Worth More Dead: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #10)

Worth More Dead: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #10)

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by Ann Rule
     
 

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Why would a man kill his lover's husband and then his wife, the woman who fought successfully to have him paroled from prison? Why would he risk arrest by kidnapping the child of another woman who adored him?

Because they were...

Worth More Dead

A cold case reopened -- and solved -- with dogged police work and new evidence. One of

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Why would a man kill his lover's husband and then his wife, the woman who fought successfully to have him paroled from prison? Why would he risk arrest by kidnapping the child of another woman who adored him?

Because they were...

Worth More Dead

A cold case reopened -- and solved -- with dogged police work and new evidence. One of the shocking true crimes of passion and greed from Ann Rule's Crime Files.

Former Marine sergeant and judo instructor Roland Pitre Jr. claimed it was all an elaborate plan to win back his wife's love -- it wasn't supposed to end with her dead body in the trunk of a car. Nearly twenty years later, he acknowledged that he had hired someone to kill his estranged wife in 1988, though his alleged excuse for why a monstrous "mistake" happened is as shocking and convoluted as the crime itself. Eventually, he was charged with first-degree murder in the long-unsolved death of Cheryl Pitre, after a mysterious witness betrayed Pitre to save his own skin. Tracing back the dark and bloody path of Pitre's life, two generations of detectives found a chain of brutal and terrifying crimes by a man who manipulated the courts and prisons to walk free.

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Go deep inside the darkest crimes and twisted minds of the most baffling killers and schemers -- with this collection of chilling cases from Ann Rule, "America's best true-crime writer"

-- Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743448741
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
11/29/2005
Series:
Ann Rule's Crime Files Series, #10
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
146,159
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.50(d)

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Preface

Human life is very precious to most of us; nothing is as valuable as drawing in breath and feeling the reassuring beat of our hearts. Most of us feel the same about the lives of other creatures, from fellow humans to animals, and this often includes even bugs' small lives. Some people eat meat but would never think of hunting wild creatures. Some are vegetarians or vegans. The majority of us feel sad and even cry when we hear of disasters halfway around the world in which hundreds of people we never knew have perished. This ability to empathize — to identify with the pain of others — is the part of us that makes us human.

Yet there are other people who feel no sorrow or empathy when someone else suffers or dies. When they want something, the end justifies the means. Their motivation is usually financial gain or sexual conquest, but sometimes they act out of a need for revenge. If they look back at all on the death of someone who got in their way, it is without regret or guilt. With those who have no conscience and no empathy, there are no lingering doubts.

Despite my having written about a thousand or more killers, the ability to understand those without conscience is, for me, the most elusive. I can deal with it intellectually — but not emotionally.

The title of this book came to me full-blown, almost in a nightmare: Worth More Dead. As disturbing as it is to accept that these murderers believed their victims were, indeed, more valuable to them dead than alive, I know that it is true.

The first case history is about a man I encountered in a courtroom many years ago and never expected to hear about again. That he kept bouncing back into the headlines amazed me. He may have been smarter than many cold-blooded killers, or he may only have been more devious than most. He was always circumspect about choosing someone else to blame. Had he held the death weapons himself? That was always the question, but I think I may have finally answered it.

"It's Really Weird Looking at My Own Grave" is the story of a serial killer and rapist who believed that if his victims were dead, they could not come back to identify him. Fortunately, some of them were smarter than he was.

"Old Man's Darling" is a Colorado case, curious to ponder. The woman involved looked like an action-movie heroine, but her obsessions didn't lend themselves to a romantic last chapter. How dare her aging lover cast her aside? Furious and desperate, she took action, and a terrible finale ensued.

"All for Nothing" is one of the most shocking cases I've ever written about, and my longtime readers know that that's saying a great deal. Was it the result of a love triangle ripped apart? Or was it simply the inevitable ending to the erotic games one brilliant woman played with the men she delighted in enticing? She didn't realize that one man was playing for keeps.

All of these murderers had what they considered a good reason to want their victims dead — be it financial or emotional — and the last case in this book, "A Desperate Housewife," seems to have been fueled by both emotions. It is one of the saddest I've ever written about, although certainly none of the cases I cover are cheerful. What happened was so unnecessary, so selfish, and it will probably haunt you as it has me.

Copyright © 2005 by Ann Rule

Meet the Author

Ann Rule is the author of thirty New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lives near Seattle. Visit her at AuthorAnnRule.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1935
Place of Birth:
Lowell, Michigan
Education:
Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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Worth More Dead and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series, #10) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book goes into great detail concerning each character, and is written with compassion as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great, much detail. Just like all of Ann Rule's books. Karen Johnson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann rule, at her best...as usual!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not one of Ann Rule's best books. It was not written in the smooth style that I am accustomed to. At times I found it a bit boring the way she presented her material. The characters themselves were bland, no real personalities and the events uneventful. It almost seems that this author has written too many "whodunits" and was not simply putting her best in this book. Maybe she needs to find a different plot and storyline to write about.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule writes so compelling, you can't put the book down and when you finally finish you are searching for another of her books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Worth More Dead is a superb read! This book grabs you and doesn't let go until the end!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule does it again, she brings you into the story, you can picture yourself at the scene of the crime, being the victim and even the killer. What a great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As with all of her books, she has outdone herself again. Her insight and compassion - just incredible !
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
This book "Worth more Dead" by Ann Rule details a cold case that was reopened after many years, and solved as DNA evidence became much more precise. It described crimes of passion and greed. The first story is great, easy to follow, and sad for the victims. The other shorter stories are also really good. I would highly recommend this book to all fans of true crime and Ann Rule herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the killer with the last name scribner is my uncle from my dads side and his son danny is my cousan and my aunt has picks of him on her profile for myspace.