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To Have and to Kill: Nurse Melanie McGuire, an Illicit Affair, and the Gruesome Murder of Her Husband Mass Market Paperback – 2 Dec 2008


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (2 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312941668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312941666
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.6 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Walker on 23 April 2010
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couldnt put this book down i didnt know that there were such wicked people
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. N. B. Longworth on 22 Jun. 2009
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This is a very well written true story. It is so good that I did not want to put the book down and read the entire story in one day! I really recommend this to your readers.
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John Glatt one of the better true crime writers I think. Interesting and I don't think the police got to the bottom of who else may have been involved in the murder, but I think I have a good idea who it was.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
John Glatt does it again! 22 May 2010
By Terry M. Callen - Published on Amazon.com
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Another excellent true crime book by John Glatt....and one I could not put down.

Where do I begin...we have two people who did not believe that laws, rules, conventions applied to them.

Melanie was promiscuous from a very early age. Marriage didn't slow her down a bit. A very self-centered person. I don't think she was beautiful. She was cold and haughty. Beautiful, no.

Bill came off to me as immature. I don't find "humor" that is mean-spirited and makes other people feel like dirt the least bit funny. This man only married his first wife to better his financial situation in the navy. He never missed a chance to tell the woman how "intellectually inferior" she was to him. (She wasn't that dumb, Bill. She had the good sense to get away from you, become a nurse and marry a man who appreciates her).

Then there was Melanie's mother who carried on a long term affair with a married man....a married man who used his own six year old son as a cover for his affair. The affair produced an illegitimate son....yet, the man tried to portray himself as this good Catholic???? Give me a break! Melanie had some great role models there, yes she did.

I don't believe Melanie loved Bill. I don't think she even liked him. I don't believe she loved the MARRIED doctor with whom she was having an affair. I think she liked the idea of having his money and his upscale lifestyle. And I do not feel sorry for the doctor; no one told him to cheat on his wife with this woman.

I agree with Melanie's half-brother that she is incapable of loving anyone.

She insisted to anyone who would listen that her two boys were autistic and that was proven to be incorrect. Was there anything about which this woman didn't lie????

The stunts she pulled to try to pin the blame for Bill's murders on others - including Bill's sister? Ridiculous. Showed the extent of her arrogance. And what an egotistical clown her high-priced defense attorney was. He clearly believed his own hype.

Well-written, engrossing story of an individual who thought she was smarter than everyone else and who is now right where she belongs.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book! 7 Dec. 2008
By Karen Mctague - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was glued to Court TV during this trial and as another reviewer mentioned, this book filled in many of the blanks that weren't revealed to those of us who were watching at home. It is well-written and shows interactions in chronological order, making it easy to understand how the jury arrived at their verdict; and making me wonder how Melanie's attorney seems/seemed so convinced of her innocence. I enjoy reading true crime and this was one of the best I've read. How great that I could pre-order it in May and have it arrive last week! Very quick read - already finished with it!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I guess she never heard of getting a divorce..... 4 Nov. 2010
By MoodyBlue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first learned of this story on an episode of "Snapped" and later read the book. Melanie McGuire, a mother and a well respected nurse decides she's had enough of her husband Bill. Not only does she kill him but she dismembers him, packs his body parts in a designer suitcase and dumps him in the Chesapeake Bay. She almost got away with it....

Without giving away too many details of the book, because it is an interesting read, one is left wondering if she did it alone? McGuire was a tiny woman yet she managed to drag her dead husband into a shower, dismember him, pack him up, carry him off to the car and then lift the suitcases to toss them in the bay? That sounds like a job for Wonder Woman.

Surely there had to be an easier way out for Melanie McGuire to be with her married lover (who told her he couldn't leave his wife). It wasn't the new home Bill purchased right before his death, because Melanie never moved into it. And it wasn't the custody of her children she feared losing, because she didn't seem to care about her kids. So what made Melanie think killing Bill would be the best option? We may never know.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Who can understand Melanie? 15 May 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To say that Melanie was promiscuous is putting it mildly. Pretty and bright, she lost her virginity at age 13 and slept with, not just one, but two of her married high school teachers.

