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Widow's Web

Widow's Web

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by Gene Lyons
     
 

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They called Mary Lee Orsini Little Rock's Lady Macbeth. Her beauty and cunning proved fatal for her husband (shot dead in his bed) and nearly as destructive to almost everyone else who crossed her path: the defense lawyer whose wife she was convicted of murdering, the prosecutor whose career she destroyed, the sheriff she manipulated to the wrong side of the law,

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They called Mary Lee Orsini Little Rock's Lady Macbeth. Her beauty and cunning proved fatal for her husband (shot dead in his bed) and nearly as destructive to almost everyone else who crossed her path: the defense lawyer whose wife she was convicted of murdering, the prosecutor whose career she destroyed, the sheriff she manipulated to the wrong side of the law, and the reporters she twisted around her poisonous little finger.

Here's the whole deadly web — of lies, murder, and sexual blackmail — that ensnared the media, men of power, and finally, the entire state of Arkansas in its greatest criminal drama of this century.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Little Rock, Ark., businessman Ron Orsini was fatally shot on March 12, 1981. His blood-soaked body was found by Mary Lee Orsini, his wife of five years. The police immediately suspected her, for the evidence of a break-in looked feigned and her tears contrived. In this taut and gripping story, former Newsweek reporter Lyons covers the case. Although a grand jury initially did not indict her, in 1983 Mary Lee was convicted of murdering her husband. The conviction was overturned, but she was then convicted of murdering her defense attorney's wife, Alice McArthur. The ``McArthur Case'' emerged as the most notorious murder trial in Arkansas history. Lyons provides ample regional flavor. And he shows how feverishly Mary Lee manipulated her attorney, neighbors, friends, the public and Tommy Robinson, a local Sheriff who is now a member of Congress. Mary Lee is serving a life without parole sentence. Photos not seen by PW. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. (Aug.)

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ISBN-13:
9781451696066
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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Widow's Web 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bob36 More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book and I would recommend it to the casual reader of history.