Final Analysis

Final Analysis

The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case

Book - 2007
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In October 2002, Susan Polk, a housewife and mother of three, was arrested for the murder of her husband, Felix. The arrest in her sleepy northern California town kicked off what would become one of the most captivating murder trials in recent memory, as police, local attorneys, and the national media sought to unravel the complex web of events that sent this seemingly devoted housewife over the edge.

Now, with the exclusive access and in-depth reporting that made A Deadly Game a number one New York Times bestseller, Catherine Crier turns an analytical eye to the story of Susan Polk, delving into her past and examining how over twenty years of marriage culminated in murder. Tracing the family's history, Crier skillfully maneuvers the murky waters of the Polk's marriage, looking at the real story behind Susan, Felix, and their unorthodox courtship. When Susan was in high school, Felix, who was more than twenty years her senior, had been her psychologist, and it was during their sessions that the romantic entanglement began. From these troubling origins grew a difficult marriage, one which produced three healthy boys but also led to disturbing accusations of abuse from both spouses.

With extraordinary detail, Crier dissects this dangerous relationship between husband and wife, exposing their psychological motivations and the painful impact that these motivations had on their sons, Adam, Eli, and Gabriel. Drawing on sources from all sides of the case, Crier masterfully reconstructs the tumultuous chronology of the Polk family, telling the story of how Susan and Felix struggled to control their rambunctious sons and their disintegrating marriage in the years and months leading up to Felix's death.

But the history of the Polk family is only half the story. Here Crier also elucidates the methodical police work of the murder investigation, revealing never-before-seen photos and writings from the case file. In addition, she carefully scrutinizes the many twists and turns of the remarkable trial, exploring Susan's struggles with her defense attorneys and her shocking decision to represent herself.

Dark, psychological, and terrifying, Final Analysis is a harrowing look at the recesses of the human mind and the trauma that reveals them.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061134524
Branch Call Number: 364.1523092
Characteristics: xiv, 354 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Polk, Susan 1957-
Thompson, Cole


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Jun 12, 2013

A wild and outside-the-box true crime story of a very dysfunctional family in the Bay Area a decade ago. For a shorter read try the Dateline transcript from NBS news: By Keith Morrison Correspondent NBC News updated 6/16/2006 4:30:25 PM An update since "Dateline" aired this story (below) on Friday, Oct. 14: The Contra Costa County jury of six women and six men deliberated for four days before convicting Susan Polk of second-degree murder. OAKLAND HILLS, Ca. — Susan Polk is an elegant woman, notwithstanding the prison shirt she usually wears. She's articulate, and there are no hints of the delusions she’s accused of. As for the other thing… well, everybody agrees that that happened. Susan Polk: I thought— "Oh my God, he’s dead, I’ve killed him. I’ve got his blood on my hands, how am I gonna tell my children what happened? They will never see me the same again." (Suggest to search for images of "Susan Polk Murder" and view a better set of pictorial of the characters than the book inserts.)


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