By Joe Sharkey
while rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam acquired his first task in 1987, it was once the end result of a lifelong dream, if now not the main fascinating situation. Pikeville, Kentucky, is excessive in Appalachian coal nation, an outpost rife with lawlessness courting again to the Hatfields and McCoys. As a emerging big name within the bureau, however, Putnam soon was cultivating paid informants and busting drug earrings and financial institution robbers. but if one informant fell in love with him, ardour and responsibility might collide with tragic results.
A coal miner’s daughter, Susan Smith was once a tender, beautiful, suffering unmarried mom. She was once additionally a drug person occasionally defined as a con artist, thief, liar. eventually, Putnam gave in to Smith’s relentless pursuit. but if he ended the affair, she waged a crusade of vengeance that threatened to ruin him. whilst ultimately she faced him with a stunning declaration, a violent scuffle ensued, and Putnam, in a burst of out of control rage, fatally strangled her.
even though he had every thing essential to escape with murder—a spotless recognition, a sufferer with a number of enemies, and the safety of the bureau’s impenetrable shield—his moral sense wouldn’t permit it. suffering from a 12 months of guilt and deception, Putnam eventually led specialists to Smith’s continues to be. this can be the tale of what occurred prior to, in the course of, and after his startling confession—an account that “should take its position at the darkish shelf of the simplest American precise crime” (Newsday).
Revised and up to date, this publication additionally comprises images and a brand new epilogue by way of the author.
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Because Mark reported to work at seven in the morning, two hours earlier than his colleagues, he would leave the car in Brennan’s driveway that night and jog home, then jog the mile back to work the next day. On Saturdays, he often brought little Danielle into the office, installing her at a desk to draw with crayons while he went through the mail and official dispatches, lining up the coming workweek. Sundays were family time. “Mark went to church and usually took Danielle with him,” Kathy recalled.
He’s been going out, drinking it away. I need a new dress and he won’t get me one. ” “I ain’t seen him in three days. ” Mark listened, thinking back to his training: the strategy of interviewing, the criminal mind, the psychology of informants. He plunged in: “Ma’am, I’m kind of confused about something. ” For the first time the woman regarded him. “I think I’m married to him, is what,” she said a bit defensively. ” “Well, we was talking about getting married, and he wrote out a piece of paper that he was going to be bringing down to the courthouse in Pikeville with twenty-five dollars that he borrowed from me.
I think I’m married to him, is what,” she said a bit defensively. ” “Well, we was talking about getting married, and he wrote out a piece of paper that he was going to be bringing down to the courthouse in Pikeville with twenty-five dollars that he borrowed from me. And he went down there and come back later that day and said we was married. ” She went to a drawer, withdrew a wrinkled sheet of paper, and showed it to Mark. “I don’t read,” she said casually, as if she were declining milk and sugar with her coffee.