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The Mother, The Son, And The Socialite: The True Story Of A Mother-Son Crime Spree (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2004
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"An instant true-crime classic! Gritty and riveting!"--Larry Celona, Police Reporter, New York Post
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As for Sante and Kenny...scary! I used to feel sorry for Kenneth, Sr. but after I read about the shabby treatment he accorded his first wife, I thought that, in Sante, he got what he deserved.
Great read, hard to put down. Never fails to amaze me that there are people like that walking amongst the rest of us!
The author does a great job in painting her origins and past in helping understand her but I doubt anybody could understand her. Her incestuous relationship with her own son, Kenneth Kimes Jr., was always troubled. She had him home-schooled, isolating him from other children, and raised him in an isolated atmosphere. Kenneth Kimes is sadly a victim of his own mother's wrath. When she was in prison, he was finally allowed to go to school and make friends of his own age. Sante Kimes did the most harm to possessing her son like an accomplice instead of as a son. She smothered him with her twisted version of love. Granted, his father was no prize but he allowed Kenny to have some sort of normalcy while his mother was in prison for kidnapping and abusing her illegal immigrant maids from Mexico. She referred to them as her little slaves. What choice did Kenny have in his life with his mother around to corrupt and twist the world in their direction.
Sante would spend some time in prison for her previous crimes but it only made her angrier that she didn't kill her maids instead. She vowed never to return to prison. Sante's horror knew no boundaries, laws, husbands, lovers, etc. She wanted something so she went after it. Her late husband would also be a victim of her madness, constant troubles with the law which included their son as an accomplice as young child. Sante's crimes led them to live around the country to avoid the law like Hawaii, Las Vegas, California, etc.
Of course, the book does paint Sante's past which explains so much about her psychopathy or sociopathy. She's a narcissistic sociopath that is one thing clear and she raised her own son, Kenny, to be the same. He was only trying to please and satisfy his mother's insatiable appetite. No other woman would ever be allowed in his life. It's sad for Kenny but he's probably more free now than he was outside prison. He doesn't have to answer to his demanding, abusive, maniacal mother.
I know that we'll never find the beloved Irene Silverman's remains now. It's been too long. She had an incredible life and was robbed of truly living in the end. Sadly, there were other victims that we don't know about who came into the crossfire of Sante and Kenneth Kimes' crime spree. Still, I would read another book about this bizarre, troubling case. This book was pretty good though.
The things they did were simply unbelievable and will keep you on the edge of your seat. For instance, the son would go into a store and distract the salesman so the mother could steal whatever she wanted. They stole fur coats, expensive scarves, and son, anything they wanted. They were convicted of insurance fraud schemes, murdering an 80-yr-old woman just to get her $10 million mansion, and a host of other things.
What's so weird is that these people were rich themselves; they didn't need to steal or con people for money.
This book is better than any true crime book I have read, and I am true crime buff. The author really did some serious research in writing this story. I know you will be pleased with the read. In fact, I read it all in one setting. I kept telling myself that what I was reading indeed happened. I was so fascinated by the book that I spent 5 days researching the criminals on the net.
Some things I liked about the book: non-stop action, short and detailed chapters, background just enough to keep you from getting confused, and because it left me spellbound, still saying to myself it all happened.
Get this book. It doesn't cost much, and it will be worth the read.