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The Unholy Ghost Murders Paperback – August 27, 2012
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When this murder occurred, I was absolutely astounded at the details of what happened. To quote Judge Diane DeVasto, who pretty much says what I was thinking at the time “…How can a man with an outstanding personal and religious background – a leader of his congregation – murder the mother of his children with such viciousness and rage and then conceal his crime?” That was pretty much the opinion of most everyone in the area.
Following the investigation of the murder by Smith County Sheriff’s Department forensics team of Joe Rasco and Pam Dunklin, Smith and Maynard skillfully retold the details of this case from the beginning to the end. Leaving no stones unturned, Rasco and Dunklin performed their thorough investigation in an exemplary way that led them almost immediately to the killer of the mother of two, Marla Tabb, in the parsonage just six short weeks after she and her husband Mike had arrived in Troup to serve the United Methodist Church.
Although all of the evidence of her murder pointed pretty much directly at her husband Mike, Rasco and Dunklin wanted to be sure that they hadn’t missed anything that would keep the prosecution’s case from being air-tight. Through interviews with members of the church, their families, and members of the military at Camp LeJune where Tabb had worked as chaplain, the team discovered that the Tabb’s marriage was anything but happy and that both Mike and Marla seemed to have many long-standing areas of conflict in their relationship.
If you enjoy reading about true crime and its ensuing investigation, this book will give you a great inside look at the step by step process of how that investigation can unfold and how one piece of evidence can be the lead to discovering more clues to the solving of a crime. Sheriff Smith and Mr. Maynard have done a commendable job of explaining how investigators approach a case and work together to solve it. I must admit that I couldn’t put this book down until I had finished reading it, and I bet you’ll have a hard time putting it down yourself.