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Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders

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Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff—until authorities discovered Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella did the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a "random casualty" of cyanide-tainted painkillers. But Stella's cunning plan came undone when her daughter Cynthia notified federal agents. And troubling questions lingered like the secret of bitter almonds...
 
What would turn a gregarious barfly like Stella into a cold-hearted killer overnight? Why would Cynthia, a mirror image of her mother, turn on her own flesh and blood? Did Cynthia reveal everything she knew about the crimes? The stunning answers would unfold in a case that sparked a national uproar, dug deep into a troubled family history, and exposed an American mother for the pretty poison she was.
 
Gregg Olsen's Bitter Almonds is true crime writing at its best.

Synopsis:

Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff—until authorities discovered Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella did the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a "random casualty" of cyanide-tainted painkillers. But Stella's cunning plan came undone when her daughter Cynthia notified federal agents. And troubling questions lingered like the secret of bitter almonds...
 
What would turn a gregarious barfly like Stella into a cold-hearted killer overnight? Why would Cynthia, a mirror image of her mother, turn on her own flesh and blood? Did Cynthia reveal everything she knew about the crimes? The stunning answers would unfold in a case that sparked a national uproar, dug deep into a troubled family history, and exposed an American mother for the pretty poison she was.
 
Gregg Olsen's Bitter Almonds is true crime writing at its best.

Synopsis:

The horrifying true story behind the 1986 Seattle Cyanide Murders. When suspected of lacing her husband's headache capsules with cyanide, Stella Nickell did the unthinkable--she saw to it that a stranger would also become a "random casualty" of cyanide-tainted painkillers. But Stella's plan was soon exposed by her daughter Cynthia, who notified federal agents.

About the Author

Gregg Olsen has been a journalist and investigative author for more than twenty years. He is the recipient of numerous writing, editing, and photojournalism awards, including citations of excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi), the International Association of Business Communicators, Washington Press Association, Society of Technical Communication, and the Public Relations Society of America.

A resident of Washington state, Olsen has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and the Discovery Channel. Olsen also appeared several times on CBS's 48 Hours, MSNBC's Special Edition, Entertainment Tonight, Sally Jesse Raphael, Inside Edition, and Extra. He has been featured in USA Today, Salon Magazine, Seattle Times, and the New York Post.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312982003
Author:
Olsen, Gregg
Publisher:
St. Martin's True Crime
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Victims of crimes
Subject:
Murderers
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Nickell, Bruce
Subject:
Nickell, Stella Maudine
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
St. Martin's True Crime Library
Series Volume:
2002-8
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 8 pages of photographs
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders
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Product details 576 pages St. Martin's True Crime Classics - English 9780312982003 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff—until authorities discovered Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella did the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a "random casualty" of cyanide-tainted painkillers. But Stella's cunning plan came undone when her daughter Cynthia notified federal agents. And troubling questions lingered like the secret of bitter almonds...
 
What would turn a gregarious barfly like Stella into a cold-hearted killer overnight? Why would Cynthia, a mirror image of her mother, turn on her own flesh and blood? Did Cynthia reveal everything she knew about the crimes? The stunning answers would unfold in a case that sparked a national uproar, dug deep into a troubled family history, and exposed an American mother for the pretty poison she was.
 
Gregg Olsen's Bitter Almonds is true crime writing at its best.
"Synopsis" by , The horrifying true story behind the 1986 Seattle Cyanide Murders. When suspected of lacing her husband's headache capsules with cyanide, Stella Nickell did the unthinkable--she saw to it that a stranger would also become a "random casualty" of cyanide-tainted painkillers. But Stella's plan was soon exposed by her daughter Cynthia, who notified federal agents.
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