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Playing With Fire: The True Story of a Nurse, Her Husband, and a Marriage Turned Fatal
by John Glatt
A beautiful nurse. A lethal injection. A gruesomely charred corpse. Nothing could have shocked the sleepy community of Morgantown, West Virginia, more than the lurid details that surfaced after a house fire claimed the life of Shelly Michael’s husband Jimmy. Local authorities suspected possible arson. Then they discovered that Jimmy had been dead before the fire even start ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's True Crime
(first published 2010)
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Jun 05, 2012 Kimberly Hicks rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This story just broke my heart because it's hard to believe someone would actually do this to their spouse, but Michelle Michael, committed the unthinkable--she murdered her husband. It was bad enough that she set fire to their home, but she drugged her husband, first, then set him on fire. The drug she used paralyzed her husband whereas he could still see and hear everything going on around him, but he wasn't able to move. Eventually, the drug stopped him from breathing, but according to the fo ...more
I ordered this book after watching the 48 hours episode and talking with my mom about it since it took place in our hometown! Michelle Michaels had a great husband, wonderful kids, loving parents and in laws and a great job! She had a few friends and one great friend whom she grew up with and even thou they lived miles apart they visited and kept up with each other. So why did she devise a plot to kill her husband who bought her dream home, was a hard worker and catered to her! I don't know eith ...more
This was an interesting read simply because of the fascinating case--it was not a very well written book. I decided to read this book after a friend of mine pointed out the now empty space at 545 Killarney Drive a few months ago as we drove past. She has family just a few houses down from where the Michaels lived, so she told me the story of Shelly Michael. I became intrigued and found this book. It was especially interesting for me to read since I do live in Fairmont, WV and am greatly familiar ...more
This was in interesting book to read! This story took place in my hometown of Morgantown, WV. I was actually working one block away when all of this was taking place! It was a sad story to read what Michelle Michael did to her husband! How can somebody to that to their spouse! How could Michelle be on home confinement and only worry about getting her nails done! She still pleads she is not guilty, However after reading this book, it all adds up to her as the killer! Great book to read but a sham ...more
Three stars for the quality of writing, but four stars for being SO INTERESTING since it was a true story that took place in my hometown--Morgantown, West Virginia. I knew all of the locations, and the judge in the case was none other than Judge Stone--who my mom worked for as his secretary for years and years. And the case itself was interesting!
This was a well told story with many facts and details. Michele (wife) did not have much of a heart or warmth to her. Very sad for the loved ones left behind. Great work from all the investigators, inspectors and all that helped put on a case for the state. I will read more from this author.
English-born John Glatt is the author of Lost and Found, Secrets in the Cellar, Playing with Fire, and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs—including tea boy and messenger—before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English ...moreMore about John Glatt...