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Seduced by Madness: The True Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harpercollins
Publication date September 1, 2007
Binding Paperback
Edition Int
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780061467707
ISBN-10 0061467707
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Original list price $16.00
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Summary
In October 2002, the quiet northern California town of Orinda was rocked when Susan Polk, the mother of three teenage boys, was arrested for stabbing her husband and former therapist, Dr. Felix Polk, to death. Here, journalist Pogash reconstructs the case. Examining the decadent culture of California in the 1970s, Pogash looks at how, in this period of drugs and sexual exploration, a teen found herself caught in the grasp of a therapist who, like many others, fell for every passing trend in mental healththerapy. Pogash reconstructs the vague beginnings of the couple's sexual relationship in the therapist's office, exploring how Felix's relaxed attitude toward therapy blinded him to the complex nature of Susan's mental state, and how their mutual obsession with each other sealed their fate. Pogash also provides a first-hand account of the media-circus murder trial in which Susan defended herself.--From publisher description.Recounts the murder case in which Susan Polk was tried and convicted in the stabbing death of her husband and former therapist, Dr. Felix Polk, detailing Polk's relationship with her husband, which began when she was a troubled teenager.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The Susan Polk murder trial-in which Polk, acting as her own attorney, was tried and convicted of the murder of her husband and former therapist, Felix Polk - is one of the most sensational true crime cases of recent years. And one of the leading journalists working on the case is Carol Pogash. Writing for both the "New York Times" and the "Los Angeles Times", Carol has delved deeply into the back stories of all the protagonists; now, in "Seduced by Madness", she offers the richest and most textured recreation of this twisted story.

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Hardcover
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from William Morrow & Co (June 1, 2007)
9780061147708 | details & prices | 354 pages | 6.25 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $24.95
About: In October 2002, the quiet northern California town of Orinda was rocked when Susan Polk, the mother of three teenage boys, was arrested for stabbing her husband and former therapist, Dr.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Harpercollins (September 1, 2008)
9780061535673 | details & prices | 417 pages | 4.25 × 6.75 × 1.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $7.99
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Int edition from Harpercollins (September 1, 2007)
9780061467707 | details & prices | List price $16.00
About: In October 2002, the quiet northern California town of Orinda was rocked when Susan Polk, the mother of three teenage boys, was arrested for stabbing her husband and former therapist, Dr.

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