Shattered Night Author:Kay Sandiford with Alan Burgess The door of the expensive suburban home stood open. Then the blazing lights of the foyer were blocked by the silhouettes of two hefty policemen. Between them, their arms hooked under her armpits, they towed a screaming woman. Her hair disheveled, her face convulsed, she struggled helplessly as her heels dragged and bumped along the road. "Jennif... more »er!" she cried when she caught sight of her friend standing speechless, watching incredulously, as the police brutally bundled Kay Sandiford into the patrol car. "Jennifer, I've shot Frank! I've shot Frank!" Sweet, gentle, respectable, lovable Kay! How had she come to this?
Even Kay's closest friends knew little of the physical and psychological torment she had endured as the wife of the prominent heart surgeon Frank Sandiford. From the moment she gazed into his black, haunting eyes to the hour that had just passed -- when he had raged up the steps, flailing his tennis racket and shouting, "I'm going to get you!" -- Kay had been his victim. The bullets pumped into his body by his terrified, disoriented wife were only the final violence. So much had gone before.
And Kay Sandiford would have to endure more before she put her nightmare behind her: jail, a mental ward, and a trial that held the headlines daily. This is the story of her ordeal, a compelling account of a woman given wealth but denied a sense of self-worth -- a woman married to a brilliant man who excelled at his work and at secret, subtle torture at home. Yet, it is a heartening story, for it proves that the Law, however convoluted its means, can reach a just verdict. This is Kay Sandiford's life story. This is her truth.« less