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"I HURT SOME PEOPLE. " When he walked into the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office in Northern California with a woman's severed breast in his pocket, 36-year-old Wayne Adam Ford wasn't even a suspect. But before it was all over, he would be convicted of the grisly torture and murder of four women, two of whom he dismembered. If Ford hadn't confessed, he'd probably still be out there today. But he did confess--because he knew he'd kill again. I DESERVE TO DIE. " Based on previously sealed testimony and interviews with the key players in the case, Body Parts is a frighteningly intimate look into a twisted man overcome by the horror of what he had done, and powerless to resist his increasingly perverse sexual appetites. Ford's statement was only the beginning as the trial became a maze of legal one-upmanship and inadmissible evidence. Now, with unprecedented access, Caitlin Rother at last reveals the full picture of what drove a damaged man to his unspeakable crimes. Includes 16 pages of shocking photos
Good Couple Happy and retired, Tom and Jackie Hawks lived a charmed life in sunny Southern California. They were delighted when former child star Skylar Deleon and his pregnant wife Jennifer offered cash to purchase their 55-foot yacht The Well Deserved. . . Bad Couple But a trial voyage turned into a nightmare. Out at sea, the Hawkses begged for their lives as they were forced to sign everything over to Skylar. In return, they were tied to the ship's anchor and thrown overboard--alive. . . Dead Couple Skylar and Jennifer's twisted story became even more shocking when Skylar's unusual sexual motivations were revealed in court. After killing a man while out of jail on work furlough, he reportedly tried to hire hits from prison on four witnesses, including his father. . . For this former child actor, the answer to Where Are They Now? is Death Row. A thrilling account of murder and mayhem. --M. William Phelps A chilling read by a writer at the top of her game. --Gregg Olsen A breathless tale of unthinkable events that no true crime fan should miss. --Katherine Ramsland 16 Pages of Shocking Photos!
For decades, the family of Marcus Wesson--his wife, Elizabeth, and seventeen children--lived sequestered in a social and emotional prison, enduring his tyrannical reign of physical, sexual, and mental abuse. Then came the terrible day when a family confrontation erupted into a harrowing standoff: with police and SWAT teams descending on a small blue house in central Fresno, Marcus Wesson murdered nine of his children. Television reporter Alysia Sofios got the first tip about Wesson's arrest and was witness to every twist and turn of the horrific case through to Wesson's trial. Risking her job and her life to offer friendship and support to the traumatized family members--scarred by memories and guilt, reviled for having the Wesson name--Sofios chronicles the case that shocked the nation, and gives voice to their astounding stories of survival. This is a stunning account of healing from one man's unimaginable acts, and how each, in time, learned to break free from a deadly devotion.
"Rother is the next Ann Rule. "--Gregg Olsen Praise for Caitlin Rother "A superb writer. " --Los Angeles Times"A star in the field of true crime. " --The San Diego Union-Tribune"Will keep you on the edge of your seat. " --Aphrodite JonesNanette Johnston Packard, a sexy divorcee, liked to meet men at the gym and through personal ads. Soon after she began dating millionaire Bill McLaughlin, he moved her and her kids into his bay-front home in Newport Beach. But one man was never enough for Nanette. . . Eric Naposki, her NFL linebacker lover, fulfilled Nanette's wilder cravings. Together they schemed to make her fiance's fortune their own. When McLaughlin was gunned down, authorities had suspicions--but no proof. Pulitzer-nominated writer Caitlin Rother explores this chilling story of a woman who seemed to have it all--until justice finally had its day. Includes dramatic photos
Praise for Caitlin Rother and her true-life thrillersWill keep you on the edge of your seat. --Aphrodite JonesAn exciting page-turner. --M. William PhelpsChelsea King was a popular high school senior, an outstanding achiever determined to make a difference. Fourteen-year-old Amber Dubois loved books and poured her heart into the animals she cared for. Treasured by their families and friends, both girls disappeared in San Diego County, just eight miles and one year apart. The community's desperate search led authorities to John Albert Gardner, a brutal predator hiding in plain sight. Now Pulitzer-nominated author Caitlin Rother delivers an incisive, heartbreaking true-life thriller that touches our deepest fears. Rother is one of the best storytellers in true crime. --Steve Jackson Includes dramatic photos
Scott Bolzan went to work on December 17, 2008, like any other Wednesday. By that afternoon, he'd lost every memory of his past. Awakening in a hospital with no memory of who he was or how he got there, the forty-six-year-old didn't know that the petite blonde at his side was his wife of twenty-four years, Joan-or even what a wife was. He couldn't remember the births of his two young-adult children, the daughter he'd lost, his time as an offensive lineman for the NFL's Cleveland Browns, or his flourishing aviation career. Scott's life and the lives of everyone who loved him were forever changed when he slipped, hit his head, and lost consciousness in his office bathroom, suffering one of the most severe cases of permanent retrograde amnesia on record. With heartrending honesty and no shortage of humor, the Bolzans share their remarkable journey as Scott navigates his way through a now-unfamiliar world. The challenges are initially overwhelming: Scott's debilitating headaches, his relearning of social etiquette (taking cues from The Sopranos!), Joan's grief over the loss of the man she married and their shared history, the financial burden of Scott's lost income, his mounting medical bills, and the agony of their twenty-year-old son's struggles with drug addiction. But remarkably, My Life, Deleted is above all else a celebration of extraordinary perseverance, and of the enduring love that emerges when we are most tested. Scott learns to trust his intuition in a way few people ever will, while Joan taps into a well of patience and resourcefulness she didn't know she had. Throughout it all, what unfolds-against all odds-is an enviable romance as Scott and Joan fall in love all over again. Both gut-wrenching and brimming with optimism, the Bolzans' captivating story makes a powerful statement about commitment-and the possibility of finding extraordinary opportunity in life's greatest challenges.
Case seen on Inside Edition, Good Morning America, and 48 Hours Accident, Suicide. . . Or Murder? On November 6, 2000, paramedics answered a call to find Kristin Rossum, 24, sobbing. Her husband, Greg de Villers, wasnt breathing and she claimed he had overdosed on drugs after learning she was leaving him. But family and friends who knew of Gregs distaste for drugs werent buying Kristins story--particularly the idea that he would take his own life. American Beauty The daughter of a well-to-do California family, Rossum was a brainy blonde beauty whose talent for toxicology had won her a post at the San Diego County Medical Examiners Office. But her sweet smile masked a dark side. Shed developed a taste for methamphetamine in high school, and six months after her marriage to Greg, shed begun seeking secret trysts with other men. Toxic Passion At the time of her husbands death, Rossum was engaged in an illicit affair with her married boss. Investigators found that the Medical Examiners Office was missing supplies of meth and fentanyl, the narcotic that had killed her husband. With each clue discovered, another piece of Rossums "good girl" façade fell away. What the world would eventually see was the true face of a murderer--and the hand of justice. . .
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