In October 2002, Susan Polk, a housewife and mother of three, was arrested for the murder of her husband, Felix. The arrest kicked off what would become one of the most captivating murder trials in recent memory, as police, local lawyers, and the national media sought to unravel the complex web of events that sent this seemingly devoted housewife over the edge.Now, with exclusive access and in-depth reporting, Catherine Crier turns an analytical eye to the story of Susan Polk. Tracing the family's history, Crier skilfully manoeuvres the murky waters of the Polk's marriage, looking at the real story behind Susan, Felix, and their unorthodox courtship.With extraordinary detail, Crier dissects this dangerous relationship between husband and wife, exposing their psychological motivations and the painful impact that these 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 disruptive 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. Crier also elucidates the methodical police work of the murder investigation, reveals never-before-seen photos and writings from the case file, and carefully scrutinises the many twists and turns of the remarkable trial.