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An Early Grave

An Early Grave

Love, Deceit, and Suspicious Death in the American Desert

Gary C. King

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On September 17, 1998, police found Las Vegas gambling magnate Ted Binion lying dead on the floor of his palatial home, an empty bos of Xanax beside him. The police had been called by Binion's live-in lover, Sandra Murphy, 23, a California girl who had been working in a Vegas strip club when Binion had first met her. At first it seemed it was a fatal drug overdose that killed the handsome multi-millionaire. But was it?

A few days later, Binion's "friend" Rick Tabish was arrested for trying to break into a vault where the eccentric millionaire had stored seven million dollars' worth of silver bars and coins. Family members hired ex-homicide detective-turned-private investigator Tom Dillar to start digging into the case. Dillard turned over the evidence he collected to Las Vegas police. What they found led to Binion's death being ruled a homicide and Murphy and Tabish's arrest for murder.

The state said they were greedy lovers who'd conspired to kill Binion before they could strike Murphy out of his will, while the defense claimed that his vengeful family was trying to railroad Murphy to keep her from inheriting her fair share of the estate. The two sides collided in court, amid lurid charges and countercharges of physical abuse, drug use and illicit passion, in what became the Southwest's Murder Trial of the Century!

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CHAPTER 1
Las Vegas, Nevada, has not always been comprised of gambling joints, glamour, and glitz. Its beginnings were, in fact, quite meager. With its boundaries situated on the eastern perimeter of the Mojave Desert, the southern edge...

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“Writer Gary King knows the dark side of the Northwest as well as anybody... an unflinching account of one of the most vicious reigns of terror by one of the sickest psychopaths in the annals of crime.” —Official Detective on Blood Lust

“Effective account of the worst serial killer in Oregon's history.” —Publishers Weekly on Blood Lust

“Gut-wrenching and gripping...Solid, absorbing true crime.” —Clark Howard, author of City Blood, on Blind Rage

“The first complete book about Westley Dodd's short but destructive career...a thorough, thoughtful, and unforgettable account of a profoundly disturbing case of pedophilia and murder.” —Inside Detective magazine on Driven to Kill

“Horrific . . . this story will leave you gasping.” —Jack Olsen, best-selling author of Salt of the Earth and Hastened to the Grave, on Driven to Kill

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Gary C. King

For the last twenty years, GARY C. KING has been one of America's foremost crime writers. Over 400 of his stories have appeared in crime magazines across the United States, Canada, and England, including True Detective, Official Detective, Inside Detective, Front Page Detective, and Master Detective. He is also the author of five true crime books.

Gary C. King

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