Possessed, The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder is the latest work by True Crime author Kathryn Casey. Mx. Casey has written a number of True Crime books, and Possessed is yet another gripping, gritty case.
Early in the morning of 09 June 1993, Houston police responded to a 911 call. The first officer on the scene was taken aback at what he saw. Stefan Andersson was lying in a pool of drying blood, the victim of some terrible attack. The only other person there was his girlfriend Ana Trujillo.
Possessed gives us a comprehensive look into the past of both Stefan and Ana. Describing their childhoods, and focusing mostly on the last 10ish years of their lives. Stefan was a professor and researcher at the University of Texas, and Ana was usually out of jobs, relying on the men in her life to support her. And Stefan was a brilliant mark for Ana.
The book gives a quite detailed look at what happened the last six months that Stefan and Ana were together, disclosing their fights, their drinking problems, and Ana's continuing spiral into the spiritual practices that she'd cobbled together from a number of other practices. Stefan is painted as the victim, not only because he was the person murdered, but because of his lifestyle. He was, according to friends and family, a generous, caring human. Ana on the other hand was portrayed by her friends and family as manipulative and always twisting events in her life to portray herself as the wronged party, as the victim.
A fair portion of the book is dedicated to Ana's murder trial, where she did not testify on her behalf, but rather her attorneys played the police interview from the night of the murder. The rambling interview and history given by Ana Trujillo's friends and family seemed to seal her fate. After only a few hours deliberation, the jury reached a decision of Ana being guilty of Stefan's murder. On 11 April 1994, Ana Trujillo was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Stefan Andersson.
Possessed is a solid book, and it's very clear that Mx. Casey was an ardent fan of Ann Rule, as her books are written in much the same style. Clear, filled with enough detail to describe events, but not over filled as to bog down the book. I'd recommend Possessed to fans of true crime, of murders, of Ann Rule, or of biographies/memoirs. Solid book, and well worth the time to read it.
Possessed, the Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (September 27, 2016)
In the interest of disclosure, I was given a copy of this book by the publisher.