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Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule
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Sep 05, 10

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Read from May 15 to 30, 2010

I saw a special on Diane Downs and her daughter Becky Babcock on an episode of 20/20 a couple weeks ago. The story was horrific but intriging to me. In the episode they talked about how this woman, Diane, had shot her 3 children, killing 1 of them and injuring the other 2. She blamed everything on a "bushy haired stranger" who shot the kids, but she was still found GUILTY in her long trial. Before she got arrested she became pregnant with Becky (who was originally named Amy) and the 20/20 episode focused on her and how she is coping with knowing that she biologically has a "monster for a mother."

In the episode they talked a lot about and showed clips of a book and a movie called Small Sacrifices. I immediately wanted to read the book and see the movie. I found the movie on and watched the whole thing. I also went out and purchased this book. It is a very scary thing to think that you aren't just reading a book...that this was a true story but the book was excellent. I encourage anyone who is interested in this case or just would like a good murder mystery (even though it is a true story) to read this book.
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Natasha Munoz Ann Rule is truly the Queen of True Crime writings. Small Sacrifices was the 1st book I read of her magnificient collective writings. Ms. Rule surpasses all other writers. I also watched the movie on TV. Awesomely entertaining and couldn't put the book down. Only Ann Rule can keep each page so rivetting and honest.

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