In June of I985, while her teenage sons held their half sister down, Theresa Cross beat her I9-year-old daughter Sheila unconscious and then stuffed her into a 2' x 2' storage locker. After three days the knocking, kicking, and cries stopped. Theresa and her sons dumped the girl's body in the desolate High Sierras....
The summer before, Theresa had dug a bullet out of her daughter Suesan's chest with a paring knife. When Suesan failed to recover (without benefit of doctors or hospital), Theresa and her two sons drove the delirious girl to the mountains, doused her with gasoline, and set her on fire....
For nearly nine years, Theresa Cross Knorr got away with murder, until her youngest daughter, Terry Knorr Graves, finally found a cop who believed the incredible story of her two murdered sisters. That story is all here, the shocking life of a woman whose violence, jealousy, rage, and domination led to a brutally heinous crime of ruthless ferocity.
©1998 Dennis McDougal; Distributed in 2015 by Open Road Distribution (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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"Good, but tragic."
Unbelievable what this horrible "mother" did to her children! It's also sad what happens to her remaining children since they were so young when it all happened. As far as the beast of a woman, she deserved more than what she got. This made me rethink my stance on death penalty.
"Shocking true story"
This story was told in a way that helps you to understand how Teresa Cross had killed her own daughters. It took you back not only when Teresa was a child but also what her parents were like. It was also interesting the way that the different perspectives saw the story. There were different voices for different types of people in her life or the investigators. Very well done.
This is an awesome book and a tragic story of abuse. All of the children from this story carried an unspeakable burden heaped upon them by their mother.
As the story unfolded, I found myself wondering what was wrong with the mother. Was she suffering from psychosis or delusions. In the end, there were varied opinions on her diagnosis. As such, I found myself wanting to know more.
Very interesting tale and well written/performed book.
"An honest story, well written."
lloved the narrator, well written. loved how the author covered the impact on the victims loved so candidly, but without judgement. showed compassion in honesty.
"What these kids /victims endured was horrible"
The story was a bit slow building up to the crime, the ending was the best part, it's not a bad audible. I have heard much worse, I think there's more to the story too. wherever the author got the story left out things I read on the family.
"too much unnecessary detail"
there was so much detail that really wasn't needed to tell the story. That could have been summed up.
Sounded almost like a computer voice
"Worth a credit"
Possibly, the author did a well job giving great detailed background information. Book flowed nicely, the ending was wrapped up rather quickly which was disappointing since the rest was so well explained.
Any book of a parent that would kill their children.
The narrator was good but she should not have tried to do the men voices. It really took away quality from the book and was annoying.
It's worth the credit.
Not the absolute best of true crime (I am spoiled by Jack Olsen and Gregg Olsen), but the story is quite compelling, and the writing is good enough to keep one interested for the eleven hours and change. A mother murdering her own children, of course, is a subject that any true crime reader will find spell-binding, and the reader inevitably discovers that a female parent-central court system that lets women get away with such things for so long without question needs to be challenged.
Kept my interest. Nicely laid out and told. Gruesome topic but handled very well both by author and narrator
"Bob @ Platypire Reviews"
So, I can't exactly say that I LIKED this story, but more that it was well written and well read. The story of these people's lives deserved as much information to fully understand their actions as possible, and I feel like this did that. It was hard to hear some of the things that happened to those poor children, especially the girls, and I found myself in tears more than once. So, you know, trigger warning.
The only drawback I had to the story was that weight was brought up a LOT. I understood that part of it attributed to what was going on, but sometimes it was just people talking about the females, and it felt....wrong, I guess. Other than that, I had zero issues with the way it was told. 4 platypires for story.
At first I thought the narrator sounded almost robotic, and put it down to the genre. And I'm so glad it was that way. During some of the rough parts of the story, the parts that broke my heart and had me sobbing, I'm not even sure just how much worse it would have been had she used much emotion in the reading! She spoke clearly, steadily, and has a pleasant voice. She did a really good job! 5 platypires for her.
Over all, I'll give it 4.5 platypires and a prayer for that family!
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