By Jerry Bledsoe
A surprising real tale of a double existence undone via murder.
When North Carolina farmer Stuart Taylor died after a unexpected affliction, his 46-year-old fianc\u00e9e Velma Barfield, used to be triumph over with grief. Taylor's family members grieved with her—until the post-mortem published lines of arsenic poisoning. became over to the gurus through her personal son, Velma shocked her kin with extra revelations. This wasn't the 1st time the born-again Christian and religious Sunday university instructor had devoted cold-blooded homicide. attempted through the "world's deadliest prosecutor," and sentenced to loss of life, Velma grew to become her lifestyles round and won all over the world attention.
With chilling precision, manhattan instances bestselling writer Bledsoe probes Velma's stark descent into insanity. From her harrowing adolescence to the stunning crimes that incited a countrywide debate over the loss of life penalty, to the darkish, ultimate moments of her execution—broadcast continue to exist CNN—Velma Barfield's riveting lifetime of crime and punishment,...
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From the time Ronnie was old enough to talk, Velma read to him. She bought children’s books by the score. And when Pam grew old enough, she read to the two of them together. “Some of the best times I had with them was when they wanted me to read to them,” she later recalled. She read every book so many times that Ronnie and Pam knew them by heart. Still, they begged her to read more. “Sometimes when I would be reading to them, I would intentionally mess up, rearrange the words, and believe you me, they had memorized all these stories so that when I would start messing up, they would stop me.
He could picture himself in cap and gown, striding across the stage to receive his diploma. His mother, he knew, would be in the audience. It was she, after all, who had always stressed the importance of education, who had always pushed him to study hard and make something of himself. Ronnie had only been at work a short time when the telephone rang about two. “I’m a friend of your mother’s,” said a woman who didn’t identify herself. “I’ve heard she’s going to be arrested today. ” Despite his shock, Ronnie hadn’t been without warning that something like this could happen.
She never could quite devise a hairstyle to hide the hardly noticeable disfigurement adequately. Velma thought her teeth were ugly, too. She had a gap that she thought far too wide between the two in front. And her legs were far too short in her mind—she stood only five feet three—and she worried that they were bowed. She also felt overweight and fretted about it constantly. Thomas, who towered over her, seemed unaware of any flaws, however. She enjoyed his easygoing ways, and she loved that he made her laugh.