Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder

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Hero, Husband, Father . . . Monster?

In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king . . . and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl."

The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when ...

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Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder

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Overview

Hero, Husband, Father . . . Monster?

In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king . . . and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl."

The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when Belinda's lifeless body was discovered in a closet. Her skull had been shattered by a shotgun blast at close range. She was eight months pregnant.

There was no damning evidence directly linking the brutal murder to husband David, who stood by emotionless and dry-eyed as police searched the crime scene. But a dogged eight-year investigation would expose a shocking history of cruelty and domination, infidelity and rage—ultimately resulting in an epic courtroom battle for the ages—as the scandalous truth was revealed about love betrayed and innocent lives . . . shattered.

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"Kathryn Casey is one of the best true crime writers today." —-Ann Rule
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061582028
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 247,064
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Casey is an award-winning journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, Texas Monthly, and many other publications. She's the author of seven previous true crime books and the creator of the highly acclaimed Sarah Armstrong mystery series. Casey has appeared on Oprah, Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen network, Biography, Nancy Grace, E! network, truTV, Investigation Discovery, the Travel Channel, and A&E. She lives in Houston with her husband and their dog, Nelson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2011

    Captivating - finished the entire book within 24 hours!

    I had never heard of this case before, but I love true crime books (usually read Ann Rule). This book captivated me and I downloaded it onto my NookColor and finished it within 24 hours.
    After reading this book, there is no doubt in my mind that David Temple murdered his very pregnant wife.
    May Belinda & baby Erin rest in peace and may David rot in prison!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Great Read

    I flew through this book, it was so interesting. What a sad story though. I agree with others, I usually read Ann Rule but KAthryn CAsey is just as good!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

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    great read

    this book was one i couldn't put down. Story kept moving, kept me interested.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    cant wait for more

    kathryn casey is by far my favorite true crime writer. As always this was an excellent read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Best crime book ive read

    A book you cannot put down, as you will see when you read this book. The only thing that bothers me now is why Belindas boy is living with.......heather should have been proscuted, i think theres more to the story involving heather. This book will never leave my mind. R.I.P Belinda and lil angel

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    evil evil

    this is a great read....how anyone could murder a pregnant woman and her unborn child is unbelievably evil...the author did an excellent job detailing the facts of this horrific case...i could not put this book down

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    Parental Denial Created a Timebomb

    Don't all of us wonder why some people cross the line and commit murder? As an avid True Crime reader, that is all that matters to me--WHY? And Kathryn Casey, the master of True Crime, never disappoints. David Temple seemed to be a cherished son of Texas and certainly the "All-American Boy" with his superb football skills. He had an intense and charming demeanor which was seemingly irresistible, especially to certain women. He was adored by his parents and brothers, to the extent that all of them seemed to overlook or simply ignore his dark side, and there were plenty of warnings that it existed. Casey lists all of them. Did the delightful Belinda Lucas fall so desperately in love with this overbearing man because of her equally overbearing father? Certainly that's one explanation, but fall she did, to her enormous peril. There are some who still question that David Temple marched his eight-months-pregnant wife upstairs while holding a shotgun to her head and executed her, but I have no doubt he committed this chilling crime because of all the family background supplied by Kathryn Casey. I'm sure his parents (who never chastised David for anything--BIG parental lesson here) still consider him innocent of killing their daughter-in-law and granddaughter, but in this case the jury got it dead right. It's a true cautionary tale, well worth the read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    If you like true crime....this is a must read!

    Having read true crime books by other authors, I was totally fascinated by Shattered. Ms. Casey gave details without bogging the reader down with them. It was easy to remember who the players were and keep them straight. I was not tempted to skip ahead as was often the case with other books I've read. She really knows how to write a book that is hard to put down. It is excellently writen and a fast-read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Almost as good as Ann Rule!!!

    I love Ann Rule, but Kathryn Casey is a close 2nd. I am looking forward to my next Casey book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

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    Okay book

    Author is good; book moves along at an interesting pace; nothing special; no real suspense; predictable

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2010

    Kathryn Casey does it again

    I have read most of Kathryn Casey's books, and she has once again exceeded my expectations with Shattered. Mrs. Casey makes Katy, Texas, and the surrounding area come alive as she keeps the reader's eyes glued to the true story of Belinda Lucas Temple's murder by her husband, David Temple. I felt as if I was part of the plot! The research, details, and background info are astounding. You don't want to miss this one!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Great read!

    I had a hard time putting this book down.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    You need to read this

    It was an excellent book and it captured your imagination. It was very detailed and would make a great movie. Kathryn writes as if she was right there watching it unfold. You will love this book. My heart goes out the victim of the unborn child. He deserves to be where he is at today.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

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    A Family Full of Sociopaths!

    This book was very much timeline-based and factual - so much so, that I dare ask why David and his family apparently never received any reprocussion from attempting to taint, strong arm, and guide official witnesses! I was left mouth agape with my head shaking, utterly flabberghasted. And for the 'new' Mrs. Temple, there is a special place in hell for her. I would love for Belinda's family to get custody of her son - he has no business being with that whore - the mistress of the man who killed his mother... come on America, really, this is screaming 'best interest of the child' isn't it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2010

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    Another Mesmerizing Case by Kathryn Casey

    Kathryn Casey is awesome as usual. It is easy to tell she has put in many hours of research into this book. She brings you into the lives of the people she writes about and makes you feel like you know them. She writes True crime the way I like it, with lots of biographical information and not simply repeating what we already know during the investigation and trial and not just taken from transcripts and articles. The only thing I was hoping for was a twist at the end but there wasnt one. Otherwise an interesting true story that was very well written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    True Crime Must Read

    Kathryn Casey once again brings you into the tragic lives of those affected by a horrible crime. This is a heartbreaking story of a family shattered by a sociopath. If you love true crime stories you will really enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Hard book to put down!

    This is such a sad story, and my heart goes out to Belinda Lucas' family and friends. Kathryn Casey does a wonderful job truly capturing Belinda's life and the events which unfolded over the course of many years leading up to her heartbreaking murder and the death of Baby Erin. Ms. Casey brings this story, with all of it's details and characters, remarkably to life in a way that was mostly easy to follow. Though the reader almost knows, from the beginning, how this story will end, there is still an element of suspense throughout its entirety that left me not wanting to put this book down. The pursuit of justice in this case took years of persistent dedication on the parts of Texas law enforcement officials, Belinda's family and friends, their legal counsel and others who have finally been able to achieve what has needed to be done for so long. These courageous men and women have not let any obstacle stand in the way of bringing Belinda and Erin's cold-blooded killer to justice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Great book

    I knew David Temple was guilty of this murder the first time I had heard of it happening. This book was so compelling, so through, so interesting. David Temple is a sociopathic, narcisstic personality. What a monster. He believed he could have it all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Chilling and gripping

    This book was totally engrossing and I really liked it. Although I wish it had never had to be written. Kathryn Casey did a fabulous job of helping us get to know the players in this horrific tale, especially the victim, Belinda Temple. David Temple is truly a despicable human being for so brutally murdering his wife, the mother of his children, as well as his innocent, unborn baby girl, Erin Ashley Temple. Heather, as, well, should be ashamed of herself for her actions before and after the murder. Hopefully now maybe she repents for what she's done. Although, I doubt David ever will. I think the only thing he mourns is the loss of his freedom. Readers will notice many parallels between this case and the Laci Peterson case and if you are interested in that case, you'll be fascinated by this one as well.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    good

    nice book

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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