Vanished at Sea
by Tina Dirmann
Thomas and Jackie Hawks had big plans.
The couple wanted to sell their retirement home--a hard earned 55-foot yacht named Well Deserved --and move onto land to spend more time with family. So when a baby-faced buyer, Skylar Deleon, wanted to test drive the yacht, the Hawks were overjoyed. However, Skylar-- with his troubled past as a flamed-out childhood actor, a dishonorably discharged Marine and a suspect in the mysterious death of his former friend, Jon Jarvi --had an even more troubling future planned. But as the Hawks set sail with Skylar and two of his friends, not everyone will return.
A compelling true crime, VANISHED AT SEA, is a murder mystery that starts as a missing persons' case and quickly evolves into homicide. In chilling detail, the book recounts Tom and Jackie's deadly voyage, when they begged for their lives before coldly being chained to an anchor and kicked overboard, to their deaths.
Authorities are left to figure out how this much-loved retired couple simply disappeared. Could the ship's new owner, Skylar Deleon, be responsible? And is his young, pregnant wife, Jennifer, involved? With little physical evidence to go on, the police, prosecutor, and Hawks family struggle to find out the truth. It's a heart-stopping, page-turning account of the Hawks family's search for justice. This updated edition includes new details on the crime, convictions -- and surprising new evidence on the perverted sexual motivation that may have been behind it all.
- Tina Dirmann, April 2012
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