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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,189 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Rule Narrator: Ann Rule Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Somebody just shot my kids!”

Diane Downs brought her car to a halt in front of a Springfield, Oregon, hospital, her three gravely wounded children beside her. Thus begins the shocking tale of a truly unthinkable crime that shattered the tranquility of a tight-knit community.

As police searched for the “shaggy-haired stranger” Diane accused of shooting eight-year-old Christie, seven-year-old Cheryl, and three-year-old Danny in cold blood, a suspicion grew that was even more horrifying than the crime itself: did Diane shoot her own children?

A dedicated district attorney, haunted by this question, searched for the destructive forces that seemed to possess this beautiful young mother and uncovered a chronology of incest, psychological wounding, desperate affairs, and surrogate motherhood.

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  • “Vivid…A page-turner.” 

    New York Times Book Review

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kendra | 2/6/2014

    " A top notch true crime novel, Ann Rule details the story of a mother who murdered one of her children and attempted to murder her other two children. All because her boyfriend "didn't want children." It is horrifying that someone would even think about doing something such as this, let alone carrying it out. Ann Rule makes a good case against the mother and this book will keep you in your seat! Very good as far as true crime novels go, definitely worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/6/2014

    " Couldn't put it down. An unbelievable true crime story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristen Doherty | 2/5/2014

    " Very sad story about a mother shooting her kids killing one out of three. It took a while for the court system to try her but they did and I was happy when she was found guilty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kay | 2/3/2014

    " I read this book when my children were very small and I must say that it was disturbing what some "mothers" can do. I enjoy Ann Rule's books in general and this was no exception. "

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