Mystery of Seattle
Deadly Sailing Cruise Solved?
Son Reveals Untold Story
in 35-year-old Cold Case
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
• Edwards’ brother was never charged and never spent more than a few hours behind
• 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
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Diego Book Awards, 2012 Unpublished Memoir
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