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Two days after Christmas, 2011, Russel Faria returned to his Troy, Missouri, home to find his wife, Betsy, dead, a knife still lodged in her neck. She had been stabbed 55 times in a brutal murder that would set off a chain of events leading to one man's wrongful conviction and imprisonment, another man's death, the revelation of a diabolical scheme, and an astounding miscarriage of justice left unresolved for another 10 years.

First responders concluded that Betsy was dead for hours when Russ discovered her. No blood was found implicating Russ, and surveillance video, receipts, and friends' testimony all supported his alibi. Yet incredibly, police and the prosecuting attorney ignored the evidence. In their minds, Russ was guilty. But prominent defense attorney Joel J. Schwartz quickly recognized the real killer.

The motive was clear. Days before her murder, the terminally ill Betsy replaced her husband with her friend, Pamela Hupp, as her life insurance beneficiary. Still, despite the prosecution's flimsy case and Hupp's transparent lies, Russ was convicted - leaving Hupp free to kill again. Bone Deep takes listeners through the perfect storm of miscalculations and missteps that led to an innocent man's conviction-and recounts Schwartz's successful battle to have that conviction overturned.

©2022 Charles Bosworth Jr. (P)2022 Tantor

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Unbelievable story

I was not aware of this case and it is truly jaw dropping and shocking. The twists and turns right up to the end make it very compelling. No need for lots of boring repetition as the story was so complex and long running. One of the best true crime audio books I've listened to. Loved the narrator's voice too. Well worth a listen.

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  • V. Orner
  • 01-03-22

One of the Best

As a “crimeaholic” I can honestly tell you this is one you do not want to miss! Masterfully told and perfectly Narrated, restores my faith in the justice system and particularly those who refuse to witness wrong doings just because it’s easier. The attorney in this case with a true champion for justice.

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  • Jean
  • 24-02-22

Excellent True Crime Read

The first true crime book I ever read was written by Charles Bosworth, Jr. Now I am a fan of the genre. Initially I was impressed by the obvious research, clear writing, and the focus on the jury trial in that case. I was not disappointed with Bone Deep. Again the research and writing are thorough and there is plenty of courtroom action. I hadn’t known about the Betsy Faria murder. I was fascinated by some of the information and infuriated at other times. I highly recommend this book.

Gary Bennet did a great job narrating this audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-22

Great true crime story!

I did not know the story before listening to Bone Deep. I was captivated with it from the beginning, and I thought the narrator did a great job!
I was touched at how hard the defense attorney worked and never lost faith in Russ!
I am now going to watch Dateline, listen to the podcasts and watch the movie… I’m a bit obsessed!

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  • Judy
  • 31-03-22

Unbelievably Evil

First, if you are not familiar with the facts of this case, and prefer to have the story unfold naturally, do NOT read the publisher's summary of the book. The summary lays out in precise detail all the twists and turns of the case, leaving nothing for the reader to discover on his or her own. There are, after all, people on this planet who do not tune in to the details of America's domestic news on a daily basis.

Author Charles Bosworth unwraps the story of the vicious crime, layer by layer, building tension to an almost unbearable level. The clutter of lies, wilful blindness, and sheer evil obscure the circumstances of Betsy's murder, creating a suspense that is relieved only when the killer is eventually unmasked.

Narration is ok, except for Bennett's tendency to go skidding from one sentence into the next, completely ignoring the period as a stop sign. Meanwhile, the confused listener loses the thread of the narration while trying to sort out the details of both sentences.

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  • LadyDraven
  • 30-03-22

I love true crime, but this is off the wall

I watched the first few episodes of the The Thing about Pam and then had to know more. I downloaded this and was not prepared for the true crime soap opera this turned out to be. I enjoyed the book and will most like listen to it again.

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  • Thom Pierson
  • 18-03-22

Am I living under a rock?

Until this week, I learned about this insane case and Pam Hupp. This story is sad, but most of all, enraging and another reason why "Qualified Immunity" laws need to be revised to suit the 21st century better. There is no reason why the prosecutor should have been immune from liability and even criminal charges after all the evidence of her prosecutorial misconduct.

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  • Karen K
  • 15-03-22

Great follow up to podcast

I listen to the podcasts then listen to this audio book, glad I did since it does have a great ending!

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  • Charlcie
  • 21-09-22

A True Crime Aficionado's Dream!

Loved it! Finished the audio book over the course of 2 days! Narration was superb.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-22

This held my attention

I was unaware of this case, so I learned a lot. I have no complaints about the narration.

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  • Sarah M.
  • 07-09-22

A lot of repetition, but stick through it

A good story, but sometimes it's difficult to stay present because themes, statements and facts are repeated. I think too much time was spent on the facts on the first part of the story, that by the time the second and third part unfolds, it's hard to continue paying attention