Fatal Beauty by Burl Barer

Rhonda Glover.  Where to begin… where to begin…

This woman was so obviously and utterly bat-shit crazy any reasonable person would want to start a review of this book by shouting “How in the hell can you convict a person who is so undeniably insane? But this book doesn’t allow that option.

Ol’ Rhonda had been one Klonopin away from total melt down her whole adult life.

As a child and young adult she'd been a rodeo queen and state wide beauty pageant winner. She seemed to excel at everything she did.

Police reports, rehab records and personal accounts abound of her erratic and downright weird actions and mannerisms throughout her adult life. She told anyone who would listen that her longtime boyfriend  and father of her son, Jimmy Joste was a devil worshipper who had, in collaboration with George W. Bush, built and operated an underground tunnel stretching throughout the city in which mass child sex torture and murder took place.

Check out This Link to get a little taste of just how insane, she is in this clip from her police interrogation.

Wondering why they prosecuted her is not possible in this book however. It isn’t possible because the author painstakingly explains the royally F’ed up insanity plea and the way the Texas Justice system F’s it up even worse. He puts it in plain language for those of us who aren’t legal scholars and it is all too clear.

Burl Barer shows you Rhonda’s insanity as unmistakably as if she was standing in front of you exhibiting her most psychotic behavior and then promptly says “So what? And here’s why…”

It’s infuriating to see the way the justice system can take the simplest of situations and convolute it until no one sees justice.

The episode, Rough Diamonds, of Behind Mansion Walls is about Rhonda. There is also an episode of Snapped about Rhonda, Season seven, episode 22. 

Comments

  1. Thank you for "getting" what the book was really about. I really appreciate it

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    1. You are very welcome Burl. Its one of my fav's. The way you documented her descent as well as the "who really gives a shit" attitude of the authorities was fascinating.

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