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By Darcy O'Brien
The unbelievable crime of filicide takes at the solid of tragic inevitability during this haunting actual story of violence, greed, revenge, and demise. Fusing the narrative energy of an award-winning novelist and the designated learn of an skilled investigator, Darcy O'Brien unfolds the tale of Dr. John Dale Cavaness, the southern Illinois health care provider and doctor who in December 1984 used to be charged with the homicide of his son Sean. Outraged by way of the arrest of the expert clinical practitioner who selflessly attended to their wishes, the folks of Little Egypt rose to his safeguard. within the trial, notwithstanding, a notably diversified, disquieting portrait of Dr. Cavaness may emerge. For during the 3 many years that he loved the admiration and recognize of his group, Cavaness was once privately terrorizing his relations, abusing his staff, and making disastrous monetary investments in addition to brawling and womanizing. What was once now not published within the trial, in spite of the fact that, used to be that seven years prior, in a murder that had by no means been solved, the physique of Cavaness's firstborn son, Mark, have been discovered shot useless within the woods of Little Egypt. as well as a compelling chronicle that uncovers the reality in the back of ghastly crimes and lays naked the Jekyll–Hyde psyche in their wrongdoer, homicide in Little Egypt brings into stark midwestern mild the hidden, gothic underside of an the US bred on violence and bathed in blood. "Stunning material,"—Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney "A meticulous account ... an implicit indictment of a tradition that condones and encourages violent habit in men."—The long island occasions publication overview
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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.
Murder in Little Egypt by Darcy O'Brien