Bitter Harvest

Bitter Harvest

A Woman's Fury, A Mother's Sacrifice

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Journeys inside the twisted mind of a killer, Dr. Debora Green, after the cancer specialist was arrested for the arson murders of two of her three children and the attempted poisoning of her estranged husband

Blackwell North Amer
On the night of October 23rd-24th, 1995, in Prairie Village, Kansas, a fierce, wind-driven fire devastated the luxurious mansion of Dr. Debora Green and her husband, Dr. Michael Farrar. Trapped and burned to death in the flames were twelve-year-old Tim Farrar and his six-year-old sister, Kelly. Lissa, ten, was barely able to leap to safety from the garage roof while her mother, arms outstretched, urged her to jump. When Michael Farrar arrived on the scene, he had lost more than his children and his home. His entire life was in ruins.
The fire was the climactic event of Michael and Debora's lives. Until that summer, they seemed to have it all - a happy marriage, successful medical practices, three bright and beautiful children. Then they went on a trip to Peru with their son. There, they met attractive, blond Celeste Walker, whose husband, John, was also a successful doctor. But after that trip, nothing was the same again for either couple, and all the dark, submerged forebodings in Debora and Michael's marriage bubbled to the surface in a series of almost unbelievable horrors.
First there was Tim's rebellious behavior, which erupted into physical violence against his father. Then there was Michael's illness - mysterious episodes so violent that he had to be hospitalized and came close to death. Then John Walker was found dead in his garage - was it suicide or murder? Perhaps most inexplicable of all was Debora herself, whose personality and even appearance underwent dramatic changes that summer.
Bitter Harvest is the chronicle of this tragedy in the heartland of America, the true story of the disintegration of a marriage and its horrifying consequences. Ann Rule has no equal in the delineation of the aberrant criminal mind. As in her earlier books, she takes her readers deep into the psyche of a killer whose behavior, so twisted and so evil, defies belief. Her book is also the story of the tireless and skillful arson investigators, forensic scientists, and prosecutors who finally brought that killer to justice. Gripping, powerful, and ultimately terrifying, Bitter Harvest is a vivid re-creation of an unthinkable crime - and a depiction of the unimagined depths of darkness within the human spirit.

& Taylor

The best-selling author of Small Sacrifices journeys inside the twisted mind of a killer, Dr. Debora Green, after the cancer specialist was arrested for the arson murders of two of her three children and the attempted poisoning of her estranged husband. 150,000 first printing. Tour. (True Crime)

Simon and Schuster
GIFTED WITH A BRILLIANT MIND, BLESSED WITH A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY -- AND CURSED WITH A DESTRUCTIVE MADNESS In this harrowing New York Times bestseller, Ann Rule is at her masterful best as she winnows horrific truths from the ashes of what seemed like paradise in Prairie Village, Kansas. Rule probes the case of Debora Green, a doctor and a loving mother who seemed to epitomize the dreams of the American heartland. A small-town girl with a genius IQ, she achieved an enviable life: her own medical practice, a handsome physician husband, three perfect children, and an opulent home in an exclusive Kansas City suburb. But when a raging fire destroyed that home and took two lives, the trail of clues led investigators to a stunning conclusion. Piece by piece, Ann Rule digs beneath this placid Midwestern facade to unveil a disturbing portrait of strangely troubled marriages, infidelity, desperation, suicide, and escalating acts of revenge that forever changed dozens of

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1997
ISBN: 9780684810478
Characteristics: 351 p., [16] p. of plates : ill.


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OLATHEAllisonB Jun 24, 2017

Ann Rule writes with graceful description about this tragedy that rocked Johnson County in the late 90s. The book begins with the events that occurred on a pivotal evening in November of 1997, then presents a fascinating case study about the woman at the center of the crime. The reader also learns about the multiple people connected to what happened that night, followed with the legal proceedings and a surprising conclusion. Although Rule at times appears to be somewhat biased against Debora Green, she does attempt to look objectively at her in order to discern what would cause this devoted mother to be convicted of such a deplorable crime. An enjoyable and engaging psychological study, "Bitter Harvest" is well worth the read.

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