Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait

And Other True Cases

Large Print - 2015
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Three decades ago, Jackie Schut was considered one of the most prolific baby sellers in the country. She traveled all over the US, murdered women who had just borne babies, and then stole their infants. She is still imprisoned in the South. A lovely, vibrant woman in San Antonio was found dead in a vacant lot. Her mother, a popular local realtor, never stopped looking for her killer. Just months ago, a truly unlikely suspect was found many states away.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2015]
Edition: Large print edition, unabridged.
ISBN: 9781410476111
1410476111
Characteristics: 463 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Oct 14, 2019

Her story was that far-fetched. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that someone has called or written me about a bizarre murder they have witnessed. Most of the time when I follow up on these cases, I find that they never really happened. Those who tell me stories that would chill the blood aren’t lying to me; their delusions are so entrenched that they actually believe they are true. Taken to ground level, some of my “ informants ” admit that the murder was something they had seen in a dream, or that they had not actually seen it themselves, but were relaying something that a psychic had told them about .
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There are probably dozens of motives for murder, yet none of them seem reasonable to the minds of “ ordinary ” people. So many of the victims in this book were kind people who cared about others, lived quiet lives with happy families, trusted in their God, and really did nothing at all to harm anyone .

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2019

Her story was that far-fetched. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that someone has called or written me about a bizarre murder they have witnessed. Most of the time when I follow up on these cases, I find that they never really happened. Those who tell me stories that would chill the blood aren’t lying to me; their delusions are so entrenched that they actually believe they are true. Taken to ground level, some of my “ informants ” admit that the murder was something they had seen in a dream, or that they had not actually seen it themselves, but were relaying something that a psychic had told them about .
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There are probably dozens of motives for murder, yet none of them seem reasonable to the minds of “ ordinary ” people. So many of the victims in this book were kind people who cared about others, lived quiet lives with happy families, trusted in their God, and really did nothing at all to harm anyone .

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2019

Limestone County Massacre P1 of 2:

The story of the nightmare that struck Athens is reduced to a few paragraphs and engraved upon a historic marker that sits smack in the middle of the lawn of Limestone County’s brick courthouse. It begins, “ Athens Sacked and Plundered, ” and briefly describes that dark May 2 in 1862 when Colonel John Basil Turchin turned loose his brigade of Union soldiers. The sign does not mention the fact that the Russian-born Turchin told his men that he would shut his eyes for two hours so that they could plunder and rape to their hearts ’ content. Terrified citizens cowered in fear as the men ripped through the town, stealing anything of value that they could carry and destroying what they could not. Females were shoved and kicked and fondled, and when their husbands and fathers stepped forward to protect them, they were hauled off and arrested.

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Oct 14, 2019

Limestone County Massacre P2 of 2:
The soldiers laughed at the hysterical girls and women, unmoved by their tears as they raped them. When the shameful pillage was over, and authorities prepared to court-martial Colonel Turchin for encouraging the war crimes, his wife appealed to President Abraham Lincoln for help. Lincoln not only pardoned Turchin, he promoted him to brigadier general.
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I like to think that I’ve learned to spot people who are gullible, mistaken, obsessed, or just plain psychotic. I did, after all, write my first true crime article in 1969. Because I have covered thousands of criminal cases, I’ve had a front-row seat to the machinations of human behavior.

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2019

But monsters come in all shapes and sizes, and the evil inside the frumpy, grinning woman was every bit as damaging as the cruelty of all of Turchin’s soldiers combined.
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Jackie in the 1980s, describes her as plump, with a perpetual bad perm. She didn’t take much care with her appearance, wore no makeup, and her upper lip needed a waxing. Her mustache was clearly visible in bright light.
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By 1980, Jackie was twenty-seven years old and claimed she had given birth to three children: Buddy, Dana Rose, and Deanna. Deanna was born in 1976, when Jackie was allegedly married to her third husband, Rick Morely. * Buddy and Dana Rose went by the last name of Simons, and Deanna went by Morely. Dana Rose was told she was born in 1973, and that Jackie’s first husband is her father, but she has doubts about this. “ I’m not sure who I am, ” she admits. “ I don’t look like anyone in my family. ”

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2019

Brenda was madly in love with Tom and she would do anything for him. He encouraged her to do things with Bernie because he wanted the money.”
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This is my thirty-fourth true crime book, featuring the horrific acts of sociopaths. When I first began to write about crime, it was hard to wrap my mind around the fact that some people do not possess consciences. And schooled as I am in the dynamics of evil, I still cannot understand it on an emotional level. But when I boil it down to the hard facts, it’s clear that Jackie Schut has no conscience.
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In May 1976, Ruby Bates Schut filed a $ 2.5 million libel and slander suit against NBC for airing the made-for-TV movie Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys.

