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Trap Them And Kill Them. . .A loving father and his new wife set out to pick up his kids for a scheduled weekend visit--but never suspected they were walking into a death trap.Drag Them And Burn Them. . .A handwritten note instructed Alan and Terra Bates to enter the back door of his ex-wife's Alabama home. A day later their charred bodies were found hundreds of miles awayTrap Them And Kill Them. . .A loving father and his new wife set out to pick up his kids for a scheduled weekend visit--but never suspected they were walking into a death trap.Drag Them And Burn Them. . .A handwritten note instructed Alan and Terra Bates to enter the back door of his ex-wife's Alabama home. A day later their charred bodies were found hundreds of miles away, wrapped in blankets, in a burned-out car's trunk on a desolate Georgia road.Two Victims. Four Bullets Each. At Jessica McCord's house, law enforcement found windows covered in blankets, a cache of weapons and ammunition, carpets torn up, new tile on the floors--a couch gone. Then they learned about the nasty divorce and bitter custody battle that had landed Jessica in jail. Upon release, Jessica swore, "Somebody is going to pay." With her new police-officer husband, Jessica became the prime suspect in this brutal double murder. . ."M. William Phelps' true tales of murderers and mayhem are scary-as-hell thrill rides."--Douglas Clegg"One of our most engaging crime journalists."--Katherine Ramsland"One of America's finest true-crime writers."--Vincent Bugliosi Includes 16 Pages Of Exclusive Photos...

Title : Death Trap
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ISBN : 9780786024599
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Death Trap Reviews

  • ♥ Marlene♥
    2019-05-14 14:37

    This book reminds me of Ann Rule's writing and that is not a compliment!It seems I am the only one who got really annoyed reading this book. I mean yes there are people who got annoyed because the way it was written but I do not see anyone who was annoyed for the same reason i was.Okay Let's have it out. Why does Mr Phelps feels the need to constantly tell us how bad Jessica mcCord is and what an angel Alan Bates was.It felt like Ann Rule because she has the same annoying habit.Come on. We all know people are not all bad and not all good and it gets so irritating when you read it on every page. Sometimes more than once per page.I am sure Alan ws a good guy but boy was he a pushover. Even dropping his friends because his wife was jealous? Comment by his best friend) "And then Alan called one day. It was a total surprise. "Listen.. I..I Jessica said it is okay that we talk"Mr Phelps also ridicules her story that she claimed to have a very abusive background. Even though it later appears this was true. (Not that that matters cause that doesn't excuse murder))It sucks really cause I liked this book but when someone tries to prove a point and does that in nearly every sentence, it's no fun.yes I am sure she is bad but I want to come to this conclusion on my own thank you.I think I just prefer a little bit more neutrality from my true crime writers.

  • Julie
    2019-05-14 12:46

    I read this book because of a second degree of separation from the victims, who were valued friends of a valued friend. The low rating is because the writing is weak, but the story is incredible enough that it can still come through the bad writing. Having said that, please read the book. Maybe if enough people is the world are completely disgusted with Jessica she will spontaneously combust in her jail cell in Alabama.

  • Lady♥Belleza★✰
    2019-05-14 07:54

    On February 16, 2002 authorities responded to the report of a fire, they arrived to find a burned out car with two bodies in the trunk. It was Alan and Terra Bates, they had been murdered by Alan’s ex-wife, Jessica McCord and her husband, Jeff McCord, a police officer in Pelham, Alabama. Jessica wanted full and permanent custody of their children, without having to comply with the court ordered visitation allowed to Alan, she had already spent time in jail for disobeying the judge, and Jessica was used to getting what she wanted.Incredibly detailed account of the lives of the involved parties, Phelps details the long custody battle, Jessica’s total disregard for the court and her manipulation of the children to paint herself as the good mom and Alan the evil abandoning father. Phelps brings the facts to life and we get to know the people through his research and in-depth interviews and correspondence with friends, family and even Jeff McCord. I recommend this book.

  • Dawn
    2019-05-01 06:52

    This was undoubtedly the worst written book I have ever read except for Taken by Debra Lee. It was awful. I feel like this author has never entered an English classroom, let alone have a sufficient enough command of grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc. to think that he could ever be an author. The writing was so poor that after getting through a little more than half of the book, I looked up the story on Google, found that it had been profiled on the TV show Snapped, and watched it on my computer. Mr. Phelps, please do humanity a favor and put down your pen. Surely you must have other gifts...

