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Tom O'Donnell had been living off the graces of Jane Alexander for six years, regaling her with his charm and also borrowing money extensively. He would do anything for money--even murder Jane's 88-year-old aunt. After he fled with more than $10,000 of her money, Jane was determined to put him behind bars. This is her story. of photos....

Title : Citizen Jane: A True Story of Money, Murder, and one Woman's Mission to
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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  • Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
    2018-10-07 00:28

    This was decent. I wish there was more on the trial or even the crimes this man committed. I thought he would've been far more interesting. It also never fails to amaze me how gullible some people are. Shouldn't there be a ceiling somewhere? Like, wouldn't any normal person think BS when someone says he was a big, huge dealer of blood diamonds kicked out of South Africa and who is getting a huge amount of money from a trust over seas sometime *SOON*? Or, at the very least, try to verify SOME of this?Still. I felt bad for her. I can't imagine the guilt she felt for having that person in her life and knowing it was probably her connection to him that got her Aunt killed. =/ I

  • A.r.
    2018-09-20 03:39

    A Great book, spolied a bit by a ending that wafts off on other tagents which really should have been shortened into an epilouge. However the actualy case is awesome, despite the really annoying spoiler in the book's description. If possibly I'd advise not to read the description. All you need to know is that it is about the hideous murder of an 88 year old woman. She was a lovely person who was kind to all. There is no obvious motive for her very vicious death. It's told from the perspective of her neice who is devistated by her aunt's death. She is determined to find out what kind of low life could have taken her loved one from her!

  • Jeff
    2018-10-10 23:28

    This is an interesting case, told well, and very competently read by Kevin Pierce. It's a worthwhile listen. NOTE: I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for this unbiased review.

  • Rodrigo
    2018-09-29 01:44

    This book warns about how dangerous these con men are.

  • Lorie
    2018-10-05 23:20

    Definitelyworth the read. A little on the long side, but gaining justice takes longer than it should...I'm amazed a woman of Jane's age was able to do all she was able to do, amazed.

  • Doris
    2018-09-24 02:17

    This is a story that needed to be told. Jane Alexander is every woman, widowed or otherwise single, who ever thought herself in a perfect relationship with a wonderful man who treated her like a queen, only to find out later that she was living with a con man. Sometimes all that's lost is pride and perhaps some money, but Jane lost almost everything she held dear, including her elderly Aunt Gert, who was murdered brutally to speed up Jane's inheritance so her "partner" could get access to it. He also took over $200,000 from her so she lost her beautiful Marin County, CA home.Jane's initial denial of Tom's guilt, then the gradual process of ultimately accepting that he was the murderer, rang true to me. Following this, her persistent prodding of the police department to pursue him not only ultimately brought on a warrant for murder one but led her to other victims' family members who had waited years for justice. A group she and another survivor of a murder victim formed began assisting others in their journey toward solving the crimes.I enjoyed the read very much. It's a fascinating story. One star off for errors, though.

  • Susan Mcnerney
    2018-09-29 06:35

    This is an engaging true-crime read that is sure to please dedicated fans of the genre. The prose is very plain, and the author sometimes doesn't give a broad enough view to understand the larger legal and societal context of the story, but essentially the book works. Some readers, myself included, may become frustrated with Jane Alexander's incredible naiveté, and the author does portray her gullibility thoroughly. Even given her generation, I find it hard to understand how someone could be so easily swindled. Jane comes off as a relatively privileged woman who essentially allowed herself to be a sort of dependent "pet" to the men in her life. But as the book makes clear, there are many, many people who can be swindled in this way. If you have an older relative who is a bit on the gullible side, buy this book and make them read it.

  • Leigh Podgorski
    2018-10-05 00:16

    This book will make you stand up and cheer as you choke back tearsI read a lot of true crime, and without hesitation or doubt, this is one of the best books I have read. The writing is flawless: smooth and swift, the story carries you breathlessly forward. This is a story of a genuine heroine; someone you will be glad you got to know. Someone we all need to be more like: true citizens, true citizens, active, involved citizens of our great nation. I believe it was Franklin who said: We leave you a democracy, let us see if you can keep it. That goes for our justice system as well. Read this book. If you want to learn how to survive and thrive, how to fight back, how to assure the good guys win and keep on winning, read this book. Thank you Jane Alexander. And thank you James Dalessandro for telling her story.

