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On March 6, 1992, Elizabeth DeCaro, a 28-year-old mother of four was found dead in her own home, murdered execution-style with two bullets to the head. Her husband Rick was immediately suspected, having previously struck her "accidentally" with the family van after taking out a $100,000 life insurance policy on her. This book presents the true story of Elizabeth's family aOn March 6, 1992, Elizabeth DeCaro, a 28-year-old mother of four was found dead in her own home, murdered execution-style with two bullets to the head. Her husband Rick was immediately suspected, having previously struck her "accidentally" with the family van after taking out a $100,000 life insurance policy on her. This book presents the true story of Elizabeth's family and their search for justice against the man who continued to play father to the children whose mother he had killed....

Title : A Killer Among Us
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ISBN : 9780451408549
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Number of Pages : 460 Pages
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A Killer Among Us Reviews

  • Laura
    2019-02-05 21:25

    This was a thoroughly researched documentation of the murder of suburban housewife and mother of four Elizabeth in the early nineties. She was shot twice, execution style, by a home intruder in a plan carefully orchestrated by her husband Rich. The author has managed to accurately record the events of the months leading up to Elizabeth's death, the event itself, the months of investigation and following trials. Much of the book is dedicated to Elizabeth's family's dedication to justice for their daughter, sister and mother. The author is clearly dedicated to ensuring the story is sensitively told.I found some of the writing challenging to read, at times it felt that every other line was in the form of a question, and as a reader this is quite demanding.Otherwise, this is an interesting true crime read which draws focus on the complexities of the American justice system.

  • ♥ Marlene♥
    2019-02-21 16:28

    I know I have written a review about this book or at least what I thought of it. Or was it all in my mind?Like so many others that have read this book I agree in that the talk about this family got annoying. They seemed like a family that would scream and shout and be rude. Perhaps they were not but that was the impression I got by reading about them.Normally I am always caring for the victim's family and always root for them and I did now as well but it did start to annoy me how this author also thought the readers could not make up their own mind and needed his help constantly.Well, I would have liked much more information about Rick deCaro for instance.Yes I did enjoy the book because otherwise I would not have finished it. This seems to be a family where the parents think especially the mum Georgianna, that they still need to know everything even if the kids are married and have their own families.Example. Victim and husband had argument because husband wanted to buy expensive boat. Then mum of thee wife stepped in to tell her daughter she should be cool with Rick buying the boat.This was the first time I bookmarked because even in the beginning I noticed this. (I even wrote a note that said ridiculous meddling.) Okay checking my other bookmarks most if not all are because of the family so one is sufficient I'd say.Once I read this book I googled and what I got were petitions by a son of Rick DeCaro about how his poor dad was railroadedSpoiler ahead!!! I do have a question about one thingIn the book it said that because DeCaro wanted to cash the life insurance money they could retrial him but I did not understand why.Maybe I get it with the insurance scam for the cars because it was federal butt once a jury says you are not guilty of your wife's death why can't you then cash in the life insurance you had for her.

  • Dan
    2019-02-02 20:31

    Ok honestly I found this tedious. Just going over the same material three of for times gets a little long Mr.Bosworth. That being said I did find myself getting quite upset again by the end of the book. If your rich, popular, or have needs seen as the interest of the party in power the Justice system is manipulated to serve you. Of course this is the anti-thesis of *real* justice. We have a system of kangaroo courts. For example Hillary runs for President with seemingly unlimited impunity. Edward Snowden cowers in Russia. An America as envisioned by the Founding Fathers where all men are created equal is dead, usurped in a Statist putsch dutifully executed by the Criminal Justice System.

  • Cannibal Countess
    2019-02-06 21:48

    I couldn't continue beyond the first chapter or two. The repetitious praise of this "perfect Christian family" was too much for me. I'd rather read an article about the case than find out what happened from this author.

  • Ronnie Cramer
    2019-02-17 17:47

    I was a little concerned when I started reading this book because I kept encountering strained sentences like this one: "The Devil Incarnate had been found hiding in plain sight in the midst of this living Norman Rockwell painting that had been, until now, the world for the Van Iseghem family." Yikes, this is going to be a LONG 471 pages, I thought. Fortunately, the author eventually started letting the (very interesting) events speak for themselves and I was hooked.

  • Shelagh Rice
    2019-02-16 21:24

    This true crime read was very well written. It gives you the view from the victims family, the perpetrator and their family. It reads like a novel, packed full of facts. In fairness it concentrates on the trial more than the crime but nonetheless was good.

