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American Bluebeard
Lies and Dead Wives
by Alene Burnett-Reaugh View author's profile page

Overview


This is the story of an American Bluebeard whose crimes at the turn of the twentieth century affected over fifty women. The story reveals the plight of his victims and the fate of the fiend that cruelly annihilated them.

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James P. Watson traveled throughout Canada, the Pacific North West, and California. He approached refined women with marriage proposals and promises of exotic travel. He ran lonely hearts ads in local newspapers. He married as many as 50 women altogether, and after extracting their money, killed at least 22, and abandoned many more. He got away with it for twenty years until one suspicious wife brought him down.


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About the author


Alene Lorraine Burnett-Reaugh was born in Tacoma and grew up in Bellevue, WA. She studied Psychology at the University of Washington while working full time as a Claims Investigator. Her career spanned 40 years until she retired in 2013. In 1996 she married her best friend, Jim. They now live on the Ocean Coast near Newport, a beautiful quiet place to write. She has a personal stake in telling this story. Her grandmother Lorraine's Cornish aunt, Beatrice Maud Roscorla Andrewartha, disappeared in 1919 shortly after marrying a man she met on a train. There was nothing anyone could do. The scandal was a smudge on the respectfulness of the family, so it became a family secret. After twenty years of research, she can now expose this secret and lay the story to rest. This is Alene's first book.

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Book details

Genre:TRUE CRIME

Subgenre:Murder / Serial Killers

Language:English

Pages:174

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781098312091

Paperback ISBN:9781098312084


Overview


This is the story of an American Bluebeard whose crimes at the turn of the twentieth century affected over fifty women. The story reveals the plight of his victims and the fate of the fiend that cruelly annihilated them.

Read more

Description


James P. Watson traveled throughout Canada, the Pacific North West, and California. He approached refined women with marriage proposals and promises of exotic travel. He ran lonely hearts ads in local newspapers. He married as many as 50 women altogether, and after extracting their money, killed at least 22, and abandoned many more. He got away with it for twenty years until one suspicious wife brought him down.


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About the author


Alene Lorraine Burnett-Reaugh was born in Tacoma and grew up in Bellevue, WA. She studied Psychology at the University of Washington while working full time as a Claims Investigator. Her career spanned 40 years until she retired in 2013. In 1996 she married her best friend, Jim. They now live on the Ocean Coast near Newport, a beautiful quiet place to write. She has a personal stake in telling this story. Her grandmother Lorraine's Cornish aunt, Beatrice Maud Roscorla Andrewartha, disappeared in 1919 shortly after marrying a man she met on a train. There was nothing anyone could do. The scandal was a smudge on the respectfulness of the family, so it became a family secret. After twenty years of research, she can now expose this secret and lay the story to rest. This is Alene's first book.

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William
Screenplay is needed for this story Although I had read a couple of excerpts in the course of Alene's writing I was still SO appalled. I had said then and still would love to see a screenplay written. It"s certain to be a box office success. It's a story that needs to be heard. Sandra Read more
Sandra
Fascinating but sad Kudos for writing a fascinating but sad book about J.P.Watson. I'm not a fan of poetry yet it provided some insight to Mr Watson. For all his evil he did have some talent. Thank you, Bill Read more
John
The Untold Story of James P. Watson American Bluebeard is a terrific read and a thoroughly well researched piece. The history surrounding this story is fascinating and Burnett-Reaugh is uniquely capable of guiding the reader through the uncharted territory that this story covers. Highly recommend the read, it's going to make a terrific film down the line. Read more
Dot Hosking
American Bluebeard Alene has done an extraordinary amount of research on this book and it shows. Her organization of facts and history makes it a fascinating read. It will be to go-to source for information on this man's life and crimes. How he was able to fool so many women and people boggles the mind. The book is professionally written and published; not at all like so many self-published books. It's a story that will keep you reading until the end! Read more
Phyllus
American Bluebeard Lies and Dead Wives I received this book and was excited to read it as I like true crime stories. Once I sat Dow. To read it I didn’t stop u til I finished it several hours later! Great read. Highly recommend. Spooky to think so many women could be fooled. Read more
pamela
American Bluebeard Good read, kept me turning pages! Very interesting! Read more
judy
American Bluebeard Wow. Really moves the reader into the feel of life for single women about 100 years ago. Their need for love, independence and trust all to be taken in by a charming psychopath. The research behind this story is unusually thorough. An engaging and thought provoking book. Read more
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