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WAS SHE A SWEET SOUTHERN CHARMER? OR A COLD-BLOODED KILLER? For their wedding portrait, petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarlett. Both came from fine Southern families, and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses, raise horses, and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta society. Less than two months later, their dreaWAS SHE A SWEET SOUTHERN CHARMER? OR A COLD-BLOODED KILLER? For their wedding portrait, petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarlett. Both came from fine Southern families, and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses, raise horses, and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta society. Less than two months later, their dream exploded in terror and murder: their beautiful home mysteriously burned to the ground and Tom was convicted of the brutal slaying of his mother and father. Pat's only brother had died in a puzzling suicide, her grandparents-in-law were poisoned with arsenic, and no one -- from her wealthy employers to her own children -- was safe when Pat Allanson didn't get her way. It took Georgia lawmen more than two decades to stop her for good -- if indeed they have. In this fascinating account, Ann Rule delivers a tour de force: a whirlwind of misguided love, denial, guilt, and passions out of control; a series of brilliantly manipulated crimes; the bizarre and horrifying tale of two families brought to ruin; and, at the center of it all, the heartless, supremely selfish sociopath whose evil hid behind soft words and gentle manners, but who destroyed -- without mercy -- those who loved her....

Title : Everything She Ever Wanted
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ISBN : 9780671690717
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 560 Pages
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Everything She Ever Wanted Reviews

  • Rosemary
    2019-03-08 19:40

    The ugly truth about what motivates some people to kill is always shocking. What's worse is when, knowing this, other family members side with the killer. Spoiled rotten by her family, Patricia Vann Radcliffe Taylor Allinson, a Georgia beauty whose goal in life was to emulate Scarlett O'Hara, led a life of deadly horror. Fed by her family's constant devotion from early childhood through middle age, Pat, who could do nothing wrong by her family's standards. A narcissistic personality, without a shred of conscience, she systematically destroyed her own family. Nothing she ever had was enough. This is a gripping story.

  • Lori
    2019-03-06 15:02

    "Everything She Ever Wanted" by Ann Rule is the true story of Patricia Vann Radcliffe Taylor Allanson, a Georgia woman who envisioned herself as a modern day Scarlett O'Hara and systematically tore anyone and everyone down who stood in her way of that fantasy. Ms. Rule does an excellent job of researching Pat's childhood as a spoiled and selfish little girl who was coddled constantly by her family, who aged to become a spoiled and self-centered adult who never really truly grew up. Reading about her childhood and the complete lack of boundaries she had, while her family continually fawned over her and found no wrong with absolutely anything she did, had me angered and annoyed. Could fate have been changed if her parents had put their foot down with her? We will never know. Pat's brother ended up a suicide; her mother and father in law murdered; her husband's grandparents poisoned; an elderly employer poisoned; even her own daughter was poisoned. During it all Pat hid behind her frail, helpless female exterior, conveniently fainting when confronted with anything unpleasant, and keeping the mask of her sociopathic character hidden, with absolutely no remorse or concern for the havoc and path of destruction she left behind. This story was so fascinating, so unbelievable that it had to be true. Definitely one of Ms. Rule's very best works. Highly recommended

  • Crystal Durnan
    2019-03-02 14:56

    This, along with Small Sacrifices is one of my favorite Ann Rule books. This "southern Belle" goes to great lengths to get whatever she wants, whenver she wants and from whomever she wants, using her feminine wiles and manipulation and once again this woman seems absolutely larger than life. This and Small Sacrifices are the Ann Rule books that I recommend to anyone and every one who might be interested. You won't believe the shit this lady pulls!! She gets caught at first, while proclaiming her innocence to the end of course, and goes to jail for several years, but picks right up where she left off once she's released - taking advantage of the few friends of hers that stick around. Whether it's creating major conflict and setting up her husband to look like an armed burglar in his parents house resulting in a deadly shoot-out between father and son, to manipulating her husbands grandparents to sell their house to pay for her own mansion after which she then slowly poisons and tries to kill them, to brazenly repeating the very actions she was accused of years before right under the noses of the few people in her life that stuck around and defended her. This lady is out of control and leaves quite a trail of bodies.

