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Book Reviews: Until The Twelfth Of Never + Tales From A Talking Board, part 1

Until The Twelfth Of Never by Bella Stumbo
This is a reprint of the excellent true crime novel. This is a grotesque tale of group dysfunction, malevolent intent, nobody having the minimal degree of consideration and you are left in little doubt something awful is about to happen. Betty and Dan Broderick married, had four children and then Dan left his wife for his mistress Linda. Dan to this day is held up as a bastion of moral goodness by certain people and yet he dragged out the divorce over 7 years.

Betty eventually killed him and Linda his new wife of 6 months leading to 2 trials, 2 TV movies and to this day Betty has never expressed any remorse. This book shows the end of Betty’s marriage, how her friends abandoned her, Dan’s callous affair, the taunting triumphant mistress and Betty’s descent into despondency and obvious madness. The serious discord went on and on and on and nobody tried to stop it or call halt.

Did Betty premeditate the double murder? Did Dan’s conjured bonhomie conceal a dark side? Why did Linda stay with Dan who allegedly dumped a pitcher of bee over her in a bar? Why did Dan and Linda act in such cruel and taunting ways toward a woman they branded as mad? What is with the purse-mouthed obsession over Betty’s shipyard language? Why did people castigate Betty as irrational for being angry over being cheated on and abandoned? Read this and draw your own conclusions about the acts of 3 people and how it led to disaster for them.

Best Lines:
“A threat and a challenge to all that she stood for, and all that she finally killed for.”

“I thought Berkeley was Moscow.”

“Draft-card burners were communists, and I didn’t know what that meant,”

“I still had my reputation and my sanity and my children.”

“From that day forward, October 1, 1983, Betty made all the wrong choices every step of the way. And so did Dan.”

“Doomed future.”

“You do rich good!”

“Obsessive in their determination to collect evidence of the low character of the other.”

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Tales From A Talking Board edited by Ross E. Lockhart, part 1

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2 girls play with a Ouija board. It causes anxious thoughts. This was a yawn and was all portentous monologuing. This was inconsequential.
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