Confessions of an American Black Widow: A True Story of Greed, Lust and a Murderous Wife (True Crime Classics Series)

Confessions of an American Black Widow: A True Story of Greed, Lust and a Murderous Wife (True Crime Classics Series)

by Gregg Olsen
     
 

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When the body of 45-year-old Glen Harrelson was found in his Denver home, police tried to contact his wife, but soon they made a startling realization. She had played the part of grieving widow once before: her previous husband also had died a mysterious accidental death...

In a true story as shocking as any fiction, The Confessions of an American Black Widow

Overview

When the body of 45-year-old Glen Harrelson was found in his Denver home, police tried to contact his wife, but soon they made a startling realization. She had played the part of grieving widow once before: her previous husband also had died a mysterious accidental death...

In a true story as shocking as any fiction, The Confessions of an American Black Widow is the amazing account of Sharon Lynn Nelson, a wild, beautiful preacher's wife who couldn't get enough-enough sex, enough money, or enough of her rugged "Mountain Man" lover, Gary Adams. Nelson was so consumed by greed that she convinced Adams to killed two of her three husbands in order to cash in on their insurance policies.

Here is a compelling portrait of a woman driven by the darkest forces to mate, then kill—an American black widow who ultimately got snared in her own twisted web...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A very sexy book that is as disturbing as it is seductive."—Darcy O'Brien, Edgar Award-winning author of Power to Hurt and Two of a Kind

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
True-crime author Olsen (Salt of the Earth) tells how Sharon Nelson, a Colorado woman, had her lover Gary Adams murder two of her three husbands, one in 1983 and one in 1988. But more interesting than the crime itself is Olsen's portrait of Nelson as a brash, trashy, manipulative sexpot who believed that she was entitled toand goteverything and everyone she wanted: even her confession, given freely to police in a Pizza Hut in 1988, was anything but contrite. Moreover, Olsen records the recollections of many community members who saw Nelson for what she was, yet seemed oblivious to the adultery, theft and murder under their noses. The narrative does skip around a little, which can be confusing, but watching Nelson as she almost gets away with murder will fascinate long after the last page. Photos not seen by PW. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312965037
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
True Crime Classics Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.76(d)

What People are saying about this

Jack Olsen
Gregg Olsen's standing as one of America's finest crime journalists will rise even higher with The Confessions of an American Black Widow. Here are all the ingredients of a great crime story.
Ann Rule
An absolutely fascinating study of one of the most devious female minds in crime history.
Stephen Michaud
What a combination! God, Mammon, carnality, all rendered vividly under Olsen's assured touch.
Carlton Stowers
Olsen introduces the reader to a character so mesmerizing, so frightening and so evil that one has to keep reminding himself that this amazing and fast-paced story is true.

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