By M. William Phelps

A chilling story of a sociopathic spouse and mom. . .compelling! --New York Times bestselling writer Harry N. MacLean

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

It begun while Alan Bates and his new spouse arrived at his ex's condo to select up his daughters for a weekend stopover at. Then charred our bodies have been present in a burned-out motor vehicle on a lonely Georgia highway. . .and investigators pieced jointly a shattering tale of a vicious divorce, a spurned woman's sour rage, and a thirst for revenge that ended in merciless, unflinching homicide. Updating this gripping true-life mystery with stunning new information, M. William Phelps uncovers the chilly center of an unthinkable crime.

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

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

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Kelly McCloskey packed her issues. She heard an trade among Dorn and Jessica. Dorn used to be sitting down, dealing with a few forms. Jessica had a “bragging” tone to her voice, as if she had gotten one over on Alan. “That time,” Jessica instructed Dorn, “when Alan was once trying to find the ladies at my sister’s . . . [we] all knew the place the youngsters have been. ” She laughed. The reference was once to a selected part of the deposition that had visibly angered Alan. Alan was once convinced Jessica were mendacity to him—and right here used to be Jessica now giggling approximately it, announcing he was once correct. “My sister had directions from me,” she persevered, “to inform Alan the women weren’t there. ” “What? ” Dorn acknowledged. He stopped what he was once doing. Stood. He used to be disillusioned. “Perturbed” was once how Kelley McCloskey later placed it. “I can't think my purchaser might do whatever like that,” Dorn reportedly acknowledged to Jessica. “You have been in contempt of court docket. you'll have by no means performed that. ” “Boastfully” was once the observe Dorn later used to explain Jessica’s demeanor in this similar scene. She was once ecstatic over the truth that she had lied to Alan and had simply gotten away with it. Jessica didn’t react to Dorn’s frustration. She simply stood there. “You suggest you and your family,” Dorn stated, disgusted, “did now not have the typical decency to allow this guy see his little ones? ” Jessica walked within the door at 4:30 P. M. Jeff used to be ready. that they had 90 mins to get issues ready for Alan and Terra, who have been grabbing a brief chew to devour downtown. the matter used to be getting Alan and Terra into the yard in order that they may stroll within the again door. That used to be key to the plan going off with out a hitch. “The den,” Jeff defined, “here within the den. ” It was once the suitable homicide room. there has been a sofa. Jessica may well provide them a seat. Jeff may perhaps stroll up and take a number of speedy pops. it'd be over. The room used to be adjoining to the storage. “Back of the house,” Jeff stated later, explaining how he and Jessica went approximately getting ready the home for the murders. “It’s the traditional front. bushes, shrubs, whatever—behind the home. No home windows dealing with both of the acquaintances or dealing with the road. ” Jeff had written a word on a bit of cardboard previous that day and had put it at the entrance door: WE’RE HAVING a few difficulties . . . PLEASE COME round TO THE again DOOR. Jeff took out his weapon, a . 44-caliber Beretta. He had bought it from one other officer whereas operating for the Birmingham PD. As Jessica watched, he made yes it was once “readily to be had and loaded. ” He deliberate to strip the weapon after the murders. He and Jessica may then unfold these items out alongside the interstate. Jeff’s accountability weapon as a cop was once a standard-issue Glock. This Beretta will throw a bit confusion into the crime, Jeff notion. They’ll understand I hold the Glock. . . . It’ll confuse them. It used to be determined Jessica used to be going to respond to the door. She may make preliminary touch with Terra and Alan. “I was,” Jeff acknowledged later, “actually below the impact that she was once terrified of Alan. . . . My being there has been intended as a shock. i assumed she was once afraid that if Alan had the chance, he may possibly do whatever to her.

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