In June of I985, while her teenage sons held their half sister down, Theresa Cross beat her I9-year-old daughter Sheila unconscious and then stuffed her into a 2' x 2' storage locker. After three days the knocking, kicking, and cries stopped. Theresa and her sons dumped the girl's body in the desolate High Sierras....
The summer before, Theresa had dug a bullet out of her daughter Suesan's chest with a paring knife. When Suesan failed to recover (without benefit of doctors or hospital), Theresa and her two sons drove the delirious girl to the mountains, doused her with gasoline, and set her on fire....
For nearly nine years, Theresa Cross Knorr got away with murder, until her youngest daughter, Terry Knorr Graves, finally found a cop who believed the incredible story of her two murdered sisters. That story is all here, the shocking life of a woman whose violence, jealousy, rage, and domination led to a brutally heinous crime of ruthless ferocity.
©1998 Dennis McDougal; Distributed in 2015 by Open Road Distribution (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I just retired from my teaching career with Special Need High school. Now I'm concentrating on my 9 grandkids (my hubby continues to work).
This story was told in a way that helps you to understand how Teresa Cross had killed her own daughters. It took you back not only when Teresa was a child but also what her parents were like. It was also interesting the way that the different perspectives saw the story. There were different voices for different types of people in her life or the investigators. Very well done.
Unbelievable what this horrible "mother" did to her children! It's also sad what happens to her remaining children since they were so young when it all happened. As far as the beast of a woman, she deserved more than what she got. This made me rethink my stance on death penalty.
This is an awesome book and a tragic story of abuse. All of the children from this story carried an unspeakable burden heaped upon them by their mother.
As the story unfolded, I found myself wondering what was wrong with the mother. Was she suffering from psychosis or delusions. In the end, there were varied opinions on her diagnosis. As such, I found myself wanting to know more.
Very interesting tale and well written/performed book.
lloved the narrator, well written. loved how the author covered the impact on the victims loved so candidly, but without judgement. showed compassion in honesty.
The story was a bit slow building up to the crime, the ending was the best part, it's not a bad audible. I have heard much worse, I think there's more to the story too. wherever the author got the story left out things I read on the family.
there was so much detail that really wasn't needed to tell the story. That could have been summed up.
Sounded almost like a computer voice
Possibly, the author did a well job giving great detailed background information. Book flowed nicely, the ending was wrapped up rather quickly which was disappointing since the rest was so well explained.
Any book of a parent that would kill their children.
The narrator was good but she should not have tried to do the men voices. It really took away quality from the book and was annoying.
It's worth the credit.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Not the absolute best of true crime (I am spoiled by Jack Olsen and Gregg Olsen), but the story is quite compelling, and the writing is good enough to keep one interested for the eleven hours and change. A mother murdering her own children, of course, is a subject that any true crime reader will find spell-binding, and the reader inevitably discovers that a female parent-central court system that lets women get away with such things for so long without question needs to be challenged.
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