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A Checklist for Murder: The True Story of Robert John Peernock Paperback – November 3, 2015
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Anthony Flacco was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, one of four brothers. Their father was an Air Force pilot and mother was a talented artist and painter.
His background as a trained stage actor with over 2,000 performances under his Actors Equity membership provides the primary basis for his critically acclaimed ability to empathize with a wide cross-section of personalities. He moved into screenwriting when he was selected for the prestigious American Film Institute fellowship in Screenwriting. He received his MFA in screenwriting after winning AFI's Paramount Studios Fellowship Award and was then selected out of 2,000 entrants for the Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship, where he spent a year writing for the Touchstone Pictures division. His screenwriting experience drives narrative stories that are visually compelling, whether for a movie theater or the screen of a reader's imagination.
He is an experienced public speaker and frequently gives seminars on crime writing, and is a featured speaker on writing for writers’ conferences and clubs and serves as Editorial Consultant to Martin Literary Management in Seattle, WA.
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Anthony Flacco does a brilliant job of giving all the facts so the reader has plenty of information to draw their own conclusion. This is a hard to put down book.
"A Chechlist for Murder" begins on the day in 1987 when Peernock executed his vile plan, as described later by Natasha. The book details the crime and the physical suffering that Natasha went through in recovery, as well as the mental suffering the trial put her through. One would think that Natasha's testimony would make this a slam dunk case. Not so.
Peernock knew how to work the system. He used delay tactics, having his lawyers file motion after motion, and hiring and firing lawyer after lawyer. From prison, he tried to hire hit men to kill Natasha, her lawyer, and even his own lawyers and a judge who he thought were conspiring against him. Eventually justice was served but it took four long years.
I was disappointed that this book didn't delve into Peernock's past to possibly shed light on why a "seemingly normal" man could cold bloodedly plan the murder of his own daughter. Unfortunately, a husband killing his wife (or vice versa) for financial gain, happens often enough that we're not so shocked when we read about it. But, a parent who plans the death of his child, by his own hand? Then again, some things just can't be explained.
The story is told in a straightforward manner. I expect true crime fans will like it. I'm rating it four stars. But I'm laying off reading any more true crime books for a year...at least.
Mr. Flacco did an excellent job covering this case. I had previously seen on one of the crime shows, but not as much detail.
I hope that Tasha finds some peace. She is very brave and a big hero, in my book.
As a few other reviewers have stated, Peernock should have gotten the death penalty.