True Crime Books by Gary C. King | Books
On September 17, 1998, police found Las Vegas gambling magnate Ted Binion lying dead on the floor of his palatial home, an empty bottle of Xanax beside him. The police had been called by Binion’s live-in lover, Sandra Murphy, 23, a California girl who had been working in a Vegas strip club when Binion had first met her. At first it seemed it was a fatal drug overdose that hilled the handsome multi-millionaire. But was it?
A few days later, Binion’s “friend” Rick Tabish was arrested for trying to break into a vault where the eccentric millionaire had stored seven million dollars’ worth of silver bars and coins. Family members hired ex-homicide detective-turned-private investigator Tom Dillard to start digging into the case. Dillard turned over the evidence he collected to Las Vegas police. What they found led to Binion’s death being ruled a homicide and Murphy and Tabish’s arrest for murder.
The state said they were greedy lovers who’d conspired to kill Binion before he could strike Murphy out of his will, while the defense claimed that his vengeful family was trying to railroad Murphy to keep her from inheriting her fair share of the estate. The two sides collided in court in what became the Southwest’s Murder Trial of the Century! But in a dramatic chain of events, both Murphy and Tabish were acquitted of murdering Binion.
AN EARLY GRAVE: Love, Deceit, and Suspicious Death in the American Desert
Obsessed with glamour and wealth, she followed her dream to Hollywood, and finally found fame–in death.
Bonny Lee Bakley’s dream was to marry a movie star. Using sex and guts, the ruthless small-town blonde finally struck it rich by wedding Robert Blake, the Emmy Award-winning actor who scored in the hit show “Baretta.” When Blake found his bride of six months with a bullet in her head outside a Los Angeles restaurant, he was thrust back into the spotlight, and Bonny Lee was exposed for the manipulative woman she was–a drifter with a sordid criminal history of sex swindles, credit-card fraud, and Social Security scams. But her specialty was fleecing wealthy men for quick cash–a lucrative sting that finally brought Bonny Lee Bakley to Hollywood to live–and die–among the rich and famous.
But who really murdered Bonny Lee in cold blood? How did it play into Robert and Bonny’s turbulent marriage? Was she a victim of her own con–or something more sinister? What was the truth behind her fears of being stalked? And what secrets were hidden in Bonny’s past that she found impossible to outrun?
Now, in this riveting, fascinating true crime account, Gary C. King brings you inside details of the most talked-about Tinsel town murder in years.
MURDER IN HOLLYWOOD: The Secret Life and Mysterious Death of Bonny Lee Bakley
AN ALMOST PERFECT MURDER
LOVE, LIES, and MURDER
ANGELS OF DEATH: A True Story of Murder and Innocence Lost
The accused: 13-year-old Derek King and his 12-year-old brother, Alex, Sunday school students with choirboy looks.
After midnight on November 26, 2001, someone bludgeoned Terry King to death while he slept, and set his Florida home afire. By the time the firefighters extinguished the blaze, King’s sons, Alex and Derek, were at the home of their forty-year-old friend, Ricky Chavis, a convicted child molester. By the next afternoon, following confessions, both boys were charged as adults in their father’s slaying. Chavis was tried separately for the same crime–incredibly by the same attorney who would prosecute Alex and Derek, and argue two contradictory theories.
The Victim: their own father.
When Alex claimed a sexual relationship with Chavis, the trial took a sensational turn. So did Alex and Derek, who recanted their confession and blamed Chavis, to no avail. A jury convicted the boys of second-degree murder, but the judge threw the verdict out. Chavis was acquitted. But the case wasn’t over. More disturbing revelations came to light, criminal motives became more complex, and as the line between guilt and innocence was crossed, a stunned nation watched in disbelief to learn the ultimate fate of the…ANGELS OF DEATH. A true crime book.
Abandoned husband…or deceitful killer?
Detective Miller, a soft-spoken man, asked Perry March point-blank if he had killed his wife, Janet, and disposed of her body. Perry adamantly denied having harmed Janet in any way. He admitted that he and Janet had argued on the night of August 15, 1996, but he said that he had not attacked her. She simply took the things that she had packed and drove away in her Volvo.
“Look at me,” Perry said at one point. “On August 15, 1996, I was a respected lawyer in Nashville. I had it all. A beautiful wife. Two wonderful kids. Gorgeous home. I was a go-to guy in the business community. I was making good money. Now, my wife has left me.”
Later, Perry would go on-camera on CBS News’ 48 Hours and tell to a national television audience:
“Janet was a wonderful mother. Very doting.” It seemed strange how he referred to her in the past tense.
A WOMAN WITH A PASSION FOR POWER…
Kathy Marie Augustine was not out to make friends. In politics, she rose to the top by playing hardball–and pushing her way through the old boy’s network of the Nevada legislature, rising to the rank of State Controller. When she died, only a few people shed tears–including the man who killed her.
A KILLER WITH A FOOLPROOF PLAN…
Chaz Higgs was a former body-builder turned intensive care nurse who saw wealthy, sexy Kathy Marie Augustine as his meal-ticket–until he couldn’t stomach her domineering personality any longer. When Chaz decided he’d had enough, he chose a poison that would leave no evidence behind.
MURDER HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT…
The death of a nationally-known politician made headlines, but one slip of the tongue came to the attention of a determined Nevada detective. Now, true-crime master Gary C. King takes us into the extraordinary life and death of a famously ambitious woman politician, behind the scenes of the investigation that unearthed shocking secrets, and into the heart and mind of a man who nearly got away with the perfect crime…