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When he started to abuse her again, her grandfather tried to stop him. The abusive stalker nutjob murdered her grandfather, nearly murdered her grandmother, and fled, taking his wife with him again. Mercifully, he was apprehended before he could hurt anyone else. He was convicted of second-degree murder.

The only time I've ever seen Rule commit the Blame the Victim fallacy is in her introduction to this case: It's not her job to avoid being abused. It's his job to not abuse her. I'm all in favor of cooperation here: But don't put the blame for the situation on the victim's failure to avoid it. Put the blame where it belongs, on the person male or female committing abuse.

Michael Anderson escaped from prison and hid in the basement of a middle-class family's home. When he was discovered, two days later! He threatened to, but did not actually, rape her. He imprisoned her in her own trunk. Then he decided to rob a big box store, and did so, taking the store manager hostage as well. The store manager, Doug Parry, was a former EMT who'd changed careers because he was tired of getting into high-risk situations. Irony punches you in the face. Roll D20 for damage. Parry kept his head and talked Anderson into getting a motel room instead of killing them.

He then managed to alert the desk clerk without tipping off Anderson, which meant that Anderson was apprehended and neither hostage was killed. Anderson was given multiple life sentences, to run consecutively, meaning that he might actually spend, or have spent, the rest of his life in jail.

Mary Winkler killed her husband Matthew, a minister in the Church of Christ. She shot him in the back with his own shotgun, most likely while he was sleeping. The big unanswerable question is why. There's certainly evidence that Matthew was domineering and abusive, emotionally if not physically. Mary claimed that she'd only been acting on Matthew's instructions, and that she killed him a because she couldn't stand his abuse and his sexual kinks any longer Matthew liked anal sex; Mary did not. Matthew liked pornography; Mary did not. It's really hard to see how she could have gotten the shotgun down from a high closet shelf without fully intending to commit homicide with it.

Her defense largely hinged on learned helplessness: The other way to look at it is: Matthew was domineering, all paterfamilias Father Knows Best asshole and into kinks Mary did not share. She was up to her eyeballs in a bank fraud, and the day she murdered Matthew was the day they were both supposed to show up at the bank to discuss the matter.

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The Church of Christ does not sanction divorce, and as a minister, Matthew would certainly never have agreed to it. She wanted him gone and she made it happen. It's like one of those optical illusions. Is it a vase or two profiles?


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To what degree was Mary genuinely not responsible for the disaster she made of her life and to what degree was she a cold-blooded murderer? There is no case in this collection called "Smoke, Mirrors and Murder. Feb 22, Dez Nemec rated it it was ok Shelves: Overall, it was okay. The best section was about the death of the truck driver's wife, who may have been murdered or may have been a victim of spontaneous human combustion. Hard not to find that interesting! Feb 05, Cindy rated it it was ok. So far very uneven set of stories about domestic violence: The first story The Deputy's Wife was in serious need of editing.

The Truck Driver's Wife was also interesting, even if there was not a definitive conclusion. Sometimes there is no right answer.

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The Convict's Wife was just sad - two brothers who seemed destined for bad e So far very uneven set of stories about domestic violence: The Convict's Wife was just sad - two brothers who seemed destined for bad ends from the start and a woman just trying to get out of a bad situation and ended up in a worse one. The Chemist's Wife is a story of obsessive love - a girl cannot get out of her relationship and the end is tragic.

There are so many warning signs - the man isolates her from her family and friends, becomes overly controlling, and eventually violent. A textbook case of obsession and abuse. The Painter's Wife was interesting.

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A woman is kidnapped from her home by an escaped convict who also takes a man from the store he worked at. The Minister's Wife deals with a notorious case from Tennessee. A few minor things made me think that she did not do her homework on this case or at least the person doing her research just phoned it it FYI azaleas and crepe myrtles don't bloom at the same time - I know because I live in Tennessee.

