Diane Downs: Best Kept Secrets
Diane Downs: Best Kept Secrets
Diane Downs: Best Kept Secrets
Diane Downs: Best Kept Secrets
Diane Downs: Best Kept Secrets
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By Elizabeth Diane Downs. ...Yes: the subject of Small Sacrifices tells "her own true story" in this 1989 paperback. Given that Downs maintains her innocence, "true" is a stretch -- the nitpicking of the prosecution's case would be pitiable if it weren't often directed at the testimony of the child Downs tried to kill -- and it's literally hard to read thanks to a vintage-y typewriter font.

This paperback is rather worn: plenty of edgewear, corner splits on the spine, cracks, creases, water stains, the works. But the pages are hanging in there, and this relative rarity is a fascinating snapshot of a narcissistic personality. (The "About the Author" bit on the back!) Downs is supposed to come up for parole again this year, so case researchers and/or completists may find this invaluable.