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Almost Perfect: The True Story of the Crawford Family Murders Paperback – February 23, 2011
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In July 1970, Theresa McManus Crawford was expecting her fourth child on the night her husband Elmer Kyle Crawford brutally murdered her and their three children: Katherine, James, and Karen.
His plan was to kill them and leave their bodies in a remote area where they would never be found. And always the wise one, Elmer's plan included an escape route should his plan go awry: make it look like murder/suicide.
But you know what they say about the best laid plans.
Nothing went as Elmer intended and he became a wanted man; remaining a fugitive even today.
Four decades have passed since the Crawford murders fascinated a young Australian boy. Now he's a grown man who authored a book about the case he never forgot. Originally published in 1997, Almost Perfect: The True Story of the Crawford Family Murders breathes new life into a cold case, garnered world-wide attention, and was nominated for Australia's coveted Ned Kelly award. Plus, the 2011 version offers interesting updates.
I love cold cases and I'm always excited about non-U.S. true crime, so I think it goes without saying that I loved Almost Perfect. It's written in what I would sometimes refer to as a "sterilized style," meaning it doesn't bog readers down with a slew of what-is, maybes, or I-talked-to-him-once interviews. Readers get just the facts with a hypothesis (which is pretty dead on, in my opinion) as icing on the cake.
Any book that I read in one day deserves a spot on my recommend list. And that's exactly where you'll find Almost Perfect by Greg Fogarty.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having lived in the area at the time, I want to get a better in site in to the crime, and the book was a nice way to do itPublished 18 months ago by David Greening
This true crime book is pretty good. There is no long, drawn out trial that can be so tedious that some other true crime books have because the suspect was never found the crime... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Fasionis Myboyfriend
This is my first read by Mr. Fogarty. I feel his writing is fluid and interesting. Looking forward to more stories.Published on December 29, 2013 by kcurrie
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a real page turner for all true murder fans and guaranteed to keep you interested right to the end. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by Bal4