Dateline Purgatory

Author: Kathy Cruz
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 0875656110
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The brutal murders of young Devon and Damon Routier in the early morning hours of June 6, 1996, put their mother—Darlie Routier—at the heart of one of the most notorious murder cases in modern Texas history—despite her own throat having been slashed to within two millimeters of her carotid artery. The actions of a small-town police department and those within Dallas County's ruthless justice system created a perfect storm that swept up the young mother and landed her on death row. There she has remained, in a nine-feet-by-six-feet cell, despite claims of her innocence by those who know her, findings about the alarming fallibility of bloodstain analysis, and her husband's admission that at the time of the murders he was soliciting help to stage a home burglary to commit insurance fraud. In Dateline Purgatory, award-winning journalist Kathy Cruz enlists current-day legal experts to weigh in on the shocking transgressions that resulted in one of the country's most controversial death penalty convictions. With the help of the infamous death row inmate and a former FBI Special Agent known as “Crimefighter,” Cruz would find that her journey through Purgatory was as much about herself as it was about the woman dubbed “Dallas’s Susan Smith.” Visit the author's website at http://datelinepurgatory.com/

Dateline Purgatory

Author: Kathy Cruz
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 0875656102
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KATHY CRUZ has received numerous Journalist of the Year honors from Texas press associations, as well as four Stephen Philbin awards for excellence in legal reporting from the Dallas Bar Association-two of which were grand prizes. She is a recipient of a 2011 Texas Gavel Award. Cruz currently resides in Granbury, Texas.

Hush Little Babies

Author: Donald A. Davis
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 9781429903462
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A killing so brutal it shocked the police and left the nation grieving, Hush Little Babies is the appalling true story of Darlie Routier, the neighborhood's most wonderful mom, who one night, coldly, calculatingly and brutally stabbed her two sons and watched them die in a pool of their own blood... Darlie claimed an intruder has come through the window, fatally stabbed her sons, six-year-old Devon and five-year-old Damon, slashed her throat with same knife, then fled, while her husband and infant son slept upstairs. At first Darlie's heartfelt testimony evoked fear and sympathy in her safe Dallas community. Then police became suspicious after these troubling questions were raised: Why, according to a police report, didn't Darlie make any attempt to help her dying sons? Why, when she called 911, did she tell the dispatcher that her own fingerprints would be on the murderer's knife because she had picked it up? Why did the trail of blood left behind contradict Darlie's testimony? From the dark forces that drove her to kill her own flesh and blood, to the evidence that snared her in her own twisted web, here is a chilling account of homemaker, loving wife, mother of three, and cold-blooded killer--Darlie Routier.

Precious Angels

Author: Barbara Davis
Publisher: Onyx Books
ISBN: 9780451408532
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A profile of convicted killer Darlie Routier describes the brutal slashing murders of her two young sons, the investigation into the crime, and the trial that brought a mother to justice for the killings of her own children. Original.

Bloodstained Justice

Author: Wanda G. Davis
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781543190403
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On the night of June 6th, 1996, Darlie Lynn Routier made a frantic call to 911. She told the dispatcher that she and her two sons had been stabbed. Five minutes later, police arrived at Darlie's home in Rowlett, a suburb of Dallas. Darlie's eldest son, Devon, had already died from four knife wounds. He was just three days shy of his seventh birthday. His brother, five year old Damon, had also been attacked. Damon later died in the care of a paramedic. Darlie had a deep gash in her neck and wounds on her arms. She was immediately transported to a local hospital for emergency surgery and survived. Eight months later, Darlie Routier was convicted of killing her two young sons and sentenced to die by lethal injection. It is a verdict that many refused to accept. Darlie's family believed unidentified fingerprints at the crime scene belong to the intruder. A fingerprint on the door leading to the garage, and a second print on the credenza behind the couch, have never been positively identified by investigators. Her family insists crucial evidence was overlooked during her trial. But authorities argue that their case against Darlie Lynn Routier is overwhelming. Darlie's lawyers continue to appeal her sentence. If and when those appeals are exhausted, Darlie Lynn Routier will be executed for brutally murdering Devon and Damon.

