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Precious Angels: A True Story of Two Slain Children and a Mother convicted of Murder (Onyx True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: Onyx True Crime
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451408535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451408532
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Leaving aside the rather twee name & bad cover art(imposed by the publisher?) Barbara Davis's recounting of the Darlie Routier case is fascinating on many levels. Most interesting is the fact that the author has now changed her position on Darlie's guilt, becoming one of her most fervent supporters.

This speaks highly of her integrity. She apparently based her turnaround on unseen evidence shown to her by another writer, Christopher Brown. This allegedly included proof that aspects of the police case was fabricated. Whilst interpretation of evidence such as bloodstains, photos of Darlie's bruising etc. is best left to forensic scientists who are extensively trained in this area, there would seem to be some problems with the collection of some of the evidence. This could easily be explained by inexperience & stress on the part of police. Conspiracy theories, as always, are the least likely option.

The author points out that it's difficult to believe an intruder left Darlie's tacky but easily pawned jewellery behind (it sat in full view on a kitchen bench.) There are also problems with two children posing little risk to the killer being messily murdered while the only adult on scene apparently doesn't notice, & then is left alive. There are many other anomalies, such as Darlie not assisting her bleeding sons while taking care to clamp towels to her own injury. As a mother of four, I know that this is just not going to happen, however shocked or injured you might be.

Davis writes well, & gives a very good account of the crime, the characters involved & their backgrounds. The charmless Darlie & her husband Darrin do themselves no favours by presenting as if trailer trash is a demographic rank they aspire to join.
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It is a welcome breath of fresh air, to finally read an unbiased, unsolicited opinion of this sad blot on American gothic suburbia. As a former resident of the county and state under examination, and someone who attended the trial, it is very refreshing to find someone not swayed by the histrionics that the family of the convicted murderer so diligently deploy. Ms. Davis' review of the trial is unerring, and ultimately this is what matters most...not Darlie's supporters' unverified claims of new evidence and "shocking untold stories." I doubt that this review will earm me much more than a ton of unwanted email, but it must be said that this book, as part of the Darlie Routier canon, finally lays the question to rest for any person of reason and rationality. I have no doubt that Darlie Kee can find all manner of falsehoods and dis-information here, but if she didn't, her new career as a talk show victim would be over, then, wouldn't it?
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Of the books written about the Darlie Routier case, Precious Angels by Barbara Davis is the best book because it gives the most insight into Darlie Routier as a person. It is a shame that Barbara Davis later recanted her theory that Darlie is guilty after seeing some photographs she believed the jury had not seen. The problem is that does not change some of the right-on-point observations about Darlie lacking in other books about the case. The reason, however, that I did not give this book five stars and do not put much credence in the recantation is that Barbara Davis misunderstands the reason for the killings and would not be able to explain why the defense eventually conceded that Darlie is the killer.

One great observation by Barbara Davis, at page 50, is "...Mama Darlie's (a reference to Darlie Kee, Darlie Routier's mother) temper was so explosive that she would lash out at all three girls with little provocation. Darlie, being the oldest, received the brunt of most of her mother's tirades." Another, at page 260, discussing Darlie's decision to take the stand at her trial, which was the primary reason for her conviction and resulting death sentence, states, "Darlie being Darlie, she stubbornly insisted on taking the stand. She was convinced that she could talk her way out of anything. So far in life her charm had served her well. There was no reason to believe that this would be any different." The photos that Barbara Davis saw obviously don't change those observations.

Despite all the very poor guesses about the motive for the killings, the motive revealed when one uses proper crime scene analysis techniques is jealousy.
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Having read a great deal of material concerning the Routier case, I was surprised that another account of the murders, and subsequent trial, could hold my attention. I read this book in less than 24 hours.
I purchased the book with some hesitation. Barbara Davis has changed her mind on Ms. Routier's guilt and I think she might be a bit self serving in writing a follow up book on the sugject. I suppose I'll have to read her latest book on the subject to compare.
"Precious Angels" bears a very strong resemblance to "Flesh and Blood" by Patricia Springer. Of course, it stands to reason that it would since it is the telling of the same story. Be that as it may, it doesn't change the fact that this is a tale that is spell binding, and Davis' telling of the story is a good read.
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