World's Most Mysterious Murders
by Lionel Fanthrope, Patricia Fanthorpe
Most unsolved murders have no apparent motives -- or too many
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richest men in Canada, and Christine Demeter, found dead in
a blood-soaked garage in Mississauga in 1973 -- remain unsolved.
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Just after New Year's
Day, 2002, the nude body of fashion writer
Christa Worthington was found in her home in Truro, Massachusetts.
Her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter lay by her side, nursing. The
murder remains unsolved.
The author lived in the
same town, less than a mile from the crime scene. The proximity
of the murder, along with the fact that she was a single mother,
like the victim, lead Flook to identify with her on both levels
and to conduct a "literary investigation" into the case.
Invisible Eden tells
many tales. It chronicles Worthington's
dysfunctional family life, including her father's affair with a
addict, and Christa's disharmony with her cousins. We also learn
of her many unhappy relationships with a wide range of men, several
of whom remain the most viable suspects in her murder.
When Worthington left
her seemingly glamorous life as a fashion
journalist in Paris, London and New York behind to settle in the
remotest part of Cape Cod, she became involved with the married
Shellfish Warden and local Lothario, Tony Jackett, and eventually
bore his daughter. She also had a failed fling with a disabled fisherman
named Tim Arnold, who discovered her body.
Both of these former
lovers of the victim soon became the prime
suspects in her murder. Another suspect was a former boyfriend named
T.C. Churchwell, who performed as a magician in strip clubs and
at the private parties of celebrities.
Flook tells us a lot
of intimate details about Christa
Worthington's love life and some of its unintended consequences,
such as the custody battle between her daughter's father's family
and the caring friends who took the little girl in after Christa's
She also documents the
highs and lows of her professional life and the ultimate disillusionment
that lead to her escape to Cape Cod.
At times these details
can be quite fascinating, while at other
times they become tiresomely tabloidish and detract from the murder
story at the heart of the book. The latter can also be said of Flook's
running commentary on her interactions with the Assistant District
Attorney handling the investigation of Christa Worthington's murder,
and her attempts to identify with the victim.
This is an intriguing
case and Flook is a talented writer. Despite
the author intrusions and diversions from the core of the story
that plague this "literary investigation," Invisible Eden
is still an engrossing read.
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Pig Farm Murders by
Mike Lewis -- British Columbia pig farmer and alleged serial killer,
Robert Pickton, in 2002 was charged with 15 counts of murder in
connection with the disappearances of 62 women from Vancouver from
1983 to 2002. Photos.
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Cyril H. Wecht, Charles, Jr. Bosworth
Best-selling author Charles Bosworth, Jr. collaborates with nationally
renowned forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht to reveal the startling
truth behind the murder in riveting detail. Includes a reproduction
of the ransom note, the full text of the autopsy report, and eight
pages of photos.
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