Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder
Hero, Husband, Father . . . Monster ? In Creekstone, Texas, a small, quiet suburb of Houston, football was king . . . and David Temple was a prince. A former high school and college gridiron star-turned-coach, he had a fairy-tale marriage to bright, vivacious Belinda Lucas, a teacher at the local high school who was so warm and popular her colleagues called her "The Sunshine Girl." The fairy tale ended savagely on January 11, 1999, when Belinda's lifeless body was discovered in a closet. Her skull had been shattered by a shotgun blast at close range. She was eight months pregnant. There was no damning evidence directly linking the brutal murder to husband David, who stood by emotionless and dry-eyed as police searched the crime scene. But a dogged eight-year investigation would expose a shocking history of cruelty and domination, infidelity and rageultimately resulting in an epic courtroom battle for the agesas the scandalous truth was revealed about love betrayed and innocent lives . . . shattered.
Parental Denial Created a Time Bomb
By Jan Genovese - July 6, 2010
Don't all of us wonder why some people cross the line and commit murder? As an avid True Crime reader, that is all that matters to me--WHY? And Kathryn Casey, the master of True Crime, never disappoints. David Temple seemed to be a cherished son of Texas and certainly the "All-American Boy" with his superb football skills. He had an intense and charming demeanor which was seemingly irrestible, especially to certain women. He was adored by his parents and brothers, to the extent that all of them seemed to overlook or simply ignore his dark side, and there were plenty of warnings that it existed. Casey lists all of them. Did the delightful Belinda Lucas fall so desperately in love with this overbearing man because of her equally overbearing father? Certainly that's one explanation, but fall she did, to her enormous peril. There are some who still question that David Temple marched his eight-months-pregnant wife upstairs while holding a shotgun to her head and executed her, but I have no... read more
The Case That Proved Blood Is Thicker Than Water
By Kim Cantrell "Soap Box Bandit" - July 2, 2010
Belinda Temple was loved by all: her fellow teachers, students, her family, her husband's family.
Yet she was a troubled woman, suspecting her husband David of having an affair.
And her suspicions were right on target. David was sleeping with one of his fellow teachers, Heather Scott.
When Belinda, eight months pregnant, was found murdered in her home one afternoon by her husband, police were determined to catch the person who would commit such a cold, brutal crime.
David, of course, was their first suspect. As the evidence continued to mount, it was obvious he was the ONLY person who could have killed his wife and his unborn daughter.
But the Temple family wagons would circle and if not for the determination of one police investigator and a tough-as-nails prosecutor, David Temple might still be free today; free to live with his mistress-turned-wife and, possibly, kill again.
Kathryn Casey doesn't disappoint true... read more
Katherine Casey hits a home run with this story
By Mike Schrader - August 27, 2010
As a neighbor and trial witness for this case, I can say that Ms Casey does an outstanding job showing readers what a wonderful person Belinda was and what a monster David had become. I agree with many other reviews in my assessment that David was coddled and never had to take responsibility for his actions. She shows the reader that the Temple family circled the wagons around David and acted like THEY were the victims. When Belinda and Erin were the true victims, as well as all of Belinda's family. How insulting that Belinda'a parents were not even contacted regarding their daughters funeral arrangements...unreal.
All of what is said about the Chow, Shaka, is true. One day my wife and I were sitting in Belinda's front yard with her, Evan and Shaka. I tried to befriend Shaka and even with Belinda beside me talking to calm Shaka, that dog would have torn into me if not restrained.
I have a sneaking suspicion that David is not held in such high esteem in the... read more
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