  • Donna
    2019-03-20 15:41

    This book stays with you. I couldn't quit thinking about it after I was finished. I was left wanting to know what happened to the familyafter the book ends. I found a little info, but not enough. I want to know the oldest daughter, Susan, was able to be happy far away fromher mother. Did the granddaughter, Ashlynne, turn out OK after being tormented by Pat and raised in such a dysfunctional household? Whatabout Susan's son, Sean. Did he ever realize the truth? I think Tom had to tell himself he killed his parents in self-defense just so he could live with his guilty conscience. See what I mean? It was a very disturbing story and is going to haunt me for awhile.

  • Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
    2019-03-09 21:53

    For fans of true-crime you can't beat Ann Rule. An earlier novel this is one of her best. Story of Pat Taylor, a female sociopath with major entitlement issues, she believes she deserves everything & ends up destroying the lives of everyone that loves her. A true-crime story written so well it reads like fiction; if this is your genre you'll love it.

  • Susan Sweikert
    2019-02-23 19:46

    Spellbinding!Couldn't put this book down. What an amazing, horrible tale of a selfish woman who was constantly enabled by her parents.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-21 13:37

    incredible. i have to google this woman to make sure she does not live anywhere NEAR me.

  • Francisca
    2019-03-09 18:49

    DNF--This has nothing to do with Ann Rule's writing (I'm most likely picking another of her books during this month) but I just can't read 500 pages about such unpleasant people. I have over 400 books to read, I don't want to keep wasting my time with these people (although I'm still googling the case just to know what happened in the end)

  • Charlene
    2019-03-21 15:42

    Once again, no critical thinking skills demonstrated by Rule. What is worse, this case is one of her more forgettable ones. (Yet, I keep listening to a ridiculous number of her books because it makes the time pass on the treadmill, so...)

  • kylajaclyn
    2019-03-11 20:02

    So I have long been of the belief that parents are not responsible for their children turning out to be sociopaths. Boy, am I completely fucking wrong about that in this case. I couldn't stop reading this book. I didn't touch anything else. I had to know how it ends. And, well, for most it doesn't end well. Because of one Southern Belle who was coddled to an astonishing degree.In her infancy Pat Taylor is raised by her grandmother, Mary, who refuses to punish her and lets her subsist only on pancakes. This goes on until she is five years old and taken back by her mother, Margueritte. But, instead of punishing her daughter or teaching her boundaries, she instead lets her continue living on pancakes and gives her everything she wants. The result is a woman who grows up to be part Jessica Wakefield and part Blanche Dubois: in a word, terrifying. And sociopathic, as she never gained a conscience from being coddled. I'm guessing that Margueritte indulged her daughter in the beginning out of guilt for missing out on the first five years of her life, but I think after that it was out of habit and her need to play martyr. The end of the book mentions the myriad of personality disorders Pat likely has, but the first thing that came to my mind (because I'm a huge Eminem fan) was Münchausen syndrome, though I wasn't sure I was remembering the symptoms correctly. Turns out I was right. Pat was ill in one way or another her whole life, but nobody is ever constantly sick unless they have a diagnosed illness. Pat wasn't ever diagnosed with anything, she just constantly fainted and cried rape and went to the hospital for various afflictions, including an unhealing abscess on her right buttock. Apparently one day Pat's daughter, Susan, and her friend saw Pat beating herself with pots and pans in the kitchen. That is most definitely Münchausen syndrome. Margueritte later confessed that Pat had, in fact, been the reason her abscess wouldn't heal, because she saw her daughter open the wound back up again. Lord knows what else she covered up for Pat.Of course the heart of the story is about Pat's relationship with her second husband, Tom, and how she completely obliterated his family and her own by her overwhelmingly sociopathic deeds. By the end of the (appallingly true) story Tom's parents are dead and his grandparents poisoned; Pat's brother, Kent, is dead from suicide; Pat is convicted not once but twice for attempted murder by poisoning, and the second time her daughter, Debbie, is hauled away too as an accomplice; Pat's firstborn, Susan, is excommunicated from and harassed by the family for reporting her suspicions about her mother to detectives; Tom spends fifteen years in prison because of Pat's machinations in the death of his parents... And on and on and on. The only thing that saved me from throwing this book across the room in a rage at Pat was that Susan and Tom finally got a happy ending. Though Susan's husband divorced her because of her family (after sticking with her for so long), Tom is the one who is finally able to come around and help Susan take her kids and move a thousand miles away from her family in Georgia. Tom was able to marry the true love of his life, a woman named Liz, and they settled in Georgia tucked away in the trees on a beautiful property. I like to imagine that they are still there and happy, otherwise I can't really stomach all that damage wrought by one selfish woman. I have never really believed in a concrete heaven or hell, nor do I believe people should be condemned to hell and never have a chance at redemption, but after reading this I'd like to think that there is a hell and it is reserved only for Pat Taylor Allanson, where the devil and his posse will ignore her for eternity... Because lord knows this woman needs, just once in her life, to be one hundred percent ignored. I have never been more grateful for the family I have.

