Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case

Catherine Crier Cole Thompson

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Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case

Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case By Catherine Crier Cole Thompson Final Analysis The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case In October Susan Polk a housewife and mother of three was arrested for the murder of her husband Felix The arrest in her sleepy northern California town kicked off what would become one of th

  • Title: Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case
  • Author: Catherine Crier Cole Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780061134524
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case By Catherine Crier Cole Thompson In October 2002, Susan Polk, a housewife and mother of three, was arrested for the murder of her husband, Felix The arrest in her sleepy northern California town kicked off what would become one of the most captivating murder trials in recent memory, as police, local attorneys, and the national media sought to unravel the complex web of events that sent this seemingly devIn October 2002, Susan Polk, a housewife and mother of three, was arrested for the murder of her husband, Felix The arrest in her sleepy northern California town kicked off what would become one of the most captivating murder trials in recent memory, as police, local attorneys, and the national media sought to unravel the complex web of events that sent this seemingly devoted housewife over the edge.Now, with the exclusive access and in depth reporting that made A Deadly Game a number one New York Times bestseller, Catherine Crier turns an analytical eye to the story of Susan Polk, delving into her past and examining how over twenty years of marriage culminated in murder Tracing the family s history, Crier skillfully maneuvers the murky waters of the Polk s marriage, looking at the real story behind Susan, Felix, and their unorthodox courtship When Susan was in high school, Felix, who was than twenty years her senior, had been her psychologist, and it was during their sessions that the romantic entanglement began From these troubling origins grew a difficult marriage, one which produced three healthy boys but also led to disturbing accusations of abuse from both spouses.With extraordinary detail, Crier dissects this dangerous relationship between husband and wife, exposing their psychological motivations and the painful impact that these motivations had on their sons, Adam, Eli, and Gabriel Drawing on sources from all sides of the case, Crier masterfully reconstructs the tumultuous chronology of the Polk family, telling the story of how Susan and Felix struggled to control their rambunctious sons and their disintegrating marriage in the years and months leading up to Felix s death.But the history of the Polk family is only half the story Here Crier also elucidates the methodical police work of the murder investigation, revealing never before seen photos and writings from the case file In addition, she carefully scrutinizes the many twists and turns of the remarkable trial, exploring Susan s struggles with her defense attorneys and her shocking decision to represent herself.Dark, psychological, and terrifying, Final Analysis is a harrowing look at the recesses of the human mind and the trauma that reveals them.
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    1. ej cullen on said:

      Aging fruitcake psychiatrist marries young fruitcake patient they produce three fruitcake kids ater 20 years of turmoil, fruitcake wife finally murders fruitcake husband, represents fruitcake self in court without attorney, loses fruitcake kids sue for the estate and move on to a future most likely filled with fruitcake dom.

    2. Elizabeth Cárdenas on said:

      This book was soooo tedious repetitive I expected better from a journalist.

    3. Ruth Turner on said:

      This was a vast improvement on A Deadly Game by Catherine Crier that I recently finished.Although a little wordy and occasionally repetitive, it was still an entertaining read During the last half of the book the poor victim was all but forgotten amongst the mayhem of the trial I would love to have been a spectator.

    4. Kate on said:

      The story of Susan Polk, whose husband Felix was founded stabbed to death in their California home, centers around the couple s relationship, their family life, Felix s murder, and Susan s conviction for said murder Susan and Felix met when Susan was a teenager and underwent psychiatric care with Felix, who was 20 years her senior Apparently during their therapy sessions, Felix would put Susan under hypnosis and sexually assault her Somehow, she wound up marrying him, bearing 3 sons, and then, c [...]

    5. Elizabeth on said:

      ExcellentCatherine Crier did an awesome job on this book.She navigated through the mess of this case and parlayed it into a book that was easy to understand.

    6. Eric on said:

      A rather well done analysis of the ultimate dysfunction in a family the murder of a spouse The children, who I think were little than pawns in the family dynamic, will have probably spawned a couple generations of dysfunction of which my grandchildren will yet read when all is said and done.

    7. Kelly on said:

      I picked up and put down this book numerous times attempting to finish it The information was slow and extremely repetitive Probably one of the worst true crime novels I ve ever read Honestly I didn t even finish it, no part of me wants to drag myself further into this book It s painful.

    8. Sharon Parker on said:

      Unusual true crime storyThis story was soundly researched and well written The two major characters husband and wife are brilliant, flawed individuals The family dynamics, involving a psychologist and his young patient who marry and bring three children into their family, are intensely stressful And yet there are many passages in this story in which absurd, illogical situations are described in such details that I found myself guiltily laughing I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the courtr [...]

