In Texas ranch country, on a quiet and peaceful spring day, a 49-year-old millionaire rancher sat down to lunch with his wife and bookkeeper, as he often did. Less than half an hour later, he was deathly ill, with stomach pains, severe vomiting and intense intestinal distress. Three weeks later, he was dead from a mysterious illness. His wife seemed to show no emotion when she learned of his death. However, his bookkeeper became very nervous and upset upon hearing about the death of her boss. She immediately ran through the hospital corridors to the elevator.
The Texas millionaire rancher discovered his wife and bookkeeper had stolen thousands of dollars from him. After he demanded the money back, he started getting sick. While in the hospital, doctors were mystified as to how an otherwise healthy, energetic man could become so deathly ill. The dying man told everyone within earshot that his wife and bookkeeper were killing him. The man's wife said her husband was hallucinating from drugs the doctors were giving him. The millionaire rancher succumbed in the hospital while strapped down to his bed with restraints on his hands and feet and tubes in every orifice. After the rancher died, an anonymous caller tipped off the police. The widow was the sole beneficiary of the estate and a $350,000 life insurance policy. A week before the man's death, a teenager visited the rancher's home and became deathly ill after he drank juice that was in the rancher's refrigerator. Two years after the millionaire's death, a bottle of arsenic was found in a storage locker rented by a woman under an assumed name. The millionaire's ex-wife, the mother of his children, became a sleuth to help solve the murder. No one could have predicted the aftermath with its strange twists and unexpected results.
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Jerry Sternadel is dead and his ex-wife needs to know why. FIGHTING THE DEVIL is the story of greed and murder in Texas, and the journey one woman travels to prove her ex-husband’s death was not an accident. Jeannie Walker, the author, knows her ex-husband was poisoned and will not rest until justice prevails.
The story, shocking in its cruelty, touching in its tenderness, and frightening in its reality, draws you in and holds your attention from the very beginning. Ms. Walker’s courage and fortitude are a testament to her faith. She would not back down. And even though Jerry Sternadel had been cruel in his treatment of his wife and children, Jeannie Walker found it in her heart to forgive him and pursue his killer relentlessly.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tale, and what made it even that much more riveting, was the fact it was a true story. Bravo Ms. Walker! Bravo!