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One Last Kiss

The True Story of a Minister's Bodyguard, His Beautiful Mistress, and a Brutal Triple Homicide

Michael W. Cuneo

St. Martin's True Crime

FROM ADULTERY…
Ex-Marine and bodyguard Chris Coleman was a family man with a secret: He wanted to leave his wife for another woman, Tara Lintz. But as head of security for the world-famous Joyce Meyer Ministries—an evangelical organization that frowns on divorce—Coleman had to make other plans.

TO MURDER…

On May 5, 2009, Illinois police received a call from Coleman, who claimed he was unable to contact his family. When investigators arrived at his home, they found Coleman’s wife and two sons strangled in bed. Across the walls, spray-painted in red, were various obscenities—the word punished among them.

 

TO LIFE—OR DEATH.

Who could have done something so sinister? As Coleman played the part of a grieving husband, forensic evidence at the crime scene told a different story. Key testimony from Lintz afforded yet more evidence of Coleman’s guilt—and soon a jury would find him guilty of three counts of murder in the first degree.

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CHAPTER ONE
 

Angela DeCicco and Don Weiss started dating in high school. Angela was a sophomore and Don a senior. She was pretty and petite. He was lean, handsome, and quietly reflective.
They lived in Berwyn, Illinois, which was located just west of Chicago. It was a nice suburban community, with busy shopping districts and neighborhoods of old brick bungalows. It was made up mostly of white ethnics: Italian, Polish, and Bohemian.
Angela was the youngest of eight children. Her family was of Italian origin, one side from Naples, the other from Calabria. Her father, Dominick,
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Praise for Michael W. Cuneo’s true crime classics…

AMERICAN EXORCISM

“Mesmerizing…Lucidly written and riveting as any horror novel, Cuneo’s excursion into the darker paths of American faith offers a deeply disturbing, ironic vision.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Cuneo is both a skeptical and sensitive observer.”—The Nation

“An engaging and detailed document of a provocative subculture.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Remarkable…a sweeping study of exorcism in contemporary America. The book reads like a novel…a wonderfully astute and readable dissertation on pop culture’s manipulation of religion.” —Booklist

ALMOST MIDNIGHT

"Vivid. Gripping. Undeniably potent. Almost Midnight barrels along like a hot rod on a twisty Ozarks road…a fast, furious read that leaves one plagued by disturbing toughts every time one manages to pause before turning another page.”—The Kansas City Star

“Crisp, informative and evocative . . . Compelling, vibrant, rich with winning details about scuffling life.”—The Washington Post

“Engrossing…disturbing noirish undertones and undeniable spiritual flair.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Cuneo handles these saints and sinners with equal aplomb.”—Playboy

“A richly detailed exploration…Cuneo’s writing does not flinch.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Cuneo’s detailed descriptions of the Ozarks’ culture…vividly portrays this overlooked area of Americana.”—Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Michael W. Cuneo

  • Michael W. Cuneo teaches at Fordham University. His research has been featured in media coast to coast. Also the author of the critically acclaimed American Exorcism and Almost Midnight, Cuneo divides his time between New York City and Toronto.

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    The True Story of a Minister's Bodyguard, His Beautiful Mistress, and a Brutal Triple Homicide

    Michael W. Cuneo

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