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The true story of John Battaglia - the coldhearted father who executed his two young daughters to spite his ex-wife

Dallas antiques dealer Mary Jean Pearle had a bitter history with her ex-husband, John David Battaglia, a former Marine and successful accountant - but even after the abuse she endured from him, she never thought he would go after their daughters, Faith and Liberty.

That is, until she listened helplessly over the phone as Faith made a heartrending plea for her life - which was followed by gunshots.

In this updated account of Battaglia's unthinkable crime - an act of filicide that was featured on 20/20 and would ultimately lead Texas to carry out the death sentence - Irene Pence recounts an unforgettable saga of violence, betrayal, and a mother's worst nightmare.

Contains mature themes.

©2003 Irene Pence (P)2018 Tantor

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Gripping!

Gripping story and certainly one the reader will put down only when it is finished.

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Justice provided too late...

This one really got to me. I listen to lots of true crime novels and hearing how a mother had to endure that type of psychological damage , listening to her children plead for their lives, is just downright barbaric! I am not religious by any means, but I wholeheartedly believe there is a SPECIAL place is the deepest depths of hell for people like John Battaglia.
I followed up on google after reading this, and without giving away spoilers, justice was finally served TOO LATE.
he should have been put in a cage after his first marriage. Our "justice" system failed these little girls. I think I will be taking a true crime break after this one.

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one of the most heart wrenching audios I've heard.

This audio just about brought tears to my eyes.
It's one of the most horrible crimes you can imagine..

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Incredibly troubling!!!!

This incredibly disheartening true story was told brilliantly. I can’t imagine the horror women and children of domestic violence endure daily. The writer stayed on course the entire time and the reader did and awesome job telling this chilling and sadly true story. You will NOT be sorry for choosing this book. I only wish it never had to be told and those two beautiful girls would still be here.

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Cold Blooded Murder

This chilling account of John Battaglia's murder of his two little girls casts in clear light the failings of a system of justice that refuses to recognize the criminal aspect of domestic violence. These failures are evident in the response of the female judge who reckoned that Battaglia was the handsomest man she'd ever seen, and in another judge whose dismal track record in hearing domestic violence cases freed Battaglia on a technicality engineered by Battaglia himself. It is evident in the mild reaction of police who dismissed his ongoing brutality with a "boys will be boys" attitude; most tragically of all, these appalling failures are evident in the actions of the 911 dispatcher whose casual reaction to Mary Jean's frantic cries for help resulted in a molasses emergency response on the evening of the murders.

Some of these chilling lapses in the justice system have been addressed as a direct result of the Battaglia case.

Coleen Marlo's narration is fine, except for her annoying vocalization of male characters by means of a deep-throated glottal rasp.

*You will need to check online for the final outcome of the case.


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Wow!

This was definitely a book that I didn’t want to take a break from. The story of this monster and the little lives lost was well put together and should shed light on how the system needs to do better at protecting our battered women and children. The narrator did an excellent job and highly recommend this book. If you are sensitive to detail then be warned because they give graphic details that maybe triggers for some.

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Unbelievable!

Listening to this actually brought tears to my eyes on several times. It is unfathomable that a father would do this to his children. I could not stop listening.

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Pure. Unadulterated. Hell.

You don't know evil until you read this book. It is gut-wrenching, and so ugly. I followed this case for 20 years, and recently discovered this book. I knew I was wading into the deep end of the pool, but I quickly found myself scraping bottom in the Mariana Trench; and I stayed there. It never gets better. My kids are wondering why I'm hugging them so much and crying, and it is because of this book.

The only complaints I have about the audio are some annoying mispronunciations. And, I don't really care for how she speaks in the "male" voice of some of the people.

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Heartbreaking

I wish it had been longer with more info about their lives now. Did Mary Jean ever have any more kids, etc.

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Unexpectedly good

I wasn’t expecting to be such a good story, but it was really intriguing and the narrator was super as well.