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Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder

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“Kathryn Casey is one of the best true crime writers today.”
—Ann Rule

 

With true crime classics like Descent into Hell and Die My Love, author Kathryn Casey has peered into the darkest corners of the Lone Star State, shedding a fascinating, chilling light on a series of notorious Texas murders. In Shattered, she explores in riveting detail an infamous Houston area crime: the brutal slaying of a young mother and her unborn child by the person closest to them.  Bestselling author Carlton Stowers numbers Kathryn Casey “among the elite of true crime writers,” and Shattered—a shocking true story of blood, rage, and betrayal—will only enhance her reputation as one of the best of the best.

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From a critically acclaimed writer whom Ann Rule has called one of the best in the true crime genre comes the story of the brutal murders of a mother and child in a quiet suburb of Houston--at the hands of the one closest to them. Original.

Synopsis:

Hero, Husband, Father . . . Monster?

In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king . . . and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl."

The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when Belinda's lifeless body was discovered in a closet. Her skull had been shattered by a shotgun blast at close range. She was eight months pregnant.

There was no damning evidence directly linking the brutal murder to husband David, who stood by emotionless and dry-eyed as police searched the crime scene. But a dogged eight-year investigation would expose a shocking history of cruelty and domination, infidelity and rage—ultimately resulting in an epic courtroom battle for the ages—as the scandalous truth was revealed about love betrayed and innocent lives . . . shattered.

About the Author

Kathryn Casey is a Houston-based journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, Texas Monthly, and many other publications. She is the author of five acclaimed true crime books.

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Suzanne Oxford, March 21, 2013 (view all comments by Suzanne Oxford)
The story of Belinda Temple is very tragic and heart-wrenching. She seemed to have a charmed life, being very popular, beautiful, athletic and having a wonderful family. Then her life would take a dramatic turn when she meets David Temple, the handsome, All-American football star of Katy, Texas. Of course she knew all about him, before they even met -- his poster was on display all over Katy and Stephen Foster Austin University. Her friends did not like him at first and tried to warn Belinda that something was not right about him. Unfortunately all in vain, as she had fallen in love with the popular and charming athlete. This is only the beginning of her life as Mrs. David Temple. If she knew what lie ahead, would she have run for her life? Of course this is mere speculation and no one could ever guess what the future held for her.

Kathryn Case is a superb true crime writer. She does a tremendous amount of research and investigation in order to give a thorough and fair portrayal of both sides in this story, David Temple's and the victim, Belinda and his unborn child. You hear from their family, friends, neighbors and teachers and coaches, who all have their own opinions and beliefs about what happened and why. It is interesting to note that some former friends and neighbors, who David considered to be his closest friends, would later have to move away in order to protect themselves from his wrath and revenge. Sadly, this was a pattern of behavior with him to deny and lie his way through any and all situations. After all his parents had protected and defended him all his life. They would continue to do so, even when evidence all pointed to him as the killer.

Ultimately, David would pay the price for this cold-blooded crime. Yet his actions devastated both families, who would have to deal with this for a long time. The Lucas family had lost not only their beloved daughter, but also their unborn grandchild To add to their misery and grief, the Temple family kept them from seeing Evan, Belinda's son and their only link to her. In view of how badly the Temple family treated Brenda Lucas and her parents, Tom and Carol, it is no surprise where David learned his arrogance and lack of empathy towards others.

Again I would highly recommend reading this book. Casey is at the top of her genre and truly one of the best.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061582028
Subtitle:
The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder
Author:
Casey, Kathryn
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
General
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
20100629
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.89 in 15.52 oz

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"Synopsis" by , From a critically acclaimed writer whom Ann Rule has called one of the best in the true crime genre comes the story of the brutal murders of a mother and child in a quiet suburb of Houston--at the hands of the one closest to them. Original.
"Synopsis" by ,

Hero, Husband, Father . . . Monster?

In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king . . . and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl."

The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when Belinda's lifeless body was discovered in a closet. Her skull had been shattered by a shotgun blast at close range. She was eight months pregnant.

There was no damning evidence directly linking the brutal murder to husband David, who stood by emotionless and dry-eyed as police searched the crime scene. But a dogged eight-year investigation would expose a shocking history of cruelty and domination, infidelity and rage—ultimately resulting in an epic courtroom battle for the ages—as the scandalous truth was revealed about love betrayed and innocent lives . . . shattered.

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