Spousal murder stories, when done well, can make for the most insightful psychological reading around. Very rarely can I pick one up without finishing it. But actually on reflection I can’t remember coming across all that many really great books in this theme.
Here are some that come to mind. This is a rough draft list as I’m hoping for some reading suggestions from other kind-hearted true crime fans who might recall a well-written and insightful story of a marriage that went to hell. There must be some interesting stories from the UK that I've missed. And maybe there are a few very bizarre spousal murder cases out there waiting for books.
1. A Crime of Passion
by Stanley Loomis
The murder of the Duchesse De Praslin by the Duc De Praslin. The epitome of uxorcide (see the CLEWS review).
2. Until the Twelfth of Never
by Bella Stumbo
The murder of Dan and Linda Broderick by Betty Broderick. It’s impossible to finish this without having a strong opinion on the case.
3. Dead by Sunset
by Ann Rule
The murder of Cheryl Cunningham by Brad Cunningham. Said Kirkus: “This book is better plotted than the murder itself.”
4. She Wanted It All
by Kathryn Casey
The murder of Steve Beard by Celeste Beard and Tracey Tarlton. An even better title might have been She Couldn’t Wait.
5. Gone Forever
by Diane Fanning
The murder of Susan McFarland by Richard McFarland told in chilling detail through the victim's diary and the murderer's confession.
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