A Fatal Lie: A True Story Of Betrayal And Murder In The New South

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 1999 - True Crime - 288 pages
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A lesbian love triangle explodes into bloody murder...

Richmond, Virginia, July 1997. A brick row-house in the city's gay Carytown district, home of 18-year-old Kelley "Turtle" Tibbs, legendary ringleader of the teenage lesbian scene. Walk inside and you'd be likely to find Melissa Etheridge blasting on the stereo, lots of beer, a clutch of shaven-headed young women-- and Turtle's tall possessive girlfriend, Tracy Bitner.

Enter 18-year-old Stacey Hanna, a new roommate who moved east from Lynchburg and, from the beginning, openly carried a torch for Turtle. Stacey's attempts to drive a wedge between Turtle and Tracy backfired-- badly. And one night, Turtle, Tracy and two friends literally dragged Stacey to a wooded area and kicked, slashed, and stabbed her to death in a scene straight out of a horror movie.

Was this a crime of passion-- a frenzy of the heart? Was it calculated retribution for disrupting a bond between two lovers? Or was it, as one of the girls told a detective, "just one of those times...when somebody had to die?" Learn the fascinating truth in a riveting story of obsession, betrayal, and murder...

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Steven Petrow, former president of the National Gay & Lesbian Journalists Association, is a syndicated writer on LGBT manners for "The Huffington Post", Yahoo!" Shine", "LOGO", and the" "Q" Syndicate". The same-sex wedding expert for" The New York Times", he has also written for "The Advocate", "The Los Angeles Times", Salon, "The Daily Beast", and Out.com. His previous books include "The Essential Book of Gay Manners &"" Etiquette" and "When Someone You Know Has AIDS." He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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