By M. William Phelps

Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers. –Allison Brennan

"Phelps's writing reads like a secret novel." --Suspense Magazine

The crime surprised quiet Mineral Wells, Texas: 49-year-old Bob Dow shot execution-style in his personal mattress, his invalid mom locked within the subsequent room--and a cache of home made porn starring the town's underage women. the 2 accused killers--teen fanatics Bobbi Jo Smith and Jennifer Jones--were at the run, reason on going out in a cross-country blaze of glory. M. William Phelps exposes a gripping story of sexploitation, lust, and betrayal, whereas wondering the court's fateful verdict in a tantalizing forensic puzzle. have been either women both in charge of homicide? Or was once one basically a pawn within the other's dainty, blood-stained fingers?

"One of America's most interesting true-crime writers." --Vincent Bugliosi

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Emotional and psychological abuse and likewise leaving behind me. i attempted to make my mother happy with me. I performed activities and was hoping and prayed that only one time she confirmed as much as watch. She by no means did . . . after which the extraordinarily violent sexual abuse through somebody shut. ” All prior to this woman may force a motorcar legally. It was once an excessive amount of. The discomfort broke Bobbi. For some time, the medicine and the booze crammed up that house. In Bobbi Jo, Jennifer Jones observed a steady lady, keen to celebration till the medicine and booze ran dry, packed with lust for a similar form of lifestyles Jen used to be top. Jen considered Bobbi as a counterpart, feeding her discomfort with no matter what poison she may well get her arms on. Jen had noticeable this firsthand each time Audrey introduced Bobbi over to the condominium, or anyplace they bumped into one another out within the small Mineral Wells international of youth partying. And but, very like Jen, Bobbi hadn’t constantly been the celebration woman and wild lesbian, up for something, whose acceptance her round like a typhoon cloud. At fifteen, Bobbi Jo lived round the corner to her grandmother’s condominium in Graford, together with her aunt Kathy and uncle Richard, the Cruzes. This was once earlier than Bobbi grew to become pregnant and talked of marrying the man who had knocked her up. A staunch believer, Bobbi went to church on a regular basis. “And her participation in church [services] was once good,” Richard Cruz later acknowledged. Bobbi used to be lively within the formative years teams to boot. She’d pass on retreats and different journeys and act like an important sister/mentor to the more youthful women, whereas befriending the women her personal age. She loved to take part in family members outings, Richard Cruz defined later in courtroom. She was once an outstanding woman. She was once enjoyable to be round, giggling and joking. She was once regularly keen to do anything for somebody else. All of this regardless of the tempest of emotional ache that she was once facing inside of herself. “Like, yeah, you recognize, we might play ball and stuff like that,” Cruz commented. “My childrens have been grown and [Bobbi] used to be the one child round the condo. ” It used to be nice having Bobbi Jo round, Richard Cruz additional. She consistently behaved and acted respectably. Cruz was once additionally aware about the opposite facet of Bobbi, he stated. She appeared like a naïve younger woman, pressured to develop up too rattling quick, and perhaps simply commencing to embody kin as an outstanding factor, whilst the ground fell out. Bobbi was once afraid of a similar issues different women have been, Cruz stated. Like after they as soon as went to shoot guns off at an area firing diversity. “She was once very scared” of the weapons, Cruz recalled. Bobbi didn’t are looking to mess with weapons in any respect. She understood the facility of a handgun, and she or he used to be good conscious of what it may possibly do to a man or woman. bankruptcy eleven DETECTIVES BRIAN BOETZ AND PENNY Judd sat down with Dorothy Smith to get a greater deal with on what she needed to say approximately her granddaughter, Bobbi Jo, who had simply became nineteen the former week. it appears, from the data Boetz and Judd had, Bobbi Jo informed Dorothy that she had killed Bob Dow. stable details, sure; however the assertion on my own nonetheless didn't clarify what occurred, nor did it aspect a potential motive—and, maybe most crucial at this aspect, the place Bobbi Jo was once.

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