This is a very disturbing book. The author truly lived through hell and is lucky have made it through her childhood alive. This is a book that is not for the squeamish...however it is absolutely riveting.
This case of sexual,mental and physical abuse is the worst i have ever read about. It is unbelievable that this woman survived and is healthy today. I personally know what it is like to"go away" as Jan did that is how we survive abuse. She witnessed so many gruesome murders and endured so much. My heart goes out to her. This book not only holds your interest for the most part but is also hard to put down at times. God only knows how this woman lived to write this book.
Janice Knowlton grew up in a home that included abuse, rape, torture... but her young mind repressed those events until she was an adult and the memories began pushing their way up into her conscience. Through therapy, Janice pieced together missing parts of her memory and truly believes that not only is her father the Black Dahlia murderer, but that she was there to witness him sawing the body in half and the disposal of the body. LAPD refuses to investigate or give her memories credibility and the case remains unsolved.
It amazes me how a person can survive such brutality.
It seems clear that this poor woman suffered enormously. But though riveting none of the claims can be proven. It makes one wonder what caused the author to commit suicide - the effects of the horrendous abuse or the chiding skepticism of the public over her impossible to verify accusations? The book is worth the read if interested in true crime/Black Dahlia, but there are plenty of better, (more plausible?) books on the subject.
This is one of the the worse in this type of writing. It is clear after reading this book that her father was sadistic and it is also clear that he was not the killer of Elizabeth Short. As a sad after note this woman committed suicide. It is sad that this man terrorized his family and it is also sad that just anyone can drag a murder victim into their own sad need for some sort of validation.
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Janice Knowlton's childhood was horrific. That her father (if you believe the author, which I do) killed Elizabeth Short and many other people is not surprising. While the book doesn't go into graphic detail of the incest and physical abuse that she suffered, it does detail the murder of Elizabeth Short and others in a graphic way. If you are one who tends to dissociate or is traumatized by graphic descriptions, PLEASE read this book with caution.