On a fall afternoon in 1983, in an upscale Dallas suburb, Rozanne Gailiunas was found stripped, bound to her bed, and shot through the skull. Her four-year-old son has been napping peacefully in the next room when she was killed. Rozanne's husband, Dr. Peter Gailiunas--and her lover, Larry Aylor--immediately fell under suspicion. Until a surprise informant identified the mastermind behind the murder as Aylor's own wife, Joy--a woman so driven by jealousy and greed that she put out a contract on both Rozanne and later her own husband.
On the run and managing to elude investigators for eight years, the two-year search for the socialite would eventually end in the south of France. There, authorities found the elusive femme fatale, living as comfortably among the world's elite as she was among hired killers. At last, the authorities' questions would be answered, to reveal a shocking insight into the heart of an unlikely killer, and a small-town Texas crime that made international headlines.
This exceedingly complicated case began with the murder of Rozanne Gailiunas in a Dallas suburb in 1983. Preparing to divorce her physician husband Peter, Rozanne was having an affair with Larry Aylor, who was building a new house for the Gailiunases. The affair became known to Larry's wife, Joy, and she planned a divorce as well. When it became apparent that neither Peter nor Larry was Rozanne's killer, the case stalled. In 1985, however, an attempt was made on Larry's life, at which point Joy's sister Carol informed the police that Joy had arranged both the murder and the attempted murder. Subsequently, an ex-ministerial student-turned-drug-addict was convicted of the murder while a pair of sibling drifters were convicted of the attempted killing. But as the net closed in, another twist: Joy Aylor fled to France, where she has successfully fought extradition to the U.S. Stowers ( Careless Whispers ) has done a superb job of keeping the many strands of the case from becoming tangled and has produced an exceptional true-crime study.