A Beautiful Child Author:Matt Birkbeck Sharon Marshall was brilliant. — As a student at Forest Park High School near Atlanta, Georgia, Sharon was at the top of her class. She had a personality that radiated, and the blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty to match, making her one of the more popular, and respected, students. She also served as a Lt. Colonel in the ROTC, was a Who's Who Amon... more »g Students in America's High Schools, and earned a full scholarship to Georgia Tech University to study aerospace engineering.
Sharon was the girl next door, her future filled with so much hope and promise.
She was an American dream.
But Sharon had secrets. Deep, disturbing secrets so shocking and complex, and so unique, they took more than a decade to unravel.
A Beautiful Child explores one of the most baffling cases in the annals of American law enforcement. It tells the gripping true story of a gifted, yet mysterious young woman caught in the violent world of the murderous felon and fugitive she called her father.
A complex web of deception thirty-years in the making, Sharon Marshall's incredible story, and the horrifying events that followed, fueled a dedicated FBI agent determined to unravel her secrets. But his efforts were thwarted at every turn by a nation's failure.
What unfolds is a heartrending testament to the profound courage and perseverance of one woman trapped in the grip of extreme evil.« less
This is one of the best written true crime books I have ever read! Birkbeck didn't just sit at his computer and let information flow to him, he went out and did his own research and interviews. Given the quality of writing and detail I would say Sharon Marshall's story effected him the way it effected all those involved with the Floyd investigation. It's a heartbreaking mystery that's impossible to not leave a lasting impression.
Sharon's story leaves so many asking how, why, who, and where. I myself started searching through missing persons files while reading this, even going so far as to join Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community to discuss this case with others who want answers. This is not a story that will be forgotten by those who read it. This is the kind of story that will shake you someplace deep inside and make you want to take action to help find the answers to all those questions.