11 Books by Kathryn Casey

11 Books by Kathryn Casey
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Overview: 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.
Genre: Non-Fiction | True Crime

Deliver Us: Three Decades of Murder & Redemption in the Infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields:
Critically acclaimed author Kathryn Casey delivers a riveting account of the brutal murders of young women in the I-45/Texas Killing Fields. Over a three-decade span, more than twenty women–many teenagers–died mysteriously in the small towns bordering Interstate 45, a fifty-mile stretch of highway running from Houston to Galveston. The victims were strangled, shot, or savagely beaten. Six met their demise in pairs. They had one thing in common: being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The day she vanished, Colette Wilson waited for her mother after band practice. Best friends Debbie Ackerman and Maria Johnson loved to surf and were last seen hitchhiking. Laura Kate Smither dreamed of becoming a ballerina and disappeared just weeks before her thirteenth birthday. In this harrowing true crime exposition, award-winning journalist Kathryn Casey tracks these tragic cases, investigates the evidence, interviews the suspects, and pulls back the cloak of secrecy in search of elusive answers.

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

Die, My Love: A True Story of Revenge, Murder, and Two Texas Sisters
The day before Halloween 2004 was the last day on Earth for respected, well-liked college professor Fred Jablin. That morning, a neighbour discovered his body lying in a pool of blood in the driveway of Jablin’s Virginia home. Police immediately turned their attentions to the victim’s ex-wife, Piper, a petite, pretty Texas lawyer who had lost a bitter custody battle and would do anything to get her kids back. But Piper was in Houston, one thousand miles away, at the time of the slaying and couldn’t possibly have been the killer . . . could she? So began an investigation into one of the most bizarre cases Virginia and Texas law enforcement agencies had ever encountered: a twisted conspiracy of lies, rage, paranoia, manipulation, and savage murder that would ensnare an entire family – including two lethally close look-alike sisters – and reveal the shocking depravities possible when a dangerously disordered mind slips into madness.

Evil Beside Her: The True Story of a Texas Woman’s Marriage to a Dangerous Psychopath
At first, Linda Bergstrom’s marriage to her husband James was idyllic. They were young and in love; he was about to enter the Navy and she was eager to start a family. But it wasn’t long before the dream exploded. James became abusive and violent, prone to sudden bursts of anger, long silences, and unexplained disappearances. But Linda vowed to hold on, despite the pain and fear . . . and her disturbing suspicions about her husband’s secret life. Then, not long after their move to Houston, Texas, she made a terrifying discovery: James’s hidden cache containing duct tape, a ski mask, and handcuffs. No longer could Linda Bergstrom deny the hideous truth. The man she lived with, the man she married for love, was a dangerous psychopath. And there was no escape and nowhere to run. Because no one – not her friends, the Navy, or the police – would believe her.

Blues & Bad Blood (True Crime Files)
BLUES AND BAD BLOOD is a 6,000-word true crime piece recounting the brutal murders of Texas blues singer John Vandiver and his lover, Debbie Davis. John was a mainstay in Texas music, who worked the circuits between Austin, Houston, Dallas, singing in the clubs. He performed with the greats of the Cosmic Cowboy Era, including Willie Nelson, Michael Martin Murphey, and Jerry Jeff Walker. BLUES & BAD BLOOD explores the shadow world of drugs and music, in the context of two violent murders.

The Drag Queen Murder (True Crime Files)
This is a book about the bizarre and brutal 1986 murder of Patrice LeBlanc, a young woman from Louisiana. Although straight, LeBlanc frequented Houston’s gay bars, where she became captivated by the drag queens. Only months after arriving in Houston, she moved in with Cliff Youens, whose alter ego was the flamboyant and ruthless Brandi West. Who murdered LeBlanc? Could it have been Brandi?

Texas Love Triangle Murder (True Crime Files)
This is a book exploring one of Texas’ most sensational murders, a love triangle in a small Big Thicket town that ended in a mysterious murder. Hurley Fontenot was the principal in the junior school, Laura Nugent the school secretary, and Bill Fleming the school’s coach. The two men loved the same woman. Did their obsession lead to murder?

My Most Memorable Cases (True Crime Files)
A small town, East Texas love triangle ends in a brutal execution. A teenage girl guns down her loving mother. A drag queen falls in love with a beautiful young woman, resulting in a horrific murder. A woman left for dead by a serial killer refuses to be a victim. These are just four of the cases explored in MURDER, I WRITE, an exciting new anthology by critically acclaimed true crime author Kathryn Casey. Thirty years in the trenches covering sensational murder cases, Casey’s career has taken her from victims’ homes, to homicide units, to face offs with cold-blooded killers. In these fascinating behind-the-headlines true accounts of jealousy, betrayal, and revenge, Casey explores the worst men do and profiles those who triumph over evil.

Deadly Little Secrets: The Minister, His Mistress, and a Heartless Texas Murder
With Deadly Little Secrets, Casey once again explores the dark side of the Lone Star State, offering a riveting true story of a murderous Texas preacher responsible for the cold-blooded slaying of the mother of his children. Meticulously researched and spell bindingly told, Deadly Little Secrets pulls back the curtain on the horrific crimes of a supposed man of God who was more devoted to the Devil, and it demonstrates why such true crime luminaries as Edgar® Award winner Carleton Stowers and Gregg Olsen are confirmed Kathryn Casey fans.

Shattered:The True Story of a Mother’s Love, a Husband’s Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder
Hero, Husband, Father . . . Monster? In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king . . . and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl." The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when Belinda’s lifeless body was discovered in a closet. Her skull had been shattered by a shotgun blast at close range. She was eight months pregnant. There was no damning evidence directly linking the brutal murder to husband David, who stood by emotionless and dry-eyed as police searched the crime scene. But a dogged eight-year investigation would expose a shocking history of cruelty and domination, infidelity and rage-ultimately resulting in an epic courtroom battle for the ages-as the scandalous truth was revealed about love betrayed and innocent lives . . . shattered.

She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire
Trophy wife Celeste Beard wasn’t satisfied with a luxurious lifestyle and her rich Austin media mogul husband’s devotion – so she took his life!
The wife:
She wanted everything, but her husband stood in the way.
The lesbian lover:
A love-struck, middle-aged woman with a history of mental illness, she would do anything to set Celeste free.
The beauty salon receptionist:
Celeste hired her to tie up the loose ends … in a second conspiracy to commit murder.

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