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Beauty Killers

The True Story of a Successful Businessman, His Young Lover, and Their Murderous Rampage

Kathy Braidhill

St. Martin's True Crime

Janeen Snyder was only fourteen when she moved in with Michael Thornton, his wife, and teenage daughter. Michael was a successful entrepreneur and family man with eight beauty salons and a six-figure income—but two years later, he gave it all up to run away with Janeen. At last, on the road with his new young lover, Michael could indulge his darkest, wildest obsessions—for bondage, torture, rape, and worse…

They worked together as a team, luring girls into their twisted world of sex, mind control, violence, and depravity. They drugged them, trained them, bound them, abused them. And for many years, Michael and Janeen were never caught…until police uncovered the dead, distorted body of a Las Vegas teen in a horse trailer. One by one, detectives found other victims—the lucky ones who survived, but had been too terrified to come forward. Soon, the world would learn just how sick and deranged these lovers really were…

Beauty Killers is a terrifying true story of sex, torture and murder--a illicit affair between two people who discovered a desire to kill ...

Janeen Snyder was only fourteen when she moved in with Michael Thornton, his wife, and teenage daughter. Michael was a successful entrepreneur and family man with eight beauty salons and a six-figure income—but two years later, he gave it all up to run away with Janeen. At last, on the road with his new young lover, Michael could indulge his darkest, wildest obsessions—for bondage, torture, rape, and worse…

They worked together as a team, luring girls into their twisted world of sex, mind control, violence, and depravity. They drugged them, trained them, bound them, abused them. And for many years, Michael and Janeen were never caught…until police uncovered the dead, distorted body of a Las Vegas teen in a horse trailer. One by one, detectives found other victims—the lucky ones who survived, but had been too terrified to come forward. Soon, the world would learn just how sick and deranged these lovers really were…

Beauty Killers is a terrifying true story of sex, torture and murder--a illicit affair between two people who discovered a desire to kill ...

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Lindholm Ranch
Rubidoux, California
April 17, 2001, 4 p.m.
Diane Lindholm rounded the corner in her noisy pickup truck, passing the new suburban subdivisions carved from the ranches that once dominated rural Riverside, California. One by one, ranchers had cashed out to developers, resulting in a jarring mix of empty, overgrown lots and urban sprawl next to the older mansions of monied ranchers. Lindholm, fifty, lived and worked on her own ranch, or ranchette, as purists would put it.
The two-and-a-half-acre property had a barn, two corrals where Lindholm trained horses and gave
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  • Kathy Braidhill

  • Kathy Braidhill is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of three true crime books: Chop Shop, Evil Secrets, and To Die For. She was a primary contributor to the bestselling book on O.J. Simpson’s defense team, American Tragedy, which she also co-produced as a CBS television mini-series.

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    The True Story of a Successful Businessman, His Young Lover, and Their Murderous Rampage

    Kathy Braidhill

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