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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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  • 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: 6.5 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now I bet she would have written the more of the truth and less sensationalizm.
Laurie Donovan
They may not have gotten the conviction without that crap and they DEFINATLY would not have gotten the death penalty recommendation.
rosiekrysto41208
Davis writes well, & gives a very good account of the crime, the characters involved & their backgrounds.
Bloomsbury

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David L. Jones on June 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bloomsbury on October 25, 2009
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought that Ms. Davis did a terrific job of telling this horrible story. But it now seems that she has recanted her theory about Darlie being the murderer? I guess the dog, (who barked at strangers) not barking that night to wake her husband up, is not true. And no blood leading out of the house was not true, Darlie's strange behavior was not true either? How could someone write a book like that, and then go on to say she was misinformed by the police? Why would the police go after Darlie and not her husband? I guess people don't want to believe a mother could kill her child. As for the self inflicted wounds -- Jeffrey McDonald inflicted his own wounds. And why would a man break into a home and kill two small children and leave two adults alive? How did the killer leave? With all that blood why wasn't any found outside? I believe Darlie did it and her husband is not too far behind her in the lunacy department. Darlie is right where she belongs - ok - not yet -- she belongs in hell and it's waiting for her.
As for reading that the author's child was murdered over this book -- I find that hard to believe - Is it true?
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How can Barbara Davis claim to be an investigative reporter when she now says that her "non-fiction" book was actually fiction! Don't buy the book. I foresee it being required reading for journalism students. Professors will use it to demonstrate how not to investigate a story. She has said that her portrayal of the facts was incorrect because she was misled by the attornies and police. A real reporter is skeptical about everything they hear and see. She should have known to never take anybody's word as truth. Even the Routier's neighbors have said that Davis didn't contact them for interviews. Neighbors are character witnesses. What was she thinking? (She was probably thinking, the quicker I write this book, the quicker I get paid.) Her publisher should sue her for not doing her job and make her give all of her profit to charity. Since she has recanted her story, I now question everything else she has written, and everything else she'll write. The next time she tries to write a book, look for it in the "Your Guess is as Good as Mine" section.
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