Kelley Cannon was living the American Dream. The former prom queen had three beautiful children with her successful, handsome husband, Jim, and an elegant home in well-to-do Nashville. But when their housekeeper found Jim murdered, strangled to death as their children slept, the fairytale collapsed. Behind the facade, Kelley's glamorous lifestyle was being torn apart by infidelity, alcohol, and drug abuse. When she went from prime suspect to accused, a jury had to decide--How could a 90-pound woman overpower a grown man to death? Their finding: premeditated murder, a life sentence--and a storybook life that masked a dark, violent truth . . .
"What caused petite, pretty Kelley Cannon to snap? Find out in this page-turning account of a woman who killed her husband." --Burl Barer, Edgar Award-winning Author of Body Count and Head Shot
"A gripping true-crime shocker."--Burl Barer
Case seen on Dateline
Includes 16 Pages Of Photos
Veteran Boston journalist Rosencrance (Bone Crusher) ably unravels the complex tangle of evidence and bizarre twists of the high-profile murder of Jim Cannon in this gripping tale of mariticide. Jim, a legal eagle who founded a successful agency to collect bad hospital debts, was in the midst of an impending divorce with his wife, Kelley, a schizophrenic former prom queen. Once a bitter child custody fight ensued, all the rules of polite engagement went out the window. Soon after, Jim was found by his housekeeper in a closet of his and his estranged wife s Nashville home naked and dead. Rosencrance works methodically through the tragic story and hews closely to the facts, revealing a marriage plagued by addiction, emotional instability, and insidious extramarital affairs. While questions remain about the damning verdict that put Kelley away (despite mounting police evidence and testimony suggesting she wasn t guilty), Rosencrance s blending of the police procedural with high-octane details makes this a compulsively readable story.