Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors

Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors

And Other True Cases

Book - 2012
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#1 New York Times bestselling author and queen of true crime Ann Rule's sixteenth volume in her True Crime Files series, Deadly Neighbors delves into the unsolved case of a billionaire's son mysteriously falling off a balcony to his death and more.

In July 2011, billionaire Jonah Shacknai's Coronado, California, mansion was the setting for two horrifying deaths only days apart--his young son's plunge from a balcony and his girlfriend's ghastly hanging. What really happened? Baffling questions remain unanswered, as these cases were closed far too soon for hundreds of people; Rule looks at them now through the eyes of a relentless crime reporter. The second probe began in Utah when Susan Powell vanished in a 2009 blizzard. Her controlling husband, Josh, proved capable of a blind rage that was heartbreakingly fatal to his innocent small sons almost three years later in a tragedy that shocked America as the details unfolded. If anyone had detected the depth of depravity within Josh Powell, perhaps the family that loved and trusted him would have been saved. In these and seven other riveting cases, Ann Rule exposes the twisted truth behind the façades of Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors.

These doomed relationships are the focus of queen of true crime Ann Rule's sixteenth all-new Crime Files collection. In these shattering inside views of both headlined and little-known homicides, Rule speaks for vulnerable victims who relied on the wrong people. She begins with two startling novella-length investigations.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st Pocket Books pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781451648287
Characteristics: xvii, [526] p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 18 cm.


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Apr 05, 2018

What made Ann Rule true crimes books stand out are her laborious research, photographs of the crime scenes and people involved. Read this when the book first came out and frustrated to find that the July 2011 deaths of the young son and exotic girl friend of a billionaire in a Coronado mansion was left "hanging" at the end. Apparently it still is unresolved and in the news today:

Jury awards Rebecca Zahau family $5M in woman's mysterious Coronado mansion death

By Pavni Mittal, Kelley Robinson, Apr 4, 2018, 4:56 PM ET

Kittykatkins Sep 25, 2013

Good, but not up to Ann Rule’s usual high standards. The first case was wonderfully narrated and compelling. The second, although just as interesting, is ongoing and unsolved which leads to (of necessity) a very incomplete feeling for the reader. Also, there is one glaring fact (which I feel is key to the case) which the author does not pick up on or even really explore, so that is also disappointing. Finally, the author’s viewpoint in the case entitled “The man who loved too much” seems to be somewhat askew (at least in this reader’s opinion). All in all, a good, albeit slightly frustrating, read.

nutty7688 Jan 24, 2013

I was unable to read this version of the book as it skipped from page 73 to 153 and then from 175 back to 75. Very confusing, however I really want to read it, so I ordered a different version of the book.


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