjoy this book as well.

Killers of the Lonely Hearts: The Tale of Serial Killers Raymond Fernandez & Martha Beck
File Size: 223 KB
Print Length: 44 pages
Publisher: R. Barri Flowers (December 22, 2013)
Publication Date: December 22, 2013
Language: English

Book Review: Pretty Little Killers: The Truth Behind the Savage Murder of Skylar Neese by Daleen Berry and Geoffrey Fuller

The murder of 16-year-old Skylar Neese by her 2 best friend, Rachel and Sheila. It is heinous and disturbing that 2 teenage girls could, in cold-blood, kill their close friend, and then go on as if nothing ever happened. For 6 months, they just went about their lives, until Rachel finally confessed about what happened. This book was well-written and she developed each character to be real people, ones that could be related to in real life. She talked about events from all sides, giving a glimpse into how these girls felt and behaved. I enjoyed this book and thought it was a good look into this horrendous event in the life of Skylar Neese and her loved ones.

Pretty Little Killers: The Truth Behind the Savage Murder of Skylar Neese
File Size: 1805 KB
Print Length: 370 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books (July 8, 2014)
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

Book Review: Bitter Remains: A Custody Battle, A Gruesome Crime, and the Mother Who Paid the Ultimate Price by Diane Fanning

Laura Jean Ackerson was murdered and dismembered in 2011. She was the mother of Grant Hayes’ sons and he wanted her completely out of the picture. Apparently, his wife Amanda Hayes, wanted the same. So they made it happen, and tried to make it look like they had nothing to do with it. They had made life extremely difficult in the past years, so of course, they made this new plan difficult, and extremely heinous as well. This book was well-written and well researched. I felt it was balanced between all of the focuses, but never lost sight of the actual victim, Laura Jean Ackerson. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to all who read true crime.

Book Review: Special Agent: My Life On the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI by Candice Delong and Elisa Petrini

This is the story of Candice Delong and her time in the FBI. I got this book because I have seen her on several TV shows and enjoy listening to her. Yes, I will admit that I love Deadly Women! It is my guilty pleasure! This book was no disappointment. I really enjoyed this book, with her tales of criminal cases and how they were solved. She also threw in some personal history as well, letting the reader get to know her on a personal level as well. It was an easy and fun read and I do recommend it to those who like biographies and those who like true crime.

Special Agent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (April 25, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786867078
ISBN-13: 978-0786867073

Book Review: True Crime Stories: A Prequel by Jack Rosewood

Another great book by Jack Rosewood. This book contains 4 well known murders and the stories behind them. He also talked about how murder affects society and people. It was very interesting. It is a fast read, and very good.

I received a copy of this from the author for an honest review.

True Crime Stories: A Prequel: 4 Shocking True Crime Cases
File Size: 2545 KB
Print Length: 142 pages
Publication Date: December 31, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English

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