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2019

In 1931, Ruby Bates and a friend, Victoria Price, accused nine black males of raping them. It was a lie that would destroy the lives of many, and inspire the courtroom scenes in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. In Harper Lee’s novel, the character Atticus Finch defends a black man falsely accused of rape by an ignorant white woman named Mayella Ewell, who is loosely based upon Ruby Bates — a seventeen-year-old millworker who lived in a poor neighborhood in Huntsville, Alabama. Ruby, who had once been arrested for hugging a black man in public, hopped a Southern Railroad freight train with Victoria on March 25, 1931, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dressed like males in coveralls and caps, they mingled with the rowdy young men who filled the car. A fight broke out between the white men and the black men. Shortly thereafter, Victoria cooked up the story of the gang rape.

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Oct 14, 2019

Years of courtroom conflict followed, but in the spring of 1933, Ruby had a fit of conscience and retracted her statements. She confessed that it had all been made up. It was not the end of the legal wranglings, however, because Victoria stuck to her guns and accused Ruby of lying about lying. A notable moment in the drama took place in Athens, Alabama, at the Limestone County Courthouse on June 22, 1933, when Judge James Edward Horton Jr. risked his career by standing up for what he knew was right. “ Scottsboro Boy ” Haywood Paterson had been found guilty of the rape and sentenced to death. But Horton set aside the verdict, detailing why he found Victoria Price’s testimony to be contradictory and unreliable. It was a brave stance to take in the Deep South in the 1930s. Judge Horton later lost his bid for reelection because he had ruled in favor of a black man.

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Oct 14, 2019

“ Things are seldom what they seem, ” Gilbert and Sullivan wrote in their musical H.M.S. Pinafore. “ Skim milk masquerades as cream.
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Lee wanted to draw the layout of the house and yard so that he could demonstrate where he would have parked the Chevy Malibu if he had been there. Regimbal gave him a pen and a piece of paper. Lee knew just where the driveway was, and he added it to his diagram. Regimbal watched, fascinated, as Lee drew an accurate image, complete with trees surrounding the house.
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Judge Charles Graddick, attorney general for the state of Alabama from 1978 to 1987, had been dubbed Electric Chair Charlie because of his enthusiasm for the death penalty. During his campaign in 1978, Graddick had said that when it came to murderers, he’d like to “ fry ’ em till their eyes pop out, and blue and yellow smoke pours from their ears.”
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“ She’s really a troll-like figure, but because I am a southern gentleman, I will say that she is singularly unattractive.”

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Oct 14, 2019

In some cases, victims are never found, their bodies hidden forever in vast waterways or hidden beneath slabs of concrete or paved roadways. Their families are forced to wonder and worry for the rest of their days. And then there are the killers who still insist they are innocent and continue to profess that, even after decades in prison. Some of them manage to make news from behind bars, filing legal motions, picking fights, and sometimes even escaping. Many of the murderers I’ve written about serve their time and are set free among the rest of us without fanfare.
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In recent years, most hospitals have tightened the security in their nurseries, but in the 1980s, they were often wide open to any stranger who happened by. The kidnapper typically donned a nurse’s outfit, and mothers calmly handed their babies over to strangers. They believed, of course, that the smiling women in uniform were who they said they were, and that their babies were going to be tested or fed.

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Oct 14, 2019

Unfamiliar with any of the crime cases described by Ann Rule, not even the relatively recent blood chilling "A Road Trip To Murder" that ended in 2014. Some shocking graphic language to relay various inhuman acts and sufferings. There are a few extraneous events and characters in the true crime stories. Most are interesting and good to know. A page turner overall.

Note: As usual, Rule's book includes about 50 photos that connect the crimes to faces and places.

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chascalz
May 08, 2019

Ann Rule had a great career as a writer . She was a strong advocate for victims and their families. All of her books that I've read I've enjoyed.

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JoanneMarieTravis
Jul 19, 2017

I usually find Ann Rule's books deeply researched and engrossing but this one just did not work for me. Assembled from case files from various crimes, it felt like case file notes with some personal stories about the victims randomly added. I didn't get to know them like I felt that I did from her full length, one issue novels.

d2013 Apr 09, 2015

Ann Rule comes from a family background of crime fighters making her one of the best writers of this genre. Based on true-crime files.

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albert43
Jan 14, 2015

This was a good read as I looked forward to reading it and had a hard time putting it down. Ann Rule does a great job in telling about all the different characters involved in the stories and does not spend a lot of time on the court room trials.

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