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    September 20: Mark Mueller, 32, was fishing in Waukegan, IL when Jared Fitch and Walter Hains beat him to death with a baseball bat. Fitch was sentenced to 54 years in prison (on parole now on Interstate Compact – probably in Barberton, OH) and Hains was sentenced to 70 years in prison (still incarcerated)

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    Please remember when leaving a comment on my blog that all comments are subject to the blog owners discretion. I do believe in freedom of speech, however, that right is not absolute. Here are the rules: 1 - Please remember the victim(s) first and foremost. Do not come here to comment only on the offender(s). My blog focuses on the victim(s). Do not glorify the killer(s). No negative comments about the victim. NO VICTIM BLAMING. 2 - I will not tolerate hate filled speech, vulgar or derogatory remarks about a victim. I will remove comments that go against this. I will not remove comments just because they do not match my beliefs, in fact, I welcome them! However, that being said, I will remove those that I find offensive, argumentative just for the sake of starting an argument that does not add to the post, hate-filled speech, etc. 3-No comments in ALL CAPS, or CoMeNtS. They are rude and difficult to read. I have had many complaints about it so no more. 4-Comments must be in English only and easy to read (meaning no text language, shortening words, etc.). Have respect for those who don't do text messaging or other lingo. 5 - ALL COMMENTS LEFT BY COMMENTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND THEIR OPINIONS. THEY DO NOT CONSTITUTE FACTS. NOR IS THE BLOG OWNER RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYONE'S OPINIONS OR FEELINGS. STATEMENTS MADE AS COMMENTS ARE OPINIONS, GIVEN FREELY BY THE COMMENTORS. If you have a question or problem with this, please feel free to email me (there is a link to my email above).

Book Review: A Taste For Murder by Burt Barer and Frank C. Girardot

This book is about one of the coldest murderers you will ever read about. Frank Rodriguez was killed by his wife, Angelina Rodriguez, for money. This book is an in-depth look into the investigation into his death, which landed this black widow and possible baby killer on California’s death row, where she belongs. It is interesting to get to understand how the conviction and sentence of death came about. Apparently she did not co-operate with the authors, which is a shame because I would love to have heard her version of things and her thinking. So, I can only guess from the story given. The book is well written and well researched. I highly recommend this book!

A Taste For Murder by Burt Barer and Frank C. Girardot
File Size: 5620 KB
Print Length: 232 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: WildBlue Press (March 8, 2016)
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01AM3IGUA

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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: To Love and To Kill by M. William Phelps

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This book was about the murder of Heather Strong by Josh Fulgham and Emilia Carr. The book is an in-depth look at the people involved, their pasts and what transpired between them. Throughout most of the book is the questioning of Josh and of Emilia. Both of them are vile, disgusting liars. To know that they took away Heather Strong from her children and her family is just heinous. They are right where they belong. The book was compelling and hard to put it down.

Book Review: To Die For by Gary C. King

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Great book about sexual predator/serial killer Darren Dee O’Neall, who terrorized the NW, mostly Washington and Oregon. He killed at least 3, but violently raped others. Thankfully he is in prison for the rest of his life. This books looks at all of the angles – the victims, law enforcement, the victim’s friends and family, the sociopathic killer, etc. It is researched well, down to every detail. Some details were hard to read, especially knowing that these things happened to the victims. O’Neall was added to the FBI Top Ten list, enforcing the knowledge that he needed to be caught. Unfortunately, this story is real, not a movie. You want to believe these kinds of monsters do not exist, but they do. And Darren Dee O’Neall is a prime example. I liked this book and do recommend it!

To Die For by Gary C. King
File Size: 1833 KB
Print Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Bleak House Publishing, Inc. (July 11, 2011)
Publication Date: July 11, 2011

My post on Darren Dee O’Neall:
Serial Killer: Darren Dee O’Neall – killed at least 3 women, raped others

Book Review: The Yoga Store Murder by Dan Morse

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I was asked to read and review “The Yoga Store Murder”. I found this book to be very interesting and hard to put down after I started reading it. The writing is excellent and his research into this case was excellent. Once you start reading it, it will be hard to put down. The characters, especially Jayna, will become important to the reader and you care about them. Also, the author was clear and easy to follow. Sometimes true crime books are hard to follow, but that is not the case here. I highly recommend this book.

Book Review: The Charmer: The True Story of Robert Reldan – Rapist, Murderer and Millionaire — and the Women who Fell Victim to his Allure

I received a review copy of “The Charmer: The True Story of Robert Reldan – Rapist, Murderer and Millionaire — and the Women who Fell Victim to his Allure” by Richard Muti and Charles Buckley. I looked forward to it since I enjoy reading out and researching older crimes. This is one I had vaguely heard of, but had not heard the details. This book provided an in-depth look at Robert Reldan,a sociopath who was clean cut, good-looking, and quite the charmer. In fact, so much the charmer that he was able to get out of actually paying the consequences for many violent crimes before he was even an adult, and then even as adult. That is, until he killed 2 young women.

This book is very well-written and explains the crime justice system, step-by-step, making it easy for anyone not familiar with the criminal justice system to understand. It shows that it does not run perfectly, but in most cases, justice is served, as it is in the end here. It is a compelling story, and done very well in this book. The book was hard to put down, and I carried it around quite a bit until I was done. My emotions ran high, especially seeing this clearly sociopathic man getting away with violence time and time again. It was unbelievable to me that his own parents and family could not see that he was such a danger to society, even to the point of ignoring clear signs. He was a convicted sex offender, yet they believed he would never hurt anyone. In my opinion, they need to shoulder some of the blame for the 2 murders and even some of his violence offenses, including rapes. It is good to know that he is and should be in prison for the rest of is life.

Another interesting aspect of case was that Reldan’s wealthy aunt left him millions in her will, even though he tried to have her murdered and he was in prison for the murders of 2 young women. However, the parents of one of the victims, Susan Reeve, sued him and won $10 million, so that he could not benefit from her will and live a comfortable life inside of the prison. They have set up scholarships with the money so that others could get an education. They also oppose any chance Reldan has of gaining parole, and have even set it up with an attorney to represent them at his next parole if they are not alive. Currently, Reldan is 72 years old. I doubt he will make it to his next parole hearing or be paroled. It is widely known in NJ, especially with the parole board and corrections, that he is a dangerous person and should not ever be paroled.

This was a great book and I highly recommend it. It is a great case study of how charming a sociopath can be and how he fooled so many people, not just his family. He fooled a psychiatrist, a parole board, a prison guard and a parole officer, just to name a few.

Victims
Susan Reeve, 22
Susan Haynes, 26
Mary Pryor, 17
Lorraine Kelly, 16
Doreen Carlucci, 14
Joanne Delardo, 15
Denise Evans, 15
Carolyn Hedgepeth, 15

Pr
Justice for Susan
Bail Set High
Guilty Verdict Returned

Murderpedia: Robert R. Reldan
For Convicted Murderer, No Escaping His Name
Robert Reldan v New Jersey State Parole Board
Susan Reeve Family Gets $10M 35 Years Later

INMATE INFORMATION

robertreldanNephew Guilty in Murder Conspiracy (scroll down and to the right)

Robert Reldan
SBI Number: 0000557463
Sentenced as: Reldan, Robert
Race: White
Ethnicity: White
Sex: Male
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birth Date: June 2, 1940
Admission Date: June 26, 1978
Current Facility: NJSP
Current Max Release Date: N/A
Current Parole Eligibility Date: September 13, 2017
aka: Howard Beyer Junior

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