Ann Rule's Crime Files: Vol. 15
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It was midafternoon on a very warm day—June 4, 2007—when bulldozer operator Travis Haney paused to wipe the sweat from his forehead. He’d been demolishing an old farmhouse and leveling the topsoil on Canyon Road East in Puyallup, (pronounced Pew-AL-up) Washington.
It was a prime spot for a shopping mall in the Summit district of Pierce County.
The Washington State Fairgrounds were close by, and land surrounding Puyallup was known for its rich soil and never-ending acres of daffodils.
But just as the Kent Valley had been paved over to make room for the burgeoning Boeing Company and the parking lots, apartment houses, malls, and other businesses necessary to fill the needs of a startling influx of new residents, Puyallup’s daffodils were beginning to disappear, along with the small truck farms and strawberry fields in the valley.
It was dismaying to see the rich loam of the area buried under cement. But progress was progress.
The tall yellow home that had once stood on this particular piece of property was probably built more than a hundred years ago. The house had been empty for a
while, but even without care, many of the old-fashioned roses, lilacs, and other familiar perennials had managed to survive among encroaching weeds. The house was slowly dying. Its front porch sagged; some windows were broken and seemed like dead eyes staring out as the demo teams moved in.
There had, indeed, been a ghostly presence surrounding the house, which no one wanted any longer. Workers didn’t notice it much in the bright sunshine of summer days, but they certainly did as the sun began to set. In June, in the Northwest, that doesn’t happen until almost 10 p.m.
The house itself was gone by June 4; all the splintered boards and walls with a dozen layers of wallpaper were gone, hauled away to landfills.
The last thing Travis Haney was thinking about on this Monday afternoon was hauntings and bizarre secrets. He moved the ’dozer close to the fence on the west/northwest section of the lot, idly glancing at the dirt the blade turned up.
And then a black plastic trash bag rose up through the disturbed earth. Haney lowered the bucket again and the next scoop brought up the rest of the bag. He dumped it onto a pile of dirt. He could see that it was torn. Curious, he hopped down from his perch and opened the bag along one side.
There were bones and rotted clothing inside and some tattered twine that might have been used to tie it all up. Finding bones wasn’t particularly unusual for crews who were demolishing buildings and houses and rearranging dirt. Haney mused that these bones must have been in the bag for a long time. They could have been the bones of a dog or even a small farm animal. The presence of shreds of cloth, however, made him wonder if whatever had died here might have been a human being.
DON’T LOOK BEHIND YOU by Ann Rule. Copyright © 2011 by Ann Rule. Reprinted by permission of Pocket Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., NY.
Don’t Look Behind You is the title of Ann Rule’s 15th collection of bestselling true-crime tales—and it’s good advice. If only the victims in these pages had run, some might still be alive….
Rule, who once unknowingly befriended sociopath Ted Bundy, draws from her personal files to bring you the harrowing case of a millionaire property owner considered and dismissed as a suspect in the Green River killings. But he had his own murderous past. Then there’s the young woman who went to a tavern only to meet a violent death at the hands of a seven-foot man said by others to have appeared shy and harmless. She, as did the other victims you’ll meet in these pages, made the tragic mistake of trusting the wrong person…and paid dearly.
Hardcover Book : 480 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster ( November 29, 2011 )
Item #: 13-515210
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I haven't read all of this book, but I have read a lot of it, and it is very interesting how these crimes are carried out and how the cases are solved. I love
this book and have a hard time putting it down once I get started reading.
Reviewer: Lil K
I absolutely love Ann Rule. She is by far the best true crime writer out there. And if people feel she isn't, maybe you need rethink your purchasing decisions.
Reviewer: Ginny A
I like all books by Ann Rule
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Unfortunately, although I ordered this book weeks ago, I cannot review it because I did not receive it yet. I think LG does this to save on shipping and waits until another order is available.