This searching analysis of the shooting of three children in Oregon by their mother devolves into a study of personality. In May of 1983, Diane Downs drove to a Williamette Valley hospital emergency room with her children, all gravely wounded; one did not survive the first hour, and the other two were disabled for life. Downs initially told of a "bushy-haired stranger" who had committed the crime, but frequently changed her story. Under police questioning she recalled her childhood with a cold, domineering father who abused her sexually, her weak mother, a rape by one of her bosses, her failed marriage and many men with whom she had sex. One of these men, whom she claimed to love, did not want children.
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"Hi Laura, Im new to this site so I hope Im doing this right. I recently read The Push by Ashley Audrain. I loved it. It is not a true crime book but concerns a mother who has trouble bonding with her daughter. I dont want to say too much and give something away, but I loved it. One thing though, if you look into The Push read some reviews. As much as I loved it, it may not be for everyone. It seemed people either loved it or hated it, no real in between. Happy reading!"
"I love true crime in general but this case absolutely floored me. I have never read or heard anything like it and some parts made me literally nauseous and cry so hard. Highly recommend. "