Synopses & Reviews
andlt;Bandgt;AMERICA'S and#35;1 TRUE-CRIME WRITER FULFILLS A MURDER VICTIM'S DESPERATE PLEA -- WITH THIS SHATTERING andlt;Iandgt;NEW YORK TIMESandlt;/Iandgt; BESTSELLER andlt;BRandgt; andlt;Iandgt;"If anything ever happens to me...andlt;BRandgt; find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story."andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt; In perhaps the first true-crime book written at the victim's request, Ann Rule untangles a web of lies and brutality that culminated in the murder of Sheila Blackthorne Bellush -- a woman Rule never met, but whose shocking story she now chronicles with compassion, exacting detail, and unvarnished candor. Although happily ensconced in a loving second marriage, and a new family of quadruplets, Sheila never truly escaped the vicious enslavement of her ex-husband, multi-millionaire Allen Blackthorne, a handsome charmer -- and a violent, controlling sociopath who subjected Sheila to unthinkable abuse in their marriage, and terrorized her for a decade after their divorce. When Sheila was slain in her home, in the presence of her four toddlers, authorities raced to link the crime to Blackthorne, the man who vowed to monitor Sheila's every move in his obsessive quest for power and revenge.
From America's number-one true-crime writer comes the gripping story of Sheila Blackthorne Bellush, who fled the clutches of her abusive husband only to be brutally murdered thereafter. With complete access to interviews, photographs, and secrets previously hidden for decades, Ann Rule reveals all the stunning details in this shocking and heartbreaking story. of photos.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Ann Ruleandlt;/bandgt; is a former Seattle policewoman and the author of more than two dozen andlt;iandgt;New York Times andlt;/iandgt;bestsellers. She is a certified instructor for police training seminars and lectures frequently to law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and forensic science organizations, including the FBI. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. A graduate of the University of Washington, she holds a Ph.D. in Humane Letters from Willamette University. She lives near Seattle and can be contacted through her website AnnRules.com.