Playing With Fire: The True Story of a Nurse, Her Husband, and a Marriage Turned Fatal

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Macmillan, Mar 2, 2010 - True Crime - 384 pages
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A beautiful nurse. A lethal injection. A gruesomely charred corpse. Nothing could have shocked the sleepy community of Morgantown, West Virginia, more than the lurid details that surfaced after a house fire claimed the life of Shelly Michael's husband Jimmy. Local authorities suspected possible arson. Then they discovered that Jimmy had been dead before the fire even started—paralyzed by a fatal dose of muscle relaxant...

Did Shelly Michael, a respected nurse and mother, kill her second husband and torch her own home? Were the rumors true that she'd had an affair with her husband's employee only two weeks before the murder? Or did she kill Jimmy simply for the insurance money? Charged with first-degree murder and first-degree arson, Shelly would never stop claiming her innocence—even to this day

 

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Well I finished this a few days ago and it is a very powerful book. I thought it was well written. If I think of how that man suffered i get so angry that there are still people saying he must have ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
CHAPTER 1 The Cheerleader
5
CHAPTER 2 Only Bad Girls Do It
12
CHAPTER 3 West Virginia University
16
CHAPTER 4 Settling Down
25
CHAPTER 5 The Hunter
29
CHAPTER 6 Stephanie
36
CHAPTER 7 Chasing Jimmy
40
CHAPTER 26 More Like Lovers Than Friends
173
CHAPTER 27 A String of Lies
178
CHAPTER 28 Seventeen Minutes
191
CHAPTER 29 Maybe That Iron Fell Over
207
CHAPTER 30 Gods Way of Punishing Her
214
CHAPTER 31 A Deep Excavation
223
CHAPTER 32 Linear and Logical
231
CHAPTER 33 The Arrest
235

CHAPTER 8 6PACK
48
CHAPTER 9 545 Killarney Drive
55
CHAPTER 10 Scandal
62
CHAPTER 11 Shelly Michael Nurse Practitioner
67
CHAPTER 12 Ultimatum
74
CHAPTER 13 Labor Day
81
CHAPTER 14 Chicago
87
CHAPTER 15 Thanksgiving
93
CHAPTER 16 A Living Death
102
CHAPTER 17 Tuesday November 29
106
CHAPTER 18 Flashover
113
CHAPTER 19 Detective Paul Mezzanotte
122
CHAPTER 20 I Wish I Would Have Loved Him More
129
CHAPTER 21 Shes Not Grieving Right
137
CHAPTER 22 Homicide
144
CHAPTER 23 Maybe She Drugged Him
153
CHAPTER 24 The Grieving Widow
161
CHAPTER 25 The Funeral
167
CHAPTER 34 Im Not Guilty
241
CHAPTER 35 The Media Trap
244
CHAPTER 36 Not in Morgantown
251
CHAPTER 37 Razed to the Ground
260
CHAPTER 38 Indignant
267
CHAPTER 39 The Trial Begins
274
CHAPTER 40 A Death Without Mercy
278
CHAPTER 41 Cold
288
CHAPTER 42 I Made a Huge Mistake
293
CHAPTER 43 The Defense
310
CHAPTER 44 I Value Honesty
317
CHAPTER 45 The Cruel and Unusual Manner of This Murder
334
CHAPTER 46 The Verdict Is Unanimous
344
CHAPTER 47 There Is a Very Dark Side to Your Character
349
CHAPTER 48 Justice4Michelle
360
EPILOGUE
365
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English-born John Glatt is the author of Lost and Found, Secrets in the Cellar, and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs-including tea boy and messenger-before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English newspapers, then in 1981 moved to New York, where he joined the staff for News Limited and freelanced for publications including Newsweek and the New York Post. His first book, a biography of Billy Graham, was published in 1981, and he published For I Have Sinned, his first book of true crime, in 1998. He has appeared on television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, A Current Affair, BBC World News, and A&E Biography. He and his wife Gail divide their time between New York City, the Catskill Mountains and London.

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