Don't Look Behind You

Don't Look Behind You : Ann Rule's Crime Files #15

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I'LL BE WATCHING YOU Walking home on a dark night, you hear footsteps coming up behind you. As they get closer, your heart pounds harder. Who is closing in with dangerous intent--a total stranger? Or someone you know and trust? The answer is as simple as turning around, but don't look behind you . . . run. Ann Rule, who shared her own nerve-jangling account of unknowingly befriending sadistic sociopath Ted Bundy in The Stranger Beside Me, chronicles other fateful encounters with the hidden predators among us in this riveting collection, fifteenth in the bestselling series drawn from her personal files. First in line is a stunning case that spanned thirty years and took a determined detective to four states--ending, finally, in Alaska--where he unraveled not one but two murders. A second case appears to begin and end with the hunt for the Green River Killer, focusing on a Washington State man who was once cleared as a suspect in that deadly chain of homicides. But the millionaire property owner believed he had successfully buried his own murderous past and the awful truth behind his young wife's disappearance. She vanished soon after she left for a day at the Seattle World's Fair, and her three small children grew up believing their mother had abandoned them. But one amazing witness remained--the missing woman's best friend, who heard her last words in a frantic phone call--"He's coming!"--before the line went dead. Only since Robert Hansen's suicide has the monster within been revealed. In another true story, a petite woman went to a tavern, looking only for conversation and fun. Instead, she met violent death in the form of a seven-foot man who had seemed shy and harmless. You'll feel a chill as you uncover these and numerous other cases of unfortunate victims who made one tragic mistake: trusting the wrong person--even someone they'd known intimately, or thought they more

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  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 27.94mm | 249.47g
  • Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • insert
  • 1451641087
  • 9781451641080
  • 60,336

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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)show more
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