Fire in the Desert: The True Story of the Craig Titus-Kelly Ryan Murder Mystery

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On the morning of December 14, 2005, Las Vegas police and firefighters were called to the desert outside of Las Vegas. A 2003 Jaguar was in flames, and inside the trunk of the vehicle was the badly burned body of a young Las Vegas woman named Melissa James. The 28-year-old had suffered a horrifying fate - she was restrained, her face was covered with duct-tape, and she was set on fire. The disturbing discovery prompted a massive police investigation, and within hours, detectives were standing at the front ...
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On the morning of December 14, 2005, Las Vegas police and firefighters were called to the desert outside of Las Vegas. A 2003 Jaguar was in flames, and inside the trunk of the vehicle was the badly burned body of a young Las Vegas woman named Melissa James. The 28-year-old had suffered a horrifying fate - she was restrained, her face was covered with duct-tape, and she was set on fire. The disturbing discovery prompted a massive police investigation, and within hours, detectives were standing at the front doorstep of two of the nation's most recognized fitness celebrities - Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan. Titus is a past place finisher in the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition, and his antics appropriately earned him the nickname the "Bad Boy of Bodybuilding." Meanwhile, his elegant wife, Ryan, is widely recognized as one of the premier women's fitness competitors in the country.But within the week, the two would be known as something else: murder suspects in the death of James, who was their live-in personal assistant.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932173741
  • Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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Glenn Puit covers the criminal justice system in Las Vegas for the Review-Journal. He was the first reporter in the nation to document the identity of John Doe #2 in the Oklahoma City bombing while working as a reporter in Florence, South Carolina. He is also the author of Witch: The True Story of Las Vegas' Most Notorious Female Killer.
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Table of Contents


Author's Note     7
The Discovery     11
First Impressions     19
Melissa James     23
Autopsy     31
Craig Titus     37
Kelly Ryan     45
True Love     49
Sex Tape     55
Kelly's First Statement     59
Craig's First Statement     75
Lauren Amanda Polk     87
Anthony Gross     95
On The Run     119
Jeffrey Schwimmer     123
Patrick Glenn Franks     127
Greg Ruiz     131
The Black Bag     137
Megan Pierson Foley     143
Craig's Second Statement     147
Kelly's Second Statement     171
The Taser     179
Matt Cline     183
The Prosecutor     191
A Change In Strategy     201
Murder For Hire?     207
Legal-Analysis     217
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

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    Two superstars in the body building industry brutally murder their live-in assistant. The author has decided to just present all the evidence in the form of testimony by impending witnesses as to what had happened as they saw it. However, I'm not sure if it's the best idea to present the testimony of all the witnesses without the case yet coming to trial. I'm sure the prosecution especially is not happy that all the details are laid out here before the case is tried. That said, the book was very interesting and I cannot see how anyone can come to any other conclusion after reading this book, but guilty for Titus, Ryan and the third friend who aided them by helping to drive the body to the desert. Guilty as sin. Steroids, methamphetemines and various hard drugs played a very serious role in their downward sprial and all the evidence is in the hands of the law.

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