The chilling true crime story of a man willing to do whatever it takes to live life on his lavish terms—including murder his own parents.
After years of hard work, Brian and Jeannie Legg had earned a well-deserved life of leisure in their picture-perfect Phoenix mansion. Until their troubled son showed up with a need for cash—and a thirst for murder . . .
David Legg was an obsessive control freak and an army deserter. After fathering an illegitimate child, he wooed and wed a trusting young woman—only to destroy his marriage with lies and infidelities. But his deceptions were far from over . . .
A Savage Son
In June of 1996, Jeannie and Brian were found shot to death, their bodies sitting next to each other on their living room loveseat. Jeannie’s expensive ring and the couple’s credit cards were missing. Meanwhile, David, the prime suspect, was living it up in Hawaii with his fifteen-year-old girlfriend, draining his dead parents’ savings through ATMs. After a long and costly chase this remorseless killer faced a jury of his peers in 2000, and was locked behind bars for life.
In 1996, Brian and Jeannie Legg were shot, killed, and left in their sweltering Arizona home to be discovered by family members. When police first tried to question their youngest son, the 24-year-old David, he was on his way back from Hawaii with his 15-year-old fianc . On the vacation he'd run up thousands of dollars worth of debt on his parents' credit cards and spent the money he'd made from pawning his mother's diamond ring. David Legg was arrested for murdering his parents and put on trial, found guilty, and sentenced to life. Lasseter recounts every step of Legg's crime, arrest, and trial, in detail that proves deadly. He has interviewed a number of people, most particularly Legg's ex-wife Alicia, and formed a clear depiction of Legg's crime and character. But a clear depiction does not a compelling tale make. And Lasseter (co-author of Honeymoon with a Killer) is repetitive, speculative, and tangential, often leaving readers either confused or annoyed (do we really need to know how many former Eagle Scouts are killers?). Legg's story is terrifying; the account of it is merely dull.