Mother, The Son, and the Socialite: The True Story of a Mother-Son Crime Spree (St. Martin's True Crime Classics Series)

Mother, The Son, and the Socialite: The True Story of a Mother-Son Crime Spree (St. Martin's True Crime Classics Series)

by Adrian Havill
     
 

The Mother

Once mistaken for a young Elizabeth Taylor, the weathered, 64-year-old Sante Kimes may have lost her movie-star good looks, but she never lost her pathological ambition to con, steal, and murder, and to use her emotionally explosive son as a pawn in her twisted schemes.

The Son

Friends said Sante Kimes had a Svengali-like

Overview

The Mother

Once mistaken for a young Elizabeth Taylor, the weathered, 64-year-old Sante Kimes may have lost her movie-star good looks, but she never lost her pathological ambition to con, steal, and murder, and to use her emotionally explosive son as a pawn in her twisted schemes.

The Son

Friends said Sante Kimes had a Svengali-like psychological hold on her handsome but troubled 23-year-old son Kenneth. Completely dominated by his controlling mother, Kenneth would express a Norman Bates-esque love/hate for Sante, who seemed to call the shots in the most notorious and bizarre mother-and-son crime team in history.

The Socialite

82-year-old Irene Silverman was suspicious of the surly young man she had just rented a $6000-per-month apartment to in her Manhattan mansion and was planning to throw Kenneth Kimes out. Then she suddenly disappeared without a trace— except for the bloodstains outside her luxury townhouse.

The Crime Spree Of The Century

Linked to an unbelievable cross-country crime spree that may have included as many as four brutal murders, police finally caught the Kimeses. In the sensational trial, damaging evidence was presented that left no doubt in the jurors' minds as to the Kimeses' guilt in the murder of Irene Silverman. A judge sentenced the Kimeses to life in prison. Now, The Mother, the Son, and the Socialite takes you behind the scenes to reveal a story of two master criminals who thought they could get away with anything— including murder...

With 8 pages of shocking photos!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Crime journalism at its best! Well-written, carefully researched, and as timely as the headlines that captured attention from coast-to-coast."—Jack Olsen, bestselling author of Hastened to the Grave and Salt of the Earth

"An instant true-crime classic! Gritty and riveting!"—Larry Celona, Police Reporter, New York Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312970697
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
True Crime Library
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Adrian Havill is the author of While Innocents Slept and The Mother, The Son, And the Socialite: The True Story of a Mother-Son Crime. He has also written several biographies, including The Last Mogul: The Unauthorized Biography of Jack Kent Cooke, Deep Truth: The Lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Man of Steel: The Career and Courage of Christopher Reeve, and contributed to Juice: The O.J. Simpson Tragedy. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Georgiana. They have two children.

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