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By Joyce Maynard
At the evening earlier than Mother's Day, 2004, instructor and mother-of-two Nancy Seaman drove via a hurricane to domestic Depot and acquired a hatchet. 3 days later, the physique of her husband, Bob, used to be stumbled on behind her SUV, hacked and stabbed to loss of life. those evidence aren't in dispute; the query is, How did it take place? Did Nancy homicide her husband whilst he requested for a divorce, or used to be she a battered girl who killed in self-defense? Even the relatives used to be cut up at the solution, with older son Jeff yes his father was once murdered in chilly blood and more youthful son Greg both yes his mom was once telling the reality. Maynard (To Die For), who used to be struck through similarities among her existence and Nancy's, tells the advanced tale of a desperately unsatisfied marriage. notwithstanding she was once not able to get Nancy or so much of her fast family members to speak to her, Maynard turns out to have shaped an incredibly entire photograph in their lives. Her meditations at the parallels among her kin and the Seamans are not compelling yet do not detract from a gripping tale.
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Extra info for Internal Combustion: The Story of a Marriage and a Murder in the Motor City
But the number one priority in Ward and Helen Seaman’s house was their kids, and Ward’s favorite thing to do with his boys, when he came home from work, was slot car racing. For most people, that meant bringing your little store-bought slot car in to a slot car racing joint and leaving it to chance to see whose car was fastest. c05 7/30/06 40 10:07 AM Page 40 INTERNAL COMBUSTION about to leave the race to chance. Though the slot cars were not much bigger than a Matchbox, he and his boys would redesign their vehicles to make them go faster.
Houses, too, were oversized, with expansive decks and gas-fired barbecues substantial enough to cook a dozen steaks. A half hour’s drive from downtown Detroit, Ramblewood felt like another world from that bombed-outlooking city. Life would have seemed to follow orderly patterns in Ramblewood. Every yard appeared to have been expensively landscaped. Every house was in good repair. c03 7/30/06 10:06 AM Page 31 “My Husband Is Trying to Find Himself ” 31 almost as glaringly as the sight of a homeless person or a scrawny and flea-bitten dog.
When she got to the house, Bob’s Explorer was parked in the driveway, but there was no sign of Bob. She wasn’t too concerned, she said, since he had just disappeared without notice the week before (though that time, he’d taken his car to the airport). Now, two days later, the car remained in the driveway, and there was no sign of Bob. Nancy Seaman told Detective Patterson that the only thing she could think of was that maybe her husband had gone to St. Louis to see his parents, Ward and Helen, so Patterson suggested she call them to ask.
Internal Combustion: The Story of a Marriage and a Murder in the Motor City by Joyce Maynard