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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tula Publishing; 1st edition (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965466833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965466837
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Cheaters is a riveting psychological account focusing on the motivation factors which led Scott to being hog-tied, shot in the back, and dumped in a cistern for over three years before his body was discovered. The Cheaters takes the reader from the innocent Americana 50s to a highly charged murder and trial scene in the early 1990s. Priesmeyer's research has revealed real-life personalities behind the newspaper accounts. Scott's passion for singing dominated his life and he allowed no one to override this goal. People who knew the ultimately convicted murderer, Jim Williams, described him as a congenial, generous person. Then what led Williams to be convicted of two murders (both of which he still denies committing), Scott's second wife, JoAnn, who later married Williams, also faced capital murder charges, yet served only eighteen months in a Missouri correctional facility for hindering the prosecution. Throughout The Cheaters, the reader finds that it is the unfaltering persistence of Walter Scott's elderly parents that finally brought the case to trial. Not only do strong psychological profiles penetrate each page, but also themes of greed, lust, and cheating unveil the motivating factors which sparked two grisly murders. The Cheaters holds within its pages a gripping true-life mystery that is easy to pick up, and hard to put down." --Midwest Book Review

"It's a brish fascinating read." --Dave Hoekstra, columnist for Chicago Sun Times

"A quick-paced, engrossing work for readers of the true-crime genre." --Henry Berry, The Small Press Review

About the Author

Scottie Priesmeyer has won awards for her poetry and short fiction, and as written a suspense thriller "Silent Justice" and "A Quick Guide to Writing a Book: From Ideas to Publication." She is also an English professor in the St. Louis metropolitan area. When she's not teaching or writing, she enjoys long brisk walks, mountain hiking, reading, and gardening.

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This book was well researched.
Diane M. Keefe
I look forward to any additional books by this Author and highly recommend anyone interested in true crime to read her books.
Debra K. Herndon
This book was hard to put down.
Michael Benes

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Gray on February 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Priesmeyer's careful rendering of the tale that ultimately ended Scott's life and career is an engaging read, even for those of us who do not regularly choose true-crime books. If it is true that there are really only ten stories and that we tell them over and over again--then this is the story of crime not paying, and it is told well.
Reading Priesmeyer's detailed depictions of those she interviewed, one has the suspicion that she'd rather be writing poems, but that this story came her way and she was compelled to tell it. And tell it she does.
Dick Clark has said that music is the soundtrack of our lives, and for those of us who came of age during Scott's heyday, it is impossible to read this book without the song playing, haunting the pages.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Louise Angel on January 30, 2006
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I enjoyed this book very much. It combines celebrity biography with murder mystery. It was very well written and captured the characters well. Walter Scott as lead singer with the band Bob Kuban and the In Men had a big hit in the 1960's with a song called "The Cheater". It is ironic that his hit was about a no good cheating man who ends up alone and broken hearted, because in real life Walter Scott had affairs that not only ruined his marriages but cost him his life. Its a good read for most baby boomers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terry M. Callen on July 12, 2005
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I liked this book for the fact that the author didn't try to portray the victim as perfect, as so many true crime authors tend to do.

I can't understand why a prior poster called the book "one sided." Just the opposite!

Even Walter Scott's parents didn't come off as completely blameless. His mother, after all, did spoil her son shamelessly. No wonder he thought he could do anything he wanted to any woman he wanted whenever he wanted.

JoAnn Williams helped to break up a marriage. She got a man who cheated on his first wife. Did she expect him to magically change? And why didn't she just go ahead and get a divorce from Walter? This is still America - a wife doesn't need permission from her husband to divorce him, particularly if he is committing adultery. Jim Williams should have done the same: gone the divorce route instead of murdering his wife, Sharon.

All in all, Scottie Priesmeyer does a good job of story-telling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader on July 29, 2007
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This book was as truthful as one could get without all parties together in one room being interviewed. It shows that a crime of passion does not always go the way the villians wants it to. I wonder if JoAnn Williams, even though shes not in jail anymore, has a good life knowing she was involved in the murder.
I read this book when it first came out in the mid 1990s. Since it happened in my own neighborhood, while I was living there in the subdivision, I have read it again in 2007.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By janinewalker@hotmail.com on November 6, 1997
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Scottie Priesmeyer's true crime on the Walter Scott murder reads like a novel but with the added impact of reality. She thoroughly researched all aspects of the case and presents the facts clearly, so the reader may draw his or her own conclusion about the verdict. The question of why it took so long to come to trial is answered by the numerous errors and omissions committed by the investigators. Due to the tenacity of Scott's parents, the case was finally tried three years after the murder was committed. An excellent first literary accomplishment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane M. Keefe on January 30, 2002
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This book was well researched. The author really delved into the character and motives of the people involved in this case. There were many photos of the characters in the book which helped them come alive for me. I normally do not read this kind of book but I found it to be gripping. The author allowed you to draw your own conclusions based upon the evidence presented in the book. A good read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Benes on February 4, 2002
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This was my first true crime book and it took place in my own backyard. This book was well researched and the photos helped to connect to the story line. From cover to cover, Priesmeyer unfolds the story with gripping after gripping chapter. This book was hard to put down. A definite must read for any true crime aficionado.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B.S. Richardson on January 31, 2002
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Compelling, and tautly written by Scottie Priesmeyer, this true-life crime story explores the nature of human evil and takes the reader on a chilling journey into the darkest, most sinister corners of the human mind. Highly recommended. I read it cover to cover in one sitting.
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