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While Innocents Slept:  A Story of Revenge, Murder, and SIDS e-book

Author:

Adrian Havill

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English

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History

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Americas

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1778 kb

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Rating:

4.8

Publisher:

St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (January 10, 2001)

Pages:

250

ISBN:

0312262701

While Innocents Slept: A Story of Revenge, Murder, and SIDS e-book

by Adrian Havill


So friends shrugged when sadly, an infant daughter, and then a son, succumbed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. So friends shrugged when sadly, an infant daughter, and then a son, succumbed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Six years later, after he divorced his wife, Missy, and married another woman, his former spouse became convinced that their child's passing was anything but natural.

Adrian Havill is the author of The Mother, The Son, And the Socialite: The True Story of a Mother-Son Crime

Adrian Havill is the author of The Mother, The Son, And the Socialite: The True Story of a Mother-Son Crime. He has also written several biographies, including The Last Mogul: The Unauthorized Biography of Jack Kent Cooke, Deep Truth: The Lives of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Man of Steel: The Career and Courage of Christopher Reeve, and contributed to Juice: The . He lives in Virginia with his wife, Georgiana.

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But is he a murderer? Author Adrian Havill, better known for biographies of more appealing characters such as. .But so what if she wanted revenge? The man killed her infant daughter! Even more importantly, the facts showed that she was right, and that is what matters.

But so what if she wanted revenge? The man killed her infant daughter! Even more importantly, the facts showed that she was right, and that is what matters.

The result is an unprecedented look at a murder investigation and an edge-of-the-seat real-life medical thriller that stretches from Maryland to Texas and Florida.

Adrian Havill While Innocents Slept: A Story of Revenge, Murder, and SIDS. ISBN 13: 9780312262709. While Innocents Slept: A Story of Revenge, Murder, and SIDS.

Adrian Havill's new book, While Innocents Slept, takes the True Crime-writing genre to a new level. He maintains a journalistic impartiality, keeping secret how he is viewing the accused, Garrett Wilson, and the crimes of which Wilson is suspected: The suffocation of his own two babies (from subsequent marriages), ostensibly for insurance money, and the covering up of those deeds with the handy mystery-diagnosis of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The reader is kept in suspense until the final pages when the jury renders its verdict.

While innocents slept. A Story of Revenge, Murder, and SIDS . Havill (Deep Truth, 1993, et. explores Wilson’s life in detail but carefully withholds the answer to that question until the final pages. He opens with Wilson’s arrest in 1998 and then shifts to the 1920s and examines the backgrounds of Wilson’s mother and father.

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Adrian Havill is a writer born in Bournemouth, England in 1940 to Leslie and Molly Havill, their only child. While Innocents Slept: A Story of Revenge, Murder, and SIDS (2001). Today, he enjoys retirement on Lake Thoreau in Reston, Va, while penning a daily blog on the entertainment industry, called Turtle Pond Cinema (ww. ovies-film-cinema. net/ ) After World War 2, his mother remarried and brought him to their new home in Vancouver, . The Mother, the Son and the Socialite: The True Story of a Mother-Son Crime Spree (1999) (about Kenny and Sante Kimes). Man of Steel: the Career and Courage of Christopher Reeve (1996).

Death seemed to be part of Garrett Wilson's life. Both of his parents had died by the time he was in his early twenties. So friends shrugged when sadly, an infant daughter, and then a son, succumbed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Six years later, after he divorced his wife, Missy, and married another woman, his former spouse became convinced that their child's passing was anything but natural. Was it cold-blooded murder by Garrett, or a quest for revenge by his ex-wife? Missy's own investigation that led to Garrett Wilson's arrest and eventual trial will keep the reader guessing until the final pages. Havill takes us through each stage of this intricate and chilling story all the way to the courtroom, where the jury's stunning verdict is given. Acclaimed author Adrian Havill conducted nineteen in-person interviews with the accused both before and after his trial. He had full access to both the defense and prosecution teams. The result is an unprecedented look at a murder investigation and an edge-of-the-seat real-life medical thriller that stretches from Maryland to Texas and Florida.
Winail
freaky mother as well as father! i KNOW, cuz i can feel it. she pursued this cuz she got dumped. after all she went shopping and enjoyed spending lots of money from life insurance taken out on her baby! if my baby died i wouldn t even want to touch that money. probably for years and yeras. she was like, "yea, lets go shopping a spend a lot of money who hoo!"
I_LOVE_228
This book was especially shocking and hard to put down for me because I went to high school with this guy and we were actually friends. Not that we hung around, but spoke alot, rode around once in a while etc... Shocking that he had this side to him. I would have NEVER thought he had anything like this lurking below the surface. He was very nice, well mannered and seemed very genuine.
Garr
Great book sad but great I think everyone will have different thoughts on if he was really guilty what I don't understand is if it was for money why didn't he take out life insurance on his youngest daughter and kill her I don't think it adds up to what the verdict was
Mardin
For true crime fans this is a relatively old story. The book came out in 2001. But if you missed it as I had, I can say it's worth reading.

