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A Fatal Lie: A True Story Of Betrayal And Murder In The New South

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A lesbian love triangle explodes into bloody murder...

Richmond, Virginia, July 1997. A brick row-house in the city's gay Carytown district, home of 18-year-old Kelley "Turtle" Tibbs, legendary ringleader of the teenage lesbian scene. Walk inside and you'd be likely to find Melissa Etheridge blasting on the stereo, lots of beer, a clutch of shaven-headed young women-- and T
Paperback, 273 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by St. Martin's True Crime
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Eva Leger
Mar 29, 2009 Eva Leger rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-true-crime
I read this a lot of years ago and it's usually very much a chore to remember something from that long ago, even other books that I've loved. It normally takes a lot of effort on my part. No so with this one. Thinking back to the book just now when I spotted this listing, I'm still amazed that these teen girls were able to do this. What kind of evil has to be in a person to actually lie and lure another teen, a harmless teen at that, out into a wooded area to do what they did? And then to leave, ...more
May 11, 2014 Erin rated it it was ok
This story suffers from having a few too many characters, many of whom have similar names and are often indistinguishable from each other. A sad, unnecessary situation, but no real need for detective work or great trial work, so if that's what you are looking for in your true crime, move along. Includes a brief reference to Judge Melvin Hughes who I interned with while in law school.
Mar 16, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime, 4-star
This book is not one that I would usually read. However, I am happy I found it in a box when I was bored at a friends one day. It stayed with me long after reading and I researched the case afterwards. It's an easy read and finished it in a day. H
If you've ever seen the film "Bully" from 2001, which is also a true story and is of the same premise, you would appreciate this story. It's shocking that a group of people could be led down this path, yet it has happened time and time again in the hist
Susan Bradley
Aug 12, 2013 Susan Bradley rated it liked it
First of all, Sally Chew's writing style is mediocre at best. The book was written blindly and her information gathering skills leave much to be desired. Secondly, the only partial truth that is in the book is the storyline. Many of the things in the book were blatant lies and assumptions. She did very little interview, if any, with many of the key players in this very sad story. She worked tirelessly with the victim's mother who, of course and understandably, wanted vengeance against all involv ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Megan added it
It's hard, for me, to imagine killing anybody for any reason, though I have two relatives incarcerated for such crimes. But this story is about just that. 4 young girls kill a girl based on her fantasy world. She lied, so they felt the need to show her, bu killing her.
I had a difficult time, at first, getting into the story, but within 20 pages, I was hooked. Very sad.
May 01, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
This book was haunting. It showed the LGBT community in a light that allowed opressors to understand the complexities of love and lust is the same throughout all groups in society. It was also so hard to read that leaders in the community would allow jealousy to bring them to make horribly misguided decisions.
Jan 06, 2011 Cori rated it it was ok
Disappointingly shallow. I don't feel like I understand the deeper motivations of the killers - reading this book was like reading a newspaper article. There was some discussion about the "evil lesbian" stereotype, but there wasn't any depth to it.
Tanquera Barnes
Nov 05, 2008 Tanquera Barnes rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Tanquera by: my mother
this book was amazing an a thrill beyond this economy.if i had to recomend this book i would .this book will tell you the what nots to in a situation.
♥ Marlene♥
I know I really enjoyed this book. I also remember that not everyone agreed with me/ Wish i had not released it then I could re-read it.
Aug 16, 2013 Shawnna rated it really liked it
This book was heartbreaking
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