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A Stranger in the Family: A True Story of Murder, Madness, and Unconditional Love Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1996
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Authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith draw on Starrett's own diary, which he began in prison, and the words of his parents and siblings to construct a picture of a man who seemed an unlikely rapist and murderer. A successful man who worked as an engineer in a nuclear power plant, Starrett had no criminal record and appeared to have loving relationships with his wife, daughter, and family. His family couldn't have been more shocked at his arrest. So while it initially appears very revealing to see Starrett discuss his crimes and himself in his own words, the reader quickly begins to feel that his efforts are very self-serving. Also, if the authors made attempts to corroborate his stories, they present no evidence of it in the book.Read more ›
We were very close friends, so it was interesting reading about her. Even if it was from the killer's viewpoint. It brought back a lot of memories. For example, she liked peach wine coolers, pringles chips, her favorites, just as the killer said. You could tell she was trying to please the killer with the lies she told him, typical for victims with the Hearst-like syndrome she developed after the trauma of being abducted from her home.
The last reviewer was mistaken when he said Chrissy was murdered, and the book never says she was. Also the reviewer before that didn't read the book well either, Starrett clearly admitted he killed Jeannie. She did not kill herself. There were two bullets in her chest, so how could she have killed herself anyway?
Anyhow, I knew her very well and she was a spunky young woman. Wild and crazy and a lot of fun. Had a lot of potential. Didn't have fear of anything, and like many teenagers believed she was invincible. She was brave and mentally strong. Once she got to know him, she never dreamed he would actually kill her.
The book didn't say how much she hated the name Jean and only used it in the "runaway" note to give clues for someone to find her. She also spelled letters in her name backwards which she normally never would have done. I knew her writing, as she wrote a lot. After her disapearance, the FBI called and interviewed all her friends, including me, looking for her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Danny Starrett appeared to be a normal southern family man. However, he had a dark side that he kept from everyone in his family, including his wife and children. Read morePublished 11 months ago by SETH WALTON
I am a reader of true crime and I actually liked reading it from the perspective of the family of the perpetrator. Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by saysayg
This book is still a stranger to me. I never finished it so I can't be a judge of it now. Maybe sometime later I can get into it.Published on January 10, 2014 by Karen
This book was the biggest waste of money! It was all about poor Gerry Starrett and her poor psycho son, who kidnapped and raped several girls, even murdering one. Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by Mamacat
I can understand why some people didn't care for this. Many are drawn to true crime for the suspense, the investigation and the satisfying ending such books usually offer. Read morePublished on February 2, 2012 by kevnm
15 photo's of the killer. Yes, 15. Why? I have no idea. Weasel-faced child killer, Richard Daniel Starrett (Danny to his kin) is a psycho yet a lovable psycho to his family. Read morePublished on March 30, 2011 by MoodyBlue
After reading the first three chapters of this book I ended up skipping
through the rest of it just to get the basic details of who and why Danny killed and molested so many... Read more
First I responded to Paul C's review, thinking that he misread the book. But then I read all the other reviews and I guess I am the only one who read this book differently - NOT as... Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by Ann Ryan