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To Have and To Kill: Nurse Melanie McGuire, an Illicit Affair, and the Gruesome Murder of Her Husband [Mass Market Paperback]

John Glatt
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December 2, 2008

One by one, three waterlogged suitcases were pulled from the Chesapeake Bay. In each were body parts of a man. In a forensics room, the truth was discovered: William McGuire had been horribly murdered and dismembered.

William and his loving wife, a registered nurse named Melanie, had just closed on their New Jersey dream home. Little did William know about the nightmare that was in store… For Melanie had been involved in a long-term affair with a married doctor at the fertility clinic where she worked—and she had plans for the future that didn’t include William.

Investigators believe that on April 29, 2004, Melanie first drugged her husband, then murdered him in cold blood. Three years after America witnessed the details of the suitcase incident unfold—on 48 Hours, Dateline NBC, and ABC Primetime, and in People magazine, among other news outlets—Melanie was convicted of first-degree murder and desecrating human remains. This is the true story of a marriage that turned deadly…



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A GRISLY DISCOVERY.

One by one, three waterlogged suitcases were pulled from the Chesapeake Bay. In each were body parts of a man. In a forensics room, the truth was discovered: William McGuire had been horribly murdered and dismembered.

A LIFE OF SECRETS AND LIES.

William and his loving wife, a registered nurse named Melanie, had just closed on their New Jersey dream home. Little did William know about the nightmare that was in store… For Melanie had been involved in a long-term affair with a married doctor at the fertility clinic where she worked—and she had plans for the future that didn’t include William.

A CASE THAT SHOCKED THE NATION.

Investigators believe that on April 29, 2004, Melanie first drugged her husband, then murdered him in cold blood. Three years after America witnessed the details of the suitcase incident unfold—on 48 Hours, Dateline NBC, and ABC Primetime, and in People magazine, among other news outlets—Melanie was convicted of first-degree murder and desecrating human remains. This is the true story of a marriage that turned deadly…

TO HAVE AND TO KILL

 

About the Author

English-born John Glatt is the author of Lost and Found, Secrets in the Cellar, Playing with Fire, and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs—including tea boy and messenger—before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English newspapers, then in 1981 moved to New York, where he joined the staff for News Limited and freelanced for publications including Newsweek and the New York Post. His first book, a biography of Billy Graham, was published in 1981, and he published For I Have Sinned, his first book of true crime, in 1998. He has appeared on television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, A Current Affair, BBC World News, and A&E Biography. He and his wife Gail divide their time between New York City, the Catskill Mountains and London.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312941668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312941666
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Glatt is an investigative journalist with more than thirty years experience. In the last fourteen years he has written 19 true crime books and 4 biographies. With more than a million books currently in print all over the world, Glatt is acknowledged to be one of the best true crime writers working today.

A native of London, England, Glatt left school at sixteen and worked in a variety of jobs - including tea boy and messenger - before joining a small weekly newspaper outside London, where he honed his keen news sense. Over the next few years he freelanced for many national English newspapers, including The Daily Express, The Sunday People, The Daily Mail and Woman Magazine.

In 1981 he moved to New York, working on staff for News Limited, as well as freelancing for Newsweek, Omni, the New York Post, the Australian, Modern Business and other newspapers and magazines worldwide.

His first book Rage & Roll: Bill Graham and the Selling of Rock, was published in 1993 to critical acclaim. Two years later he wrote Lost in Hollywood: The Fast Times and Short Life of River Phoenix, a well received biography on the tragic movie star. His next book, The Chieftains: An Authorized Biography, which was published in 1997, saw him nominated for a 2000 Grammy in the spoken word category. In 1998 wrote the well-received The Ruling House of Monaco: The Story of a Tragic Dynasty, uncovering many new revelations about the Grimaldis.

In 1998 he wrote his first true crime book, For I Have Sinned: True Stories of Clergy Who Kill. A year later he followed it up with Evil Twins, an anthology of twins that kill. And since then he has written a True Crime book a year for St. Martin's Press True Crime Library, establishing him as a master of the genre.

Over the years, Glatt has appeared on scores of television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, Discovery ID, BBC World, and A&E Biography.

He and his jewelry designer wife Gail divide their time between New York City, the Catskill Mountains and London.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Glatt does it again! May 22, 2010
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Another excellent true crime book by John Glatt....and one I could not put down.

Where do I begin...we have two people who did not believe that laws, rules, conventions applied to them.

Melanie was promiscuous from a very early age. Marriage didn't slow her down a bit. A very self-centered person. I don't think she was beautiful. She was cold and haughty. Beautiful, no.

Bill came off to me as immature. I don't find "humor" that is mean-spirited and makes other people feel like dirt the least bit funny. This man only married his first wife to better his financial situation in the navy. He never missed a chance to tell the woman how "intellectually inferior" she was to him. (She wasn't that dumb, Bill. She had the good sense to get away from you, become a nurse and marry a man who appreciates her).

Then there was Melanie's mother who carried on a long term affair with a married man....a married man who used his own six year old son as a cover for his affair. The affair produced an illegitimate son....yet, the man tried to portray himself as this good Catholic???? Give me a break! Melanie had some great role models there, yes she did.

