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by Suzanne Finstad


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Sleeping With the Devil Hardcover – July 1, 1991. Finstad ( Heir Not Apparent ) fails to paint a credible picture of a romantic, naive younger woman who fell in love with a handsome, sociopathic older man, with disastrous consequences.

Sleeping With the Devil Hardcover – July 1, 1991. by. Suzanne Finstad (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central. The situation appears to be that both Barbara Piotrowski, California beauty contest winner, and Richard Minns, Texas millionaire, expected they would get everything they wanted; when they wanted each other, both became obsessed.

Finstad wrote the national bestseller Sleeping with the Devil (1991), a non-fiction novel about the murder-for-hire of Barbra Piotrowski, a California beauty queen in a destructive love triangle with a married Texas health club tycoon named Richard Minns, who was alleged to have hired the assassins who shot and paralyzed Piotrowski. In the book, Finstad included excerpts from her taped joint interview with Grant and Priscilla Presley, who disagreed with certain points that Finstad had independently documented.

Sleeping with the Devil book. Finstad quotes friends of the couple throughout the book, describing Barbra and Dick’s relationship as unhealthy and strange. Perhaps they were being polite in their understatement. The word addiction is used often, and that seems accurate.

Sleeping with the devil. Finstad, Suzanne, 1955-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by station02. cebu on December 6, 2018. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). com User, September 18, 2002. Heard the taped version of SLEEPING WITH THE DEVIL by Suzanne Finstad, a true crime story about a Texas beauty queen and the self-made millionaire who loved her. As a professor of Women's Health, I want to be sure to remind all women to read "Sleeping With The Devil" by Suzanne Finstad. It is one of the best texts out there that describe in mind-shattering detail the intricacies and hidden subtleties of toxic relationships. then his world fell apart and he blamed her. that is, before he attempted to kill her. I now see why I like these type books better than typical mysteries.

Sleeping With the Devil Paperback – November 1, 1992.

Title: Sleeping with the Devil (TV Movie 1997). This movie is based on a true story that appeared on "Unsolved Mysteries" and was turned into a book by Suzanne Finstad. The real-life woman is a remarkable human being who entered into a relationship with a handsome con man, only to find out that he was already married, and everything else about him was a sham. She ultimately cannot get away from him. He stalks her and eventually puts her in a wheelchair.

Suzanne Finstad (born Suzanne Elaine Finstad September 14, 1955 . Sleeping With the Devil was made into a movie for CBS that aired in 1997.

Suzanne Finstad (born Suzanne Elaine Finstad September 14, 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a bestselling American author, biographer, journalist, producer, and lawyer. Finstad was an Associate Producer.

Chronicles the story of Barbara Piotrowski, who came under the spell of bodybuilder Richard Minns, a Texas millionaire who took over her life while keeping his marriage a secret and who later hired assassins to kill her

Comments: (7)

Oppebro
While I sympathy with the victim of this book, Barbra Piotrowski, I found this book to be extremely one sided.

Readers of told the story of how young, sweet, innocent Barbra is seduced by Richard Minns after being a victim of a brutal rape that left her with a inability to trust men. After falling in love with Minns, Barbra moves from Los Angeles to Huston to be with him; unaware at the time that he is still very much married and she is nothing more than a mistress.

After learning that he is married, Minns convices Barbra that he has an open marriage and she agrees to stay. Even following occassional beatings, watching her dream guy manipulate and control others, and being forced to be who he wants her to be, she stays in the relationship. One morning after an explosive verbally abusive incident, Barbra decides to leave. When she does, she takes everything with her and moves out of the apartment she and Minns shared. As he had done so many times in the past, Minns becomes very angry and seeks revenge because Barbra took what he felt belonged to him.

While [....] is seeking revenge both underhandedly and via the legal system, Barbra mentions numerous times she is hoping that she is Minns will reconcile. Of course, that never occurs. And eventually Minns does get even...he hires someone to kill her.

Although the hired killers failed miserably at killing their target, they did manage to paralyze Barbra. And just as Minns had stated many times in the past, he did, essentially, get away with murder.

