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Love Kills-The Stalking of Diane Newton King – Book Review

LoveKills-StalkingOfDianeNewtonKingby: Andy Hoffman

Publisher: Avon Books

Copyright: 1994 , ISBN: [0380772744]

Type: Paperback

reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, December 5, 1994

Summary: Recommended reading on the murder of newswoman Diane Newton King.

Reprinted from Crushies Book Review, December 1994 Volume I, Issue No. 6….


Famous TV newswoman, Infatuated fan. TV newswoman rejects fan. Murder………..

Change newswoman to something else and you have the basic formula for what can be generically called the imperiled (stalked) celebrity book. The celebrity can be a politician (Ronald Reagan) or a creative artist (John Lennon). The common strand throughout the formula is “fan”. By reason of low self-esteem, the fan lives in the obscuring shadow of the object worshipped.

Diane Newton King was a local newscaster in Battle Creek, Michigan. Her mother was a full-blooded Mohawk Indian. On February 9, 1991, she was killed as she exited her car by two shots from a .22 caliber rifle. One bullet entered the upper right chest, another the groin area. Her two small children were in the car at the time.

The location of the bullet wounds, if inflicted by an expert shot, tells a story. Most “fans” don’t kill the object of their infatuation. If they do it is a simple “mission” killing, without passion, without a thought of the “object”. Husbands and wives on the other hand, when killing the other out of passion, will leave a story. Into the Diane King stalking story enters Brad King, the husband.

Love Kills – The Stalking of Diane Newton King does not delve beyond the facts in the domestic life of the Kings. From third hand sources however we do get the impression that Diane King was not the easy-go, laugh a minute, affable personality we so love of our news anchor people. She was in a cut-throat business in which the nice guys aren’t around for the finish. She was demanding, especially of herself. Among those demands was helping others; raising her children. If we are to judge the value of a life, helping others is about the only measurable yardstick we have. Diane King was valuable.

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