Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss - Larry Edwards


San Diego Man's Untold Story
in 35-year-old Cold Case Involving Parents' Deaths Aboard Sailboat

Mystery of Seattle Couple’s Deadly Sailing Cruise Solved?

February 1978: Six months after leaving Puget Sound for French Polynesia, Loren and Joanne Edwards lie dead aboard their sailboat Spellbound. Their daughter is bleeding from head wounds. A son and a family friend are also aboard, and all give confusing information about what has happened. The case is front-page news in Seattle and Tahiti for weeks, investigated for years, but no one is ever charged with a crime.

July 2013: Thirty-five years later, the couple’s oldest son will reveal facts unknown to the public and name the FBI’s prime suspect with the release of Dare I Call It Murder?—A Memoir of Violent Loss. Larry Edwards’ memoir deciphers a maze of contradictory witness accounts and published reports in his ongoing struggle to learn the truth and deal with the emotional turmoil from his parents' deaths.

In Dare I Call It Murder?—A Memoir of Violent Loss learn why:

• Edwards believes his brother attacked his sister and that his parents did not die by accident or suicide, as his brother claimed.

• The reason Edwards gives for the attack could stun readers as much as the crime itself.

• Edwards’ brother was never charged and never spent more than a few hours behind bars.

• Edwards set out on the trip, but abandoned the journey before the Spellbound left the West Coast.

• Edwards and two of his sisters filed a “slayer” petition against their brother during probate of their parents’ wills, and their brother did not contest it.

• Edwards calls a 2009 account of his parents’ final days by true-crime writer Ann Rule inaccurate. It tore the Edwards family even farther apart and compelled Edwards to finish writing his story.

“I had trouble living my life because I was consumed with setting the record straight and trying to provide a semblance of justice for my parents,” says Edwards―explaining his years of frustration, legal battles and painstaking research. “It took me three decades to realize I suffered from post-traumatic stress, and I want my story to give greater focus to violent loss and the traumatic grief that goes with it.”

Connie Saindon, a therapist who has helped Edwards and is the founder of the Survivors of Violent Loss Program in San Diego, CA, writes, “It’s the kind of book you can’t put down. You will live this story.”

Photos of the Edwards family, their sailboat Spellbound, and newspaper articles about the investigation are available on request.


Release Date: July 9, 2013 ~ Publisher: Wigeon Publishing

Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0-9859728-2-0

Trade paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-9859728-3-7

E-book ISBN 13: 978-0-9859728-6-8


Winner: San Diego Book Awards, 2012 — Unpublished Memoir


Website: www.DareICallItMurder.com

Blog: http://polishingyourprose.wordpress.com/category/my-book


Larry Edwards


About the Author:

Larry M. Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist who has served as writer and editor for several publications, including sailing and maritime periodicals. He lived with his family in Seattle and Kirkland before attending the University of Washington and becoming a junior high school teacher in Tacoma. He now lives in San Diego and works as a freelance writer, book editor and publishing consultant.

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