On a beautiful street in Sacramento County, California, three healthy saplings stand side by side. The man who planted these trees did so in honor of three innocent people who were murdered, a mother and her two children. This man was the husband and father of the three victims. He was also the one who murdered them.
Can anyone believe that only after the fourth death, when the murderer’s mother died, that suspicions really got out of control? You better believe it because that is exactly what happened. Bearing in mind that there was bruising found with the wife’s autopsy then when the children also died surely the case should have been looked into. What is tragic about this story is that the children’s deaths could have been avoided if proper concerns had been raised at the wife Irene’s autopsy. There was bruising after all.
Carlton Smith wrote this book specifically to involve the reader in assessing all the proof and facts available. You, as the reader, are involved from the start to finish. I felt part of this investigation and it worked for me. What I could not understand and still cannot understand is how the actual people involved did not get as angry as I did, and I was merely an observer, reading this book.
People as a rule believe that only professions like being a doctor or nurse involves dealing with the lives of people but this book made me realize how every single profession, if not done well, can have an impact on the lives of people and I feel that many people do not weigh up the consequences of their actions in relation to the impact that their actions might have on others. A person doing an autopsy however should really realize the impact of his findings when performing an autopsy. We think, well the person is dead already right? But what about the other people who might die after at the hands of the person who has gotten away with murder? Carlton Smith is as usual excellent. His ability to draw the reader into his books and live the tale is brilliant. This is a common thread in Carlton Smith books.
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