Later on, being married herself and the mother of two children didn't slow her down a bit. She worked as a nurse in an infertility clinic, and Melanie began a torrid affair with Dr Miller. Miller was married as well and also had children.

Melanie could have divorced her husband, but that would mean financial problems. And there was always the chance of losing custody of her children. So she decided to murder her husband.

Although everyone agrees Melanie was a well educated, clever person, she committed all sorts of idiotic goofs when it came to killing her husband. And yes, she was another of those murderers who type questions about how to murder people into her computer...and never, ever, seems to have heard that once a thing is on the hard drive...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One Gruesome Murder=One Calculating Nurse 3 Mar. 2010
By G.I Gurdjieff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
People are murdered every day in America and usually there may be a small newspaper item and/or a short piece on the local tv outlet and the crime becomes yesterday news. However, every once in a while a murder may get special attention. Sometimes it is the general gruesomeness of the crime, the victim may be beautiful or handsome or famous or infamous, or it may just stand out as out-of-the-ordinary. BINGO! This crime has everything!
The murder of Bill McGuire and the conviction of his wife Melanie McGuire for his murder and dismemberment is one of those complex and gorey crimes that is as compelling as it is repulsive.
Not exactly what anyone would term as a marriage made in heaven, the McGuires were seemingly no winners in the marriage sweepstakes. I had a difficult time understanding how or why they bothered getting together or staying together. In this instance an unplanned pregnany moved things along. This marriage went down hill fast. The McGuires didn't seem to have shared values or even much of a friendship. They managed to parent two autistic sons, but nothing solid seemed to be holding them together. Melanie was a fertility nurse who was in an advanced state of pregnancy when she started up a steamy affair with one of the doctors she was working for. Thoughts of marital bliss instead of sugarplums filled Melanie's head. Only problem is that the bliss aspect was supposed to be shared with her boss after he dumped the wife and kids. Her relationship with hubby Bill only seemed to grow more contentious as they moved toward finalizing their over-priced mini-mansion in suburban NJ. Suddenly and so conveniently, Melanie claimed that Bill had disappeared. The apartment they were vacating reeked of bleach. Melanie spun stories of huge gambling losses by Bill and the mob being quick on Bill's heels for unpaid debt.
It all might have been conveniently been forgotten until Bill, or at least parts of Bill, surfaced in Melanie's designer luggage floating in the Cheasepeake Bay at Virginia Beach. Bill might have still remained an anonynmous and cut-up dead guy, but a friend of Bill's who lived in the area noticed the resemblance of the police sketch to his buddy Bill.
The ensuing investigation of Melanie as the perp picked up steam as she continued her assignations with the boyfriend/doc while the police shadowed her. Evidence was gathered from everywhere. The only even remotely improbable aspect to all of this is that the 'beauteous' Melanie is super petite and it is a little difficult imagining her disecting Bill in the bathtub and then wrapping the body parts and distributing them among those 3 designer suitcases. Heaving them off the 21 mile Cheasepeake Bay Bridge is another issue.
I found this whole business fascinating though not nearly as improbable as one might imagine. The evidence and the prosecution's theories made this crime pretty straightforward and the only thing that would not have made sense would have been acquital. The forensic evidence was interesting. I had no idea what they could test and what type of evidence would result. I also think she might have had some help in cleaning up and disposing of the remains.
As is typical with books of this genre, the author hops around in time but it is easy to follow and piece together events chronologically. The book abounds with people who are real characters such as a nurse friend of Melanie's named Jamie Finn and Melanie's stalwart boyfriend Dr. Brad.
If true crime is your thing, you will probably like this book. It is no simple case of murder.
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