From R. Barri Flowers, award-winning criminologist and bestselling author, comes the gripping historical true crime anthology, JEALOUS RAGE: STUNNING TRUE TALES OF INTIMATES, PASSION, AND MURDER, VOLUME 1.
Each chapter will chronicle a riveting, real life, age-old murder case involving jealousy, betrayal, and homicidal fury between spouses, lovers, and others caught in the fatal crossfire, and justice being served or not.
Chapter 1: Murder of the U.S. Attorney: Congressman Sickles’ Crime of Passion in 1859
Chapter 2: Murder of the Doctor’s Wife: The 1867 Crimes of Bridget Durgan
Chapter 3: Murder of the French Lover: The Killing of Madame Lassimonne in 1892
Chapter 4: Murderess on the Loose: The 1922 Hammer Wrath of Clara Phillips
Chapter 5: Killer of Her Husband’s Secretary: The 1935 Love Triangle Ire of Etta Reisman
Chapter 6: Murdered by the King of Western Swing: The Beating Death of Ella Mae Cooley in 1961
Chapter 7: Murder of the Horse Trainer’s Rival: The 1978 Bitter Breakup of Buddy Jacobson and the Model
Chapter 8: Murder of a Star Quarterback in 2009: The Tragic Tale of Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi
Bonus material includes two complete and captivating historical true crime shorts, The Amityville Massacre: The DeFeo Family’s Nightmare, and Missing or Murdered: The Disappearance of Agnes Tufverson.
Prolific author R. Barri Flowers sat down with The Big Thrill to discuss his latest anthology:
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
I would like readers to feel a sense of history in this book, in terms of the old adage, “what goes around, comes around,” as it relates to the correlation between jealousy, passions, and murder that has been a part of landscape for centuries, and as such, is not a recent phenomenon.
How does this book make a contribution to the genre?
The book brings to life age-old true but forgotten compelling tales of love triangles that resulted in murder. It steps away from the more typical serial killer, mass murder, and terrorism true crime stories of modern times in genre.
Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?
It was fascinating to discover in researching cases just what lengths some were willing to go to in a fit of homicidal rage that will be just as shocking to readers.
No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?
The book will hammer home the notion that when it comes to intimate relationships, if one side or the other decides to stray, it could prove to be a fatal error in judgement for someone — with all parties paying the price in one respect or another.
What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why?
Numerous authors and books have influenced my writing career for what they brought to the table in terms of content, expertise, and substance.
Such authors include Samuel Dashiell Hammett, Daphne du Maurier, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Truman Capote, and Thomas Hardy.
Books include 84, Charing Cross Road, The Fatal Shore: The epic of Australia’s founding, The Grapes of Wrath, and Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders.
R. Barri Flowers is an award-winning criminologist and bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including true crime, criminology, thriller fiction, and young adult mysteries. True crime titles include Murdered by the King of Western Swing, Murder of the U.S. Attorney, Murder During the Chicago World’s fair, Murder of the Doctor’s Wife, The Sex Slave Murders 1, 2, and 3, The Pickaxe Killers, Murder at the Pencil Factory, Murder of the Banker’s Daughter, Killers of the Lonely Hearts, Dead at the Saddleworth Moor, and The Dreadful Acts of Jack the Ripper and Other True Tales of Serial Murder and Prostitutes.
Fiction titles include mysteries and thrillers, A Reason to Live, Before He Kills Again, Dark Streets of Whitechapel, Dead in Kihei, Dead in Pukalani, Deadly Defense, Fractured Trust, Murder in Maui, Murder in Honolulu, Murder of the Hula Dancers, Murder on Kanapali Beach, State’s Evidence, and Justice Served.
Young adult fiction includes Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter, Danger in Time, Daughter of Count Dracula, Ghost Girl in Shadow Bay, Out for Blood, and Summer at Paradise Ranch.
To learn more about R. Barri Flowers and his work, please visit his website.