"Absorbing and impeccably researched, Poisoned Love is classic California noir, a story of passion and betrayal and death, with a beautiful, scheming adulteress at the center of the web.”
-- Author John Taylor
"Rother has produced a superior study of a serial killer and his lost and lonely victims." -- Author Carol Anne Davis
POISONED LOVE (updated 2011)
Kristin Rossum had everything going for her -- beauty, brains, and the start of a brilliant career. But the 24-year-old San Diego County toxicologist was torn between three relationships: one with her husband, who was found not breathing and covered with red rose petals; one with her married boss at the Medical Examiner's Office; and one with her old friend, crystal meth. This cautionary tale illustrates how an obsession for passion and easy access to narcotics can devastate not just one life, but many others in the process. In this updated edition, 16 pages of new developments about Rossum's appeals raise forensic questions about her conviction. See below for the original cover, Caitlin's first published book ever, released in 2005; and Rossum, a former child model and ballerina turned toxicologist, in court at a pre-trial hearing.
"A true-crime thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. . . a brilliant job of captivating the inner workings of a female killer.”
-- Author Aphrodite Jones
The night Greg de Villers met Kristin Rossum on the pedestrian bridge to Tijuana, she went home with him and never left. He got her off meth, and then they got married. He said he would "love her for the rest of my life," and he was right. Greg's family -- his two brothers, Jerome and Bertrand, and his French-born parents, never believed Greg would commit suicide. Jerome took his evidence to the San Diego PD and convinced the agency to investigate Greg's alleged suicide as a homicide.
Defense attorney Alex Loebig (and Vic Eriksen, not pictured) fought for Kristin in court, but they were outmatched by prosecutors Dan Goldstein and Dave Hendren. The jury voted to convict and Rossum will spend the rest of her life in prison at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla. Michael Robertson (bottom left), described in court as an "unindicted co-conspirator," was secretly charged with conspiracy some years after the trial, without his knowledge. Authorities had hoped that Robertson, who had gone back to work in his native Australia, would come back to the U.S., where he would then be arrested. Rother broke the story in the San Diego Reader after the updated edition of this book was published.