Fetch the Devil: The Sierra Diablo Murders and Nazi Espionage in America
Clint RichmondCloth: $29.95
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|Cloth Publication Date:||06/03/2014|
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After discussing the Fromes, the significance of the munitions company, circumstances of the murder, and modus operandi of the spy network, Richmond offers a plausible theory of why the Fromes were killed. He provides ample "atmospherics" of the era, such as the cost of a Packard car, and what the Fromes might have listened to on the radio during their trip. The result makes for a well-paced, engrossing true crime story.
True crime fans will be both impressed and dismayed with how close law enforcement came to answers, and give credit to the particular efforts of Chris Fox, who could not forget the case even after his own son's wartime death. Spy enthusiasts and World War II buffs will be intrigued to learn the depth of Nazi espionage in 1930s America and its collateral damage. This is a story with twists that sound like fiction.
--Texas Writers League
Richmond relied on declassified federal government documents and various long-forgotten El Paso archives for his research, including meticulous case notes and files compiled by Chris Fox, the El Paso County sheriff who pursued the case relentlessly.Richmond is convinced that Fox, who emerged as one of El Paso's most prominent citizens, probably came closer than anyone else to solving the case even after the Texas Rangers took over the investigation. The book contends petty jurisdictional jealousies among various law enforcement agencies hampered the investigation.
--El Paso Times
Richmond’s well-written, well-researched book does not solve the crime . . . however, it does bring to light some previously unpublished materials. Plus, the author offers compelling arguments that the women probably were murdered by henchmen of a Mexico-based Nazi spy ring.
--Dallas Morning News
This book places Clint Richmond in the Top Echelon of Historical True Crime writers. There are writers, and then there are storytellers. Clint Richmond is both, and he is one of the best.
CLINT RICHMOND is a former newspaper reporter and magazine writer. He is the author of The Good Wife, Red Star Rogue, Selena, and other works of nonfiction. He lives in Texas.