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To Hatred Turned: A True Story of Love and Death in Texas [Hardcover]

Ken Englade


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From Publishers Weekly

Englade ( Beyond Reason ) here treats a complex Dallas murder case with a master's touch. In 1983, Rozanne Gailiunas, mistress of contractor Larry Aylor, was found murdered in her home. No killer was identified and Aylor and Joy, his wife of 15 years, were reconciled. In 1986, as the couple was again considering divorcing, Larry was ambushed near his remote ranch, but managed to escape. No one was charged. Then in 1988, Joy's sister Carol, claiming that her own life was in danger, gave the police information that brought about the arrests of Joy and Carol's estranged husband Bill for Rozanne's murder and the attempt on Larry's life. The investigation also led to an ex-ministerial student, Andy Hopper, who confessed that Joy hired him to kill Rozanne. Much of the book is devoted to Hopper's trial, in which he was found guilty and sentenced to death. Two brothers confessed to the attempted murder of Larry, also financed by Joy, and they are now in prison. Joy, out on bail, fled to France, where she is being held pending extradition. Another five people--including Carol and her husband--have been charged with related crimes in this web of blackmail and hired killers, though they have yet to be tried. Photos not seen by PW .
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

On October 4, 1983, when paramedics arrived at the home of Rozanne Gailiunas, the estranged wife of a prominent Dallas physician, they were not prepared for the grisly sight. While her preschool son played in another room, Rozanne's strangled, bullet-ridden body lay spreadeagled on a bed with the appendages methodically tied down. Although Rozanne's boyfriend, Larry Aylor, was questioned, no evidence linked him to the crime. The murder remained unsolved until an unlikely informant tipped detectives that Aylor's former wife, Joy, arranged for the killing. This meticulously detailed book follows the convoluted murder case and tracks the lengthy trial of the contract murderer. Joy Aylor fled to France, where she was eventually located and incarcerated. Too many names, events, and unnecessary details permeate this chronologically arranged account that rarely penetrates the personalities of the principal players. Nevertheless, those familiar with the case as well as true-crime junkies generally should relish Englade's evenhanded reporting. Sue-Ellen Beauregard

From Kirkus Reviews

Sluggish rendering of a bizarre Texas murder case, complete with she-devil villainess. Englade (A Family Business, 1992, etc.) shuffles the usual suspects and motivations here (greed, a woman scorned, etc.). In 1983, he tells us, one Joy Aylor (a.k.a. Jodie Packer, Leigh Curry, Stephanie Grimes, etc.) discovered that her husband, Larry (owner of a successful Dallas house-building firm), had been sleeping with beautiful, young Rozanne Borghi Gailiunas--the wife of family friend Peter Gailiunas, a successful Dallas physician. Joy put out a contract on Rozanne and soon the woman was found naked, tied to bedposts, shot, strangled, and very dead. It took the cops five years to nail the killer: The man whom Joy contracted to do the deed--Dallas auto-mechanic Brian Lee Kreafle--had, it seems, subcontracted the killing to one Andy Hopper, manager of an auto- body shop. When finally caught, Hopper confessed and was convicted of capital murder. Meanwhile, in 1986, Joy shelled out $12,000 to have Larry murdered because he was now sleeping with her younger sister. The attempted hit failed, although three .22 bullets went through the cab of Larry's truck, one hitting a friend in the elbow. Finally, in 1991, Joy, who fled the country, was snagged in the south of France. Today, she awaits trial in Texas on conspiracy charges. So overcomplicated that Englade includes a dramatis personae and a ``Chronology of Major Events''--but readers may still get lost wending through his labyrinthine, lackluster account. (Eight pages of b&w photographs) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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