Jun 25, David rated it it was ok Shelves: Towards the end of Ann Rule's career, she began going back and digging up old cases that she wrote on for detective magazines. Some of these had been unsolved back then, some of them remain unsolved Then, she would put them together in a book and call them her crime files series. Usually, this series has a really good case in the beginning and a number of less interesting cases in the back.

However, this one reads like an issue of True Detective Magazine. The inclusion of unsolved cases doesn Towards the end of Ann Rule's career, she began going back and digging up old cases that she wrote on for detective magazines. The inclusion of unsolved cases doesn't help it and her lack of ability to actually get inside the story, as she did in best work, just is missing here. One gets the feeling that she was simply going through old case files, and trying to build a book and failing miserably, in this case. That's not to say that there were not some solid and interesting cases in this volume, just that the it reads much more like a newspaper reporter's work than an actual book.

I'll be avoiding her case files in the future.. Even when I buy them on the discount table at the library sale. Jan 11, Sheila rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ah, true crime, my guilty pleasure. I've only read a couple of Ann Rule's books before, and it took me a while to get into the first story, but once I was in, I was done for. Most of these were older stories: A fascinating look at how crime never really changes and how criminology has; one case "The Antique Dealer's Wife" would be a shoo-in conviction today, but with no DNA testing available at the time, never went to trial.

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The last story, "The Minister's Wife," is also modern, the Matthew and Mary Winkler case that spent so long in the headlines in the last couple of years. I thought it was the weakest of them all, since it relied the most on court testimony and the least on interviews with the principals. I might sleep with a light on tonight. Jan 12, CatBookMom rated it liked it Shelves: As with all of these anthologies, some stories are better than others.

There's no wonder that the Mary Winkler case is still interesting to people; based on Ms Rule's story, there was a lot about the history of the couple's marriage that never came to light. The story of the testimony that her lawyers got from her was fascinating; they seemed to be able to get her to open up, to remember things, which the prosecution and everyone else seemed unable to do. I was puzzled by the Winkler in-laws sui As with all of these anthologies, some stories are better than others.


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Where on earth did they think Mary, who at best was a substitute teacher, would get so much money? Mar 19, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: I love watching true crime on tv and decided to finally read a book in that genre. I chose Ann Rule because she was the queen of true crime writing. This particular book was a compilation of some of the stories she had written about.

I was engrossed right away and couldn't put it down. I now know why Ann Rule's books are so popular. In the first story "The Deputy's Wife", she survives her ordeal, but it was scary reading about it. I like that Ann added resources for victims of domestic abuse at I love watching true crime on tv and decided to finally read a book in that genre. I like that Ann added resources for victims of domestic abuse at the end of this story. I won't give details, but it truly is a mystery! Jan 10, Monique rated it really liked it. I finished this up last night and had to say I enjoyed it as I have almost all of Ann Rule's books.

Her paperback's are usually short stories of cases she has followed over the years and this one was good as it included quite a few from the Seattle area. They were all focused on abused women with the last one being a man. The last one was the case of the preacher's wife Mary who killed her husband and ran off with their three children before being found in Alabama.

She is one odd duck from readi I finished this up last night and had to say I enjoyed it as I have almost all of Ann Rule's books. She is one odd duck from reading this story. I enjoy the way Ann really draws you into the people in the stories so you feel as if you really could have known them. Feb 07, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it liked it Shelves: Ann Rule is the only true crime I ever read.

She tries to give a voice and a memory to the victims of the crimes, and she tells the stories in a sensitive way, with a minimum of gore or sensationalism. Whenever I read her books, it's always so unbelievable to me how these women lie to themselves and don't pay attention to what their senses are telling them! Rule's stories are constant reminders to trust yourself and don't try to silence that little voice inside you that says something's not quit Ann Rule is the only true crime I ever read. Rule's stories are constant reminders to trust yourself and don't try to silence that little voice inside you that says something's not quite right about a person or situation.

