By Catherine Crier
In October 2002, Susan Polk, a housewife and mom of 3, was once arrested for the homicide of her husband, Felix. The arrest in her sleepy northern California city kicked off what may turn into some of the most eye-catching homicide trials in contemporary reminiscence, as police, neighborhood lawyers, and the nationwide media sought to resolve the complicated internet of occasions that despatched this likely dedicated housewife over the edge.
Now, with the unique entry and in-depth reporting that made a dangerous online game a leading manhattan instances bestseller, Catherine Crier turns an analytical eye to the tale of Susan Polk, delving into her previous and analyzing how over 20 years of marriage culminated in homicide. Tracing the family's heritage, Crier skillfully maneuvers the murky waters of the Polk's marriage, the true tale at the back of Susan, Felix, and their unorthodox courtship. whilst Susan used to be in highschool, Felix, who used to be greater than two decades her senior, have been her psychologist, and it used to be in the course of their classes that the romantic entanglement started. From those troubling origins grew a tough marriage, one that produced 3 fit boys but in addition resulted in tense accusations of abuse from either spouses.
With impressive aspect, Crier dissects this risky courting among husband and spouse, exposing their mental motivations and the painful effect that those motivations had on their sons, Adam, Eli, and Gabriel. Drawing on assets from either side of the case, Crier masterfully reconstructs the tumultuous chronology of the Polk relations, telling the tale of the way Susan and Felix struggled to regulate their rambunctious sons and their disintegrating marriage within the years and months major as much as Felix's death.
But the historical past of the Polk kinfolk is simply part the tale. the following Crier additionally elucidates the methodical police paintings of the homicide research, revealing never-before-seen photographs and writings from the case dossier. additionally, she conscientiously scrutinizes the various twists and turns of the awesome trial, exploring Susan's struggles along with her safety lawyers and her surprising determination to symbolize herself.
Dark, mental, and terrifying, base line is a harrowing examine the recesses of the human brain and the trauma that unearths them.
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To this document the witness will be allowed to refer, to refresh his memory, when he comes to give evidence. Another essential part of his duty is to ascertain the exact state of the declarant’s mind, whether he is calm and collected, or otherwise, and whether he is under the influence of any strong bias or undue feeling of resentment. 4. —This is not admissible as evidence unless it form part of the res gestæ. A medical witness, therefore, though he may state in evidence the words he has heard used in direct reference to the case which forms the subject of inquiry, could not cite a case in support of his opinions if it consisted in part, as it must needs do, of statements made by the patient, his friends, or attendants.
On searching the neighbourhood, a man was found with his left hand wounded. Dr. Lemoine and M. Cœurderoi were appointed to examine him; and they agreed that the wound was probably inflicted about the date of the robbery, and that the piece of skin, judging from its size and shape, had formerly covered the injured part. The accused confessed the crime. (“Annales d’Hygiène,” Jan. —The question whether hair can be turned from dark to light was raised in Paris in 1832, on the occasion of the trial of one Bénoit for murder.
This case led to careful experiments by Orfila, and subsequently by Devergie. Orfila examined the mode of turning the hair from light to dark, from dark to light, and from light-red or chestnut to other shades of colour. Devergie limited himself to the verification of Orfila’s experiments on the effect of chlorine. —The results of numerous experiments made by Orfila and Devergie with solutions of chlorine may be thus summed up. Black hair is changed to various shades of chestnut, blond, yellow, and yellowish-white, by being steeped or washed, a longer or shorter time, in solutions of chlorine of different strengths.