Fruit of the Poisonous Tree is a riveting account of a small town murder investigation – a case unsolved for eight years and marked by evidence of black magic and other signs of dark forces at work. Author Richard W. Carson takes the reader into the mind of the clever and cunning former boyfriend of the girl who vanished from a rural Michigan village without a trace. The prime suspect taunted local police who lacked a body and any crime scene evidence. A mysterious letter in the style of the missing girl’s writing suggested she had run away to California. And experts were hard-pressed to prove the letter a forgery. A medium warned a young man who eventually offered crucial and admissible hearsay evidence in the case that he was the target of witchcraft. The remarkably accurate predictions of psychics and the role of a devil-worshipping artist add to the story’s mystique. At trial, the accused killer was represented by a Roman Catholic priest. Afterward, several people with ties to the case were struck by tragedy, in some instances at strangely coincidental times. Fruit of the Poisonous Tree is a powerful true story and gripping legal drama.
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It’s a terrible thing when life is cut short. It’s more so when it becomes a cold case for no fault of those involved trying to bring justice to a victim that has to wait for it. Richard W. Carson brings you into the story with eyes wide open in a no nonsense reality that will you unable to put this book down until that last page where you - the reader- letting out your breathe of relief and cheering for the good guys! This page turner is very much a gripping tale has me giving it a 5 out of 5 stars from the first chapter. It is good to see justice prevail as it should. I will be recommended it to anyone who will listen and request that the Barryton Library brings in it’s own copy. I sincerely hope that we will hear more from Richard W. Carson in the future. Well done Mr. Carson. Well done. **ARC provided by Net Gallery for the intent of getting a honest review from me. My opinion is that of my own.**
While this book looks like a scary novel, this is the true story of a murdered teenager in a small town. It is well written, and you can tell that the author really put some time into researching this interesting story. Although it is true, it is such a horrific crime, that instinctively you want to think that this is just a horror novel. The crime itself left a definite impression on me that will remain for quite some time. I would recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in true crime.