Dark and Bloody Ground: Outlaw Love, A Miser's Hoard - Lust, Greed, and Killing from the Beaches of Florida to the Mountains of Kentucky

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Premier Digital Publishing, Aug 6, 2013 - True Crime
Kentucky never more deserved its Indian appellation "A Dark and Bloody Ground" than when a small-town physician, seventy-seven-year-old Roscoe Acker, called in an emergency on a sweltering evening in August 1985. Acker's own life hung in the balance, but it was already too late for his college-age daughter Tammy, savagely stabbed eleven times and pinned by a kitchen knife to her bedroom floor in Fleming-Neon. Three men had somehow managed to breach Dr. Acker's alarm and security systems and made off with a substantial amount of the cash he had stashed away in a safe over his lifetime. _x000D_ _x000D_ The killers--part of a three-man, two-woman gang of the sort not seen since the Bakers--stopped counting the moldy bills when they reached $1.9 million. They found that all the cash came in handy shortly afterwards and they were caught and decided to lure Kentucky's most flamboyant lawyer, the celebrated Lester Burns, into representing them.

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Of the three books by Darcy O’Brien I have read I must say I like this one the least. Not to say it’s not a good book. It gets a bogged down in places. The middle part of the book dragged. We get a ... Read full review


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Hillbilly sociopaths rip off a miserly old doctor and kill his daughter: another first-rate—and lurid—true-crime chronicle from journalist/novelist O'Brien (Margaret in Hollywood, 1991; Murder in ... Read full review

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DARCY O’BRIEN is the author of the novels, A Way of Life, Like Any Other, which won the Ernest Hemingway Award for the Best First Novel of 1978, and The Silver Spooner as well as the nonfiction bestseller Two of a Kind: The Hillside Stranglers. He died in 1998.

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