BOOK REVIEW: THE GOOD WIFE
Truly a shocking story! What makes it more shocking is knowing it actually occurred in our society. A woman so involved in her church activities who teaches a class to many other women from her church and from elsewhere, of how to connect with a husband by being sort of “subservient” to him. A wife should cater to her husband and try to accommodate him at all times, according to these classes. For the thought that a husband of a woman so much in love with her husband and daughter could be treated so terribly after many years of marriage.
“The Good Wife” was Penny Scaggs who was brutally slain while playing her piano in her own home. The attack sent shockwaves through the community. No one believed that this loving and caring wife could possible be brutally killed in a terribly messy way. Very hard blows of a pipe bashed her head in repeatedly followed by the knifing on several areas of her body to complete the killing as if she wasn’t dead by the pipe blows. Her bedroom had been ransacked also making the police think it could have been a robbery gone bad.
The husband, Roger Skaggs, was very highly thought off by friends as well as his business in which he was an executive. Roger couldn’t have done this to anyone, and certainly not Penny. They were both very active church members as well as liked by their friends in the community and nothing this brutal could have happened to them.
As things went along with the investigation, the police connected Roger more and more with the brutal murder of his wife. Penny’s friends started thinking about some things that were said and actions Roger had taken recently and started to wonder themselves what could have occurred and by whom? Rogers’s friends, especially those at his work, denied any accusations against Roger. He was too good a husband and man to do such an atrocious thing.
The Austin, Texas area was shocked and in tumult when authorities questioned many of them about their relationship with Roger and Penny. Many things came out that shined more light on the case. Roger had, over the past few years, purchased an airplane and a boat, both of which he tried to get Penny to enjoy. She would go with Roger sometimes just to be a perfect wife to him. She did not really want to do either activity but she felt obliged.
The reader does not get bored. This story is greatly detailed but not in a way that puts one to sleep. Clint Richmond tells the story in a way that keeps the reader involved in the investigation from beginning to the end. Do not hesitate to purchase this book and read it. You will enjoy it.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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