When I ordered this book, it was because it was a true crime story by an author I was familiar with. When it arrived, I was surprised to find out that it was not just about a murder which took place in the state I grew up in, but the actual TOWN I grew up in, to a man who was in my graduating class in high school!
So, all this aside, this is a VERY detailed account of this bizarre murder-by-hire, perpetrated by a young lawyer, Beth Ann Carpenter, obsessed with obtaining custody of her young niece. Beth Ann becomes convinced that her brother-in-law is the one thing standing in the way of her family obtaining custody and puts a hit out on him.
I found the motivation for the murder very strange, and was a little surprised that the whole scenario wasn't explored a little deeper, but all in all, it is a very engrossing read.
I read true crime books for the attorney & courtroom action.
I rated this book:
Entertainment value = 9
Atty & courtroom value = 6
This is interesting. It shows what depths a person can go to get their own way.
Great read! Unbelievable what the AUNT did to try and get her niece and what a strange family.
M. William Phelps is one of my favorite True Crime authors. Even though I was familiar with this case I was still on the edge of seat while reading this. He does a fabulous job keeping you in suspense wondering what wil happen next. A great read!
aunt wants custody of niece and nothing will stop her!
true crime, real estate lawyer in conn murders her brother in law
"A real estate lawyer in Connecticut's moneyed seaside communities,Beth Ann Carpenter,30,had beauty,brains and success. But she wanted more-namely guardianship of her 2yr old niece,Rebecca,daughter of Beth's estranged sister,Kim.When Kim married Anson"Buzz" Clinton,28, a former male exotic dancer deemed an unsuitable guardian by the Carpenter family,Beth Ann becaome obsessed with the idea that only his death could ensure that she and her parents would get custody of the child.On March 10,1994, along a lonely stretch of road, Clinton was shot five times. His body discovered by passing motorists...........the aftermath of this brutal crime would set investigators and prosecutors on a long and twisted path strewn with lies,treachery, and deceit tht would cross the Atlantic Ocean before finally bringing justice home.
Very interesting; I would rather have had the unabridged version.