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Mikita Brottman, PhD, is an Oxford-educated scholar, author, and psychoanalyst. She has written seven previous books, including The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal Philosophical, and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals, and is a professor of humanities at the visa mer Maryland institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she lives. visa färre

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Sheffield, England, UK



In Tallahassee, Florida, Mike and Denise & Brian and Kathy were all friends in high school and continued that friendship beyond once Mike and Denise were married, as well as Brian and Kathy. They were fairly religious Baptists. It was only on (or near) Mike and Denise’s 6th anniversary in 2000 when Mike disappeared while on a hunting trip. Not long after, Brian and Kathy divorced and Brian and Denise began seeing each other. It seemed pretty obvious – Brian and Denise likely had something to do with Mike’s disappearance (death? murder?). After years of Brian and Denise’s marriage, things started to crumble.

I knew nothing about this, but I found it quite interesting. And kind of crazy that Brian and Denise could do such a good job of convincing themselves they’d done nothing wrong. God-fearing and all… sure. I was focused when reading and was happy to just continue reading; it was unfortunate when I had to put the book down. But, life…
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LibraryCin | 1 annan recension | Jun 23, 2024 |
Guilty Creatures: Sex, God, and Murder in Tallahassee, Florida by Mikita Brottman is a 2024 Atria publication.

This true crime book details the decades long investigation into the murder of Mike Williams in Florida. Mike went duck hunting one day, but was never heard from again. Meanwhile, it became obvious that Mike’s wife, Denise, and his best friend, Brian, were getting pretty chummy with each other. With only circumstantial evidence and no body, it was hard to prove Mike was murdered and even harder to prove Denise or Brian were responsible for his death. So, for years the case was kept alive by Mike’s mother, Cheryl, and a stubborn Florida reporter until finally, a series of events breaks the case wide open…

This is one of those cases that really does have it all. A bit of of Double Indemnity- a bit of Shakespeare. These people are incredible- one minute they are having a hot and heavy affair, plotting murder, and the next they are deeply religious, devout church members... and seriously convince themselves they are sincere believing their own lies.

This was a high-profile case- especially if one lived in Florida. Mike’s disappearance was featured on the Discovery channel show, “Disappeared”- but I’m not sure if everyone knows the case chapter and verse- so I thought the author could have gone with a more suspenseful approach so that the reader would feel compelled to find out how it would all play out. Instead, very early on we are told some pieces of information that popped that balloon- though there are plenty of twists in the case- and tons and tons of juicy tidbits and gossip. At times it felt like I was reading a trashy novel instead of a true crime saga. But as they say- you can’t make this stuff up.

The writing, though, is just okay- sometimes it didn’t flow well, and though this won’t make sense, it could be dry reading sometimes- but it was never boring- that’s for sure. If you like true crime this case will is one you’ll want to check out, especially if you’ve never heard of Denise and Brian. It’s a real jaw-dropper.

3.5 stars
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gpangel | 1 annan recension | May 14, 2024 |
The author spends 10 years researching and trying to solve, understand the death of Rey Rivera.. Listed as a suicide the author exlpores other thoughts on his cause of death. Well written, interesting writing style. A little different than many true crime books.
loraineo | 4 andra recensioner | Jan 13, 2024 |
After killing his parents at age 22 in 1992 Brian Bechtold has been in the Perkins Psychiatric Hospital. He gives his perspective of these many years hospitalized as he feels he is no longer mentally ill. The author also gives her point of view and detiails many of the problems with caring for the mentally ill. After having worked with some of the patients in a state psychiatric hospital I agree with Ms. Brottman on most of her observations and the need for much improved care.
loraineo | 12 andra recensioner | Dec 20, 2023 |



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