By Jerry Bledsoe
She led a nearly excellent lifestyles, and dedicated a nearly ideal crime.
Barbara Stager seemed to be a faithful mom, loving spouse, and committed church chief in her Durham, North Carolina, group. whilst she "accidentally" shot her husband, renowned highschool trainer Russ, the police have been prone to think her—until they discovered out ten years past her first husband had died in a unusually comparable approach. Detective Rick Buchanan's relentless investigations into Stager's existence printed a beautiful vortex of compulsive mendacity, obsessive spending, and sexual promiscuity.
With each stunning new discovery, extra of Barbara's impeccable snapshot unraveled. however the maximum shock—a damning piece of proof Russ Stager left behind—revealed the nightmare fact approximately Barbara. ny instances bestselling writer Jerry Bledsoe takes us deep into essentially the most spellbinding circumstances of double lifestyles, deadly lust, and nearly ideal murder.
"Mesmerizing...Barbara Stager is yet...
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The room was immaculate, as if no tragedy had occurred there just hours earlier. Buchanan took note of a pump shotgun standing in one comer, and as he nosed about the room, setting the scene in his mind, Barbara picked up Russ’s wallet from a dresser top and thumbed through it. After returning Barbara to her parents’ house, Buchanan wasn’t sure what to think. “Most cases, you get a feel of them,” he said later. “This one, I couldn’t get a feel of it. ” He returned to his office and called the medical examiner to find out more about the wound.
Could somebody with a cocked and loaded gun be lurking there in wait? The thought unnerved him, but he continued on, turning into a dark hallway, pounding the wall with his fist to announce his presence. “Lebanon Fire Department,” he called. “Anyone here? ” As he neared the door at the end of the hallway, Griffin noticed that it was open a few inches. Suddenly a light came on in the room, the door opened and a disheveled and distraught woman in owlish glasses appeared before him. She was short and blond, maybe in her late thirties, wearing only a large red and green plaid flannel shirt that drooped from her narrow shoulders and reached well below her waist.
She told him that she had been pulling a gun out from under her husband’s pillow when it discharged. Her husband had been hearing sounds outside the house recently and was concerned about burglars, she said. The gun was for protection. He had put it under his pillow the night before. This morning, when she heard her son get up and go to the bathroom, she reached to remove the pistol in case her husband woke up and thought somebody was in the house. It just went off, she said. Bob Hunt, another first responder, was the third emergency worker to enter the room.