  • Lindsay Nixon
    2019-01-21 22:23

    4.5 stars // I kept wanting to rate this book like a fiction novel based on my feelings about the case, except that rating would be inaccurate and unfair since the author of this book had no control over the case!A Killer Among Us follows the 1992 death of Elizabeth DeCaro and criminal trial of her husband, Rick. To Bosworth's credit, this book reads like a mystery novel, so much so that I didn't realize it was non-fiction until around 20%. This is also one reason I'm rating it 4.5 stars instead of a 5. It was not subjective storytelling, and nonfiction doesn't have to be, but much like the famed "Making a Murderer" on Netflix, the case is presented with a subtle bias to lead the reader. It doesn't feel persuasive or seems subjective or biased which is what any good lawyer aims for, and a book about a case is arguably one long closing argument. The documentation and research involved is impressive, though became tedious at times, which also lowered my rating. What I found supremely interesting was this case happened BEFORE the Nicole Brown/OJ case. That fact, and what happened in this trial changed my thoughts about how the OJ trial played out. After all of the OJ documentaries last year, I did not think I could have any more thoughts or changes in perspective about the OJ trial but I do after reading this book.In fact, IF YOU ENJOYED OJ DOCUMENTARIES, THIS AUDIBLE IS FOR YOU.Now I want to talk about the case, which has no bearing on my rating. Since this is a real case and the outcome is public knowledge, I don't think talking about it is a "spoiler" but if you want to read and be surprised, stop now.This book leads to one conclusion: Rick did it. Based on the (biased) evidence presented in this book, I am sufficiently convinced he killed his wife, but I don't know what evidence, if any, was left out. I also don't know the exact arguments the defense made so I can't say that if I was a juror I would have convicted. I don't know, but for argument's sake, let's all assume Rick definitely is the killer. At the first trial, Rick was acquitted. The jury did not find him guilty. That sucks, but that is our system. For the system to work everyone has to accept the outcomes. Acceptance doesn't mean you have to like it.That's not what happened. Several attorneys and others got together to find a loophole, any loophole, to retry Rick again. They found one, and Rick was tried again, (a loophole within a loophole to avoid double jeopardy waters) and Rick was convicted. It's easy to say "justice is served! the killer is in prison" and for the victim, and her family, and all humans, I am happy he is behind bars, but as an attorney this entire process of going agter the guy again and again is gross and wrong, and it scares me what implications this has and had on other trials, including OJ simpson's.Finally, in retrospect, part of me wonders if the death penalty wasn't on the table in the first trial, if it had only been life in prison, would the jury have still said not guilty...

  • Sandy Nawrot
    2019-01-25 22:35

    True crime, my very favorite genre. Hours of additional fun Googling and researching "what happened after". In this case, the story itself is twisted and fascinating as they come. A domineering, controlling asshat of a guy gets his 16 year old girlfriend pregnant, they marry and ultimately have four children. His insecurities, over time, get to be a bit much, and his wife tells him to take a chill pill. This pisses off Mr. Control Freak, turns his attentions to his secretary, takes out a $100K insurance policy on his wife, then she is mysteriously shot and killed, execution style, while dad and kids are off on a mom-free vacation. Never mind that he NEVER did anything with the kids on his own, never mind that he forbade his wife to go anywhere that weekend while he was gone, never mind that he took the dog on the vacation...a dog that has never left the premises before because of its incessant barking. All roads led to a hired goon, someone the husband knew from work, who was paid to do the deed. These circumstances, and many more, add up to a pretty cut and dried case in my book. But the case in court turned into a web of lies, clever attorneys and unpredictable juries. In fact the case went in front of both a state and federal court with two very different outcomes. This is the kind of stuff I LOVE.But the story is written so poorly. The language used to describe the murdered wife is flowery and corny and makes her into a saint. I get it, the author wants to do justice to this poor woman, but really the prose was eye-rolling. And the story and it's facts are repeated over, and over, and over. We are told what happened, beginning to end. Then the first trial is covered beginning to end. Then the second trial is covered beginning to end. I mean, I could present this case in court at this point. I'm really not sure why we had to hear all of that so many times, but it did get weary. The narrator, Kevin Pierce, was a new voice for me, and he did an OK job. To his benefit there wasn't much here to work with, but I don't believe it is probably his best work.

  • Debra Barstad
    2019-02-20 22:38

    Wow is all I can say about this book. This book made me mad and than glad. Justice was won for the woman in this story and I'm sorry that children were hurt in this but the offender is where he should be in this case. I would highly recommend anyone to read this book if you are a true crime story fan.

