Synopses & Reviews
Twisted Triangle tells the compelling true story of Margo Bennett, a married FBI agent whose jealous, vengeful husband, Gene Bennett, a former undercover FBI agent, kidnapped and attempted to murder her after she had?a secret love affair with best-selling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell.
This series of bizarre events caused a sensation when it made national news a decade ago, but the whole incredible story has never before been told. Only now have Margo Bennett, her friends, and family granted investigative journalist Caitlin Rother exclusive access to personal interviews, previously sealed court records, diaries, letters, and other formerly confidential material. The book details the crazy dynamics of Margo and Gene Bennett's marriage and family, the rise and fall of their FBI careers, and Margo's clandestine lesbian affair with celebrity author Patricia Cornwell. Stranger than fiction, this story describes the makings of Gene's complex plan, his insanity defense, and the trial that ultimately vindicated Margo and sent Gene to prison, where he remains today.
Margo Bennett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a captain of the University of California, Berkeley, campus police department. Gene Bennett is incarcerated in Virginia, not far from the Washington DC area, where the events of this fascinating true crime narrative took place.
Praise for Twisted Triangle
"This book will haunt you. It will move you to look at some of the harsh realities of life in a new way. A powerful story-and masterfully written."
best-selling author, All She Wanted and Cruel Sacrifice
"A harrowing tale of one woman's struggle to maintain a balance between being a mother, an FBI agent, and dealing with a corrupt husband also an FBI agent. A must-read."
-Joseph D. Pistone
aka Donnie Brasco
"Hitchcock wishes he'd dreamed it up. Capote wishes he'd written it. Rother's mesmerizing narrative chronicles a wife's heroic struggle against great odds to survive her psychopathic husband's elaborate scheme to make her murder the perfect crime. This spellbinding tale offers an added treat-it's true."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught
"This in-depth account brought back memories of a most bizarre case, proving once again that the truth can be stranger than fiction."
-Paul B. Ebert
Commonwealth's attorney, County of Prince William, Virginia
Rother offers the first complete narrative thriller about Margo Bennett, a married FBI agent, who had a love affair with bestselling author Patricia Cornwell. In response, Gene Bennett, a superstar FBI undercover agent, kidnapped and attempted to murder his wife, Margo.
About the Author
Caitlin Rother, a Pulitzer Prize nominated investigative journalist, is the author of Poisoned Love, the true story of the Kristin Rossum murder case, and the thriller Naked Addiction. Rother has written for Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.
John Hess, who provided research and firsthand observations for Ms. Rother, is a retired FBI supervisory agent and Quantico instructor of twenty-seven years. He is the author of Interviewing and Interrogation for Law Enforcement and coauthor of Writing for Law Enforcement.
Table of Contents
Foreword (Margo Bennett).
1. Fighting Back.
2. Till Death Do Us Part.
3. Diamonds and Denial.
4. Uncomfortably Numb.
5. Prolonged Embraces.
6. The Divorce Battle Begins.
8. Mitigating Circumstances.
10. The Main Event.
11. The Investigation: Gene’s Plot Unfolds.
12. Prosecution: Crazy Like a Fox.
13. Defense: Incompetent Evil Ed.
15. Damage and Recovery.
About the Authors.