Everything She Ever Wanted: A True Story of Obsessive Love, Murder, and Betrayal

Everything She Ever Wanted: A True Story of Obsessive Love, Murder, and Betrayal

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by Ann Rule
     
 

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WAS SHE A SWEET SOUTHERN CHARMER?
OR A COLD-BLOODED KILLER?
For their wedding portrait, petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarlett. Both came from fine Southern families, and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses, raise horses, and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta society. Less than two months…  See more details below

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WAS SHE A SWEET SOUTHERN CHARMER?
OR A COLD-BLOODED KILLER?
For their wedding portrait, petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarlett. Both came from fine Southern families, and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses, raise horses, and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta society. Less than two months later, their dream exploded in terror and murder: their beautiful home mysteriously burned to the ground and Tom was convicted of the brutal slaying of his mother and father.
Pat's only brother had died in a puzzling suicide, her grandparents-in-law were poisoned with arsenic, and no one -- from her wealthy employers to her own children -- was safe when Pat Allanson didn't get her way. It took Georgia lawmen more than two decades to stop her for good -- if indeed they have.
In this fascinating account, Ann Rule delivers a tour de force: a whirlwind of misguided love, denial, guilt, and passions out of control; a series of brilliantly manipulated crimes; the bizarre and horrifying tale of two families brought to ruin; and, at the center of it all, the heartless, supremely selfish sociopath whose evil hid behind soft words and gentle manners, but who destroyed -- without mercy -- those who loved her.

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"Rule hits the bull's-eye." -- Publisher's Weekly

"A headlong plunge into the depths of a sociopathic mind, told with a master's hand." -- Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671690717
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
211,073
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 4.24(h) x 1.37(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Rule is the author of thirty New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lives near Seattle. Visit her at AuthorAnnRule.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1935
Place of Birth:
Lowell, Michigan
Education:
Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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Everything She Ever Wanted: A True Story of Obsessive Love, Murder, and Betrayal 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too read the book in less than 2 days because I have known Pat and her family for 20 years. Her son Ronnie was married to my best friend Kathy until his death last year. Pat is still very much alive and lives with her father Colonal Radcliff. To this day she is a very evil munipulitive woman. This book is true word for word!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book many times, It has helped me understand the minds of killers better. I am using parts of it in my class at college for criminal justice. And shame on any of the family that even so much as justifies or ackowledges that Pat is a good person, who deserves anything. The only thing she deserves is to die, the same horrible deaths she inflicted on her victims.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recently got done reading this book and it is excellent. I love to get into the minds of people and see how absolutely crazy they really are. The Allanson's are not just prone to doing one crime, but they just keep on. It is a great book, read it in one week. I definatly recommend this book to anyone who likes true crime and murder books.
tabasco_cat More than 1 year ago
I watched the Lifetime movie before I read the book (the movie was good, too). I was intrigued by Pat Taylor Allanson's story, so I read the book--wow. Ann Rule fills in all the details, and I couldn't put this down! The story surrounding the family is SO good--the secrets, the cover-ups, etc. The story is complex, but Rule writes in a way that all the events are easily followed, and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I highly recommend this!
ScarlettNJ More than 1 year ago
True crime can be disturbing to say the least...but I love Ann Rule. This book is written well, a nice read - it flows - and its very interesting, wanting to see what happens next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Ann Rule.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently read this book and could not put it down. It was a fast-paced book that kept the reader wanting more. I have read almost all of Ann Rule's books and this was one of my favorites. I highly recommmend it if you enjoy reading this author.
osaka More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! Ms. Rule definitely knows how to hold the reader's attention, a very thorough, detailed writer. This book was very enlightning as to the mind of a needy and manipulative woman. I felt sorry for all those people that Pat Allanson came in contact with. What a horrible person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story unfolded when i was a teenager. Ann's writing is so much better than the Lifetime movie. Story flows well and the events and characters she desribes are right on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another captivating book by Ann Rule. I just can't believe people and families behave this way. Crazy! I couldn't put the book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Ann Rule hit! Smooth, flowing relation of the kind of thing you wouldn't believe if it weren't told exactly right...but it is!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OHHHHH, you will NOT believe this woman!! She is HORRIBLE! She was a spoiled rotten baby, spoiled little brat child and then a narcissistic woman who thought wayyyy more of herself than necessary!  She presented herself as someone who "cared", all the while planning her vicious crimes so she could get what she wanted!  And her foolish MOTHER covered for her every step of the way!  The men were just as foolish!  This story is just outrageous! Great story-telling by Ann Rule!! This was one of my faves!
nharrell More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read, you do not want to put it down and I am so glad I purchased this book. Ann Rule keeps you involved and you just want to know what makes the character tick, a must read!
ntrue10 More than 1 year ago
I'll read ANY Ann Rule book; she's a great writer! This story is crazy and loaded with twists. Pat should have been diagnosed by a psychiatrist- strange that she wasn't! If you are considering this book, you won't be disappointed..it involves a conniving spoiled child that grows into a conniving spoiled adult who Preys on those that can get her what she wants... naturally, she leaves a wake of destruction, bring down families (hers and others). Sounds simple, but it's anything BUT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its hard to believe there are such evil people who do not care who they hurt because they believe they are owed whatever someone else posesses Ann Rule is a great teller of trueth
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule writes another awesome book. Everyone that is a Ann Rule fan, must read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books you just can't put down. Pat is the most spoiled brat, I've ever read before. You must read this book. You will want to keep reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am from holland and mrs Rule isn't that known in Holland. But eversince i've red here book about Ted Bundy I am a huge fan of here work. This book is a message to what people are capable of and sometimes it was frighting to read how one person could manipulate so many people and got away with it for a long time. Pat Alanson really frightend me and ann rule made showed us what people are sometimes like. like I said in Holland she is not as well known as in the United states but every time I come accross one of here books here I simply have to buy it. and when I visit the states I go into book stores to find here books and take them home with me.