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Beyond Reason

Beyond Reason

The True Story of a Shocking Double Murder, a Brilliant, Beautiful Virginia Socialite, and a Deadly Psychotic Obsession

Ken Englade

St. Martin's True Crime

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The Woman: She was a beautiful, gifted descendant of Lady Astor. But Elizabeth Haysom was also a spoiled, willful daughter of privilege.

The Lover: He was the brilliant young son of a German diplomat. But his love for Elizabeth would draw Jens Soering into a web of madness and murder.

The Murder: When Elizabeth's parents were found savagely butchered in their elegant Virginia country home, she and Jens fled to Europe-igniting an international manhunt that spanned three continents.

The Trial: The sensational courtroom drama that followed painted a twisted portrait of two golden youths consumed by hatred and perverse fantasies. Elizabeth's startling testimony-and intimations of acts and desires that went beyond mere murder-would reveal a tangled web of dark secrets and deadly obsession.

Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee

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SWEAT ROLLED DOWN DEREK HAYSOM'S FACE. IT streamed down his forehead, collected in his eyebrows, and dripped from the end of his nose. Every few minutes he stopped digging and wiped his brow with the back of his hand. It did not...

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Praise for Beyond Reason

“Excellent...insightful...both a sensational murder investigation and a psychological thriller.” —Maury Terry, author of The Ultimate Evil

“Chilling...may be the most engrossing true crime book of the year!” —Leslie Walker, author of Sudden Fury

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Ken Englade

Ken Englade (1938-2016) was an investigative reporter and bestselling author whose books include Beyond Reason, To Hatred Turned, Cellar of Horror, A Family Business, Deadly Lessons, Murder in Boston, and Blood Sister.

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