No, Daddy, Don't!: A Father's Murderous Act of Revenge

No, Daddy, Don't!: A Father's Murderous Act of Revenge

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by Irene Pence
     
 

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"Hi, Mom. Give us a call, okay?"

Even in the bitterest divorce cases, angry ex-spouses usually agree on one thing—the welfare of their children. Mary Jean Pearle, a Dallas antiques dealer, never dreamed that her precious daughters, Faith and Liberty, would be anything but safe when she dropped them off with their father. John Battaglia, a successful accountant

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"Hi, Mom. Give us a call, okay?"

Even in the bitterest divorce cases, angry ex-spouses usually agree on one thing—the welfare of their children. Mary Jean Pearle, a Dallas antiques dealer, never dreamed that her precious daughters, Faith and Liberty, would be anything but safe when she dropped them off with their father. John Battaglia, a successful accountant and ex-Marine, had at times been vicious to her—but always gentle with the girls.

Listening helplessly through the phone, Mary Jean heard Faith plead for her life.  .  .and then the heart-rending sound of gunshots.

Updating her classic account of this unthinkable crime with the latest stunning developments from Death Row, veteran crime writer Irene Pence recounts an unforgettable saga of violence, betrayal, and tears.

Case seen on 20/20

Includes Sixteen Pages Of Dramatic Photos

Unthinkable Sacrifice

John Battaglia said hello and it grated on Mary

Jean to hear her ex-husband's voice.

"Hi, John," she said lightly. "I got a message that

the girls wanted to ask me something."

"Yeah," he said, and Mary Jean could hear the

echo-like sound that always accompanied his punching

of the speaker phone button.

"Ask her!" John's voice pounded. "Ask her," he repeated

in a louder, harsher voice.

"Mommy?" Faith stammered. She was noticeably

crying and her voice sputtered in short sobs. "Why

do you want Daddy to have to go to jail?"

Mary Jean could feel her body temperature climb.

"Oh come on, John, don't do this to them."

Then Mary Jean heard the screams that will forever

haunt her. Faith cried out, "No, Daddy, don't!

Oh please no, Daddy. Don't do it. No, no, no!"

Over her daughter's piercing cries, Mary Jean

heard the blast of a gun. "Run, babies, run!" she

screamed. "As fast as you can, run for the door!"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786022205
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
145,469
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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No, Daddy, Don'T! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Kay2001 More than 1 year ago
WOW, what a waste of a human! This John Battaglia was really a piece of work. Sicko is too nice a term for this guy. How in the world do you kill your kids just to punish your ex-wife? What kind of monsters do we have walking among us on this earth? There is no punishment that fits this crime. This was a very well written book. The author does an excellent job of taking us into the sick mind of Battaglia, seeing how he was two different people when it suit him. He can charm your pants off, literally, then turn on a dime and beat the crap out of you. There is not really a whole lot I can say about this book. It is heartbreaking to read and at the same time as repulsed as you are, you stay glued to the pages. If you are a fan of true crime give this a try but make sure you have your box of tissues close by.
raebethmcgee More than 1 year ago
I recommend if your looking for truth. I feel this story shows what woman around the country go through on a day to day basis. I think it's great that the author took the time to write the story for those two little girls. May they rest in Peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so heart breaking. It's so upsetting how the laws protected John but not the wives, if it were the other way around those kids would still be living. It was a great read and the author did a great job of tying the stories together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very sad but poignant story of a father's brutal murder of his two daughters as an act of revenge against their mother. It is so sad that the domestic abuse laws do not protect as intended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book defines the sad truth of the world we live in! I could not put it down. God bless those sweet babies and their families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very real feeling consumes you while you read this book wether it be anger or sadness it is still all reality I truley hope that this family has been able to heal in some way my prayers are with them and may the little angels rest in peace.
Dana Merritt More than 1 year ago
This is a great read, i could not put it down! Story stays on track and doesn't veer of to no mans land.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes hard to read, but a wonderful book. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, never confusing, easy to follow from beginning to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellently written. I will buy more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a fast read. It gives background but not much like some other books. I enjoyed it but it is sad. The court system did fail her. Very sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never heard anything about this story until this book. It was very well written! Kept me at the edge of my seat and read it in 2 days. I very much recommend it. A very sad story. Really gives you insight into the worst case of domestic violence, in my eyes, ever heard of.
BettyF More than 1 year ago
This book about a horribly tragic event is so well written that you feel you are there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is sooooooo sad it has a few curse words in it, i almost cried when i got to the part when he killed faith and liberty. :(
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The writer was excellent in the telling of such a sad and tragic story.
GSmomLD More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Fast moving. One of those books you can't wait to read.
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Kept me entertained
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