Cruel Doubt

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"There's no way you can hurt her. This is a woman with nothing left to lose..."

With these words from a distinguished North Carolina criminal lawyer, Joe McGinniss entered the bizarre and tangled life of Bonnie Von Stein, whose newly wealthy husband was brutally murdered as he lay in bed beside her. She herself was stabbed, beaten and apparently left for dead.

At her request, McGinniss set out on a search for the truth behind the crime - only to discover a reality which ...

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Overview

"There's no way you can hurt her. This is a woman with nothing left to lose..."

With these words from a distinguished North Carolina criminal lawyer, Joe McGinniss entered the bizarre and tangled life of Bonnie Von Stein, whose newly wealthy husband was brutally murdered as he lay in bed beside her. She herself was stabbed, beaten and apparently left for dead.

At her request, McGinniss set out on a search for the truth behind the crime - only to discover a reality which threatened to eclipse even the worst of Bonnie's fears. As suspicion mounted that her twenty-year-old son had arranged the murder, and an eerie netherworld of leads unfolded, Bonnie staunchly defended him - and her family.

Probing the dark heart of an American family, McGinniss brilliantly weaves together the twisted strands into a riveting account of apparently ordinary people in a small North Carolina town, whose lives and illusions were shattered one summer night in 1988. A murder mystery, a courtroom drama, a heartbreaking account of a mother's love and courage, Cruel Doubt is a terrifying true story you will not soon forget.

Probing the heart of a small-town North Carolina family, the author of Fatal Vision brilliantly weaves together this riveting account of ordinary people whose lives and illusions are shattered by a horrifying murder. Subject of an NBC-TV mini-series.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McGinniss's ( Fatal Vision ) forceful account of a 1988 murder plotted by avid players of the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons spent two weeks on PW 's hardcover bestseller list and was a Literary Guild special selection. (June)
Library Journal
Like Jerry Bledsoe's Blood Games ( LJ 9/15/91), McGinniss recounts the terrible events of July 25, 1988 when Lieth Von Stein was fatally stabbed and his wife Bonnie severely injured. Suspicion quickly focused on Chris, their son, and his friends, college students immersed in a world of drugs, alcohol, and the game Dungeons and Dragons. While Bledsoe's more straightforward account focuses on Chris and his friends, particularly James Upchurch III, who was found guilty of the actual murder, McGinnis tells the story from Bonnie's perspective, portraying a widow who relentlessly pursues the truth about the crime while acting also as a loving mother, unwilling to accept the truth about her son's involvement. In a book that's more a psychodrama than a detective story, McGinniss has drawn a riveting portrait of parental devotion that flies in the face of the truth. His reputation as a brutally honest storyteller ( Fatal Vision , LJ 9/1/83; Blind Faith , LJ 1/89) will attract many readers. Highly recommended.--Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
Kirkus Reviews
Reporting on the same crime as Jerry Bledsoe in Blood Games (see above), McGinniss (Blind Faith, 1988; Fatal Vision, 1983, etc.) again shows why he heads the ranks of true-crime authorsdelivering a page-burner of shifting suspicions, macabre ironies, and reversals of field too extreme for fiction. In the early morning of July 25, 1988, in the town of Washington, N.C., Bonnie Von Stein, 44, and her second husband, Lieth, were attacked in their bedroom by a stranger wielding a club and a knife. Lieth was killed and Bonnie survived with stab wounds, head lacerations, and a collapsed lung. Having almost no clues, detectives turned their attention to Bonnie's college-age son and daughter. When the children were brought to intensive care, they seemed bored by their mother and completely indifferent to their stepfather's death. As she recuperated, Bonnie also seemed too cool, too efficient to the local gumshoes. When it was discovered that Lieth had left two million dollars, she too became a suspect. Eventually the investigation narrowed to Chris Pritchard (Bonnie's son) and his college buddies. Instead of going to class, they played weeks-long games of Dungeons & Dragons, acting out fantasies fueled by alcohol, Ecstasy, pot, and much LSD. Eleven months after the attack, Pritchard was charged with murder and a long manhunt began for the "Dungeon Master," a shady figure named Moog. Pritchard had sent Moog and another player to his family house: If they killed the parents, there would be enough money for Ferraris, top-end stereo equipment, and serious computers. Covering the trial, McGinniss draws a chilling portrait of Pritchard's lawyer agonizing over the good chance he has of gettingPritchard off. The lawyer dislikes Pritchard's insolence and tells his colleagues he fears the boy will murder again if acquittedso he cuts a deal with the D.A. ensuring that Pritchard will not be executed, but will do life. Exciting reading that edges out Bledsoe's account and, no doubt, will hit the charts and find a home there.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671727833
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 11/28/1991
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 4 cassettes, 4 hrs.
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 7.13 (h) x 1.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    A+

    Very well written, great read, hard book to put down,, although i have some unanswered questions....Bn

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2005

    undying love

    I am a mother of two children. This story was about a mother and her undying love for her two children. The real life mother in this story, Bonnie, in my eyes is a mother that all other mothers would love to be. If you are a mother, father, sister, or brother read this story. This book is without a doubt one of the saddest and earth shattering tales of what a mother's love is capable of forgiving.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2015

    Still haunts me

    I have read this book many many times since 1992 and it still haunts me. From what I understand, Chris Pritchard was released from prison and is now a drug abuse counselor. He still is in contact with his mom and sister. I highly recommend this book to any true crime reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Highly recommend.

    Excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    This book stuck with me long after I read it. It's well written,

    This book stuck with me long after I read it. It's well written, and you will feel what Bonnie feels as she goes through her pursuit for the truth. She's a character and nothing about her experience or this book is a cliche.

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