I don't believe Melanie loved Bill. I don't think she even liked him. I don't believe she loved the MARRIED doctor with whom she was having an affair. I think she liked the idea of having his money and his upscale lifestyle. And I do not feel sorry for the doctor; no one told him to cheat on his wife with this woman.

I agree with Melanie's half-brother that she is incapable of loving anyone.

She insisted to anyone who would listen that her two boys were autistic and that was proven to be incorrect. Was there anything about which this woman didn't lie????
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! December 6, 2008
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I was glued to Court TV during this trial and as another reviewer mentioned, this book filled in many of the blanks that weren't revealed to those of us who were watching at home. It is well-written and shows interactions in chronological order, making it easy to understand how the jury arrived at their verdict; and making me wonder how Melanie's attorney seems/seemed so convinced of her innocence. I enjoy reading true crime and this was one of the best I've read. How great that I could pre-order it in May and have it arrive last week! Very quick read - already finished with it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I guess she never heard of getting a divorce..... November 4, 2010
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I first learned of this story on an episode of "Snapped" and later read the book. Melanie McGuire, a mother and a well respected nurse decides she's had enough of her husband Bill. Not only does she kill him but she dismembers him, packs his body parts in a designer suitcase and dumps him in the Chesapeake Bay. She almost got away with it....

Without giving away too many details of the book, because it is an interesting read, one is left wondering if she did it alone? McGuire was a tiny woman yet she managed to drag her dead husband into a shower, dismember him, pack him up, carry him off to the car and then lift the suitcases to toss them in the bay? That sounds like a job for Wonder Woman.

Surely there had to be an easier way out for Melanie McGuire to be with her married lover (who told her he couldn't leave his wife). It wasn't the new home Bill purchased right before his death, because Melanie never moved into it. And it wasn't the custody of her children she feared losing, because she didn't seem to care about her kids. So what made Melanie think killing Bill would be the best option? We may never know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Gruesome Murder=One Calculating Nurse March 2, 2010
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People are murdered every day in America and usually there may be a small newspaper item and/or a short piece on the local tv outlet and the crime becomes yesterday news. However, every once in a while a murder may get special attention. Sometimes it is the general gruesomeness of the crime, the victim may be beautiful or handsome or famous or infamous, or it may just stand out as out-of-the-ordinary. BINGO! This crime has everything!
The murder of Bill McGuire and the conviction of his wife Melanie McGuire for his murder and dismemberment is one of those complex and gorey crimes that is as compelling as it is repulsive.
Not exactly what anyone would term as a marriage made in heaven, the McGuires were seemingly no winners in the marriage sweepstakes. I had a difficult time understanding how or why they bothered getting together or staying together. In this instance an unplanned pregnany moved things along. This marriage went down hill fast. The McGuires didn't seem to have shared values or even much of a friendship. They managed to parent two autistic sons, but nothing solid seemed to be holding them together. Melanie was a fertility nurse who was in an advanced state of pregnancy when she started up a steamy affair with one of the doctors she was working for. Thoughts of marital bliss instead of sugarplums filled Melanie's head. Only problem is that the bliss aspect was supposed to be shared with her boss after he dumped the wife and kids. Her relationship with hubby Bill only seemed to grow more contentious as they moved toward finalizing their over-priced mini-mansion in suburban NJ. Suddenly and so conveniently, Melanie claimed that Bill had disappeared. The apartment they were vacating reeked of bleach.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
This was a great book and a real page turner. I had watched the trial on TV and was very happy when the book came out. It was a very well written book and very well researched. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda Runner
5.0 out of 5 stars To Have and To Kill - one of the best books I have read
I could not put this book down. I did not find pictures on my kindle version so looked online. Very good book!!
Published 2 months ago by Laurie Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil Nurse
A great telling of a bizarre story with mysterious elements still unsettled. It's all true: I personally know one of the characters!!
Published 4 months ago by embryo49
4.0 out of 5 stars great read!
Couldn't put it down was up all night reading it. I would so recommend this to anyone who is a true. Crime fan.
Published 5 months ago by Flippy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This book seemed to cover most of the main players in this sad story. I have read one other book by this author and it was well written and well researched like this one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Happygoddess
5.0 out of 5 stars "Coined" The Suitcase Murder
I Chose A 5 Star Rating, Because It is a True Story of how a women nurse, Melanie McGuire planned & executed the murder of her husband. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rachael Painter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Hooked on the first page!
Started reading, got hooked instantly and could not put it down. Well written from start to finish. You will not be disappointed.
Published 7 months ago by david cook
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth the read!!!!! Thanks, John Glatt.
This is a really informative book by John Glatt. This is the second book by Mr. Glatt that I have ordered lately and both are excellent. Read more
Published 7 months ago by nkb
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Presented in a very, very intimate and yet concise way. Glatt did his research and in doing so presented this obscene case in a very good way, injecting just the right amount of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by . Anne Fischer
3.0 out of 5 stars okay read but pretty poor editing.
I saw a TV show on this case and wanted to dig deeper into the story. The book certainly did that, but it's not often I read something with little proof reading and understanding... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richard A. Scott
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