From Publishers Weekly
The 1949 marriage between wealthy widow Evelyn Throsby Mumper and L. Ewing Scott, a handsome bachelor, is presented here as a textbook case of a scheming adventurer marrying for money in order to spend it on younger women. Six years after the wedding, Evelyn Scott disappeared; her husband offered various explanations for her absence, but apparently convinced few. After two years as a fugitive, he was arrested and, despite the absence of a body, was tried, convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonmentall the while insisting not only on his innocence but that his wife was not dead. Scott was released in 1978, and a few years later agreed to talk about the case to Wagner, a Los Angelesbased writer; he ultimately gave her a confession to the murder, thus making this a rather unusual entry in the true-crime annals. February 3
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From Library Journal
In May 1955, wealthy 63-year-old Evelyn Scott disappeared from her home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. She was never found or heard from again. Evelyn's friends supected that Ewing Scott, her fifth husband, had killed her for her money, and this book recounts the investigation, flight of Scott, and his conviction for first degree murder. It is rather rare for a guilty verdict to be returned on wholly circumstantial evidence, but what really makes this story unique is Wagner's report that Scott, who was released in 1978 at the age of 83, confessed his guilt for the first time at their last interview. Recommended for true crime collections. Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
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