By Ann Rule
The shattering crime tale that stunned the state: the Thomas Capano homicide case
On a June night in 1996, 30-year-old Anne Marie Fahey, secretary to the governor of Delaware, vanished and not using a hint following a restaurant rendezvous together with her mystery lover of greater than years: Thomas Capano. one among Wilmington's such a lot favorite and revered figures, a millionaire legal professional and previous kingdom prosecutor, "Tommy" used to be a captivating, softspoken relations guy. yet within the weeks and months that Fahey's disappearance, investigators might steadily discover the stunning fact: Capano used to be a steely manipulator pushed by way of energy and greed -- and able to brutal homicide. In a riveting narrative expertly documented by means of probing interviews, diary entries, and email correspondence, and with significant perception into the twisted motivations of a killer, Ann Rule chronicles a real-life drama of Shakespearian proportions: objectives fall, love turns to obsession, relations names are tainted, the façade of good fortune crumbles -- and a gorgeous yet susceptible younger lady will pay the final word cost in a convoluted and lethal dating.
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It used to be 9 days prior to Christmas 1998, and thirty-two-year-old Ronda Reynolds used to be on the point of trip from Seattle to Spokane to go to her mom and brother and grandmother sooner than the vacations. Ronda’s moment marriage used to be dissolving after below a yr, her occupation as a pioneering lady Washington country Trooper had ended, yet she was once positive approximately beginning yet again. "I’m really waiting for getting on with my life," she instructed her mom previous the evening ahead of. "I simply want a few days with you men. " Barb Thompson, Ronda’s mom, who had met her daughter’s moment husband just once sooner than, was once simply satisfied that Ronda used to be coming domestic.
At 6:20 that morning, Ron Reynolds known as 911 and informed the dispatcher his spouse used to be lifeless. She had dedicated suicide, he acknowledged, even if he hadn’t heard the gunshot and he didn’t be aware of if she had a pulse. EMTs arrived, detectives arrived, the coroner’s deputy arrived, and a postmortem used to be performed. Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson, who neither visited the loss of life scene nor attended the post-mortem, declared the style of Ronda’s demise as "undetermined. " Over the subsequent 11 years, Coroner Wilson could swap that demeanour of loss of life from "undetermined" to "suicide," again to "undetermined"—and then again to "suicide" back.
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On November nine, 2009, a precedent-setting listening to used to be held to figure out no matter if Coroner Wilson’s place of work were derelict in its accountability in investigating the demise of Ronda Reynolds. Veteran true-crime author Ann Rule was once current at that listening to, hoping to unbraid the tangled strands of conflicting statements and mishandled proof and current both sides of this haunting case and to figure out, might be, what occurred to Ronda Reynolds, within the kick back nonetheless of that tragic December evening.
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