A Texas Style Witch Hunt Justice Denied the Darlie Lynn Routier Story

Author: David Pietras
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781494780906
Format: PDF
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In 1997, a court found Darlie Lynn Routier guilty of probably the worst of human crimes: killing two of her natural children in cold-blood. Motive is still a mystery, but the prosecution painted her as a shrewish, materialistic young woman who, sensing her lavish lifestyle crumbling, slew her two sons Damon and Devon in a mad attempt to resuscitate her and her husband's personal economy. The following story relates the events of the murder and those leading up to her sensational trial, resulting in her conveyance to death row in Dallas, where she awaits death through lethal injection. The evidence against Darlie was damaging and, in retrospect, her defending counsel had little hope for her acquittal. But had the prosecutor revealed all of the evidence some people feel Darlie would have been a free woman. But, recent findings in her case have cast a doubt over her guilt at least over the legalities that brought her to death row. And had the prosecutor revealed all of the evidence some people feel Darlie would have been a free woman. Therefore, the final chapter in this book is dedicated to the most recent controversy that may result in a new trial for Darlie Lynn Routier. And to finally prove that Darlie Lynn Routier was a victim of a "Texas Style Witch Hunt."

Unsolved Child Murders

Author: Emily G. Thompson
Publisher: Exposit Books
ISBN: 1476670005
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An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States. Only one in 10,000 are found dead. Yet unsolved child murders are almost a daily occurrence--of nearly 52,000 juvenile homicides between 1980 and 2008, more than 20 percent remain open. Drawing on FBI reports, police and court records, and interviews with victims' families, this book provides details and evidence for 18 unsolved cases from 1956 to 1998.

Unbelievable

Author: Brenda Irish Heintzelman
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781517383732
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Brenda Irish Heintzelman is a writer and speaker on the issues of child abuse, elder abuse, and family violence. Brenda earned her Bachelor degree in psychology and is a recent law school graduate whose goal is to establish a law practice focused on protecting children's rights."It is astonishing that after nearly two decades on death row for killing her own children Darlie Routier and her supporters continue to hold fundraisers claiming that if only they can collect more money then surely they will prove she is an innocent victim of a corrupt justice system. The victims in Darlie's case were poor little Devon and Damon Routier. And Devon and Damon deserve justice".She looked down and saw she was holding a knife in her hands. She saw that her nightie was covered in blood. Suddenly she realized her children had been stabbed.And she screamed.Her name is Darlie Routier. According to Darlie while she was sleeping an intruder stabbed her and two of her children. According to the police investigators there was never any intruder. During Darlie's eighth police interview with veteran interrogator Bill Parker Darlie said "If I did it, I don't remember". After repeating the same statement numerous times finally when confronted with whether Darlie brutally stabbed her children Darlie just shrugged. Eight days after her children were brutally murdered Darlie threw a party and gave a lengthy on camera interview during which she laughed, she snapped her gum, and she said with a big smile that her dead children were having a party too. Toward the end of the fun, Darlie is seen on the video laughing and spraying silly string on her sons' shared grave.Darlie was arrested and charged with murdering her sons, Devon and Damon Routier. Seven months later Darlie was convicted of capital murder and sent to death row. For over eighteen years since she was sent to death row her supporters have continued to hold fundraisers for Darlie.Unbelievable.Join the Darlie Routier Case Discussion Group on facebook to learn more about the case that shocked the nation.

Evil Harvest

Author: Rod Colvin
Publisher: Addicus Books
ISBN: 1936374609
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On a peaceful August morning in 1985, grim-faced FBI agents led a dawn raid on an eighty-acre farm outside Rulo, Nebraska, said to be occupied by a group of religious survivalists led by the charismatic Mike Ryan. What they found on the farm shocked even experienced investigators. For months Ryan's Nebraska neighbors spoke in whispers of gunfire in the night, the disappearance of women and children, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. But little did the locals know what was happening to those Mike Ryan decided to punish for their “sins.” In Evil Harvest, Rod Colvin re-creates a chilling story of torture, hate, and perversion, and how good, ordinary people could be pulled into a destructive, religious cult—a cult that committed unthinkable acts in the name of God.

The Slumber Party from Hell

Author: Sue Ellen Allen
Publisher: Inkwell Productions
ISBN: 0982958927
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Early on the morning of December 12, 2002, I arrived at Perryville prison in a cold, white MCSO (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) van with several other women. Besides my battle with breast cancer, I'd been up all night in the jail in a freezing cold concrete holding cell, and I was tired, anxious, and numb. I had no idea what was in store for me. It turned out to be an unforgettable journey, one that filled me with fear, sorrow, and joy. I met people I never would have in my previous life and experienced things I would not have believed possible. Some were horrific, demeaning, and inhumane; some were wonderful. Gina was part of the wonderful.”