  • Teddie
    2019-01-26 20:33

    Sleeping with the EnemyElizabeth DeCaro seemed to have it all. She was a beautiful young woman with a sparkling personality who lived in a beautiful home that she shared with her high school sweetheart husband and their four children, and a close-knit extended family nearby. And then she is found dead in a pool of blood on her kitchen floor.This true crime book is the story about a murder that took place in Missouri in 1992, and the family that demanded justice. The husband is immediately suspected of arranging the murder. This is an interesting book. We get to know the murder victim, her extended family, and the one who arranged the murder. It covers the details and motive for the crime, the investigation, and the trial. If there are any parts of the book that drag a bit, it's the parts having to do with the hired assassin. I give this book a solid 4 stars.

  • april lewis
    2019-02-06 15:34

    Couldn't wait to finish....I hardly know where to begin. I consider myself an avid reader of true crime stories and can usually finish one in a matter of days literally. This one took me several weeks to complete, several times I just wanted to set it aside altogether, that's just how boring it was. At times it seemed to just linger on with nothing of importance. Lots of contradictions and probably would have been helpful if the author would have had a thesaurus nearby; I got so tired of reading the word "shocked" til I was, well "shocked" I was able to finish the book. Thoroughly disappointed...

  • Keri
    2019-02-21 23:25

    Just really super long. Great story. I understand why it was so long. The author left nothing out at all! At about 60% I was ready to be done and move on and skipped to the last 4 chapters but then I was intrigued at what I had missed and went back. My copy had many grammatical, spelling and typo errors which was mildly annoying.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-16 20:45

    Very interesting and sad story, but way too wordy. Author got totally bogged down in details that were repeated again and again. Started skimming in the last third because I wanted to know the outcome. Good example of our justice system which showed unless you have money & connections and knowledge of the system, justice may not be served if the other side has an expensive high powered lawyer.

  • Laura Dalton Wilson
    2019-02-14 18:30

    Very nicely written. Some of the family members seem odd. But that is true of almost every family. Really, how would any family behave when someone they love is murdered? Hopefully, we never know.

  • John Boeckeler
    2019-02-01 17:27

    UnreadableThe author's writing style is so overblown and larded with adjectives that I couldn't continue beyond the first few pages.

  • Bill reilly
    2019-01-29 21:48

    It all begins with a Norman Rockwell kind of family living the perfect suburban life in St. Charles, Mo. Elizabeth DeCaro, 28, her husband Rick, and their four little rug rats. Oh, and they have a doggy, Ozzie (Black Sabbath?). Tragedy strikes early as Lizzie is found dead on the kitchen floor by her sister Melanie. She was one of seven kids in a devout Catholic family. She was an extremely happy camper. As a young student, the saintly girl had raised funds for the poor at St. Kevin’s High School; so what, I had a Unicef box at St. Ann’s, all for the pagan babies in Africa. Where’s my medal? Somehow the wide eyed innocent finds herself pregnant at 16 by her high school drop out boyfriend, Rick DeCaro. Rick’s pic is in the book and he has a startling resemblance to the dead rock musician, Frank Zappa. He is suspect #1 with a bullet. The fairy tale marriage turned sour as Richie admits to an affair. On the morning of the murder he had conveniently taken his kiddies on a road trip without mom. The police track him down to a motel where he shows little emotion when told of his wife’s murder. Liz’s sister Melanie says, “Rick’s guilty.” Through a dogged investigation, the lawmen pry information out of an employee at Rick’s workplace, an auto repair garage. Rick had asked him to find someone to steal his van for the insurance money. He also wanted a hit on his wife. The guy thinks he’s Tony Soprano. He hired Tony Basile for both jobs; nothing like a little multi tasking. With numerous witnesses linking him to the crime, Basile was arrested. A week later, so was the grieving husband. Bosworth goes off track with too much redundant detail regarding child custody issues. I got it already; Liz’s family is upset; stick with the criminal aspects of the story. Two years after the murder, Basile finally went to trial. The usual cast of trailer trash testified against him. Read the book for the verdict. Next up was the trial of DeCaro. Eleven days with a parade of witnesses and a courtroom battle between prosecutor Tim Braun and defense lawyer, Don Wolff. It was as dramatic as can be. I will not spoil the outcome here, just read it and reflect. The story takes some unexpected and surprising turns. The judicial system works in mysterious ways. Bosworth needed a better editor, as he included too much needless and repetitive detail. The book could have been cut by one third. This was a big letdown after just finishing “Homicide” by David Simon, an absolute masterpiece of crime reporting.

  • Lorraine Grillo
    2019-02-19 17:33

    SAD BUT A VERY GOOD READ!!!I would recommend this to anyone who likes true crime books. Told thoroughly and honestly with all the information one could possibly need. Through this book and of course the hearts of her children and family Elizabeth's spirit will live on. What a roller coaster! I have to say that the first jury missed their mark and I am truly grateful justice was finally found in the end for Elizabeth and her entire family. My heart breaks for the 4 children left without a mother and stuck visiting a vile monster of a father. I pray our system thinks long and hard about the destruction it can cause on children to be visiting the father in jail, knowing he planned the murder of their mother. This concept is completely crazy to me, he murdered their mother, as far as I'm concerned all his rights to his children should have died with her because after all if he had thought about his children for one second Elizabeth would still be alive today. I pray this family lives the rest of their days in as much peace and happiness as they can after such a tragedy. Well researched, the author did a great job.

