In September, 2008, Roanoke, Texas, police discovered a house of horrors: poisoned pudding, a bathtub set up for electrocution, a bloody butcher knife, and a hank of chopped-off hair. The worst was yet to come…
Days before, seventeen-year-old Jennifer Bailey, her thirteen-year-old brother David, and their friends Paul Henson and Merrilee White had made a gruesome pact: they’d kill their parents, steal their cars and credit cards, and flee to Canada.
Paul and Merrilee’s parents thwarted their fates, but Jennifer and David’s mother Susan Bailey wasn’t so lucky. When the devoted mother returned home from work, her two children and their friend Paul took turns stabbing her and slicing her throat. When they were done, they fled in Susan’s car. They made it as far as South Dakota before being arrested.
What really led them to make such a despicable pact? The answers would cast a disturbing new light on the way we see the all-American family, our neighbors, our children—and the society that nurtured them.
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|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Donna Fielder, national bestselling author of Ladykiller, is an award-winning veteran journalist in the areas of investigative reporting, crime, courts, lifestyle, and arts. She has been featured on Dateline NBC, Women Behind Bars, and Psychic Detectives. She has worked with 48 Hours and has had weekly columns in the Denton Record-Chronicle, and her crime stories have regularly appeared in the Dallas Morning News.
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Praise for Donna Fielder “Fascinating…a crime story that outshines the imagination of fiction crime writers.”—DentonRC.com “Nerve-wrecking twists…plenty of insider and first-hand research.”—TrueCrimeZine.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a thorough account of the investigation and arrest of three teens who planned and executed the murder of the mother of two of the teens. The book repeated itself in several places which turned me off. I always wondered why children would kill their parents. Is it that bad. Susan loved her children and worked 3 jobs so her children could have everything they wanted. All she wanted was for them to keep house clean. Jennifer was asked to watch her brother which she didn’t want to do. Susan sacrificed a lot for her children and this is how she was repaid. I did enjoy the interviews of them at the end of the book. I think David did what he did to please his sister because he was the only one that was truly sorry.
Killer Kids With our parents out of the way there’s nothing stopping us from running away to Canada and starting our new lives together, at least that’s what the teens from Roanoke, Texas thought when they each agreed murder their parents and make a break for it in September 2008. With three teens making this commitment to each other, and that meant three parents were in the line of fire. Merrilee’s mother woke up to the horrifying sight of her daughter standing over her with a butcher knife in hand and was able to escape and call the police. The desire Paul’s parents felt to go see a movie instead of heading home might have saved their lives that night. However, Jennifer and David’s mother didn’t get away so easily, and was brutally murdered by her two kids and her daughter’s boyfriend at the top of the stairs in her house. The major message that was highlighted frequently in this novel was just the need for a good parental figure. Everyone needs someone to help guide them in what’s wrong and right, and although Susan’s main priority was that she needed to make money so that the kids could have all the things that they wanted and needed, the real thing that she needed to give them was more of her time. With her mom always at work trying to provide, Jennifer felt the need to be a mother figure, not only for her little brother but for herself too. I’m not saying that the murder was her fault at all, I’m just saying that if she were there she might still be here. Let’s Kill Mom is just like it’s title; cold, chilling, and downright creepy. The writer, Donna Fielder, does a great job of keeping the reader horrified while still wanting to know more. Her vivid word choice paints the traumatizing picture in your head, whether you want it there or not. Donna Fielder did a phenomenal job of telling Susan’s story, it’s just appalling to hear that it happened in the first place. Although it was essential to have the background in the beginning, it was a bit longer than I would have liked, it was just a little boring and could’ve been shortened. Also considering how jaw dropping the climax was in the middle, the aftermath seemed drawn out. I understand that we need all the details and we need to know what happened, however since the murder was just so interesting and captivating it was kind of a let down when it went into the outcomes and consequences. Obviously if this doesn’t sound interesting you absolutely shouldn’t read it. Just from the title you should know whether you will get sucked into this book, or if you’ll end up having nightmares just by the thought that someone could actually desire to do it. I found the book very amusing and interesting, and anyone who loves crime and murder would find it pretty good too.