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Fatal Jealousy: The True Story of a Doomed Romance, a Singular Obsession, and a Quadruple Murder

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June 26, 2010. A Pennsylvania State Trooper, heading home from work, witnesses a car speeding and crashing into trees. Stopping to help, he finds that the driver, Michael Ballard, is alive—and drenched in blood. When asked what happened, the man answers: “I just killed everybody.”


Not far from the accident, police make a gruesome discovery in th
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by St. Martin's True Crime
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The Loopy Librarian
At first, I was hooked. The tension was palatable. The authors managed to keep the reader in suspense despite the murderer being obvious from the start. They also conveyed the full horror of the crime without being overly grotesque. But, I wasn’t far into the book when the writers started to lose me. First it was obvious grammatical mistakes that were missed in the editorial process. For example: “Whether Ballard was actually a member the KKK was not immediately clear (p. 48). The “of” is obviou ...more
There is no doubt about who committed these murders but the authors have done their research and this book is full of information about the victims, the killer and a host of others whose lives were impacted by this event. Also included are some interesting statistics on recidivism and parole, as well as brain injury as it relates to loss of control and anger issues.
Another blame it on my childhood, it's everyone else's fault, abandonment by mother and inability to control emotions and so on ad nauseam! Book is good, well written with lots of emphasis on the problem of early parole and its' detriment to society, in this case four people were murdered after Ballard was granted early parole. He was paroled even though he had already murdered at least one person. I think one of the relatives of the victims said it best "sick bastard."
Stella Gonzales
Difficult keeping my interest

I felt story not written with much interest of author. Several time while reading wanted to close and, put away. Spent too much written about the overcrowding of the American prisons.
True murder

I love true crime books and this is a good one. This man should definitely be executed but in Pa. it will probably never happen.
This was an ok True Crime story. I zoned out a lot during the story as it wandered around a lot and seemed a bit scattered.
Another unbelievable true crime story about who a woman wrongly chooses as her lover, especially since she's a mom of two young children. A well-written account by these two authors...
The writing is terrible.
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