Lethal Guardian

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Family Feud

A real estate lawyer in Connecticut's moneyed seaside communities, Beth Carpenter, 31, had beauty, brains and success. But she wanted more--namely guardianship of her two-year-old niece, Rebecca, daughter of Beth's estranged sister, Kim. When Kim married Anson "Buzz" Clinton, 28, a former male exotic dancer deemed an unsuitable guardian by the Carpenter family, Beth became obsessed with the idea that only his death could ensure that she and her parents would get ...

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Overview

Family Feud

A real estate lawyer in Connecticut's moneyed seaside communities, Beth Carpenter, 31, had beauty, brains and success. But she wanted more--namely guardianship of her two-year-old niece, Rebecca, daughter of Beth's estranged sister, Kim. When Kim married Anson "Buzz" Clinton, 28, a former male exotic dancer deemed an unsuitable guardian by the Carpenter family, Beth became obsessed with the idea that only his death could ensure that she and her parents would get custody of the child. On March 10, 1994, along a lonely stretch of road, Clinton was shot five times. His body was discovered by passing motorists.

Misfit Murderers

Behind Clinton's death lay a bizarre murder-for-hire conspiracy that found privileged professionals and local misfits joined in a cold-blooded plot against an innocent man. This homicidal group included attorney Haiman Clein, 53. A husband, father, and successful businessman, Clein was Beth Carpenter's boss--and also her sexually obsessed, cocaine-snorting, murderously obedient lover. The paid killers were two buddies, organizer Joe Fremut and triggerman Mark Despres, who brought his 15-year-old son Christopher along for the hit. The aftermath of this brutal crime would set investigators and prosecutors on a long and twisted path strewn with lies, treachery, and deceit that would cross the Atlantic Ocean before finally bringing justice home.

Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos

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What People Are Saying

Steve Jackson
An intense roller-coaster of a crime story,"
"Phelps's book Lethal Guardian is at once complex, with a plethora of twists and turns worthy of any great detective mystery, and yet so well-laid out, so crisply written with such detail to character and place that it reads more like a novel than your standard non-fiction crime book.
New York Times bestselling author
Gregg Olsen
M. William Phelps is the best true-crime writer to come along in years . . . the future of the genre.
New York Times bestselling author of Abandoned Prayers
Michael Baden
Phelps is a first-rate investigator.
host of HBO's Autopsy, author of several books
Lowell Cauffiel
Phelps is writing at a level that has become rare in today's true crime genre . . . [utilizing] facts, insight and the other proven methods of journalistic leg work.
author of HOUSE OF SECRETS, a New York Times best seller, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, and FOREVER AND FIVE DAYS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786021321
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 627,666
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the author of I’ll Be Watching You, If Looks Could Kill, Because You Loved Me, Murder in the Heartland, Perfect Poison, Lethal Guardian, Every Move You Make, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace. He has appeared on dozens of national radio and television programs, including Good Morning America, Court TV, The Discovery Channel, Geraldo at Large, and Montel Williams, and has consulted for the Showtime cable television series Dexter. He lives in a small Connecticut farming community with his wife and children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2006

    A Great Read

    Wow, you have a new fan here! I am an ARF, but what a great story you have told.I am very impressed with your style of writting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    No angel

    Buzz was certainly no angel, but he was a good influence on Kim. She started to be a good devoted mother. If only the Carpenter family saw that, this horricic, tragic event would not have happened. The Carpenters were truly the parents from hell. Look what they raised: one daughter who is a convicted murderer, who will spend the rest of her life in prison; another daughter with 7 children with almost as many men, flittering through life. Congratulations Mr. And Mrs. Carpenter!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Excellent book

    Well written and researched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Well written!

    This is well written, however I wish there was more info on Kim's actions after the murder, during court, and after the sentensings. Since we as readers obtained information on what the victims family, the murders' families it just would have been nice to have follow up info on the victims widow and especially his children. Maybe she was one of the ones that wouldn't help Mr Phelps. Not to be hurtful to Kim Clinton, but if she didn't help with this it wouldn't surprise because try as she might it doesn't seem as though she could make a decision on her own. My heart goes out to every person whom has lost a love one, but it makes it much worse when it is a family member. I thank Mr. Phelps for writing this compelling story. Mr Phelps, may God be with you on all of your endevors, as these true stories are more helpful than you can realize for some of us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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