The brutal murders of young Devon and Damon Routier in the early morning hours of June 6, 1996, put their mother—Darlie Routier—at the heart of one of the most notorious murder cases in modern Texas history—despite her own throat having been slashed to within two millimeters of her carotid artery. The actions of a small-town police department and those within Dallas County's ruthless justice system created a perfect storm that swept up the young mother and landed her on death row. There she has remained, in a nine-feet-by-six-feet cell, despite claims of her innocence by those who know her, findings about the alarming fallibility of bloodstain analysis, and her husband's admission that at the time of the murders he was soliciting help to stage a home burglary to commit insurance fraud. In Dateline Purgatory, award-winning journalist Kathy Cruz enlists current-day legal experts to weigh in on the shocking transgressions that resulted in one of the country's most controversial death penalty convictions. With the help of the infamous death row inmate and a former FBI Special Agent known as “Crimefighter,” Cruz would find that her journey through Purgatory was as much about herself as it was about the woman dubbed “Dallas’s Susan Smith.”
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About the Author
KATHY CRUZ has received numerous Journalist of the Year honors from Texas press associations, as well as four Stephen Philbin awards for excellence in legal reporting from the Dallas Bar Association—two of which were grand prizes. She is a recipient of a 2011 Texas Gavel Award. Cruz currently resides in Granbury, Texas.
Table of Contents
Foreword Joyce Ann Brown ix
Preface: Perdition xi
Part I Silver Bullet 1
Chapter 1 6-6-6 2
Chapter 2 Lone Ranger 5
Chapter 3 Young Love in Purgatory, Colorado 12
Chapter 4 Innocence Lost 17
Chapter 5 Aunt Sandy's Notebooks 23
Chapter 6 Crimefighter 29
Chapter 7 Mayday 40
Chapter 8 Rainy Day Woman 44
Chapter 9 Urgent and Confidential for Room 209 55
Chapter 10 Friends of Distinction 59
Chapter 11 A Poisoned Pen 66
Chapter 12 Family Secrets 76
Chapter 13 Burgers and Fries and Cherry Pies 84
Chapter 14 'Tll Death Do Us Part 88
Chapter 15 Darkness Falls in Arkansas 94
Part II The Thin Blonde Line 103
Chapter 16 A Fatal Collision 104
Chapter 17 Code Red 110
Chapter 18 Psycho 116
Chapter 19 Jezebel 131
Chapter 20 Thunder Rolls 143
Chapter 21 A Matter of Integrity 156
Chapter 22 The Hanging Capital 167
Chapter 23 A Hand to Hold 173
Chapter 24 Hindsight 178
Chapter 25 Aunt Sandy's Letters 188
Chapter 26 Bent 196
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very, very biased and lots of misinformation. Latest DNA results that they want sealed as it proves her guilt can be found here: https://youcouldbewrong.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/dr-06262015103716.pdf
I live in Rowlett, i followed the case daily. I know the dedicated officers and paramedics that responded to the murders. I watched grown men cry. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, my opinion is Darlie Routier is where she belongs.
Cruz did her research. Very well written. Must read for anyone familiar with this case and the Texas death penalty.
Gallant yet futile effort to manufacture nonsensical hypotheticals designed to detract from the evidence that put Darlie on DR....typical mysterious black car and a lone strange man in black clothing seen lurking about the neighborhood. Perhaps a non-traceable drug rendered Darlie unconscious so the phantom intruder could viciously stab Damon and Devon to death and merely slash Darlie's throat all the while the effects of this drug wearing off at the perfect time for Darlie to 'awaken' at the very time the intruder makes his escape. Of course DKee and spoookee would be the only one's giving this a favorable review....gotta keep the supporter money rolling in to pay for the DNA testing that time and time again proves that there was no intruder...and yo pad Darlie's prison commissary. I regret falling for the hype and spending money on this book.
Kathy Cruz did her research on this case. If anyone can read this book and still believe that Darlie Routier was not railroaded, then they need to read again and again. Eighteen years of her life stolen by dishonest cops and prosecutor. A change in Texas Judicial System is long over due.
Wonderful book and very informative. The author spent much time investigating and doing interviews. It was obviously not a hurried venture. If you are even familiar with the name "Darlie Routier," I suggest this book.