  • Brianna
    2019-02-18 21:28

    I really thought I'd like this but I'm going to go ahead and abandon it 57% of the way through. It's an interesting enough case, but spoiler alert: the husband did it. It's always the husband, but for some reason this book waits until 15% of the way in to "reveal" this to us as though we weren't supposed to assume it.Maybe there's a twist towards the end, but I just got so bored. It is a tragic case for sure, but the author didn't need to use 460 pages to describe it. The book is repetitive and predictable and just drags. on. Don't read this unless you're prepared for something very slow - I read this in the middle of summer, so maybe I'll pick it up again when I'm not craving fast-moving, shorter, brighter plots.

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-17 23:34

    I love true crime and found this story intriguing. However I must agree with a lot of the other reviewers. Bugging up the family so much to being perfect and so Christian and just wanting justice actually had me disliking them all intensely. The murder was horrific and I really do believe he did it, but the author was so over the top with his rhetoric and repetition of the facts that by the end of the book I was left feeling really frustrated. I think a different author - Ann Rule for example - would have done the victim much more justice in a truthful and unbiased telling of this heinous crime. All in all it was quite disappointing really.

  • Robyn Lippert
    2019-02-13 20:24

    I would say this is a 3 1/2 to 4 stars. This is a detailed account of a tragic story, it is very thoroughly and well written. The level of detail does give great insight into the inner workings of solving a murder case, but also how challenging the court/ legal system can be. I would say the story is told more from the victim's family's perspective, their family dynamic is prevalent throughout the book, while they arguably felt the biggest impact from this crime, this kind of weighs down the book. Some of the telling of the court trials and witness info is repetitive, condensing that may have helped the book move along.

  • Lindsey
    2019-01-31 21:40

    This is a true story with many lessons for the reader to learn. The most obvious one for me was, trust your gut and your instincts. Reminds me of another book I read that focuses on the lesson I received from A Killer Among Us. The book is The Gift of Fear--the author states that we all have instincts, but often times we will rationalize them away. I believe this is the struggle between our heart/gut (instincts/spirit) and our brain/logic (rationalization). Our heart and gut tell us one thing, but our brain and logic tell us another. I recommend to anyone interested in this book, also read the Gift of Fear.

  • Carla
    2019-02-09 18:48

    I love true crime, and yet found this tedious. I am uncomfortable when a victim is "Heathered"; a large portion of this book is devoted to proclaiming what an angel on earth Elizabeth DeCaro had been since birth. It's not necessary! It does not draw me into the fight for justice as the reader; it actually pulls me out of the story. Honor her memory and her story by allowing her to be the flawed human she was. That's the true crime story I want to read.

  • Heather
    2019-01-31 17:43

    The story IS a bit dark, being a true crime story. But it does present it in a factual, non-celebratory way. It is written in a factual, but interesting manner. Although you think you know who-did-it, the book covers a lot about the situation and the court system. Will he get his due?? Is he really the one? In the end, I'm left with a solid conviction "Crime doesn't pay"

  • Marilyn Fairchild
    2019-01-26 17:24

    A Killer Among UsThis book is very well written. The victims, Elizabeth DeCaro, family never gave up on the justice system. Even though there were tons of lies, and shocks. The whole story of her murder, and the trials of her husband, Rick, were awesome. A page turner, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes true crime.

  • Judy Mayo
    2019-02-02 19:52

    A tragic story of love, betrayal and murder.I had never read anything by this author before, but given the fact that I like true crime I thought I'd give it a try. I started this story and couldn't put it down. The author wrote this book with so much feeling that I felt like I personally knew all the characters. I wonder, did Rick ever confess.

  • Jo Pfeiffer
    2019-01-26 21:41

    Gut-wrenching!You will be cheering, disgusted, and praying until the end. Awesome read! I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to know how the justice system can go either way.

  • Judi
    2019-02-02 19:37

    It took forever to read because the police procedures and the court testimony was very detailed. It didn't really drag though, because it was well written and interesting.

  • Paula White
    2019-01-21 16:23

    HeartbreakingIt is a very sad story, mostly for the children. I am glad justice was eventually served in this case.

  • Laurie Smith
    2019-02-01 16:43

    Very disturbing murder story.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-13 20:39

    Well worth the readVery interesting and well written account of a marriage gone bad and the subsequent murder for hire of the wife.