    9. Emily Macrander on said:

      This story was interesting mostly because of the twisted relationship between Susan murderer and her husband Felix murdered Felix initiated a sexual or alleged sexual relationship when she was only 15 and his therapy patient There is little dispute that the couple had an enduring abusive relationship, with fault on both sides It s also interesting that the autopsy showed that Felix had an enlarged heart due to major artery blockage The only ick factor in this story to me was that it is abundantl [...]

    10. Stephanie on said:

      Another fast true crime thing, can t sleep what to read oh how about this one kind of thing.I realized I had read another book about this weird woman, and while this one was better written, I still hated so much about the people it was hard to get through in some waysisted therapist becomes husband to Susan who started in therapy with him when she was FIFTEEN for God s sake The three sons, how creepy is it that their first thoughts on finding their dead father are about the estate And this sort [...]

    11. Marcia Vanboskerck on said:

      I listened to the audio book Of course the reader can have a big impact on the text itself For such a strange case with such a sordid history this account was very dry Early on I thought it was because it was being written by a journalist and was mentally congratulating her for staying so objective Farther in I was just thinking the whole book was flat boring It did completely satisfied my curiosity about the case and left me finding the whole thing only mildly interesting The previous reviewer [...]

    12. Catherine Martin on said:

      I listened to this true crime book on audio, read by the author It s the true story of a woman who killed her husband, supposedly in self defense The story is fascinating The victim was a psychologist with his own set of psychological issues Susan Polk, his wife, who killed him, also had a boatload of issues And the intersection of those two led to a volatile marriage and eventually murder Well told and well read.

    13. Dan on said:

      This is not a review for this book however, I happened to see the Told story of The Susan Polk Murder case for which this book is about on the Oh television network this morning on a new show called Snapped It was pretty good and was hosted by Catherine Crier who is the author of this book who also did the Crier Report on CNN I believe, which I liked alot I wouldn t mind reading this.

    14. Megan on said:

      Quick little true crime story The narrative flows nicely, and many details of the family history, crime and trial are shared Still, it didn t feel fully fleshed out The book claims analysis in its title however, when analyses are offered they are either rushed, incomplete or unforgivably cliche I guess ultimately I was hoping for meatier material audiobook

    15. Loraine on said:

      Crier wrote about a case that was unfamiliar to me It is an extraordinary story of love and murder There is however somethings lacking It is quite obvious that both Susan and her husband had deep seated psychological issues this should have been deeply researched The family s wealth is also confusing It is also strange that the book was completed before sentencing.

    16. Jody on said:

      Interesting story of a sad situationThe writing disc worth a five but the delusions of Mrs Polk are than I can bear to read about for a novel But this woman s ability to tell this story with meaning and dignity for this undignified family ings remarkable I find true crime interesting and this is my first novel I have read regarding one I enjoyed it Very well done

    17. Terri Basham on said:

      Outstanding bookThis is a good book on the Polk trial To bad that it was finished before Susan s sentencing It still covers the trial and Susan s life extremely well A good read.

    18. Kristin Kibbee on said:

      Interesting Story, but The story itself was unique The middle of the book became wordy and difficult to follow It s understandable that drama surrounded this family It just became boring to read the mundane details.

    19. Gail Hedlund on said:

      WOW Whatta crazy story Well written though I think if she would have tried a different tactic, she may have gotten a lesser sentence or been found not guilty I think her hubby contributed greatly to his own demise.

    20. Rebecca Florig on said:

      I did like this book good story and the writer does a good job of keeping you clued in However, only complaint is she really delves into the past and some of it is a little hard to get through But all in all I liked it

    21. Brenda Shelton on said:

      Too long and painfully detailedI wish I could say good things about this story It took everything I had in me to finish it It was overly detailed and not very interesting Sorry

    22. Patricia Wellinger on said:

      InterestingThe early years of Susan s life really didn t explain what caused her problems Maybe it s unknown I would like to know how she knew about the rape The court proceedings were very real but somewhat painful She was really mentally ill.

    23. Theresa on said:

      True murderTrue murderVery well written book It is amazing that the relationship between Susan and Felix was ever allowed to continue Her mother turning a blind eye to it started the whole cycle.

    24. Clint on said:

      Fairly interesting court case involves the murder of a husband by a wife who, as a teenager, was once his counselor client Frustratingly, the book ends before the punishment and or appeals are announced.

    25. Diane hall on said:

      Very good I had not read a true crime book in a while and I ve only ever read Ann Rule This was an excellent book and kept my interest.

    26. Jazmine(The Bookworm) on said:

      Starts off okay enough but I lost interest in it pretty quickly Boring with too much repetition.

    27. terri Schwartzkopf on said:

      It was a eye opener what can I say you have to read it for yourself it very difficult to understand what really happened in that room

    28. Weradi on said:

      Read this to listen to in the car only because it is one of the few CDs available in our small rural library.

    29. Dana on said:

      a woman kills her husband a man who was her childhood psychologist Lots to analyze here.

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