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A Stranger in the Family: A True Story of Murder, Madness, and Unconditional Love

A True Story of Murder, Madness, And Unconditional Love

Author: Steven Naifeh  

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In the late 1980s, residents of Georgia and South Carolina were terrorized by a vicious serial rapist and murderer. Unlike most serial killers, who are usually anti-social loners, this killer turned out to be Richard Daniel Starrett, a popular and well-respected "golden boy" from a perfect Southern family. Naifeh and Smith not only give harrowing details of this serial criminal, but also offer troubling insight into the psychology of the American family.

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In the late 1980s, residents of Georgia and South Carolina were terrorized by a vicious serial rapist and murderer. Unlike most serial killers, who are usually anti-social loners, this killer turned out to be Richard Daniel Starrett, a popular and well-respected "golden boy" from a perfect Southern family. Naifeh and Smith not only give harrowing details of this serial criminal, but also offer troubling insight into the psychology of the American family.

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Who would ever connect this handsome, charming, straight-arrow son of a perfect all-American family with the gruesome crimes of a serial killer? Richard Daniel Starrett was the dangerous visitor for too many unlucky young women in Georgia and South Carolina in the late 1980s. Answering "for sale" ads in the classifieds, he was a buyer hunting for victims, not bargains, and he paid in grim coin- rape, kidnapping, murder.

Because of his articulate intelligence and prestigious job, no one suspected this "golden boy" of such heinous acts. This gripping, intimately detailed account by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors probes every tortured thought and twisted urge of a "boy-next-door murderer"-as well as the dynamics of the model family that shaped him. The result is both a stunning portrait of a diseased mind and the moving story of a loving family's emotional nightmare and painful disintegration.

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About the Author

STEVEN NAIFEH and GREGORY WHITE SMITH are both graduates of the Harvard Law School. They are the authors of 18 books, including "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 and was a finalist for the National Book Award. "Jackson Pollock" was the inspiration for the 2000 film starring Ed Harris and Marcia Gay Harden. In 1981, Naifeh and Smith also founded Best Lawyers, the leading attorney referral guide in the U.S. They subsequently created Best Doctors and Best Dentists. They have been profiled in "The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Toda

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Product Details

Publisher
New American Library | Dutton / Signet
Published
31st May 1996
Pages
416
ISBN
9780451406224
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