He was too good to be true.
Thirty-one-year-old Julie Keown was living a real-life fairy tale: a great job, financial security, and a perfect husband who was attending Harvard Business School. But when she suddenly took ill and died, everyone was stupefied…everyone except the man she loved. And when doctors discovered that she’d been poisoned with ethylene glycol, the main ingredient in antifreeze, Julie’s parents quickly began to suspect something was amiss with their son-in-law, James Keown.
The more investigators tried to pin Keown down, though, the more he slipped from their reach. The truth, it seemed, was that no one knew the real James Keown—not even his wife. No one knew that he’d been fired from his last job for embezzling, that he was deeply in debt and behind on rent, or that his enrollment in Harvard was just an elaborate lie. Though he maintained a front of affluence, he needed money—and he’d do anything to get it.
In this blow-by-blow account of dogged police work, journalist and private detective Lara Bricker shows how investigators and state police unraveled James Keown’s web of deceit and exposed him for the cold hearted killer he was.
Lara Bricker is a freelance writer living in Exeter, New Hampshire, with over a decade of experience writing and reporting on crime and justice issues. Her work has appeared in the Portsmouth Herald, the Exeter News-Letter, the Hampton Union, Woman’s World magazine, and The Boston Globe. In 2008, she covered the first death penalty case to go to trial in New Hampshire in almost fifty years for the Associated Press.
As a news reporter, she has received numerous awards from both the New Hampshire Press Association and the New England Newspaper & Press Association for her crime and investigative reporting. Bricker is currently a private detective in New Hampshire where she works as a criminal defense investigator. She also writes a parenting blog for the Seacoast Media Group called Mom’s the Word at http://blogs.seacoastonline.com/seacoast-parenting/