  • SenoraG
    2019-05-07 13:39

    Death Trap tells the horrible story of the murder of Alan and Terra Bates by Alan's ex-wife and her policeman husband. Why? To keep him away from his own children, no other reason. Terra just happened to be with Alan and was considered collateral damage. Four bullets into each victim and then they were put in the trunk of their car, driven to a remote area and the car was set on fire.How can a mother kill the father of her children just to keep him from seeing them? How can a husband who is a police officer sworn to protect and defend, help his wife commit this crime? These questions will probably never be answered since both parties involved, Jessica and Jeff McCord see nothing wrong with what they did and still lay blame everywhere but on themselves.My thoughts:This is one of those books that makes you shake your head and say how could this woman have gotten to this point and not be stopped? How could a husband be so controlled that when his wife says "We have to kill him" his answer is "Ok?" So many people were witnesses to this crazed woman's antics yet she still wasnt stopped. Her family lied to protect her and wound up in jail as well. Not for a second did Jessica McCord stop and think of her children and what her actions would mean for them. They are now without father and mother.This book was written in a style that made it read like a fiction novel. Many true crime books are like reading textbooks and don't flow like a novel. This one does. The writing makes it an easy and enjoyable read, the facts make you sick to your stomach.

  • Kellye
    2019-05-12 13:35

    A great case, but poorly writtenThis is the second, and probably last, book I've read by Mr. Phelps. It's a truly fascinating case, which is saying something, because there's really no mystery about who the killers are. But the subject is really interesting. However, the writing is like reading someone's sarcastic oral dictation. It's an attempt, I think, at having voice. But it comes across as an author overly impressed with himself. He constantly makes asides to the reader, which I found distracting. And he has a grand fondness for sentence fragments. I won't read his work again, even though I'm a huge fan of true crime writing.

  • Peg
    2019-05-11 12:48

    This was a good book; one of Phelp's better ones. Very disturbing story. This story has been featured on Oxygen's Snapped.

  • Christi Budd
    2019-05-04 09:43

    Quite horrific...and to think, I went to school with this girl and my mother worked with the police office for quite some time. Hard to believe...

  • Lureta Whitewing-Porter
    2019-05-15 12:45

    Riveting True CrimeDeliberate, calculating , a true psychopath. I zipped through this book. An avid reader of crime, and as a professional who deals with dysfunctional individuals and families , the perpetrators involved in this crime are among the most deviant souls. Phelps, does an outstanding job of unraveling the events without bogging down the reader with extraneous details to fill in the pages. A recommended read.

  • Carolyn B
    2019-05-06 09:54

    The author describes the accused as the most narcissistic, malevolent, selfish killer he's ever interviewed; he is correct. Difficult to read for its shocking, psychopathic mother-of-five murderer. True to his style, the author is repetitious in his commentary about the murderers' intentions & agenda. Disturbing & stressful.

  • Lauretta
    2019-05-09 06:35

    People can be so evilIn reading this book, I found it unbelievable that some people can be so evil. I don't believe that the children's mother loved them at all. She was in love with herself and no one else.

  • Kristy
    2019-05-10 08:48

    This was a very sad story and one I could not put down. I learned a bot about what investigators look for when solving a crime but it also makes you realize that even men need protection when it comes to psycho exes.

  • Kimberly Stover-Tessitore
    2019-05-13 08:33

    Good writing in the true crime genreTrue. Time writing can be hit or miss. This is a fairly straightforward case but well written if a little repetitive.

  • Kalonicea O'Connell
    2019-05-16 12:32

    Brilliant reading.I chose top rating for Death Trap because it kept me intrigued with never a boring moment. I actually couldn't put it down. So now I'm on a roll and hope my next book by MW Phelps will be just as exciting.

  • Lynda Kelly
    2019-05-06 10:46

    Wow, the main "baddie" in this true murder case was a true piece of work. A psychotic, crazy bitch. I was staggered at her absolute disregard for the law when it came to the custody/visitation court cases she had with her ex-husband. She'd just not turn up and get away with it. Well, in the end she served a whole 10 days in prison one Christmas (which greatly cheered me) but only after thumbing her nose at the law for years !!! The thing with her is she always thought she was the smartest person in the room.I think she managed to make herself (and her current husband who should've known better considering HE was a policeman) believe her own stories in the end. She just spouted off with lies, make-believe and exaggeration all her life. Maybe she had a tough childhood, maybe she didn't and frankly I couldn't give a toss. She was and probably still is a thoroughly reprehensible cow. Her husband was a cretin to go along with everything she suggested. Much was made of a box she left with a friend and then no more mention of it again quite bizarrely. Also, a bloodmatch WAS made from the house depite our being told till almost the last pages there hadn't been.I read a lot of true murder tales but to hear the actual account of the murder from the person that committed the actual act was really chilling. It made me gasp.Once again this author jumped about all over the place with his relating the story. I've complained about it in other books I have by him but it seemed even more so in this story. Very annoying.There were the odd mistakes-like dentals used instead of dental and religion is not spelt reglion. Twice flare was used when flair was meant to have been and bristle instead of gristle. There were odd spaces added in where none were needed too like self-ser ving or postdeliv ery and the odd apostrophe missed. The unforgivable one for me was when Sam changed sex into a him at one point.I hope Alan's daughters ended up with his family-the author never updated us on them. I see one turns 21 the day-after-tomorrow. I think both were lucky to have escaped with their lives.There was a lovely photo in the book of Alan and his dad, Philip, and what a difference in how Alan looked on both his wedding days, too !! Those pictures spoke volumes. What a great shame. Nobody gained a thing yet so many lost so much in this case.

