Ma Duncan by Jim Barrett

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Elizabeth Ann Duncan was a future daughter-in-law’s worst nightmare. Filled with deep-rooted instability, jealousy and obsession toward her son Frank, an obsession that far surpassed normal motherly love, Ms. Duncan, known to the world as "Ma Duncan," planned the murder of her pregnant daughter in law during the 1950’s.

Detailing this heinous crime, Jim Barrett delves into Elizabeth Duncan’s turbulent past, reflecting on her numerous marriages, financial fraud, suicidal tendencies and above all, her unnatural obsession toward her son and her hatred toward her daughter-in-law. As the story is revealed, Barrett creates a work that is frighteningly captivating, emphasizing the fragility of the human mind and the extent to which one woman went to fulfill her obsession.

Written with vivid details chronicling this infamous murder, "Ma Duncan" not only uncovers gaps that have been left exposed in Elizabeth Duncan’s story, but incorporates interviews, pictures and Barrett’s own expertise in criminal law enforcement to complete the whole story.


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Published January 15, 2004 by Pentland Press (NC). 310 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences.

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