- 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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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Great book. Even though the Author has changed her mind about Darlie being guilty, this book alone has enough evidence to convict Darlie and it is facts.Published 3 months ago by Ilovemydawgs
I read this book years ago and I found it to be very well written. I think now that the author has changed her mind is baffling because anyone with half a brain knows the bruises... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nene
Barbara Davis claims she now believes in Darlie'a innocence and claims to of not seen photos with Darlie'a bruises, but she clearly talks about Darlie's bruises in great detail in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by CriminalJusticeMajor
Well-written. Interesting read. Heartbreaking story of the murder of two young boys.Published 17 months ago by Jennifer Wall
Did not realize how old the book would be but it has been long time since it was written. I am not disappointed. Just forgot paperbacks in the 90's were not elder eyes friendly. Read morePublished 17 months ago by blue dolphin
Barbara Davis, perhaps the leading authority on the Darlie case has since changed her mind. She now is a full supporter of Darlie's innocence. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Christopher Bohannon