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Written in Blood

Written in Blood

A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret that Tore a Family Apart

Diane Fanning

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An army brat-turned-marine, he saw combat in Vietnam, and returned a decorated soldier. An avid reader, his dreams of being an acclaimed novelist came true. His desire to find love was fulfilled when he married brilliant executive Kathleen Atwater, the first female student accepted at Duke University's School of Engineering. The Petersons seemed the ideal academic couple- well-respected, prosperous, and happy.

All that came crashing down in December of 2001, when Kathleen apparently fell to her death in their secluded home in an exclusive area of Durham, North Carolina. But blood spattered evidence and a missing fireplace poker suggested calculated, cold-blooded murder. Her trusted husband stood accused. Prosecutors introduced evidence at trial that sixteen years earlier, Peterson was one of the last people to see his neighbor alive before she was found dead at the bottom of a staircase in her home in Germany. A dramatic trial followed in the explosive final chapter of a life that no novelist could ever have conceived...

Written in Blood is a 2006 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime.

Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee

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WRITTEN IN BLOOD

THE STAIRWELL
"The chance of a criminal getting caught is only slightly better than getting hit by lightning."
-Michael Peterson, The Herald-Sun, July 1999
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Diane Fanning

Diane Fanning is the author of many books of true crime, including the best-selling Mommy's Little Girl, A Poisoned Passion, The Pastor's Wife, Gone Forever and Through the Window. Written in Blood was an Edgar Award finalist. She has been featured on 48 Hours, 20/20, Court TV and the Discovery Channel, and has been interviewed on dozens of radio stations coast to coast. Before becoming a nonfiction writer, Fanning worked in advertising, and she earned more than 70 Addy Awards. She lives in New Braunfels, Texas.

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