Episode 13: Perfect Victim: The True Story of the Girl in the Box by Christine McGuire and Carla Norton
True Crime Book Club
Margo and Lindsey discuss the unfathomable and truly sinister crimes suffered by Colleen Stan as she was enslaved for seven years, spending nearly six of the seven years in a box the size of a coffin. Prosecutor Christine McGuire tells of the crimes and prosecution of Cameron Hooker for the horrors he subjected Colleen Stan to in her book Perfect Victim: The True Story of the Girl in the Box. Join us. Website: TrueCrimeBCPodcast.comInstagram: @TrueCrimeBCPodcastTwitter: @TrueCrimeBCEmail: TrueCrimeBCPodcast@gmail.com This podcast is powered by Pinecast.
This week, Christie and Cathi interview Carla Norton, author of "What Doesn't Kill Her" and "The Edge of Normal." The conversation encompasses Carla's journey from editing in Japan, to true crime writing, to novel writing. As they discuss, they sip a couple of California red blends; Once Upon a Vine, and The Dreaming Tree.
What Doesn’t Kill Herby Carla NortonMinotaur Books, June 2015New York Times bestselling author Carla Norton joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the second in her Reeve LeClaire thriller series, WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER.Show NotesCarla explains the background of her extremely unique protagonist, Reeve LeClaire.The first book in the series, THE EDGE OF NORMAL, was a Thriller Award finalist for best first novel.Carla shares the story of her second book, WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER.Carla brings a unique perspective to the series, having co-written the story of Colleen Stan in a non-fiction best seller called Perfect Victim.We discuss the difference between writing about real life monsters and the fictional versions that inhabit her Reeve LeClaire novels.From the Publisher:Reeve LeClaire is a college student, dammit, not Daryl Wayne Flint’s victim. Not anymore – not when Reeve is finally recovering a life of her own after four years of captivity.Flint is safely locked up in Olshaker Psychiatric Hospital, where he belongs. He is walking the grounds of the forensic unit, performing his strange but apparently harmless rituals. It seems that he is still suffering the effects of the head injury he suffered in the car crash that freed Reeve seven years ago. Post-concussive syndrome, they call it.For all that Flint seems like a model patient, he has long been planning his next move. When the moment arrives, he gets clean away from the hospital before the alarm even sounds. And Reeve is shocked out of her new life by her worst nightmare: Her kidnapper has escaped. Less than 24 hours later, Flint kills someone from his past–and Reeve’s blocked memories jolt back into consciousness. As much as she would like to forget him, she knows this criminal better than anyone else. When Flint evades capture, baffling authorities and leaving a bloody trail from the psychiatric lock-up to the forests of Washington state, Reeve suddenly realizes that she is the only one who can stop him.Reeve is an irresistibly brave and believable heroine in Carla Norton’s heart-stopping new thriller, What Doesn’t Kill Her, about a young woman who learns to fight back.LinksPurchase WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER at AmazonCarla’s Amazon Author PageCarla’s Website www.CarlaNorton.comCarla’s Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.The post What Doesn’t Kill Her by Carla Norton appeared first on CrimeFiction.FM.
Hitchhiking from Eugene, Ore., through northern California in 1977, 20-year-old Colleen Stan thumbed a ride into hell. Her kidnappers a sadistic lumber mill worker, Cameron Hooker, and his battered wife Janice subjected her to seven years of torture and sensory deprivation. She was made a sex slave, kept locked in a wooden box and brainwashed into believing that an underground network of sadists would recapture her if she attempted to escape. Did Colleen fall in love with Cameron and make herself a willing partner in a love triangle, as the Hookers' defense lawyer asserted? The jury found otherwise, convinced by the evidence marshalled by coauthor McGuire, state prosecutor in the case, a trial that journalist Norton attended in 1984. Not for the squeamish, this harrowing tale shuttles between the courtroom and the grisly doings in the Hookers' basement. PERFECT VICTIM-The True Story of "The Girl In The Box" by the D.A. Who Prosecuted Her Captor-Carla Norton
AuTHOR SPOTLIGHT, H.S. Clark interviews Carla Norton at Left Coast Crime (audio)
Author Spotlight with H.S. Clark
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT, H.S. CLARK PRESENTS Exclusive interview (audio) with psychological thriller author Carla Norton, Left Coast Crime mystery conference, Monterey, CA. She wrote the thriller The Edge of Normal. This is a unique look at her writing, life, and thoughts on the craft, brought to you by thriller author H.S. Clark, author of SECRET THOUGHTS a Medical Thriller. For more information on SECRET THOUGHTS a Medical Thriller, visit hsclarkmystery.com or http://getBook.at/STaMTe Music: "Rescue Me" by DoKashiteru (feat. Kaer Trouz) CC by 3.0 license http://goo.gl/nRaFk1
AuTHOR SPOTLIGHT, H.S. Clark interviews Carla Norton at Left Coast Crime (video)
Author Spotlight with H.S. Clark
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT, H.S. CLARK PRESENTS Exclusive interview (video) with psychological thriller author Carla Norton, Left Coast Crime mystery conference, Monterey, CA. She wrote the thriller The Edge of Normal. This is a unique look at her writing, life, and thoughts on the craft, brought to you by thriller author H.S. Clark, author of SECRET THOUGHTS a Medical Thriller. For more information on SECRET THOUGHTS a Medical Thriller, visit hsclarkmystery.com or http://getBook.at/STaMTe Music: "Rescue Me" by DoKashiteru (feat. Kaer Trouz) CC by 3.0 license http://goo.gl/nRaFk1
The story begins with Bert, a gentle, unassuming street person who mumbled to himself and talked to trees. He wasn't an alcoholic, but he hung out at a detox center in Sacramento, where a volunteer named Judy took an interest in him. Judy was overjoyed when she found a home for Bert with a silver-haired grandmother, Dorothea Puente, who ran a tidy boarding house in a blue-and-white Victorian. Little did Judy know that Puente (just one of the woman's many aliases) would soon become her obsession. By the end of the story, Bert has disappeared, and the cops are digging up seven corpses from the backyard of the boarding house. Author Carla Norton (Perfect Victim) skillfully unfolds the many-layered character of this classic Arsenic and Old Lace-style serial killer: "At the pinnacle of her fame and glory, Dorothea was like a junkie with a philanthropic habit... Everyone dipped into her pot and benefited from her largesse." She was ultimately tried on nine counts of murder, and sentenced to death. DISTURBED GROUND-Carla Norton