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M. William Phelps

ISBN 9780786032464
Publish Date 3/4/2014
Format Paperback
Categories True Crime, Pinnacle
List Price: $7.99

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"Anything by Phelps is always an eye-opening experience." --Suspense Magazine

Sheila Davalloo was young, attractive, and successful. When she started a new job at a cutting-edge research lab in Stamford, Connecticut, she met the man of her dreams. Nelson Sessler had no idea how violently Sheila would react when he began seeing a co-worker, Anna Lisa Raymundo. Sheila eliminated her rival in a bloody knife attack--and then turned her rage on another victim she saw as an obstacle to her passions. M. Williams Phelps recounts the riveting story of a white-collar love triangle gone horribly wrong. . .and the terrifying infatuation that drove one woman to kill.

"Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers."--Allison Brennan

"M. William Phelps dares to tread where few others will: into the mind of a killer." --TV Rage

Includes 16 Pages Of Dramatic Photos

Chapter 1

Susan Raymundo was used to her daughter calling her Florida winter home at least twice a day. Anna Lisa was good that way. She liked to stay in close touch with her parents, even just to say hello, things are fine.

“She was a very thoughtful daughter,” Anna’s father, Renato, later said. “She was a perfect daughter . . . an excellent human being.”

Smart too: Anna Lisa held a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a master’s from Columbia University.

On November 8, 2002, retired pediatrician Susan Raymundo was at a local hospital near her Florida home with her mother, who was undergoing a routine procedure. When she returned to the house, Susan noticed the light on the answering machine blinking. During that ride home, Susan later recalled, she’d had an uneasy feeling. She couldn’t put her finger on it, but something was nagging at her. Something was wrong.

Tossing her keys on the counter, putting her handbag down, Susan hit the PLAY button and listened, knowing who it was.

Anna . . .

“Hi, Mom and Dad. I just want you to know what’s going on. I know you’re busy with Grandma, but I’ll talk to you sometime.”

It was 10:34 A.M., Susan noticed, when the message came in. After getting herself situated, Susan called Anna Lisa back. The line rang several times, but there was no answer.


Anna worked from home on Fridays. She was always there, especially during the day. Susan and her husband had purchased the Connecticut condo for Anna Lisa, closing the deal back on March 15, 2000.

I’ll try again later, Susan told herself, perhaps subtly sensing, if only with a motherly intuition, that something was amiss. During the car ride home from the hospital, was that feeling she had related to Anna?

About M. William Phelps:

New York Times bestselling investigative journalist and serial crime expert M. William Phelps is the author of thirty-four nonfiction books. He has made over 200 television appearances. Phelps created, produced and starred in the series Dark Minds and is one of the stars of Deadly Women and Oxygen’s Snapped, Killer Couples and KillerPost. Radio America calls him “the nation’s leading authority on the mind of the female murderer.” Touched by tragedy himself through the unsolved murder of his sister-in-law, Phelps is able to enter the hearts and minds of his subjects like no one else. He lives in a Connecticut farming community and can be reached at his website,

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