  • Jim Nolt
    2019-05-01 08:58

    Perhaps you've known someone who knows just the right words to make you do things her way. Or maybe she doesn't even need to use words. Perhaps a look or a certain move can cause you to forget all you were thinking and change course. "Death Trap" is a true crime tale of such a woman. You see, Jessica could make people do almost anything. Only Jessica wasn't quite so subtle about it. She didn't simply suggest or wheedle or seduce. Oh no.. Jessica did MADE things go her way by lying, shouting, and demanding! As a teen she wanted Alan Bates... and she got him. After several years... after Alan finally could no longer take her lies and conniving and sometimes violent behavior, they divorced. As part of that divorce, Jessica wanted the house and primary custody of the kids... so that's what she got. But then she wanted more... she wanted revenge. And with the help of her new husband, an Alabama policeman... a man who swore to uphold the law and to serve and protect... she exacted that revenge. All because... that's what Jessica wanted."Death Trap" is a disturbing tale. Yes, how Jessica persuaded her new husband, the Alabama policeman, to fire eight bullets into Alan and Terra Bates (her ex and his new wife) as they sat on the sofa in Jessica's house, stuff them into the trunk of their car, and drive it to Georgia where thye set it afire is *quite* disturbing. In most murder mysteries, the troubling part is discovering who dunnit. But in "Death Trap," even as you read the first chapter you know already who dunnit... it's the HOW that keeps you reading.

  • Valerie
    2019-05-12 10:41

    I have read quite a few true crime books over the years, but I have to say that this particular book was quite memorable as far as the perpetrators of the crimes go. A young man married his pregnant high school girlfriend (a woman who regularly used abortion as birth control I might add even though she ended up giving birth to six children) but as young marriages often do, this one failed, primarily due to the personality problems of the girl, Jessica. She then carried out a many year crusade to prevent her first husband from seeing his two girls and even talking to them on the telephone although he spent a LOT of time in court. Alan Bates loves his two girls and wanted to be a part of their lives and was satisfied with visitation and paying child support, but Jessica made every attempt to prevent him from having a relationship with his girls. He remarried around the same time Jessica did. Alan married his soul mate; Jessica married a police officer. What happens when this ongoing custody fight comes to a head is just unspeakable. I have read very few books where the perpetrators of gruesome and basically motiveless murders, were involved. This book is an exception. I have a very hard time realizing that there are people on this planet who probably think and act the same way as the criminals in this book did.

  • Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
    2019-05-16 09:37

    This wasn't terrible. It's one of his better books and it was an interesting case. The book was knocked down two stars for the following:Slut Shaming: I think Jessica was a terrible person and I think her guilt was rather plain for all to behold. However, I found the numerous times the author referred to the number of her lovers and/or 'tons' of abortions as going off topic. I don't thinking having lots of lovers or lots of abortions as making anyone particularly evil and it just got tiresome to listen to.The White Knighting of Alan: Don't get me wrong. I don't believe he deserved what happened to him but I don't feel like he was entirely innocent either, to a degree anyway. I can't believe anyone who'd been pushed down a flight of stairs and had his arm broken can truly believe his kids are safe with that woman. It would be an entirely different matter if all this came to a head several years after their divorce but this happened a good 12 years afterward? That stinks of child abuse as much as what she did to them.

  • Shirley
    2019-05-02 07:34

    We teach our children, from a young age, to do the right thing. Make the right decisions. Stand up to your responsibilities. Accept the consequences of your actions. What we fail to teach them is that in doing so the heartache that can arise from "Doing the right thing" can have tragic endings. This story brings to the forefront how love can turn to hatred. Such a fine line. Other's saw the psychology of the woman in this story. But because the young man was raised in such a good home he overlooked the red flags. Gave every benefit of the doubt and paid the price. but... at the same time it is a lesson in loving your children and the great lengths a parent will go to in order to let them know of that love. After this story comes to a close the children left behind know how very much they were loved and cherished.

