She posted it online: “Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered.” But those simple words written by sixteen-year-old Rachelle Waterman couldn’t begin to describe the horror of the crime: Her mother’s body locked in a van. Doused in gasoline. Burned beyond recognition…
Alaska troopers arrested two young men—both of whom had dated Rachelle and claimed to still love her. Investigators grilled Rachelle until she made shocking and apparently incriminating revelations…
Was this obviously intelligent young woman really an abused child coerced by police—or a deceptive murderess? The answer may lie in Rachelle’s Internet journal, a disturbing glimpse into a troubled girl’s mind. Did she convince her lovers to kill for her? That is the question at the heart of this shocking true story of madness, manipulation, and matricide.
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MICHAEL FLEEMAN is an associate bureau chief for People magazine in Los Angeles and a former reporter for The Associated Press. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.