Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Death Sentence by Joe Sharkey

 If you have read even one of my other book reviews, then you know already that I love reading. Make it a true crime book and you have me for the evening; those are my favorites. When I came across Death Sentence by Joe Sharkey, I could not leave it. It tells the inside story of John List Murders.

How it All Went Down

I bought a copy of Death Sentence late last year. The well researched, well written book tells a story about John Emil List, a competent but rigid accountant who killed his mother, his wife, his daughter and his two sons on a single day, before he vanished into thin air. He would go on to remarry and re-invent his life and live as a new man for 18 years before he was finally caught. It turned out to be a very captivating book.

Just days before the murder, List’s daughter told a friend that she was certain the dad was going to kill her. She said that he had asked all the kids how they wanted to die. I found it very sad knowing that the lost lives of the five could have been saved.

The book takes us back to John List’s upbringing, the man he was, and what made him the rigid man he would become. It gives you a picture of what pushed him over the edge as to carefully plan as well as execute an almost perfect murder. It is terrifying to read how easy it would be for a murderer to get away with a heinous crime.

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