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Love Hurts: The True Story of a Teen Romance, a Vicious Plot, and a Family Murdered

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Alba, Texas. In 2008, Terry Caffey, a home health care aide and aspiring preacher, was asleep in his bedroom when he woke up to a barrage of bullets. His wife, Penny, was killed instantly. With blood pouring from five bullet wounds, among other serious injuries, Terry tried—but failed—to save his two youngest children before crawling out of his burning house. Meanwhile, Te ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by St. Martin's True Crime (first published December 1st 2010)
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This true-crime book about a young sheltered teenage girl, who with her 18 year old boyfriend and their mutual friends, plot the murder of her parents and younger brothers so they can be together.
This book was sad, shocking and unbelievable. It also made me angry because there were several ways in which this crime could have been avoided.
The writing itself was just ok, the author seemed to contradict himself while describing people personalities and IMO there were some parts of the book that wer
Kari Beh
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True story that will break your heart to know that a young daughter will have her family murdered just to be with a guy they did not like. The father is truly an inspiration to all people who fear the worse. GREAT book! The write is good too. It is a MUST READ!
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This is one of the most disorganized books I've read in quite some time. It feels like a first draft. The author doesn't seem to be very clear on what he wants the book to be about. Is it the Caffey family murders or small-town crimes? At times, Greenberg throws in details about similar cases but they feel like just that...they were thrown in at random to draw comparisons on other murders but don't add anything to the narrative.

One of my brothers lives in Emory, Texas, and so I remember hearing
Holly Morey
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the true story of the Caffey murders, which occurred in Alba Texas. It is a compilation of different opinions from friends and family members of the accused as well as the deceased. Mr Greenberg does not inject his own opinions but interviews many members of the press as well as the community. He presents all sides and allows the reader to form their own opinions.
Andrea Watson
Mar 11, 2011 rated it liked it
An interesting story, although presented in a bit of a disjointed manner. It seemed the author wanted to focus on the true crime side of the story but couldn't resist the religious angle too. Mr. Caffey's story is undeniably amazing but this presentation didn't seem to merge the two genres well.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I can never get over the fact that kids are killing for such horrible things.

This 16yo girl planned her familys murder so she can be with the boy she liked after her parents made her break up with him. Really?!

I never had that thought even remotely cross my mind when I was younger...
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting book on a tragic event that should never have happened. No matter how well many parents know their children, it's very doubtful a parent will know everything that goes through their mind, or what they are capable of.
Nicole Vasquez
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought thiss book was a great book! and is a very good book for teenagers to read!
Dec 27, 2015 marked it as to-read
Own in hardback.

FS: "Don't leave me, Mom."

LS: "They had blonde hair and blue eyes and talked real good."
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Keith Elliot Greenberg is a New York Times bestselling author and producer for America's Most Wanted. In addition to producing programs for VH1, 48 Hours, MSNBC Investigates, the History Channel, and Court TV, among others, Greenberg has authored more than thirty nonfiction books and written for such outlets as Maxim, The Village Voice, The New York Observer, USA Today,, and US Weekly. ...more
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