Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder: And Other True Cases

Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder: And Other True Cases

Ann Rule

Language: English

Pages: 480

ISBN: 1416541608

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Includes Ann Rule's insider commentary on the Mary Winkler murder case


In some murder cases, the truth behind the most tragic of crimes crystallizes with relative ease. Not so with these fascinating accounts drawn from the personal files of Ann Rule, America's #1 bestselling true-crime writer. What happens when the case itself becomes an intractable puzzle, when clues are shrouded in smoke and mirrors, and when criminals skillfully evade law enforcement in a maddening cat-and-mouse chase? Even the most devoted true-crime reader won't predict the outcome of these truly baffling cases until the conclusions revealed in Ann Rule's marvelously insightful narrative: An ideal family is targeted for death by the least likely enemy, who plotted their demise from behind bars.... A sexual predator hides behind multiple fake identities, eluding police for years while his past victims live in fear that he will hunt them down.... A modest preacher's wife confesses to shooting her husband after an argument -- but there's more to her shattering story than meets the eye. These and other true cases are analyzed with stunning clarity in a page-turning collection you won't be able to put down.

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it was my fault. But when I look back in pictures now, Matthew had just gained weight.” She mentioned a time when Patricia was about a year old and had suffered a dislocated elbow. It happened when Matthew was taking care of her. Mary said she didn’t know how it happened. Mary testified that her husband had yelled and screamed at her often. Urged to tell the jurors about an incident when they lived in Pegram (near Nashville), she said that “he just flailed [at me]—he’s a big guy and he was just

[Carpenter] writing this.” Mary’s direct testimony, led by Steve Farese, had been relatively incisive, but now she was floundering. She wasn’t sure if she had told Chris Carpenter about seeing blood on the floor, or that her husband was bleeding from the mouth. She did recall wiping his mouth with a sheet. “Do you remember today that you told Matthew that you were sorry and that you loved him?” “No sir.” “You don’t recall Matthew asking you, ‘Why?’ ” Freeland’s voice was full of doubt. “No

Scott to come back home to take a bead on them with a high-powered rifle as they got out of their car. No, they couldn’t go home. Sue wished that she could tell Scott and Jenny what was going on. If she could, they wouldn’t be giving her such a hard time. They probably believed she’d really gone crazy. It might have been easier if she had. Yancy Carrothers had enjoyed his freedom for a very short time. He had accomplished some of the items on his mental “to do” list, but he drank too much one

Steiger also looked to see what the motivation behind the informant’s coming to him was. He tried to keep an open mind, and he accepted collect phone calls from jail. You never knew. As it happened, Cloyd Steiger knew Yancy Carrothers; he had followed up on what Yancy had told him on two murder cases, and found that it was the truth. Yancy had helped bring about convictions in both instances. He had also helped prevent a jailbreak in which corrections officers could have been injured. Steiger

making a valiant effort to be alert. He didn’t dare ask her any questions, and he had no idea who she was or where she had come from. He hoped that she could keep from crying, because this seemed to provoke their captor into violence. Doug Parry had already made up his mind that he wouldn’t leave her—even if he had a chance to escape himself. He was convinced that if he left her alone with Anderson, she would be killed. Anderson was jumpy, apparently unsure of what to do next, and ready to kill

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