By John Balt
"I killed her. I stabbed her forty-nine occasions. The scars are nonetheless on my palms the place they slipped alongside the knives edges. The scars are nonetheless on my soul."
So starts off some of the most tragic and terrifying tales ever written. a faithful husband and father, a profitable monitor and television author, John Balt one January morning, within the grip of a monsterous myth, killed the spouse he enjoyed. this is often Balt's account of his insanity, his crime, and his restoration; of legal cellphone, court docket room and psychological establishment. advised with unflinching honesty, it's a harrowing, profoundly relocating event for each reader.
Though it isn't indicated anyplace within the e-book, John Balt is the nom de plume of tv author Laurence Heath who killed his spouse on February 23, 1963. After Heath's time in a psychological establishment, he was once declared recovered and went directly to write this booklet, telling his tale. He begun as a author at the tv sequence "Mission: Impossible" in 1966, an analogous 12 months this booklet used to be released.
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By the time the sliding wire mesh door was locked behind me, the holding room was already full. Some of the occupants were men who had been in the West Valley jail with me during the past days. In addition, there were many others who had been brought up from the county jail downtown for hearings of different kinds. Somehow I sensed strength in these mQn. I wanted to be friends with them at all costs. And the cost, as I reckoned i! was enormous, because in any group into which I was thrust, I was certain that the majority of its members were undercover police officers.
He didn't answer me. oth^ers-,-but 2 "It was such a good life. " The words came of thernselvbs, involuntarily. They were manifestations of unfocused memories. They recalled the loveliness that was Claire, and the beauty oi the two boys. oygh not beatific, was essentialty h"ppy. The story of Claire and me was, until its Gduirdiimmerung, the itory of. two young people striving earnestln if not always wisely, to make a place in the world for themselves and their children. The growth of the cataclysm that was to 35 overwhelm JoHN BALT us was entirely unnarked We loved, we worked; and we were blind.
When the young lady with the ponytail furned around, I saw that she was pretty, with beautiful blue eyes and a face that combined intelligence with a capacity for gaiety. I hoped-that she was to be the girl, but it took some moments of mutual staring before time. "neall came to that conclusion at the same Laurie arrived, we were all friends. Claire was twenty-one years old. I was not quite twenty-four. We had dinner at the Tappan Hill Restaurant in is a converted estate and has a fine Westchester, which view of the Hudson Valley.