  • Jerry
    2018-10-07 22:46

    We met the author James Dalessandro at a Road Scholar event in San Francisco. He is an engaging presenter who loves to tell stories about people who have impacted the world around them. As a result I am not surprised that he has effective engaged the reader in a story of resilience about a woman who experienced tragedy caused by the very person she had grown to trust. Her story depicts how hard it is to believe what is true when a crimes have been committed by someone who has been loving and upon whom she depended. Jane did face the reality and did bring about justice. The author told us that there is a TV series called Citizen Jane is in the process of being produced. I am waiting and watching.

  • Dan
    2018-09-21 22:43

    A real page turnerI thought I would be disappointed with this book given that early on it's self apparent who committed the murder. But I wasn't. James Dalessandro did a nice job keeping me interested with details of the crime that would later come back to haunt the perpetrator. He also throws you a couple little curves in discovering some circumstantial evidence long after the crime has been committed. The effect here is that of shoving you the reader over the edge in establishing guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. At one point with the introduction of new evidence, even the defendant puts his face into his hands. A story of the triumph of a victim and victims everywhere this one will not disappoint you.

  • Brian
    2018-10-13 22:18

    This true story chronicles the actions of a con man turned murderer to fulfil his greed. The victims niece, Jane, is also a victim to the conman who is living with her and she is bilked out of all her money, her house and is left homeless. But instead of crumbling Jane fights for justice for her murdered Aunt Gert.This superbly written story places the reader in the same roller coaster experience as Jane while she hunts to get Aunt Gert justice for her own brutal murder. Well written, this story draws the reader into the thoughts, feelings, frustrations and excitement of a determined victim seeking justice for her murdered aunt where the conman could get away with murder !Absolutely Incredible ! I could not put this book down.

  • Brett
    2018-10-13 22:24

    This was ok, I guess, but I get the feeling I was meant to fall in love with Jane and admire her resourcefulness and drive. Instead, while she undeniably had some terrible things happen to her, and did respond with drive, I just didn't like her that much, which put me in conflict with the author. From previous reviews I was expecting a twist that never came (spoiler: (view spoiler)[ the bloke who looks like the killer in like Chapter 1 is the killer (hide spoiler)] to be posted when I get on an actual computer), and I was left with a Hallmark movie of a crime.

  • Theresa
    2018-10-07 04:24

    True murder This book was so well written. It was such a sad story for Jane. I wanted her to win no matter what. It is so very sad what Tom put her through. But I don't see her as a victim anymore. I wish I was half as strong as this woman is. Well worth the read. Tom, I hope you rot. I never felt so strongly about a murder as I did about this one.

  • ♥ Marlene♥
    2018-09-23 06:25

    On Wednesday, May 26, 2004 I wrote:Forgot to update.i did read this book in March and what a good read it was.Really enjoyed this. was very well written and an interesting story. do recommend. (I gave it 9 out of 10 back then)

  • JZ
    2018-10-16 22:45

    Very enjoyable read about a woman I admire so much. I particularly liked the way the book revealed evidence along the way, and then introduced so much more in the chapters on the trial. Nicely paced. I was on the edge of my seat, even knowing the end.

  • Jim
    2018-10-19 06:23

    If you are a fan of NBC Dateline I think you will enjoy this true crime story. But, it does give you a depressing view of the criminal justice system.

  • Jilly
    2018-10-08 04:32

    Good readI don't like writing reviews as I an not well spoken. I enjoyed this book. It was a good read.

  • Debra A. Ohanian
    2018-09-22 05:31

    Great read!I just could not put this book down! So well written and couldn't wait to find out what the next chapter would bring. Would definitely recommend.

  • Rex
    2018-09-27 01:44

    This was a heartbreaking read about misused trust a brutal murder and greed in its most evil form. For a in depth review please go to my