The true story of Jane Alexander, who spent 13 years tracking down and putting away the man who murdered her 88-year old aunt, and then went on to help solve 20 murders, igniting a national victim's rights movement.
Jane Alexander had it all: a wonderful family, a beautiful home on three acres just north of San Francisco, and a deep romance with Tom O'Donnell. A family friend for 25 years prior to their romance, Tom helped Jane cope with the death of her husband and captivated her with his charming, unflappable personality. But Jane's picturesque life came crashing down the morning that her beloved aunt was savagely murdered. Slowly, astonishingly, the evidence began to point to the last person Jane would ever believe capable of such an act: Tom O'Donnell. She soon discovered that he had fled with thousands of dollars of her money, forcing her to sell her possessions and move into a dilapidated old house. Jane would eventually learn that she was his next victim: he had secretly taken out a million dollar life insurance policy on her. With and unresponsive criminal justice system and almost everyone telling her that her quest was futile, Jane devoted her entire life to tracking him down and forcing the system to do its job and get justice for her beloved aunt.
But the story does not stop there: along the way, Jane met dozens of people with similar horror stories: a savagely murdered loved one, a justice system that refused to function. She and Jan Miller, whose daughter was murdered during summer break at Chico State University in a case still unsolved, founded Citizens Against Homicide to fight back for the victim's families. At the time of Jane Alexander's death in 2008, they had helped solve 20 cold case murders, were working on 500 homicide investigations, and had seen their organization spread to all 50 states, with more than 5,000 members.
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Im a 40 yr old male that's a husband for 20 yrs, father of 3 teenage sons, a H.S. Soccer Coach and a machinist working in aerospace field.
That she never gave up hop the killer would be caught.
Justice was finally served.
He did a good job of not making all the different characters not get confusing.
When she finally admitted the man she had loved could be the person people said he was.
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I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will be watching for this author in the future.
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Pretty good telling of the story of a serial user/abuser of women, and the woman who finally brings him down.
Jane's gullibility in handing over her home and control of her finances to this loser is difficult to understand, but there you go; love is blind. Even more frustrating is her refusal to recognize the truth about Tom O'Donnell until long after his outrageous lies and bizarre flight have exposed his murderous treachery.
When she finally comes to her senses and recognizes what O'Donnell is and what he has done, Jane becomes a force to be reckoned with.
Never give up !
I liked that this was a true crime story with a hero, very unusual in this type of book. It was nice to see someone fight so hard, become stronger and help others. I wish every victim had a Jane to fight for them.
He brings each character to life. He tells a story, he doesn't just read a book to you.
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I liked this book. It was an interesting and sad read. If you're into true crime and want to learn about greed this book might be a jackpot for you
Full review will always be to find on my blog
Like??What? What I read is obvious..I am a computer programmer from before we had computers (APL anyone?) I just saw a coyote in our canyon
fine story, well enough written.
I'd listen to a phone book of Kevin Pierce was reading it.
Kevin Pierce is a pro. But James Dalessandro hoodwinked true crime fans with this title, so no, I'd steer clear of his books.
He could have not left 75% of the story out of the book. Seriously, he covered the entire trial in about 3 paragraphs! I thought my app had skipped over 15 chapters of testimony, but nope! The author just decided to wrap it up in the quickest summary you've ever read. The detailed lead-up to the trial is well done, but then BOOM we are in the epilogue!?! I felt like the author decided to publish his half-finished manuscript. Seasoned true crime readers will be very disappointed with this book which utterly fails to live up to expectations for the genre.
Kevin Pierce could read recipes or the classifieds and make them sound intriguing. He's amazing.
Disappointing for sure.
Buyer beware. Avoid this book.
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