Erased. Missing Women, Murdered Wives

  • ID: 2214966
  • Book
  • 352 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for Marilee Strong′s Erased

"Erased defines a new kind of crime and a new, chilling, and very dangerous kind of criminal."
Marc Klaas, crime victims′ advocate and founder of Beyond Missing

"Finally! An exceptional writer brings a new perspective to the ancient crime of domestic homicide. Once many years ago, Jeffrey MacDonald, a highly intelligent and physically attractive physician, was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two small children. When asked why he committed such a heinous crime, I answered ′Because he didn′t need them anymore.′ This is a very powerful book, and Ms. Strong deserves high praise indeed!"
Roy Hazelwood, former FBI profiler and author, The Evil That Men Do and Dark Dreams

"Erased is about psychopathic, intensely narcissistic men who not only get rid of their wives through murder (often to free the men up to be with a new lover) but who make them literally disappear. More than well written, it is a page–turner and should be required reading for police authorities all around the country. Strong′s ′poster child′ is Scott Peterson, but she offers plenty of other poignant examples of this all–too–common phenomenon. Strong′s clinical description of these supremely egotistical ′wife–erasers′ is so accurate that women around the country must certainly read her book."
Michael H. Stone, M.D., professor of clinical psychiatry, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

"Erased asks the eternal question concerning the murder of a loved one: ′Who could do such a thing and how could they do it?′ The answers are here and need to be read and understood by all."
Clint Van Zandt, former FBI profiler; NBC TV crime analyst; and author, Facing Down Evil

"Erased combines the scholarly wisdom of The Mask of Sanity and the true–life horror of In Cold Blood. Marilee Strong has discovered and understands the most insidious and perhaps most evil form of spousal killing."
J. Reid Meloy, Ph.D., forensic psychologist and author, The Psychopathic Mind

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Acknowledgments.

Introduction: A Crime Without a Name.

PART ONE: ERASER KILLING: THE HISTORY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF A NEW CRIMINAL PROFILE.

1. Out of the Shadows.

2. The Dark Triad.

3. The Real American Tragedy.

PART TWO: GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER.

4. The Lady–Killer.

5. Disappearing Acts.

6. Hiding in Plain Sight.

7. Pregnant and Vulnerable: When a Child is Seen as a Threat.

PART THREE: A PSYCHOLOGICAL AUTOPSY OF A CLASSIC ERASER KILLING.

8. A Watery Grave.

9. Keeping Secrets.

10. Too Good to Be True.

11. Seeds of a Plan.

12. A Collision Course.

13. Sex, Lies, and Audiotape.

Conclusion: Fixing a Broken System.

Bibliographical Sources.

About the Author.

Index.

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The notorious Scott Peterson (also limned in E Lee Bailey′s When the Husband Is the Suspect, reviewed in this issue), tabloid–trumpeted convicted murderer of wife Laci, provides the launching point for Strong′s study of what she designates "eraser killing, a form of intimate partner (or domestic) homicide ... committed almost exclusively by men." In eraser killing, the dirty deed is undertaken in such a manner as "to leave behind as little evidence as possible." After laying out the parameters of this sort of homicide, Strong delves into specific cases, from the 1906 case of Chester Gillette, who did in his pregnant mistress, to recent examples. In an urgent style similar to Ann Rule′s later writings and Dominick Dunne′s Power, Privilege, and Justice TV series, Strong recounts sad story after sad story of heinous male motivations and their effects. Strong on detail, atmospherics, and, without overdoing it, moralistic tut–tutting, she also delivers the gore in a tantalizing manner that true–crime devotees may consider the book′s real pay dirt.––Mike Tribby, Booklist. March 1st, 2008
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