Beneath a veneer of respectability and religion, Mary Winkler's soul festered as she struggled to be obedient and loving to her husband and her God. Her suppressed anguish exploded in a shotgun blast that took the life of her husband, preacher Matthew Winkler.
Mary packed up her three young daughters and fled to the beach, leaving an endless trail of questions in her wake. Would anyone ever make sense of the tragedy in Selmer, Tennessee?
About the author: Diane Fanning is the author of the Edgar Award finalist Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret that Tore a Family Apart. Her other works of true crime include the best seller Mommy's Little Girl, A Poisoned Passion, Gone Forever, and Through the Window. She is also the author of the Lucinda Pierce Mysteries. She has been featured on 48 Hours, 20/20, Court TV, The Today Show, and the Discovery Channel, and has been interviewed on dozens of radio stations coast to coast. Her books are sold throughout the English-speaking world, including the UK and Australia, and there are more than half a million copies in print. Before becoming a writer, Fanning worked in advertising, and she earned more than 70 Addy Awards.
©2008 Diane Fanning (P)2012 Diane Fanning
I had read available stories that were in the news about this when it happened and like a lot of people I suppose, I had the uncomfortable feeling there had to be more to it than what I was reading. I couldnt understand how she got off so easy.
Actually, this question still bothers me slightly.
The author did a very good job, by my standards, though. She presented what information she was able to gather in her research and, what is important to me, she did not try to FILL IN where there was no satisfactory documentation on why things happened as they did. It left me still wanting to know, but realizing that in real life, we usually have to accept that some questions will remain, for extreme events such as a murder.
In any case, I WAS much more satisfied after listening to the book than before, that most of my questions were answered. Most of them were tracked right back to the wife who shot her husband - some might say she was half batty but not batty enough to be guilty of capital murder, others might say she was an example of battered wife syndrome or PTSD. To me it looked like some of both. But this woman was not easy to figure out, not by a long shot. I do not think she was just coy, or pulled a fast one, I think she was damaged goods due to one cause or the other.
Quite a fascinating study, however. For you true-crime lovers, go ahead, you will like it.
First one I've heard on audible.
Not sure. I guess anything with mystery intrigues me.
I loved the performer's voice. It was so easy to listen to. I've actually returned audio books to the library because I cannot stand listening to the person reading!!! This one is really good and I'd like to listen to more of her books. I will search for them.
I was excited to read/listen to a Diane Fanning book since I see her on Deadly Women quite a bit. However, this book was pretty boring. Lots of filler used on history of the location...nothing to do with the case. It seemed like she got most of her references from the media...which we have all read all ready.
The narrator's voice was pretty annoying too when she read the conversations.
I will try another Diane Fanning...hoping it has more information that what the average joe can read in the newspaper or crimelibrary
I definitely wouldn't recommend this one though.
I thought it was a good book that explained in depth what had happened, and what I had been hearing about in the media in this case.
I am not sure if I would compare it to any.
I believe she read the story very well, and I enjoyed listening to her
Wife gets away with murder, or did she?
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
This is my first introduction to Diane Fanning. I was listening to her on a podcast and was really impressed as I felt that she was very 'into' the facts and was 'turned off by 'waffle and filler'. I was hoping that her books would be the same. I was NOT disappointed.
I love a 'long listen' and in truth non of Diane Fanning's books fall into my preferred category however what we have to chose from is 'choice'.
So many crime writers do tend to break that cardinal rule and make so many assumptions in so much that they try and tie all those lose ends together neatly in the last few pages. Well before you get started on this little diamond I want you to brace yourself as THAT is not going to happen here. I was left asking several questions and was wondering whether our judicial system had performed well. I am also concerned for the children in this case. One wonders whether there is a mental health issue here and are the children going to inherit it or are they going to be injured either physically or psychologically by it?
All in all a terrific read.
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