Jan 08, Annie rated it really liked it. I had trouble putting this one down. Each story was different, and I prefer shorter stories that don't get dragged down by incessant details. The story of the possible spontaneous human combustion felt a little out of place to me in this book. I felt it belonged more in a "Strange but True" book. It is so sad that too many men all over from every culture feel it is alright to dominate and control and belittle and abuse women.

Feb 04, Dionne rated it really liked it Shelves: I have become a big Ann Rule fan. I started listening to her books on Cd, but liked them so much, I'm starting to get them in paperback now. This particular book was about different wives that were murdered and in the last one, a wife who was the murderer. Rule gave a fascinating, balanced take on the Mary Winkler case.

I love everything about how Ann Rule covers these true, crime cases. She advocates for the many women who are victims and wants justice to be done. Jul 31, Brendygirl rated it really liked it Shelves: I like all her books. They have good photos of the people, the tone she uses is factual but sympathetic toward the victim, and intrigue.

I have a sociology major and took criminal justice, so these books are right up my alley.

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I can't read or watch that fake CSI stuff. Nov 01, Eva Leger rated it liked it Shelves: This isn't one of my favorites but I enjoyed it still. I grew tired of the actual stories, not Rule's writing, and I think it might simply be because I wasn't in a t. Aug 08, Maria rated it it was amazing. I Liked this but. But then Again I love all her books. Some of these stories left me speechless as to how many deranged people is out in this world.

Feb 01, Jamie rated it liked it. It troubles me that Ann Rule so easily finds so many stories to write about--it means there is just that much scariness and evil in this world! OK book - like her full length novels better and I think her first books were also better but being an Ann Rule fan, I will always read anything by her. Apr 26, Fiona rated it liked it.

Scary true stories about scumbag control freaks. Jan 08, Kristin rated it liked it Shelves: Read for the "true crime" challenge of Book Riot's Read Harder list. Although this was published in , it felt much older, probably because so many of the cases were from the 70s and 80s. Overall the writing was good and the cases were interesting. Jul 20, Cindy rated it really liked it Shelves: I've read pretty much everything Ann Rule ever wrote but I was feeling the true crime reading itch recently so I picked this up again.

My mom got me hooked on Ann Rule and true crime in general in the late 80s when I was in the 6th grade and we read every book as soon as the paperback came out. Aug 12, Sandy Carmichael rated it really liked it. Interesting details on older crimes of passion. Have read many of Ann's books. Oct 14, Susan Brown rated it liked it. A little too dark, even for me. Time to mix it up with something more cozy Oct 31, Melva Clark rated it liked it. This book is filled with true domestic violence cases. Jul 12, Barbara Nutting rated it really liked it.

Jul 22, Michael R. Number 12 in Ann Rule's Crime Files series. With those unfamilar with Ann, these are true crime stories. The theme of this book was wives' tales. With the 'book length' feature being 'The Deputy's Wife'. In this book I found several cases where I definately thought that Justice had not been served. Just a quick synopsis case-by-case: Saddily, kind of predictable. Husband came from a broken home, and foster homes. What I noticed in this case was that the abuse really seemed to escalate after the husband started to have pain issues, and could no longer do many of the things he had enjoyed doing in the past.

Fortunately, the wife survives his murder attempt, and the husband does serve a lengthy jail term. The Antique Dealers Wife: Very strange case of Raoul. I'm passing judgement on this one. I'm sure he did it, but there was no court case. The wife and her daughter were both murdered in this one, and brutally disposed of, by the popular ladies man, who quickly re-married after this wife 'disappears', and then he quickly vanishes out of her life with another lady.

Truly no justice in one. The Truck Driver's Wife: Well, it wasn't the husband. He was out trucking at the time. This was a gruesome one with the wife was killed by a fire in her own house. It was a mystery as to how or who if anyone was involved. The time table is so tight - who could have been in that house? The KFC was still warm when the authorities arrived. One theory was spontanious combustion, but from what I understand, that doesn't seem possible in this case. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. See all free Kindle reading apps.

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