  • Katie Kenig
    2019-02-22 16:52

    “Choices are like dominoes, one tumbling against the next and then the next until events go out of human control.” There's a crazy, manipulative lady in this book. Fair warning. As far as true crime stuff goes, the crazy lady gets me almost as much as the evil kid gets me in horror novels. It amazes me how some people's minds work, and the things they'll do, and the ways their brains can justify it all.So, if you've read true crime before, you've probably read Ann Rule before. Her books are like an episode of Dateline, where interviews are interspersed with dramatic reenactments and dialogue.This one is really no different from the standard format. There are bad people in the world, and they did some bad, twisted, maniacal things to one another. People were hurt, and some of those people were fairly innocent. Some of them weren't so much. Some people got blamed; not always the right ones.This was a super fast read for me. The writing is crisp and matter-of fact. Rule pulls no punches and lays out the facts clearly. While I like that (at least when reading in the True Crime genre) it just seems like I finish a book and feel like I didn't read much of anything at all. There wasn't a lot of substance, in other words. One of those times where you sit down to a huge dinner and it seems like you should feel like it was Thanksgiving, but an hour later you're at 7-11 picking up a Slurpee and some nachos. Would I recommend this book? Sure, if you have a couple of hours to kill and like true crime, or appreciate the reporting style of Dateline. Is it going to be super exciting or engrossing? Eh, no. I'm not even sure I would have finished it, had it taken me more than a few hours one evening.

  • Jeff Kowalk
    2019-02-23 14:58

    "Truth is stranger than fiction." After you read this book, there can be more no more doubt that this old adage is true. This is the true story of Pat Taylor Allanson and her husband Tom Allanson, and the series of homicidal events that transpired in July 1974. More unnerving events followed, but I will keep this review spoiler free. As you read this, you will have to constantly remind yourself that everything you see really happened.Ann Rule is a master of intrigue. In this book, the crime is established very close to the beginning, but that's just the beginning of the story. She carefully crafts a narrative of all the characters involved, painting clear pictures of their personalities and motivations unraveling over a period of several decades. Psychopaths always make for interesting reading, and this is no exception. Once you start, you will not be able to put down this page-turner.The details are enough to make it a fulfilling read, but not so deep as to make it boring. Obviously, Ms. Rule spent a great deal of time doing research on the crime, the individuals involved, and actually spent time interviewing law enforcement, family and friends, and the perpetrators themselves. As with all of her books, she provides pictures of the crime scene, the investigators, the criminals, victims, and others of significance to the story. These details make it different from other books and completely captivating. The book is a complete documentary, and as always, dedicated to the memory of the victims, who are not able to tell their story. Although murder is always disturbing, the details are not grisly, and all individuals are treated with the respect they deserve.Highly recommended for those who want to read a true crime book that is as riveting as it is eye-opening. We can all learn from the past and pay our respects to the victims by understanding more completely what happened to them.

  • Teena Stewart
    2019-02-21 14:39

    When Pat Taylor wed Tom Allanson he had no way of knowing it would destroy his life in just a matter of weeksIn fact, Pat destroyed a lot of people’s lives. The attractive Southern belle was spoiled by her mother and she expected to live a lavish lifestyle at any cost. Nobody crosses Pat who was fascinated with Scarlett O’Hara. Pat could pour on the charm, but underneath the beautiful façade was a cruel and evil heart. She was manipulative and controlling and if anyone crossed her, well, they’d better watch their back. At the heart of this story is the murder of Tom’s parents, orchestrated by Pat. But it doesn’t stop there. She’s determined to get to Tom’s grandparents money, even if she has to revert to poison.There’s lots more to tell but I don’t want to spoil all the intrigue. Rule, a former police woman, spares no details regarding this true story and delves into two troubled families and the horrific, twisted behavior of Taylor who has no conscience. This is not a new book but it’s still a fascinating read. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Judy
    2019-03-15 14:43

    My friend and neighbor handed me this book while we were working in the used book section of our library, saying, this is right up your alley. Okay, true crime is interesting, to read about what lengths people go to get what they think they want. The scenario is apt to involve someone with no conscience, which seems to be the case for this Southern belle. Halfway through the story I get bogged down with a feeling of disgust and a wish to step into the story and say, enough already, this sociopathic woman and her enablling family are going to keep repeating their mistakes over and over again. Thank goodness for the detectives who spend years unraveling the facts to bring them to the point where someone can be punished. With each new crime spree, I found myself returning to the photos contained in the book to reinforce the reality of the situation and maybe try to find the monster within their outward appearance of normalcy.

