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HELEN BRANCH LEFT BEHIND A HUGE FORTUNE--AND A MYSTERY THAT WOULD HAUNT THE NATION FOR YEARS TO COME.
A coal-miner's daughter, she was a beautiful hat-check girl who snagged a millionaire . . . only to become an eccentric, pet-loving widow who, one day, disappeared without a trace.

WAS SHE A VICTIM OF "THE GALLOPING GIGOLO?"
Richard Bailey was an admitted swindler who spent...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published June 1st 1996)
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Aingeal
Jul 03, 2008 Aingeal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in horses and true crime novels!
Recommended to Aingeal by: Members of the horse community.
This book is about the dirty underbelly of the horse world, and exposes the bleak history of the horse show world, and how far some were willing to save face and make a buck. Some of the characters involved are still trying to get reinstated back into the United States Equestrian Federation. They still board horses, and coach riders. I think everyone involved in the horse show world should read this book, it opens your eyes to the types of people found at the very shows they are showing at. Ther...more
Laura
This is a non-fiction account of the prosecution of several individuals involved in 1- killing pedigreed horses for the insurance money, and 2- scamming victims (usually wealthy older women) into overpaying for show horses or race horses.
Tho this is a true crime book, it reads a lot like a top-notch thriller.
Especially engrossing is the information about the famous disappearance of the millionairess Helen Brach, sometimes referred to as the Candy Lady by the man who scammed her. Ms. Brach was...more
Jan C
Very interesting. Reminds me how long we were obsessed (all right, maybe obsessed is a little strong) about the disappearance of Helen Vorhees Brach. And then we learned that it was only the tip of the iceberg that was the horse murders. In the area, everyone knew the Jaynes were bad news but I'm not sure how much everyone knew about the rest of the horse industry. And Kenneth Hansen shows up to play his part.

What was really interesting was to see how the FBI agents found out about the whole st...more
Katie
Super informative with the outing of some of the biggest names in the H/J world and a look at some of the scamming that goes on with the gulliable, wealthy women who are part of the sport. The author also tried to connect the larger story of the disappearance of Helen Brach to the horse killings and I might be dense, but that is the one connection that never seemed super clear to me.
Gwen
It was a really interesting book. But it got a little slow at the end with all the trial stuff.
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Kenneth F. Englade is a New Mexico-based author who has published nine books dealing with high profile trials. His latest book, Meltdown in Haditha: The Killing of 24 Iraqi Civilians by U.S. Marines and the Failure of Military Justice, will be published in 2015 by McFarland & Co. He also published five historical novels dealing with the pre-Civil War West. His books have been published in Germ...more
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