I write about murder cases day in and day out, and I’m often asked how I keep balance in my life. Readers and friends wonder how I sleep at night. Do I have nightmares? The answer is that I work very hard to relieve stress through exercise and other relaxation techniques—including watching romantic comedies and legal and medical dramas, although I can’t help but watch the occasional crime show as well. They seem to be on 24-7.
My first was Poisoned Love, the true story of the Kristin Rossum murder case, now in its sixth printing and the subject of at least five TV documentary crime shows. Rossum was a pretty toxicologist for the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office, who was having three relationships: one with her husband, one with her married boss, and one with methamphetamine, which ultimately won out. High on meth, Rossum poisoned her husband with a lethal dose of fentanyl, an extremely potent narcotic painkiller that she stole from work. She then sprinkled red rose petals over his body and claimed that he committed suicide because he was depressed that she was leaving him.