There is the usual charming sociopath (Garrett Wilson) the women duped (especially his latest--and one hopes last--wife, Vicky Wilson who stood by him even after his conviction, but finally divorced him), a revenge-seeking ex-wife, Missy Anastasi, and innocent victims, etc. What is different this time is who the monster kills.

With "SIDS" in the subtitle it's not hard to guess that he murdered infants, first his daughter by one woman and then his son by another. Why? For the insurance money. Garrett took out insurance on his children. This was back in the heyday of relative ignorance about SIDS. No doubt some people, mostly mothers wanting to unburden themselves, got away with murders that were said to be due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

What kind of sickie do you have to be to conceive children and then kill them for money? True crime readers know: you have to be a sociopath, and Garrett really fits the bill.

Havill did a good job writing this and collecting the information. He spent a lot of time interviewing Garrett, but contrary to the opinion of some readers he definitely did NOT take Garrett's point of view or believe that Garrett was innocent. What put off some readers was the fact that Havill pointed out that third wife Missy Anastasi did not turn against him until after it was clear he had dumped her for Vicky.

I think Havill is correct in pointing this out. After all, the dead child Michael was her son and initially she felt Garrett had killed him. But because the death was first ruled as being due to SIDS, she stuck uneasily by Garrett. She is not however the first woman to stand by her man with full knowledge of the evil he has done, and in her case, it wasn't really clear that he was guilty until the jury reached its verdict.

I recall an Ann Rule true crime story, "You Belong to Me" (1994), in which the long-suffering wife only really gets the message to get away from her husband, the sickie, when she finds out he is CHEATING on her. I mean, let's react to what's important! The beatings were bad, of course, and the total control wasn't good, but the final straw was THE OTHER WOMAN!

And of course readers recall the so-called Stockholm syndrome in which women sometimes come to identify with terrorists, attackers, rapists and such. I think the reason for this is that in the prehistory when our hardcore, brain-encoded tendencies were honed, women were often faced with the situation of stay with the killers or die alone in the jungle or savannah. No choice there. The women who rationalized it all away lived to see another day. Those who didn't became dinner for hyenas.

At any rate that's the view from evolutionary psychology--speaking of which, how do the evol-psych people explain Garrett's behavior? It is not exactly adaptive in the evolutionary sense to murder your children. Answer: Garrett is the kind of guy who gets a lot of woman pregnant. Some of his offspring will survive.

Which brings me to another question, is psychopathology adaptive? The quick and short answer is yes, IF you can get away with it. Garrett was rather on the dumb side. Successful sociopaths need to be smart and cowardly. Smart enough to know that killing your spouse or your children is risky since you are often the prime suspect; and cowardly enough not to take the risk.

On the other hand, successful sociopaths should go into politics and then when they become dictators or other heads of state they can steal and kill with relative impunity.

Anyway, this is a good but not a great read. Havill's telling of the story is a little uneven but is agreeable in that we know the monster will get his in the end. It's just a matter of how and when.

--Dennis Littrell, author of "Dennis Littrell's True Crime Companion"
Olwado
This is a pretty typical true-crime book, about a father who was accused and eventually convicted of murdering two of his three babies (each by a different mother.) He nearly got away with it, as the deaths appeared to be due to SIDS. It was his ex-wife, the mother of one of the dead babies, who blew the whistle on him and did much of the investigation herself, that led to his arrest and conviction.

It is an interesting story, but I felt that the author didn't entirely do justice to the mother. One of the father's defense strategies was to claim that she was a hysterical, half-crazy woman out for revenge because her husband left her for another woman. The author seems to buy into this idea, at least to some extent. But so what if she wanted revenge? The man killed her infant daughter! Even more importantly, the facts showed that she was right, and that is what matters. Her actions may have saved the third baby. And you have to admire the woman for doing all that investigating that the authorities neglected to do.

It is also interesting what a thoroughly bad guy the father was yet how well he was able to fool everyone. A classic, charismatic sociopath without a conscience - not even particularly good-looking - he was able to charm women, influence men, and keep a multitude of secrets. It goes to show how you never really know about people, and how careful you have to be.

The book includes a section of black-and-white photographs.

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