Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders
Bitter Almonds The True Story of Mothers Daughters and the Seattle Cyanide Murders Author:Gregg Olsen Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff -- until authorities discovered Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella di... more »d the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a "random casualty" of cyanide-tainted painkillers. but Stella's cunning plan came undone when her daughter Cynthia notified federal agents. And troubling questions lingered like the secret of bitter almonds...
What would turn a gregarious barfly like Stella into a cold-hearted killer overnight? Why would Cynthia, a mirror image of her mother, turn on her own flesh and blood? Did Cynthia reveal everything she knew about the crimes? The stunning answers would unfold in a case that sparked a national uproar, dug deep into a troubled family history, and exposed an American mother for the pretty poison she was.« less
Very interesting true crime story. Trailer parks, sex, and alcohol figure largely in this story - juicy! Cyanide in Excedrin capsules was the chosen method of murder, that also took an innocent life just to make it seem like a random poisoning.
This was a fascinating true crime. It was one of the product tampering cases that changed products and their packaging forever.
The book is big, over 500 pages, the crimes, backgrounds of the parties involved, and then the trial. There was too much of the intimate details of people's lives for me- people I didn't like. I felt the book needed some more editing.
Still, a compelling look at solving and prosecuting a mostly circumstantial case.
Awesome book! I love true crime, and this one did not disappoint--I think it might actually be my favorite of the genre! The book is very detailed, yet these details just make the story more interesting. My only complaint would be that it gets a little hard to keep track of so many characters. It would have been nice if there was a page or two in the front that lists details about the characters. I have seen this in other true crime books in the past, and it was very helpful.