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Dying for Daddy

The True Story of a Family's Worst Nightmare
Written by: Carlton Smith
Narrated by: Dustin Tucker
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins

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From the best-selling author of The Search for the Green River Killer: the account of the family tragedy that became one of California’s most shocking murder cases.  

On a picturesque street in Sacramento County, California, three healthy saplings stand side by side. But what they symbolize are the deaths of three innocent people - two of them children. The man who took their lives, then planted trees in their honor, was their own husband and father.   

Hearts went out to Jack Barron when his wife, Irene, died mysteriously in her sleep. Soon after, his two young children were also found dead in their beds. Barron claimed they suffered from the same rare genetic disorder as their mother. But when his 52-year-old mother died, also of asphyxiation in her sleep, law enforcement officials finally took action: The fatal pattern was impossible to ignore.   

Was this “devoted” father really a heartless murderer? Did he suffer from a bizarre syndrome known as Munchausen by proxy, whereby a parent kills a child to gain sympathy? With firsthand interviews and exclusive inside information, author Carlton Smith paints a chilling portrait of a man driven to commit the most unspeakable of acts.

©1998 Carlton Smith (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • 2020-02-05

unsatisfying ending

so what happened then? it desperately needs a satisfying ending, an update something. it was ok for an introduction to the case. I wouldn't mind more in depth info.

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  • 2020-05-18

Wish it covered the trial

I enjoyed this book and the narrator was good. The only thing I didn't like was that the book ended with the man still in jail awaiting trial. I would have liked to have heard about how that turned out. Overall good book though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-14

unbelievable

so sad that Sacramento didn't get it right the first time those poor children

Jack (Jackie) was my first cousin we used to see him allot when we were kids but hadn't seen him since my mom and dad divorced and his mom and dad divorced (our dads were brothers) and to here this story is just horrific don't know what it takes for one to act out like that but I feel that the system finally got it right

my heart goes out to the parents and siblings of Irean I'm truly sorry for there losses



Lina Barron