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After the seemingly never-ending media coverage of pregnant Laci Peterson's Christmas Eve 2002 disappearance and husband Scott's subsequent arrest, trial, conviction and death-penalty sentence for her murder, it's hard to believe anything about this notorious case could still be "untold." But Court TV anchor Crier and co-author Thompson's encyclopedic tome includes never-before-released transcripts of conversations between Scott and others (which don't significantly impact one's understanding of the case, however) and a 38-page appendix of photos, documents and other police evidence. Although much of the information in this book has been reported previously or revealed at trial, anyone looking for a comprehensive overview of the case will find it here. The authors chart not only the police investigation and trial but the personal and family history of Scott and Laci. A more balanced examination of the case is all that's missing to make this book really stand out. Up front, Crier states that since the first days of the case, she felt certain that Scott was a sociopath responsible for his wife's disappearance, and throughout the book, she demonstrates how and why. Given Scott's behavior in the weeks prior to and immediately after Laci's disappearance, not to mention all the lies he told to police, family and friends, she's not exactly going out on a limb. Although few people would doubt Scott's guilt, the whole book is very pro-police-it's even dedicated "To all those who protect and serve." Had the authors started from a presumption of innocence and turned a critical eye on the investigation, which yielded more circumstantial than solid forensic evidence, the book would have been more compelling, but its thoroughness will draw many readers nonetheless. 12 pages of color photos.
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Catherine Crier is the host of Court TV's Catherine Crier Live. A distinguished attorney, legal analyst, and the youngest state judge ever to be elected in Texas, Crier has received an Emmy Award for investigative journalism and the DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award. Also the author of the New York Times bestsellers A Deadly Game and The Case Against Lawyers, Crier lives in Westchester County, New York.
this is written by an exjudge who used to wrork fro Court TV. She was there, and tells the happenings as only a person who was there can report. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Dyana J. Mullican
Worth of getting. So much I didn't know about this case. Easy to read, hard to put down. Some parts very graphic.....Published 17 days ago by Monika
This book was really interesting and has been a nonstop read since I bought it. It was so interesting that I read the whole thing in 3 days. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Shannon lynn
I have long been obsessed about this case, I don't know why, and this is the last of a series of books that I read on the subject. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Silvia M. Corradin
The book was good but the number of typos is outrageous. It was difficult to focus on content when almost every page had at least one error. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melinda Hopper
Catherine Crier is clearly a brilliant writer. I found this book impossible to put down, all these years later. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cherylann Thomas
Well written. I wish it had been updated. But other than that, excellent.Published 3 months ago by Don Craig
I would have given a 5-star rating but the profanity was just too raw for me personally. A lot of typos as well so I am not interested in reading another book by Catherine Crier,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Valerie Christian