This is an account of an outwardly respectable and loving family which was shattered by betrayal and murder. It involves the bizarre and tangled case of Bonnie von Stein, a North Carolina housewife and mother, whose wealthy husband was savagely killed in bed beside her, leaving the police with what seemed an unsolvable case. Mrs von Stein believed ...Read MoreThis is an account of an outwardly respectable and loving family which was shattered by betrayal and murder. It involves the bizarre and tangled case of Bonnie von Stein, a North Carolina housewife and mother, whose wealthy husband was savagely killed in bed beside her, leaving the police with what seemed an unsolvable case. Mrs von Stein believed her husband was the victim of an intruder. What she could not accept was the growing opinion of investigators that the murderer was her son, Chris, aided and abetted by his sister. Having been drawn into the centre of the tragedy, the author of this book came to realize that Mrs von Stein's worst fears about the case, those she refused even to consider, could be only too true; that her own son may be guilty.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-04-20 McGinniss's ( Fatal Vision ) forceful account of a 1988 murder plotted by avid players of the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons spent two weeks on PW 's hardcover bestseller list and was a Literary Guild special selection. (June)
Publishers Weekly, 1991-09-20 Personable, cocky North Carolina college student Chris Pritchard, fond of marijuana, coke and LSD, and obsessed with the acting-out fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons, conspired in 1988 with two fellow D & D players to have his mother and wealthy stepfather murdered so that he could inherit $2 million. Bonnie Von Stein, his mother, suffered threefold--as a victim (she was stabbed while in bed next to her murdered husband), as a suspect and as a mother clinging to denial, protective toward the son who plotted her death. In a gripping, understated narrative, McGinniss ( Fatal Vision) lets the story tell itself. Readers learn from court testimony, interviews with Pritchard in prison and psychiatric reports that the young man felt sorely abandoned by his father, who deserted his family when the boy was three. Covering the same case as Jerry Bledsoe's forthcoming Blood Games (Dutton), McGinniss's crisply written account is a somewhat more forceful, but not entirely successful attempt to explain this distorted mother-son relationship. Literary Guild special selection; author tour. (Oct.)
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