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An electrifying true crime drama of multiple personalities and murder. Pretty, 19-year-old Kathy Bonney was the joy of her father's life. But his discovery of Kathy's diary, detailing her dark, sexual fantasies, triggered in Thomas Bonney the release of a psychotic personality called "Hitman"--who shot and drowned Kathy. 8-page photo insert.
Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 15th 1992 by St. Martin's Press
(first published August 1992)
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Interesting story of a unique and quite appalling crime with a rare version of the insanity defense. This isn't the best-written book I've ever seen, but the story stands on its own because it's so weird. The author gives you the essentials without boring you to death or being too melodramatic. This is another example of the author missing the point of the story he's writing. He seems to take the stance that any mental illness, including multiple personality, is a 'Get Out Of Jail Free' card. He ...more
I won't rehash the crime here, but I felt as though the author went into the writing of the book with the belief that this man had multiple personalities. It's definitely not an investigative telling of the events, merely a rehashing of court documents and transcripts of interviews. In the end he writes that the neither the wife nor the convict would speak to him about any of it (apparently the wife wanted money to be interviewed). It seems to gloss over the childhood torture Bonney endured to l ...more
This true crime story became a made for TV movie with Tony Danza playing the father who was driven to murder his teenaged daughter by one of his multiple personalities and playing a prominent part in the story was the wife, who believed in her husband's innocence until she finally came into contact with harsh, cold reality.