A Warrant to Kill: A True Story of Obsession, Lies and a Killer Cop

A Warrant to Kill: A True Story of Obsession, Lies and a Killer Cop

by Kathryn Casey
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Overview

A Warrant to Kill: A True Story of Obsession, Lies and a Killer Cop by Kathryn Casey

She tried to tell her friends. She even went to the police. No one would believe her--and now she was dead.

Problems had always followed Susan White, but when she remarried and moved to Houston's posh suburbs, she thought the past was behind her--until she met a deputy sheriff named Kent McGowen who would soon become her worst nightmare.

McGowen was an aggressive cop with a spotty record. When Susan rebuffed his advances, she claimed he stalked and harassed her, using her troubled teenage son as bait. And then, in an act of arrogance and revenge, he made good on his threats, setting her up for the kill.

In A Warrant to Kill, Kathryn Casey meticulously pieces together the tragic shards of the case to create a riveting story of vengeance, fear, and justice--of the terrifying power a badge can have in the wrong hands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062063250
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 127,403
File size: 769 KB

About the Author

Kathryn Casey is an award-winning journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, Texas Monthly, and many other publications. She's the author of seven previous true crime books and the creator of the highly acclaimed Sarah Armstrong mystery series. Casey has appeared on Oprah, Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen network, Biography, Nancy Grace, E! network, truTV, Investigation Discovery, the Travel Channel, and A&E. She lives in Houston with her husband and their dog, Nelson.

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Warrant to Kill 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that totally holds your attention. You feel you get to know the characters and they are easy to relate to. The author did a great job of researching the information and filling you in on what makes these people tick. You cannot put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written. It holds your attention every minute. I'll give it to friends as a Christmas gift.
Royster More than 1 year ago
After 9-11 the entire country seemed to elevate fireman, police officers and other rescue personnel to God-like statuses. While the vast majority of these professionals are decent, hardworking and honorable, this story reminds us that a very few are something akin not to God, but to the devil. Doubling this tragedy is the complete lack of oversight and downright caring about other people that allowed his past record with other departments to be swept under the rug, only to come blasting out after his senseless murder of this scared and lonely woman. This story must be used as a reminder to less than caring higher-ups at police departments everywhere to at least give a little due diligence when considering the employment of law enforcement officers. Sure, now in hindsight all of these supervisors are willing to share their thoughts and reasoning as to what they did and why they didn't do more. What the hell, it wasn't their family member that was gunned down by an immature braggart behind a badge. Had it been, can you just imagine the type of response the public and the law enforcement community would have had? Sadly, it was a defenseless mother in her nightgown gunned down by a cop who had no business being a night watchman at a candy factory, much less an armed deputy with the authority to kill. I only wish the book would have included an update as to the final outcome of this creep's trial. I had to search the internet for the final result. In a way, it was better delayed because had he just begun serving his sentence the day he was initially convicted, he'd probably be out by now. A great story, too bad it had to be a true story.
KibblesBK More than 1 year ago
I found myself unable to put the book down, the story just grabs you !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not only very real but prophetic of what my law enforcement ex-husband has promised me. This book was recommended to me by my mother who heard of the story on tv. I may be the next story you read about if my ex's promises come true!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a college student and this book was chilling, a real page turner. I loved the writing but the story was shocking. How could that happen in our society today? I hope this book helps change the way police evaluate siutations - it might save someone's life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'A Warrant to Kill.' How could something like this happen in the US? Aren't there laws protecting people from bad cops? This book kept me up all night, and I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I'm still astounded that this could have happened. The writing is great and the research is remarkable.
BrandyGirl More than 1 year ago
Anyone who enjoys true crime will like this. I could not believe what this officer was able to get away with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked this but its like why did they keep ignoring every bad thing he does...its scary that they keep hiring these kinds of people...also i think the author took too long in describing the backgrounds of the people...but it was overall an ok book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to get into it, say the first 50 pages or so, but after that I was on overdrive. It was a bit messy, but so is real life. In the end, it exposed problems with the system and made for one hell of a good read. I've been passing my copy around the office and my co-workers are raving about it as well. I'd give it a big thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got in trouble with my wife because I couldn't stop reading the book. She'll understand after she reads it, it totally keeps your attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really makes you think about the power of the badge. People like McGowen give cops a bad name. Very interesting reading. After reading the previous review, makes you wonder if he was unhappy with the book because he was in it. hum
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Makes you wonder about the men in blue that are sworn to "protect and serve".
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