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The Good Son

A True Story of Greed, Manipulation, and Cold-Blooded Murder

Stella Sands

St. Martin's True Crime

Rick and Suzanna Wamsley were well-loved in their Mansfield, Texas, community. Former high-school sweethearts, they provided their two children with every comfort. But their twenty-year-old son, Andrew, had a bitter, rebellious streak...and resented his parents for making him go to college, for not giving him the title to the sports car he wanted, and for their disapproval of his teenage girlfriend, Chelsea Richardson. She was from the other side of the tracks—and she had a deadly plan in store for the Wamsleys...

On the night of December 11, 2003, Chelsea and two accomplices entered the Wamsley home. Carrying guns and knives, they killed Suzanna instantly. Rick fought his attackers tooth and nail…but couldn’t save himself. Later, DNA evidence would link Chelsea’s best friend, Susana Toledano, to the crime scene. Then authorities learned that a fourth suspect provided the murder weapon. It was only a matter of time before investigators closed in on the last perpetrator—the one person who stood to inherit almost two million dollars in the event of the Wamsleys’ deaths: Andrew, The good SON.

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Chapter One
 

Deck the halls with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
’Tis the season to be jolly …


Suzy Wamsley hummed along to her favorite holiday tune as she put the finishing touches on her family’s sparkling Christmas tree. The Christmas season was always a jolly time for the Wamsleys. Their home—a sprawling two-story mansion in the Walnut Estates neighborhood of Mansfield, Texas, just south of Arlington—was a veritable Santa’s workshop. In truth, the house at 820 Turnberry Drive seemed to have been constructed
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  • Stella Sands

  • Stella Sands is Executive Editor of Kids Discover, an award-winning magazine with over 400,000 subscribers geared to children 7 to 12 years old. She is author of three crime books, Murder at Yale, Behind the Mask—both available from St. Martin’s Press True Crime Library—and Baby-faced Butchers, as well as other works including Odyssea and Natural Disasters. Her plays, Lou Passin’ Through, Black-eyed Peas, and E-me, have been produced in Off-Off Broadway theaters in New York City.

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    The Good Son

    A True Story of Greed, Manipulation, and Cold-Blooded Murder

    Stella Sands

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