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Heart Full Of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death
Heart Full Of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death
by Ann Rule
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read - recommended., 27 Feb 2014
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Ann Rule must be congratulated on having the guts to write about real people who commit murders. They could, after all, sue her...or worse, but she takes her chances and tells stories that must be told. Good for Ann!

This book is quite chilling because it shows that people we think are nice and normal can have different sides and Lisya Northon shows one side to some people and another side of herself to others. Liysa herself is an expert storyteller and for that reason has convinced people that she is a battered wife and that she had to kill her husband in order to save herself and her kids. I am still not sure how she managed to convince her friends that she shot her husband in 'self defence' when, at the time, he was lying comatose, fully zipped up inside a sleeping bag.

Liysa Northon gives genuine battered women a bad name. She is as bad as those women that cry rape.

Liysa is a manipulator of people - especially men, and I would say to any man that gets involved with her in the future that he should be extremely wary, but then men don't always think with their heads, do they?

John Christie of Rillington Place: Biography of a Serial Killer
John Christie of Rillington Place: Biography of a Serial Killer
by Jonathan Oates
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced, 16 Jan 2014
Jonathan Oates makes what should be a simple subject into a difficult read. He dots about with the story's timeline and repeats himself many times. He also refers to the St. John Ambulance Service as the St. John's (that's just a minor thing though). On Page 76 Oates himself gets confused between the defence and the prosecution.

The author takes it as fact that Evans was not informed that Geraldine had been strangled with a tie. I believe Evans had already been told of this by PC Black, although the police say he hadn't been told. Well they would wouldn't they? - the police were determined to get a full confession out of Evans.

The author states that nobody heard Beryl cry out at the time of her murder. The book states that Beryl was stranged from behind so she wouldn't have known what was happening until the cord was around her neck - too late to cry out. The same with the baby Geraldine. The author states that Ethel was in the house and did not hear the baby cry (at the time when it was murdered). Well the baby was known to cry a lot anyway.

I believe Evans' last statement was the truthful one because it makes a lot more sense than his prior confessions. Evans was a bully but I don't believe he had the mindset to murder his own baby daughter. Christie killed Beryl for the same reasons he killed his other victims - lust. He then killed Geraldine to get her out of the way and to stop her crying and drawing attention to the fact her mother had gone.

Are we to believe that Christie knew nothing of the bodies concealed within the wash house? Christie, it has been said, knew everything that went on within that house.

And the massive coincidence remains - Jonathan Oates wishes us to believe that two stranglers lived in the same tiny house at 10 Rillington Place at the same time.

And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano:  The Deadly Seducer
And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano: The Deadly Seducer
by Ann Rule
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.18

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 21 Oct 2013
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This is a fascinating story and well worth a read. The book looks thick but time just flies by when you start reading it. Ann Rule's style takes a little getting used to if you're used to reading true crime because the storyline is interspersed with Ann's opinions, which are usually fairly accurate. In this book I think Ann is a little biased towards the victim Ann Marie Fahey and anyone would think the girl was a naive nitwit instead of a worldly adultress (which she undoubtedly was). It turned out that other women were simulataneously having an affair with this same married man. (Where did he get the energy for all these women and all that subterfuge?).

The ending was rather spoiled for me because I looked at the photograph section first and noticed that underneath a picture of Tom Capano it said "Tom Capano after he was sentenced to death by lethal injection" which sort of gave the game away. He died a couple of years ago from natural causes (while still on death row). Too good for this arrogant murderer who should have got his prescribed sentence.

Everything She Ever Wanted: A True Story of Obsessive Love, Murder and Betrayal (True Crime Files)
Everything She Ever Wanted: A True Story of Obsessive Love, Murder and Betrayal (True Crime Files)
by Ann Rule
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.38

5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! Gripping true story, 30 Sep 2013
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When I first got this book and looked at how thick it was I thought it might be a bit heavy going and tedious - one book devoted to just one crime. However...this turned out to be one of best books I have read in years. I've heard the expression 'I just couldn't put it down' and this is exactly how I was with this book. It was gripping and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I have about 10 Ann Rule books but this is the best one so far. I'll be buying more - she's a truly great writer with a nose for interesting true crime stories.

Bloodstain - The Vanishing of Peter Falconio
Bloodstain - The Vanishing of Peter Falconio
by Richard Shears
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 7 Mar 2013
In my opinion Joanne Lees is as guilty as hell.

I have an avid interest in all aspects of true crime - it's basically my main hobby.

When I saw Joanne Lees being interviewed on TV I was convinced by her demeanour that she was guilty - her body language said it all. She failed to emit a single tear and resorted to suddenly covering her face with both in her hands and pretending to cry with her shoulders going up and down.

The fact that aboriginals and their dogs found no trace of Joanne OR Bradley Murdoch and his dog at the scene of the crime (where she was supposed to have hidden in the bush for hours) makes me highly suspicious.

I believe the Australian police knew all about Bradley Murdoch and had been after him for years, just waiting for a an excuse to put him behind bars. Well they got their excuse and planted a drop of his blood on Joanne Lees t-shirt. That's all it took to ensure that Murdoch would be behind bars for the rest of his life.

Incidentally Murdoch was a man who kept a low profile. The police knew this, and that's why he had never been captured for his drug smuggling. Why then would Murdoch harass people on the road and kill one of them? It makes no sense.

It turned out afterwards that Joanne Lees was having an affair with another man (forgotten his name) and I believe this other guy caught up with them on the road, a fight happened and the guy killed Peter then drove the truck up the road and dumped Peter's body down one of the many mine shafts that litter the outback.

Joanne Lees should be doing life, not Murdoch.
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Foreign Faction - Who Really Kidnapped JonBenet?
Foreign Faction - Who Really Kidnapped JonBenet?
by A. James Kolar
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.92

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 31 Jan 2013
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I have quite a number of other books about this murder and I was looking forward to reading this one by James Kolar.

Unfortunately I found it to be disjointed and would be very confusing to anyone who is not already au fait with this crime.

He only hints at his theory regarding the perpetrator of the crime and does not give us a theoretical 'walkthrough' of what he thinks happened on that tragic night, no sequence of events, so we can only guess at the author's thoughts on this matter.

There are a lot of typos in the text which makes it confusing at times. The few photographs are in black and white and quite indistinct. There are no photographs of the family as a whole and the only picture of JonBenet is a post mortem close up of her skin.

James Kolar has a theory concerning a toy but does not say exactly how it came to be used in connection with the murder.

I get the feeling that James Kolar is a timid writer - frightened of sticking his neck out and naming names in case he gets sued by the Ramsey family and their high powered lawyers. This is what happened to his ex-colleague Steve Thomas, who wrote the best and in my opinion the definitive (and well written) account of what happened to JonBenet Ramsey.

For anyone interested in this crime then I would recommend the book by Steve Thomas over this one.
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