Murder at the Malabar Motel; or, Justice for Dianne Tadlock Knotts

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The murder at the Malabar Motel was not the stuff of myth. It was more than another false confession by Ottis Toole and Henry Lee Lucas. Its mishandling has haunted retired police officer Jim Crosby for 43 years. Dianne’s children still want justice. Brenda remembers her mother at the piano in the motel bedroom, singing of being “the happiest girl in the whole U.S.A.” Jim wrote the police report, which long ago disappeared.

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