Thank You, Ann Rule, for Dissing Me 4 Years Ago

Today marks the fourth anniversary of true-crime writer Ann Rule’s lawyer dismissing as “de minimis” my objections to the numerous errors in Rule’s account of my parents’ deaths aboard their sailboat Spellbound.

Dare I Call It Murder? - A Memoir of Violent LossNever mind that a number of these critical errors resulted from Ann Rule taking on faith the veracity of public statements made by the prime suspect in the FBI’s murder investigation. Had Ann Rule done her homework, she would have, at the very least, questioned the validity of these “facts,” which were shown by the investigators to be misleading at best, if not outright lies, from not only my brother, but the other two survivors aboard the Spellbound at the time.

Still, I owe Ann Rule a thank you in a perverse sort of way. Her inaccurate and poorly written account of the deaths of Loren and Joanne (Jody) Edwards gave me the impetus I needed to finish my own book, Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss. In this book, I tell the untold story of the case the FBI labeled as “Crime on the High Seas: Murder.”

I unmask the emotional trauma of violent loss as I ferret out previously undisclosed facts to get at the truth of how and why my parents were killed.

Read the related excerpt from Chapter 32 of Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss.


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About Polishing Your Prose

Larry M Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, editor and publishing consultant. He is the author of three books, and has edited dozens of nonfiction and fiction book manuscripts. Under Wigeon Publishing, he has produced six books. As author, "Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss" won First Place in the San Diego Book Awards in 2012 (unpublished memoir) and 2014, Best Published Memoir. The book has also been nominated for a number of awards, including: Pulitzer Prize, Benjamin Franklin Award, Washington State Book Award, and One Book, One San Diego. As Editor, "Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources" won the Gold Award in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Self-Help. For a sample edit and cost estimate, contact Larry: larry [at] larryedwards [dot] com -- -- --
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