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Open Secrets: A True Story of Love, Jealousy, and Murder
     

Open Secrets: A True Story of Love, Jealousy, and Murder

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by Carlton Stowers
 

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On a fall afternoon in 1983, in an upscale Dallas suburb, Rozanne Gailiunas was found stripped, bound to her bed, and shot through the skull. Her four-year-old son has been napping peacefully in the next room when she was killed. Rozanne's husband, Dr. Peter Gailiunas--and her lover, Larry Aylor--immediately fell under suspicion. Until a surprise informant

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On a fall afternoon in 1983, in an upscale Dallas suburb, Rozanne Gailiunas was found stripped, bound to her bed, and shot through the skull. Her four-year-old son has been napping peacefully in the next room when she was killed. Rozanne's husband, Dr. Peter Gailiunas--and her lover, Larry Aylor--immediately fell under suspicion. Until a surprise informant identified the mastermind behind the murder as Aylor's own wife, Joy--a woman so driven by jealousy and greed that she put out a contract on both Rozanne and later her own husband.

On the run and managing to elude investigators for eight years, the two-year search for the socialite would eventually end in the south of France. There, authorities found the elusive femme fatale, living as comfortably among the world's elite as she was among hired killers. At last, the authorities' questions would be answered, to reveal a shocking insight into the heart of an unlikely killer, and a small-town Texas crime that made international headlines.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This exceedingly complicated case began with the murder of Rozanne Gailiunas in a Dallas suburb in 1983. Preparing to divorce her physician husband Peter, Rozanne was having an affair with Larry Aylor, who was building a new house for the Gailiunases. The affair became known to Larry's wife, Joy, and she planned a divorce as well. When it became apparent that neither Peter nor Larry was Rozanne's killer, the case stalled. In 1985, however, an attempt was made on Larry's life, at which point Joy's sister Carol informed the police that Joy had arranged both the murder and the attempted murder. Subsequently, an ex-ministerial student-turned-drug-addict was convicted of the murder while a pair of sibling drifters were convicted of the attempted killing. But as the net closed in, another twist: Joy Aylor fled to France, where she has successfully fought extradition to the U.S. Stowers ( Careless Whispers ) has done a superb job of keeping the many strands of the case from becoming tangled and has produced an exceptional true-crime study. (June)
Library Journal
True crime writer Stowers's latest book certainly proves that the rich are different from mere mortals. They seem to think the best way to take care of people who cause pesky problems is to hire someone to blow them away. In 1983, Rozanne Gailiunas's body was found by her four-year-old son in her Richardson, Texas, bedroom. The police report showed that she had been tied spread-eagled on her bed and that two bullets were then pumped into her brain. The investigation immediately turned up two suspects: Rozanne's estranged husband, Peter, and her lover, Larry Aylor. Police were baffled when neither suspect panned out as the culprit. Chief investigator Morris McGowan had worked for two years on the case and had pronounced it unsolvable. Two years later, an attempt was made on Larry Aylor's life and a late-night phone call to McGowan revealed that the person responsible for both crimes was Joy Aylor, Larry's wife. Stowers recounts McGowan's eight-year hunt to bring her to justice. For popular true crime collections.-Belinda J. Pugh, Kings Bay Base Lib., Ga.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466836143
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/15/2002
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
517,518
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Carlton Stowers is the author of more than two dozen works of nonfiction, including the Edgar Award-winning Careless Whispers, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Innocence Lost, and Open Secrets. He and his wife live in Cedar Hill, Texas.

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Open Secrets: A True Story of Love, Jealousy, and Murder (St. Martin's True Crime Library Series) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has entirely too many twists and turns. It's almost like the author is trying to lengthen the book. There's too much information about EACH person. I would not recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor little rich girl is a murderous sociopath