If you liked The Stranger Beside Me, this book is for you. Follow Ivor and Sally Davis through their investigation into their longtime friend and neighbor when he is arrested for the murder of his wife and stepson.
Ivor and Sally Davis were horrified when their Malibu neighbors, Verna Roehler and her son, Doug died in a terrible boating accident. The nightmare only continued when her husband, their friend, Fred Roehler, was arrested and then convicted for their murder. As investigative writers they set out hoping to find Roehler innocent—instead they found a viper’s nest of deceit and murder.
London born Ivor Davis is a former foreign correspondent, a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, who was a witness to history: He traveled with the Beatles, was in the kitchen when Robert Kennedy was assassinated—and spent a lifetime writing about the rich, the famous—and the famous for the time being.
Sally Ogle Davis was an anchor for BBC TV and wrote for major magazines, from the New York Sunday Times to Los Angeles Magazine.
Chapter One: The Brady Bunch Malibu Style
Chapter Two: A Family Outing
Chapter Three: Growing Up in Centerville
Chapter Four: Midwest Roehlers Discover Boating
Chapter Five: Fred, The Ladies Man
Chapter Six: Fred: California, Here He Comes
Chapter Seven: Jeanne: The First Mrs. Roehler
Chapter Eight: A Diver’s Death in the Channel Islands
Chapter Nine: A Drowning… in the Backyard Pool
Chapter Ten: The Widow Verna
Chapter Eleven: Love and Re-Marriage
Chapter Twelve: Raising the Kids
Chapter Thirteen: The Investigation
Chapter Fourteen: Murder for Profit?
Chapter Fifteen: The Death of Jeanne Roehler
Chapter Sixteen: Murder Most Foul
Chapter Seventeen: The Defense to the Rescue
Chapter Eighteen: Assembling the Troops
Chapter Nineteen: Opening Statements
Chapter Twenty: Death in the Afternoon
Chapter Twenty-One: Experts Go to War
Chapter Twenty-Two: Fred Roehler: Star Witness for the Defense
Chapter Twenty-Three: Roehler V. Roden
Chapter Twenty-Four: The Defense Strikes Back
Chapter Twenty-Five: Closing Arguments
Chapter Twenty-Six: The Verdict
Our Personal Odyssey: The Story Behind the Story
About the Authors
A true crime book for the ages. This heart-rending tragedy and twists-and-turns murder trial is enthralling. The addition of flawless storytelling by Ivor Davis and Sally Ogle Davis, plus the authors gradual realization that their close friend, might actually be a cold-blooded killer—is a riveting read.
Never believe anyone who says they can tell if a person is lying. The authors learned this the hard and emotionally brutal way. Was their friend innocent? Their investigation uncovered a dark and compelling tale of determined evil.