Carol Kennedy was a gentle-spirited artist, gifted teacher and therapist, and devoted mother to her daughters, Katie and Charlotte. For more than two decades, she remained a committed wife to Steven DeMocker, the man she genuinely believed was her soulmate. But Carol was codependent and incapable of establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries with Steve, repeatedly overlooking and making excuses for his numerous affairs and irresponsible spending habits. Steve was charming, charismatic, and manipulative. Eventually, however, Carol became empowered and found her voice. She divorced Steve and, though mired in debt, finally had a chance to establish a new life on her own terms.
Mere weeks after finalizing the divorce, Carol was speaking to her mother on the telephone. Suddenly, she exclaimed, “Oh, no!” Those were the last words anyone ever heard Carol utter. Her bloodied, bludgeoned body was discovered in her rural home, her skull broken in more than fifty places. From the outset, Steve was the prime suspect, but it would be more than five years before prosecutors would secure his conviction. The quest for justice was long, punctuated by bizarre, unpredictable complications and legal machinations, and controversy. Because even as Steven DeMocker serves a life sentence plus twenty-one years in an Arizona penitentiary (despite a complete lack of physical evidence conclusively tying him to the crime), many observers continue to debate whether he was capable of murdering the mother of his two daughters in such a brutal manner.