Eye of the Beholder

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"Cauffiel knows how to dramatize true crime." —Elmore Leonard

On a cold February evening in 1991, thirty-four-year-old TV anchorwoman Diane Newton was gunned down in the driveway of her country home in Marshall, Michigan. Her son and infant daughter were the only witnesses. Her husband, forty-four-year-old Bradford King, later told police that he found her body after returning from an evening walk.

One year later, after playing a cunning mind game with police—which included ...

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Overview

"Cauffiel knows how to dramatize true crime." —Elmore Leonard

On a cold February evening in 1991, thirty-four-year-old TV anchorwoman Diane Newton was gunned down in the driveway of her country home in Marshall, Michigan. Her son and infant daughter were the only witnesses. Her husband, forty-four-year-old Bradford King, later told police that he found her body after returning from an evening walk.

One year later, after playing a cunning mind game with police—which included setting them on the trail of a nonexistent "stalker"—Bradform King was arrested for the brutal murder of his wife. After a sensational trial that shocked the nation, King was convicted and sentence to life imprisonment.

"A probing...book about crime and punishment within a complex modern marriage." —Gay Talese

From the riveting opening scene through its electrifying climax, Eye of the Beholder is the chilling story of a perfect marriage that wasn't what it seemed...and an illuminating journey through he heart of American justice into the darkness of the human soul.

16 PAGES OF DRAMATIC PHOTOS!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Diane King, morning anchor at WUHQ-TV in Battle Creek, Mich., was fatally shot on February 9, 1991, in the driveway of her home. News of the murder elicited odd reactions: some acquaintances said they were not surprised; others lamented the death of a thoughtful friend. When, after inept local police work, the Michigan State Police began to focus on Brad, Diane's husband, a former cop who was now a professor of criminal justice at Western Michigan University, there was a parallel reaction: some assumed he had killed his wife, others considered him incapable of violence. Brad was prosecuted and sentenced to life on what the author suggests was circumstantial evidence. But what interests Cauffiel ( Masquerade ) most is unraveling the personality of Brad, who is portrayed as resentful of living in the shadow of a celebrity wife and a dominating woman. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (July)
Library Journal
From the moment Diane King, a popular 34-year-old television anchorwoman from Battle Creek, Michigan, was shot dead in the driveway, her husband, a criminal justice professor at Western Michigan University and a former policeman, was the primary suspect. The Kings were an attractive contemporary two-career couple, with two children and a seemingly idyllic life. But as police probed, many flies were found in the ointment. Brad was a compulsive womanizer, unable to hold a job for very long; Diane was a strong, in-charge type of person. It soon became apparent that Brad was the murderer; the problem was how to prove it. Spending close to a year, the police and prosecutors built a very strong circumstantial case, which ultimately led to Brad's imprisonment on first-degree murder. This is both a taut police procedural and a fascinating psychological study of a nonrepentant murderer. For substantial true crime collections.-Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
Mary Frances Wilkens
Cauffiel offers every detail surrounding the murder of Diane Newton King, a Marshall, Michigan, TV news broadcaster. At first, the murderer appears to be a fan-turned-stalker who went one step too far in his obsession with Diane, but soon the circumstances point to Diane's husband, Bradford King, a former cop and criminal-justice teacher at Western Michigan University. Using police records, court reports, and stories from witnesses, Cauffiel virtually gives a class in criminal justice as the story unfolds. The reader learns the ins and outs of evidence discovery, interrogations, gathering and preparing witnesses, court behavior, and all the other elements of a homicide investigation and trial. Had the author not spent so much time discussing the backgrounds of every acquaintance of the Kings, the book would have been shorter and, therefore, more dramatic. As it stands, however, it is an interesting, detailed account of an almost perfect murder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786019380
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lowell Cauffiel, born in Michigan, was an award-winning reporter with the Detroit News and Detroit Monthly Magazine before becoming a TV producer. His books Masquerade and House of Secrets (a New York Times bestseller) have appeared on many critics' lists of the best works in American true crime. He lives in Los Angeles.

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