Gallagher, a reporter for the Gannett newspaper chain, is a splendid journalist and a wonderful storyteller, although not a master of English grammar. Here he presents an account of the three encounters with the judicial system of schoolteacher Carolyn Warmus, who was convicted for the 1989 fatal shooting of her lover Paul Solomon's wife, Betty Jeanne, in Westchester, N.Y. The first indictment was dismissed by a judge who, in Gallagher's opinion, was biased toward the defendant; the second trial, covered in full here, ended in a hung jury; the third resulted in a guilty verdict and a 25-year sentence, with no appeal thus far filed. Gallagher makes it clear that he considers Warmus guilty of the slaying and presents considerable evidence to reinforce his argument. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
Whoa! What's going on here? There seems to be a plethora of angry women out there just waiting to whack somebody! Their likely victims are the wives or girlfriends of their lovers. Their philosophy seems to be that the easiest way to a man's heart is over his wife's dead body. First there was Amy Fisher, who attempted to kill her alleged lover's wife. Now, we have the story of Carolyn Warmus, who is accused of shooting her lover's wife nine times, then meeting him at the local Holiday Inn for dinner and a session of oral sex in his car. Gallagher, an award-winning reporter, has done an amazing job of tracing Warmus's obsession with Paul Solomon. Warmus was arrested more than a year after Betty Jeanne Solomon was murdered and indicted for her death. After two highly publicized trials, Warmus maintains her innocence. Lovers of Deceit is a sordid tale of husbands deceiving wives, wives deceiving husbands, and lovers deceiving lovers. Recommended for most general collections.-- Belinda Pugh, Kings Bay Base Lib., Ga.
The New York press loved the headline-grabbing appeal of the Carolyn Warmus murder case. Daughter of a multimillionaire Michigan insurance magnate, the voluptuous suburban New York schoolteacher had a history of starting affairs with married men, then becoming obsessive when they refused to divorce. Her affair with fellow teacher Paul Solomon took a violent turn in 1989 when she went to the Solomon home, shot Betty Solomon nine times at point-blank range, then casually kept her date with the dead woman's husband. Gallagher reconstructs the details of the sordid case the local press dubbed the ""Fatal Attraction" murder." He portrays Warmus as a cold-hearted sex queen "with a penchant for married men and exhibitionism." Despite such provocative descriptions, the book never adequately probes or captures Warmus' twisted personality, probably because Gallagher never interviewed her or her family, coworkers, and close friends. In closing, Gallagher reports that Warmus' father refuses to pay for an appeal and states he is no longer responsible for her legal bills. So Warmus is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence with no appeal even filed. Now, there's a story.