Jeannie Walker becomes a Real-Life Sherlock Holmes
Looking for Justice
A non-fiction book is often more chilling to read because the events presented aren't a flight of fancy by a writer, but rather an accounting of a real and often heinous crime.
In this chilling thriller a self-made Texas millionaire was poisoned to death. While hospitalized, he told nurses and doctors alike that he was being poisoned. The staff did not heed the millionaire's frantic pleas, which allowed the murderous suspects continued access to the helpless man as he lay dying in the hospital.
If this murder case were the creation of a fiction writer, investigators would have collected evidence, interviewed witnesses, and solved the case. Yet, in this real-life crime drama, detailed in Walker's new book, Fighting the Devil: A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder, no arrests were made for years. The woman ultimately convicted of first-degree murder was sentenced with only a fine and a lengthy probation; she was finally sent to prison because she violated her probation. To this day, another prime suspect has not been brought to justice.
Walker, who played a key role in helping law enforcement investigate many aspects of the murder, says she felt compelled to write the book. "I owe my ex-husband a voice, as he no longer has one," she says, adding that "when I see injustice, I want to fight it." She continues that fight now by raising new awareness of how murder mystery fans can help justice prevail.
The ex-wife-turned sleuth and author says that she hopes fans of crime stories have an appreciation of the pain, trauma, and grueling battle for justice that family and friends of real-life victims actually experience. Additionally, she wants everyone to realize "they have the ability and right to become their loved one's advocate, and to become their own, real-life Sherlock Holmes."