In 1982 a Houston, TX attorney and his wife were brutally shot to death as they slept. Two of their grandchildren slept on the floor nearby, but were unharmed. The most likely suspects were the couple's troubled daughter Cindy, mother of the two children who were present that night, and her survivalist boyfriend, David West. Two years later, the alibi of neither had been cracked. Then, a sexy ex-stripper-turned-private-investigator played up to West and managed to tape record his convession to the murder and implication of Cindy as an accessory. Clifford Irving has written a compelling account of a large cast of fascinating characters and their various motivations and agendas. He also explores all of the ugly family secrets, including alleged incest.
Unbelievable but true story of the 1982 murder of a wealthy Houston couple by their own daughter.
Over 600 pp's...true crime...parricide, incest, sexual enticement, starts in 1982...James Campbell successful Houston lawyer, and Virginia, his wife of 40 years, found by their grandsons, shot to death in their own bed. No witnesses. Clifford Irving finds himself both reporter and witness to events almost impossible to believe or accept. This is the story of Cindy Ray Campbell, a journey into madness..
One of the 2 best courtroom action true crime books ever printed. Rusty will cross exam anyone anytime. (The other book is ...and the Sea Will Tell.)
If you enjoy Court TV, you may enjoy this page turner as much as I did.
A very entertaining and engrossing book about a true murder case in Texas back in the early 80's. It is long and very detailed but it is hard to put down. The author has written several trial/mystery novels, so this was a little different in that it was a firsthand account of what happened as he researched this very real drama.
The Houston murder of James and Virginia Campbell by their daughter, Cindy, and her boyfriend, David West, was the subject of Jack Olsen's Cold Kill ( LJ 12/87). Irving's and Olsen's treatments differ in style and judgment. Irving focuses on the trialsWest pled guilty, and after one hung jury, Cindy was convictedalthough he doubts Cindy's guilt. Olsen ignores the trials and portrays Cindy as the instigator. Clearly, Cindy is unlikable and unbalanced; Irving's sympathy for her may be unpopular. He was a defense witness at one trial, and his thorough account is personal in tone, whereas Olsen's novelistic style is more readable and dramatic. Most public libraries will want at least one version.
A True Crime
On June 19,1982,James Campbell,sucessful Houston lawyer,and Virginia, his wife of forty years,were found by grandsons,brutally shot to death in their own bed. With no witnesses and only only allegations of family greed, sexual abuse and a missing will,the murder went unsolved for two years. The most likely suspects ,Cindy Ray Cambell, the victums third daughter and her survivalist boyfrieend David West, had an alibi the police could not crack. Untill a sexy exstripper turned private investigator coaxed a convession from Westand the nmost complex murder case in Texas history exploded into national news.
I never read this book. But I know its a true story