  • Lynn
    2019-05-20 12:47

    Good story but the author could make it much betterWhile the story of the murders of Alan and Terra Bates by Alan's first wife and her police officer husband is chilling, Mr. Phelps does himself no flavors in the manner in which he portrays the suspects. His decided prejudice against the prime suspect, Jessica McCord, while justified, is not helpful. Readers want to come to their own conclusions based on the facts presented. Asides and put-downs tend to weaken his case instead of bolstering it in the reader's eyes. Mr Phelps had lots of facts and great anecdotal information that could stand on its own. He knows how to write, he just needs to know when to stand back and just tell the story on its own merits.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-07 14:52

    As always, Phelps has done a thorough job telling this story. Your heart will break for Alan and Terra, and their families. And you'll be ready to kill Jessica. Well, maybe some torture before killing. She's a horrible person. It's a sad story. Well, pretty much all murder stories are sad stories. But this one is so senseless and unnecessary. I do hope Jessica and Jeff spend a very long time behind bars. Personally, I think that's better than Jessica deserves, but at least she's not out there to hurt anyone else.

  • Amy Angerer
    2019-05-07 11:42

    Just awful. I read this book because of a connection indirectly to the victims. The story was very interesting but the writing was JUST AWFUL. The author seemed to want to make the story more about him. I found myself disgusted with that aspect - and rolling my eyes throughout the book. This is NO Vincent Bugliosi!! I actually am looking this book up now and writing this review now because of another book that I thought sounded interesting. But it is the same author. I will never read any more of his crap.

  • Bonny Macisaac
    2019-04-27 10:38

    I love true crime stories and this is my first time reading a M. William Phelps book. It had me intrigued right off the start. You can tell reading it that the author has done his research! I didn't know this story bevfore picking up the book. I felt emotionally invested as the story was being told. Fast paced, leaves you wanting more. I could hardly sleep each night as I didn't want to put this book down. Will certainly be buying other books by Mr.Phelps. Absolutely loved it! A great crime writer!

  • Kimberly Jackson
    2019-05-01 12:37

    This is one book true crime book I will never forget. Phelps has done a great job going in detail about the sad case of Alan and Terra Bates. Two awesome people who were loved by so many and hated by one woman ho deserves to be six feet under. Jessica and Jeff McCord should have known better from the beginning. Jeff working for the law at the time of this brutal killings, should have known to just walk away from it all. Custody cases can lead to a bad end of a good end, but overall Alan was a father of two beautiful girls and all he wanted was to see his kids. It's a must read

  • Lee
    2019-05-01 07:30

    What a sad story this is about a vindictive and mentally ill woman trying to keep her children from seeing their father which ends in murder. I was familiar with this case from seeing it on TV before but this book really explored the complex personalities of many of the characters. It was heartbreaking to read to what lengths this mother went to in order to use these two young girls as pawns against their father and his family. This is definitely another great read by Author Phelps and if I could, I would give it more than 5 stars.

  • J.R.
    2019-04-28 07:46

    What did I think? Not much. I wanted to read some non-fiction, and was also interested in a murder story. This book is both of these, but I wish it was written a little better. I had trouble staying with it, and found it somewhat redundant in places. It also has too many grammatical errors for my taste. I thought the description of the characters was ok, but I wasn't riveted as I thought I might be.

  • Kate and Carson Drew
    2019-05-19 12:53

    I found this book hard to read although I do love criminology books, even though it was a struggle for me to read. It was small view into a murder's mind & personality. In this book M.William Phelps didn't deliver the punch like he does in a lot of his other criminology books. My suggestion is if you want to read this book then don't It was one I could have gladly left on the shelf never ever to read.

  • Nicole Overmoyer
    2019-05-04 14:54

    I would have given this book a higher rating if M. William Phelps hadn't written it in the same voice that the narrators on every crime show on televsion use. The vast majority of the sentences are extremely short - some to the point of barely having a noun and a verb. It probably would have made an excellent audio book, but the overly simplistic writing style ruined what could have been an otherwise fascinating, in all the wrong ways, story.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-27 09:59

    Death Trap is a great true crime book that I couldn't put down. The story takes place in Alabama and Georgia and is an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end. Jessica McCord is a woman who got what she wanted, when she wanted it, even if it meant the murder of her ex-husband and his new wife. I highly recommend it to those who like to read true crime.

  • Theresa
    2019-05-13 08:35

    True murderThis was another very well written book by this author. He presents the story in chronological order and give pertinent background information so the reader understands what happened. Maybe not why,but then who can ever know what is going through a murderers head when they commit the crime.