Length: 11 hours 20 minutes
Genres: True Crime
Source: ARC, Audible, NetGalley
Narrator: Gary Bennett
* 11 hours, 30 minutes *
The explosive, first-ever insider's account of the case that's captivated millions - the murder of Betsy Faria and the wrongful conviction of her husband, Russell - told by Joel J. Schwartz, the defense attorney who fought for justice on behalf of Russell Faria, and 'New York Times' best-selling author Charles Bosworth Jr.
On December 27th, 2011, Russell Faria returned to his Troy, Missouri home to find his wife, Betsy, dead, a knife still lodged in her neck. She had been stabbed 55 times in a brutal murder that would set off a chain of events leading to one man's wrongful conviction and imprisonment, another man's death, the revelation of a diabolical scheme, and an astounding miscarriage of justice left unresolved for another 10 years.
First responders concluded that Betsy had been dead for hours when Russ discovered her. No blood was found implicating Russ, and surveillance video, receipts, and friends' testimony all supported his alibi - yet incredibly, police and the prosecuting attorney ignored the evidence. In their minds, Russ was guilty, but prominent defense attorney Joel J. Schwartz quickly recognized the real killer.
The motive was clear. Days before her murder, the terminally ill Betsy replaced her husband with her friend, Pamela Hupp, as her life insurance beneficiary. Still, despite the prosecution's flimsy case and Hupp's transparent lies, Russ was convicted - leaving Hupp free to kill again.
takes listeners through the perfect storm of miscalculations and missteps that led to an innocent man's conviction - and recounts Schwartz's successful battle to have that conviction overturned.
©2022 Charles Bosworth Jr. (P)2022 Tantor
Bone Deep tackles the fascinating story of the murder of Betsy Faria and the wrongful conviction of her husband Russ. I am a huge Dateline fan, so I had heard the story. I listened to Dateline’s podcast “There’s something about Pam” as well. I was familiar with story, but having Russ Faria’s attorney give insight into what went wrong in the initial murder trial was new. The Dateline focus is on Pam and how ridiculous she is. Bone Deep explores the mistakes that were made in the investigation that allowed Pam to go on to murder 2 more people.
Joel Schwartz is the defense attorney for Russ Faria and so you get to see the case from his eyes. He breaks down some of the missteps in the investigation, but also the missteps in the trial by the judge. There were decisions that were made that all but ensured Russ would be found guilty. If you are interested in wrongful convictions, this is a great listen. If you are interested it totally weird murders, this is a great listen! Either way, the story is fascinating! I switched back and forth between reading and listening, and the narrator is good. I find true crime stories easier to listen to than fiction for some reason!
Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson, Killer Triggers by Joe Kenda, Law and Disorder by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker…then you will probably like Bone Deep!