- Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 480 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 28mm | 249g
- Publication date: 2 February 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1451641087
- ISBN 13: 9781451641080
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 33,240
DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU focuses on stories of people in danger, sometimes from strangers and sometimes from the people they know and love.
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Ann Rule, a former Seattle police officer, has published twenty-six international bestsellers, all of them still in print. A certified instructor for police training, she has twice testified before the U.S. Senate on victims' rights and serial murder. She lives near Seattle, Washington.
By Trevor Hawkeswood 06 Oct 2013
Book Review: Don't Look Behind You by Ann Rule
This is another gripping book by Ann Rule regarding some of the monstrous criminals of the USA.
There are 4 cases outlined in this book, the first two being the most important in terms of the volume of treatment.
The first case deals with the disappearance of a man by the name of Joseph Tarricone. After he had been married for many years and had had a large family, he suddenly divorced his wife and chased another woman who really didn't give him much attention. In the end she got bored with him and her adopted brother, a pig of a man called Nick Notaro, decided to do away with him. Joseph was missing for over 30 years. His family never gave up the search for them. Then all of a sudden plastic bags of bones and clothes were dug up on a property at Puyallup in Washington State. The bones were determined as those of Joseph Tarricone. Joseph had apparently gone to the house of Renee Curtiss and there he was definitely not welcome. Notaro shot him twice in the head as he bent over. Later Renee and Notaro, with a chain saw (who had earlier killed his wife) gruesomely cut off Joseph's head, arms and legs and put them into separate plastic bags and buried him the yard. The crime was not solved for over 30 years. Both criminals were sentenced to life imprisonment. The moral of this story is to stay with your wife and try not to look for greener pastures elsewhere.
The next case deals with an ogre by the name of Robert Hansen. Hansen was cruel to his children (two boys and one girl) and then one day his wife suddenly disappeared. He couldn't care less. It was rumored that he had killed her but the police had no evidence whatsoever to go on. The girl grew up to be very beautiful but her life went downhill fast after she failed to win a major beauty contest. She later died of a drug overdose. The two boys remained of what could be called a family but left their father as soon as they could. One of the boys, Ty, spent the next 40 years looking for his long lost mother, Joann Cooper Hansen. He (Ty) never stopped believing that his father had killed her way back in 1962. However, the ogre father was never charged and eventually committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning when he was 84. The mother's body has still not been located.
The next case involves the murder of a small cutie by the name of Bethany Stokesberry. She was apparently bored with her husband, so she got dressed in tight hot pants and went looking for other guys at a public bar one night near to where she lived. She met up with a neantherthal by the name of Paul Anthony Vinetti who was about 7 feet tall. However, Stokesberry shunned his advances while on a walk alongside the nearby lake. He suddenly went into a rage and bashed her senseless and then threw her into the lake where she drowned. It didn't take the cops long to get a confession out of this coward. He received life imprisonment. Apparently he killed her because she made fun of his height and complained that he was no good!
The last case deals with a serial rapist by the name of Grant Wilson. He was very elusive and the cops tool a long while to catch him. But he confessed quickly once captured and was quickly given life imprisonment. He was definitely a sicko but no psychiatric treatment could help with this kind of criminal. Apparently he was handsome and could have had many available woman as he liked to take out. One wonders just how these criminals think!
Recommended for all those interested in crime and how to solve cases.
Dr Trevor J Hawkeswood
Author: Spiders of Australia (2003) and Light and Dark (2013)