Worth More Dead Author:Ann Rule Former Marine Sargeant and judo instructor Roland Pitre Jr. claimed it was all an elaborate plan to win back his wife's love---it wasn't supposed to end with her dead body in the trunk ofa car. Nearly twenty years later, he acknowledged that he had hired someone to kill his estranged wife in 1988, though his alleged excuse for why a monstrous "... more »mistake" happened is as shocking and convuluted as the crime itself. Eventually, he was charged with first-degree murder in the long-unsolved death of Cheryl Pitre, after a mysterious witness betrayed Pitre to save his own skin. Tracing back the dark and bloody path of Pitre's life, two generations of detectives found a chain of brutal and terrigying crimes by a man who manipulated the courts and prisons to walk free.
Go deep inside the darkest crimes and twisted minds of the most baffling killers and schemers---with this colleciton of chiling cases from Ann Rule, "America's best true-crime writer" (Kirkus Reviews).« less
While I much prefer Rule's full length works, this collection of true crime stories is still good reading. From the dense and criminal Pitre of the title story to the luckless newsman in another, the stories are interesting because they revolve around ordinary people in terrifying situations.