Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder Mass Market Paperback – Jul 5 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
This searching analysis of the shooting of three children in Oregon by their mother devolves into a study of personality. In May of 1983, Diane Downs drove to a Williamette Valley hospital emergency room with her children, all gravely wounded; one did not survive the first hour, and the other two were disabled for life. Downs initially told of a "bushy-haired stranger" who had committed the crime, but frequently changed her story. Under police questioning she recalled her childhood with a cold, domineering father who abused her sexually, her weak mother, a rape by one of her bosses, her failed marriage and many men with whom she had sex. One of these men, whom she claimed to love, did not want children, and that may have prompted the crime, speculates the author. The greatest strength of this book is the exploration by ex-policewoman Rule (The Stranger Beside Me of the aberrant personality of Downs, who is now imprisoned and not eligible for parole until 2009.
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Superb... the most riveting true-crime account since IN COLD BLOOD KIRKUS REVIEWS Vivid... extraordinary... a page turner New York TIMES BOOK REVIEW --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Diane was a sociopath with absolutely no conscience. Her father enjoyed molesting her and shooting her pets, and her mother stood by her father no matter what he did. Diane became obsessed with her very wishy-washy married boyfriend "Lew" who vacillated between his emotionally masochistic wife and Diane. He told Diane he would marry her, then told her he loved his wife more than her...he was astonished that Diane blew a gasket at this news. He then took a two week vacation with his wife to Texas, but came back to Arizona and asked Diane to move in with him in his apartment. A lot of mixed messages there....since he didn't want to be a "daddy" to her kids, Diane shot them (blaming a non-existant stranger) in hopes that "Lew" would come after her...but he finally woke up and smelled the coffee.
There are still some things that the book just didn't go into, that I wonder about. Such as...why didn't her other two brothers say anything at all? Only her sister Kathy and and brother Paul were mentioned in the book, but Diane had two other brothers who never came forward to speak.Read more ›
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Ive pretty much read ALL of Ann Rules books and LOVED each and every one.. So hard to put down that I usually finish them in a day.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by christine
I saw the movie with Farah Fawcett years ago. Obviously it is difficult to explain the psychology of a murderer in a movie. The book however, explains a lot. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Louise Lechasseur
Well written detailed account of Diane Down's case. All aspects of the events preceding crime, the crime and the trial are presented in all their complexities in a very clear and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I couldn't put it down. Have actually read it more than once.Published 22 months ago by victoria oberhammer
One of Ann Rule's best .So well written. A horrible story, but Rule handled it gently and even that monster of a mother was portrayed as a human being with some good... Read morePublished on July 1 2014 by Eilleen Baker
well, if you like poking around the mind of a serial killer -- in this case, a mother who murdered/attempted to murder her 3 children -- then this is the book for you. Read morePublished on April 22 2013 by salsa bandit
Small Sacrifices is an excellent book!! Ann Rule does an incredible job telling the tale of Diane Downs and her sick and twisted lifestyle,morals and the consequences of her... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2004 by Karoline