- File Size: 10060 KB
- Print Length: 341 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media (August 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074PHN8L8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Fatal Charm: The Shocking True Story of Serial Wife Killer Randy Roth Kindle Edition
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One reviewer said they could have "done without the detour into Randy's Roth's brother", however, I didn't think it was much of a detour and in fact helped in attempting to gain insight into his family dynamic. I would have liked to read more about Randy's mother, why he hated her and women in general by association, so much. Smith mentioned something about the mother wearing a short leather skirt and how inappropriate for the event/setting (this was more of a remark with nothing else connected to it, but I caught it and wondered more about his mother; had to assume she must also have liked perfumes, manicure's, make-up, etc. all the things Cindy wrote in her note that he hated about her, i.e. Randy hates my perfume, my lipstick, my clothes). Randy hated his mother and deliberately avoided her, so it stands to reason that he hated anything that reminded him of her as well.
One sentence in the beginning of the book stood out to me when Smith wrote, "the longer Cindy went without oxygen, the more blue her face turned and the greener Randy's bank account became." That's an insightful remark, as it pretty much explains everything he's about to relay to the reader in that one visual description.
A psychiatrist could have a field day analyzing the root causes of Randy Roth's criminal behavior. The author lays out a well-researched picture of the hand Randy was dealt and how he chose to play it. From his early life he portrayed himself as someone you would not want to cross.
His relationships with women--many women--followed a pattern set early on. To draw them in, especially the four women he chose to marry, he would play the charming romantic, but after the wedding he turned cold, critical and controlling. Two of the wives divorced him and the other two, as the marriages began the inevitable collapse, met an "accidental" death. With the large life insurance policies he had on them, he was able to quickly end the unhappy marriage and profit by the wives' death.
His first victim, a mother of a young girl, was dispatched by pushing her off a cliff. Ten years later a different method was used-- drowning her while her young boys sat on the shore. He got lucky the first time and escaped the law but the bizarre drowning death and his emotionless reaction to it spurred the interest of two detectives whose amazing, painstaking efforts were handed on to two dedicated lawyers who, after a lengthy , harrowing trial, came away with a guilty verdict from the jury. The coverage of the trial in the book was excellent reading.
The book was a little long, with occasional repetition, but the author painstakingly looked at each piece of the case and based on the remarkable work of the detectives and lawyers was able to present the readers with a coherent picture of a complex man and his cold, calculated crimes. At one point the author compares Randy's behavior to a predator in nature who uses deception to entice and entrap his victims. The old poem with the line, " come into my parlor said the spider to the fly" says it all about the chameleon- like Randy Roth.
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The author writes in a way that shows lots of research without being boring. It’s like a case study but written in an accessible way. And he shows Randy Roth’s origins in compelling detail. But the end result is simply a portrait of a deeply unpleasant man. I’m left wondering why Roth did what he did.