When Rusty Linden is handed the opportunity to take on a journalist assignment that will have her living with a recently paroled murderer, she feels both excitement at having this opportunity, and trepidation because her safety could be at risk. Being the kind of reporter that she is, she chooses to take the assignment and the risks that go with it.
The parolee is Antonia Brandon. Paroled after thirty-nine years, she had been in prison for being part of a cult that was responsible for committing heinous multiple murders. Her cult leader was trying to model himself after Charles Manson. Because of her active role in the murders, she is still despised even almost forty years later.
Rusty has mixed feelings about meeting Antonia, especially after she interviews one of the victims who survived. Without a doubt, she knows that Antonia is guilty; however, it is also thirty-nine years later. Being locked up for that length of time does not necessarily make one a better person, instead it might make her even less humane and more dangerous.
When innocent people who were involved with either the victims or the trial start dying, the public looks to placing the guilt on Antonia. Because Antonia doesn't have perfect alibis, either she is guilty once again, or someone really knows her whereabouts. This situation really forces Rusty to tread carefully; however, in fairness to Antonia, she is honest about her concerns. Working hard to find out the truth, Rusty also puts herself in danger. In the end, the shocking truth is discovered.
I really enjoyed this story and think that fans of true crime and mysteries will also enjoy "A Murderer's Mind."