Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Mercy Killer
When Lisa Reardon's beloved cat Godfrey died, she drove over to her parent's house and put a bullet in her Dad, hitting him in the ass instead of a more vital organ according to Ann Arbor.com.
While authorities are not saying why the 48 year old "redneck noir" crime novelist wanted to kill her father, the plot summaries for her three published books at her "home page" are suggestive:
The Mercy Killers: 1968, McGurk's Tap Room in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Death, drugs, war, child abuse, and plenty of laughs.
Blameless: Lack of accountability leads to a dead child, adultery, alcoholism, nervous breakdowns and insomnia.
Billy Dead: Realistic portrayal of family life, murder, abuse, incest, and self-mutilation.
Defense counsel may have some material to work with based on the material at Ms. Reardon's website, but I suspect that in her case writer's block may have carried with it a more dangerous dimension. More at: http://www.lisareardon.com/ and http://www.annarbor.com/news/crime-novelist-accused-of-shooting-father-in-butt-ordered-to-stand-trial/