Reading the summary on the back of the book, one would think that the author was going to present the case AGAINST Darlie....instead, it seems as though the author got a little too friendly with Darlie's family.
The acknowledgements page in the beginning of the book is pretty much a good indicator of what is to come: the author thanks Darlie's family for letting him into their 'inner circle' and even calls Darlie's mother by her nickname. That pretty much put up the red light for me....and I was correct in my trepidation. Throughout the book the author continuously points out the mistakes the detectives make and how poor Darlie puts on a brave face. The author even comments on how the evil prison guards made poor, innocent Darlie clean her own jail cell. Hello! It's called prison! They don't hire Rent-A-Maid for the inmates!
And then during the trial the author makes sure to mention practically every word that the defense says and details all the 'points' that...
doesn't ring true. Too wishy-washy. In my opinion, she is guilty as hell. What no one ever mentions is, she could hear the baby two floors up, yet, a mysterious intruder enters and stabs/slashes her two boys to death and she doesn't hear a thing until it''s too late? HUH? Do you have any idea how loud two little boys would scream when they were being stabbed? Also, I think the police should take a closer look at hubby...he not only did nothing, apparently he slept through it all, then defends his wife...yet, he was "going to hire an intruder" to steal so he could get insurance money???? Ah, don't think so...he is, even now, remarkably devoid of emotion. He is either a complete anencephalic or complicit in the crime. Darlie deserves the death penalty and every bit of pain and discomfort she gets; as does her husband. One thing no one mentions is, MOTIVE. The motive, obviously, is GREED. They simply decided the two boys were too expensive to keep...so they get rid of them, permanently...
I just recently began working for the Rowlett Police Department. This case is absolutely intriguing! I AGREE with the things brought out in the trial about the police officers' mistakes. It's true - they were not experts in taking evidence and investigating a homicide. BUT that does not change the guilt of Darlie! I bought this book to see what Don's take on it was... and I must say: this is the most poorly written book I've ever read! Don obviously is sickeningly one-sided, chooses to leave out things, misspells things... especially irritating was the mistake of the name of the Routier living room. DON - it's the "ROMAN" room, not the "ROAMIN'" room! Reading Darlie's statement should have shown you that much! Poorly edited and written by a man who obviously had no access whatsoever to the case and photos, and who slept through the trial.
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