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The Good-Bye Door (True Crime) Kindle Edition
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Good-bye Door" is engrossing from beginning to end. I loved it.
Adept at social relationships (as are many sociopaths), Anna Marie soon ingratiates herself to elderly men in the neighborhood. She bilked them out of whatever money she could and then systematically poisoned them. However, Anna Marie is an enigma. In some cases, she was willing to kill for relatively small amounts of money and the "gain" for her appears to be very little... unless you consider that she may have enjoyed poisening her victims. In the end, at the age of 32, when death was imminent and Anna Marie was forced to reckon with her own demons, she begged pitifully and screamed as she was strapped into Old Sparky.
Oddly, Anna Marie always claimed to love her son, Oscar, who was 12 at the time of her death. She often stated that everything she did was to provide for him. While her son does appear to be perhaps the only person she felt any real affection for, I believe even this love was selfish and tainted by her own vanity and narcissism.
While it is unclear how much Oscar knew of her muderous activities, Anna Marie exhibited no emotion when she had Oscar serve the arsenic-laced food to the victims. Did Oscar ever see her poison the food? Did Oscar ever assist his mother in poisoning the meals she "lovingly" prepared for the elderly men in her care? No one will ever know... but I suspect he knew a great deal more than he was ever willing to say. Certainly, Oscar exhibited problems maintaining appropriate peer relationships and had learned from his mother how to lie with ease. Given that Anna Marie did NOT shield her son from these ammoral activities, nor the grotesque manner in which the victims were forced to suffer and die, it can only be concluded that even the love she claimed to feel for Oscar was shallow and lacking in humility and honesty.
Anna Marie was certainly not raised by abusive parents or forced to live in abject poverty and suffering. If anything, she was probably coddled by her mother and rarely held accountable for her actions. When she did burn the bridges with her remaining family members, she was shunned and ignored. Not one person from her family of origin expressed any sympathy for her plight, and not one family member ever attended her trial. Having suffered the consequences of a tainted relationship with Anna Marie for many years, perhaps they already knew what many others failed to see until it was too late.
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