While I found the story to be interesting (amazing how one man with money and connections can evade prosecution of numerous charges), I believe this book is a bit misleading. We are told of how Barbra is so innocent and so niave. We are painted a picture of someone who was so in love, had victimized early in life and felt Minns was her knight in shining armor. I'm just not buying it.

When she first met Minns, I'm sure she still was still niave...she was only 20. But this same innocent learns that she is a mistress and stays. Barbra, at some point, signed a contract with Minns that, should the relationship ever end, she would receive a huge settlement of both cash and furniture. Barbra made comments to the effect, while on the "run" from Minns, that having his belongings would help them reconcile. That's a coniving woman's way of thinking...how many battered women leave things behind that truly are theirs to keep just to get out of an abusive relationship? There is a list that goes on and on of things that were not so innocent in nature, but readers are truly pushed to feel that way about the victim.

The author did an excellent job of writing the book and doing her research. It is worth reading...just don't get sucked in to her world of make believe!
Foxanayn
I have read this book 3 times over the years. I am an avid reader of true crime!! This is one of my all-time​ favorite book!
caif
Heard the taped version of SLEEPING WITH THE DEVIL by Suzanne
Finstad, a true crime story about a Texas beauty queen and the
self-made millionaire who loved her . . . or so it seemed . . . then his
world fell apart and he blamed her . . . that is, before he attempted
to kill her . . . I now see why I like these type books better than
typical mysteries . . . I'm reading one now (the latest by
Mary Higgins Clark), and there is just no comparison . . . this
is so much better! . . . it makes you feel like you really
know the characters, and you find yourself hoping--against
all odds--that the ending is going to differ from what really
happened . . . my only disappointment was in the ending,
but that was not because of the author; rather, somebody
seemed to get away with murder--or something very close
to it . . . if you're in the mood for a gripping tale of obsession
and murder, this is the book for you!
Shem
Sleeping With the Devil is a totally engrossing true story of murder, passion, and betrayal. I never thought real life could be this interesting!
Juce
I saw this movie on the Lifetime Channel years ago. The movie starred Shannen Doherty. It was a very moving story of the shooting of Barbra Piotrowski by hired gunmen. Her then estranged boyfriend Richard Minns was never charged. Barbra survived the shooting but was paralyzed from the chest down. Her story is one of her triumph and strength. And, how she and her husband now help others who are paralyzed. Richard Minns went into hiding and was eventually arrested on passport fraud charges. I do so wish the movie was available but no one has it.
Corgustari
Full Disclosure: Richard Minns, is my first uncle, for the most part the book is truthful. There are a lot of other small details that didn't make it into the book. which would put more light onto the subject and the complexity of how and why events turned for the worse. The sad thing is, all parties to this had their lives changed for ever.
Yellow Judge
The author did an excellent job in writing this story and making sure that you didn't get lost with the numerous characters that are involved. It's hard to believe that this story is true because it is just plain bizarre the chain of events that occurred. This book is a real page turner. I couldn't put it down. And to think that Dick Minns never got arrested for masterminding the tragic events of this young girls life. It's just sad. He may be out there in the world doing the same thing to someone else. The book contains numerous letters that Dick Minns wrote. He was indeed a letter writer. He wrote letters to everyone, Barbra, his ex-wife, her father, you name it. His behavior was nothing short of weird and calculated. Makes you wonder how someone like that sleeps at night. You'll learn a lot about how the justice system in Texas operated back in the 80's. You'll also learn about the first health clubs and spas in the country. Dick Minns was part of the launch of them. While the story is sad, I highly recommend the book.
I was determined to finish this. Even tho' Barbra did 'buy in to' those 3 years she spent with Minns and she certainly was no fool, it's still grossly unfair that money and power can buy freedom from all guilt and the fact that she ends up paralyzed from the attempted murder. What a waste of her life that was so promising - he is such a sleazy, stingy, power hungry, egotistical scum bag...hoping all his bad karma comes back around ... if not this lifetime, then his next.
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Author: Suzanne Finstad
ISBN: 0688083579
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Specific Groups
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (July 1, 1991)
Pages: 382 pages