  • Ruth
    2019-02-20 14:59

    Another of Ann Rule's fantastic renderings of a truly horrific crime, or--in this case--horrific crimes. The depths to which human nature can plunge has ceased to amaze me; however, the ability of people foolishly to ignore warning sign after warning sign is truly appalling. All parents who are guilty of foolishly indulging their children and saving them time and again from the consequences of their own actions should be forced to read this book and witness the possible consequences of such behavior.

  • Nicole G.
    2019-03-01 20:41

    Long and detailed, but solid true crime tale of a quintessential Southern belle - to outward appearances, that is. However, if her feminine wiles didn't get her her way, Pat Taylor would do whatever she could to change that - including ripping apart her own family.Taylor was not as batshit insane as she appears; rather, it's even worse, when one begins to realize that her coldness and calculating actions are DELIBERATE. Much scarier, in my opinion.

  • Dan Sharber
    2019-03-07 14:52

    holy moly. this is one crazy story!!!! unbelievable.

  • Zachary
    2019-02-22 19:55

    The ending was like a Flannery O'Conner short story. It was that good.

  • Miz
    2019-02-20 14:35

    I think I'm just over Ann Rule's method of writing. This story was fascinating, but the execution was less than desirable.

  • Mary
    2019-02-25 14:44

    Good Book! I know it exists, but hard to believe that families can have so much drama.

  • Boremomsn.Com
    2019-03-18 19:40

    Pat Taylor is quite the manipulative woman - reading the book shows how much her family enabled her. Too bad the justice system isn't equipped to punish the people who aid and abet the Pat Taylor's of this world. The story started out slow but it became a page turner after about 50 pages. Typical Rule storytelling. No surprises in this story except just how long Pat Taylor was able to carry out her machinations. It was frustrating to watch her family time and time again shield her as if she could do no wrong. She probably could have killed 50 people in a single rampage and her parents would have stood by her. If you like true crime, and in particular Ann Rule, this is one to read. It's a long story, but worth the effort.

  • Amanda (WarpedSweetness)
    2019-03-22 14:35

    This was a great book! I am really liking Anne Rule's writing style. I was fascinated by the story of Pat Taylor Allanson and her family. Anne Rule really sucked me into this retelling.The back of the book called this a "bizarre and horrifying tale" and I certainly found it to be so. How this woman got away with everything is beyond me. I cannot believe her family kept shielding her and lying for her!I definitely recommend this book to anyone.

  • Mary M Hatten
    2019-03-07 16:46

    Wonderfully written, intrically investigated.Throughout investigated, powerfully written. There are actually devious, sinfully evil people out here in the world. Every now and then we are allowed a glance into their world. Dont think we will ever completely understand why they are that way. But take my word for it, they really are out there!

  • G P Devine
    2019-03-06 21:37

    This book circles around one woman who with her desire for daily security, simultaneously destroys all the lives of the people around her. Detailed with description, sources galore, Ann Rule puts you front and center to an amazing experience in the motivations of fear.

  • Cheyenne Mckee
    2019-03-09 13:45

    This is the first true crime novel I've read and I'm hooked. Truth is stranger than fiction in this novel, when a spoiled child becomes a desperately unhappy woman who will do anything to get what she wants. Highly recommend this book!

  • Erin Mitchell
    2019-03-23 19:03

    I absolutely love anything Ann Rule writes. However this one has been my least favorite thus far. Perhaps it's the setting or plantation type of vibe as I've never really resonated with that. I'm not sure but it's Ann Rule. I mean nothing is really "bad" from her!

  • Pa Houa
    2019-03-09 18:59

    very interesting book, I love Ann Rule's books and this one was one of those I couldn't put down.

  • Sue Harris
    2019-03-03 16:46

    Just couldn't get into this. Very Slow.

  • Kirsten
    2019-02-23 17:57

    Couldn't put it down. Best Ann Rule I've read to date.

  • Margaret Bechtol
    2019-03-19 18:57

    Not one of may favorites, just didn't like it.