Julie Marie Scully gained notoriety by being a “Page 6″ girl in The Trentonian. With her dark hair and skin and well-defined Navajo facial features, Julie was popular with readers and several times voted a favorite.
But behind the beauty lay a madness, a young woman who all but demanded her boyfriend propose marriage then was heartsick when he seemed indifferent to their relationship. Liquor and cocaine only fueled the insanity. Then toss in her mother with her own past drug-addiction and controlling issues and you have a perfect recipe for disaster.
Well, almost perfect.
After Julie gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, she found herself even more depressed. She loved her daughter but was disappointed at the weight she retained after her pregnancy and her husband’s continued lack of romance. Julie believed others were responsible for her happiness and when they didn’t fulfill their roles, she upped her usages of drugs and alcohol.
Then she met George Skiadopolous on a cruise. She was a passenger, he was a crew member. Despite knowing she was married, the Greek Casanova set out to seduce Julie and found his efforts needed only be minimal.
Before long Skiadopolous and Julie were embroiled in an intense affair and Julie announced she wanted a divorce and intended to move to Greece. Tim, Julie’s husband, made it clear he would not allow his daughter to live out of the country.
So leaving her daughter behind, Julie went to Greece to begin her new life with Skiadopolous. But things weren’t as green on the other side as Julie had imagined. And this time, instead of an indifferent husband, Julie found herself thousands of miles from home with a man who was determined his beautiful lady would never leave him.
Author John Glatt covers the story of how Julie Scully went from Page 6 to front page headlines when George Skiadopolous murdered her, whether it be to keep her from leaving him or to gain access to her $600,000 divorce settlement in his 2004 true crime Blind Passion: A True Story of Seduction, Obsession, and Murder.
Julie’s life is detailed in a way where it is obvious Glatt is sympathetic to the trouble young woman but without sugar-coating her many flaws. Just a couple of chapters into the book, readers have a pretty clear picture of the dysfunctional Scully family and Julie’s drug and alcohol addictions. Alternatively, when it comes to George, there is very, very little background information on him, leaving readers to wonder he became an internationally-known murderer.
In my opinion, Julie wasn’t a very sympathetic victim. Of course, I’m a mother who could never imagine leaving my children behind to run off with woman in a country thousands of miles away with them. Of course, I very, very, VERY rarely feel any empathy for a murderer, so there wasn’t any emotional leanings toward Georgie-boy either.
Despite this failure to evoke any emotion, other than for the Nist daughter, I still found Blind Passion a fantastic read. There is a lot – a lot – of drama that surrounds Julie Scully Nist (I’ve only disclosed a small inkling in this review) and readers will find they can’t put the book down because the happenings are one right after another.
Simply said, it’s page after page of downright insanity!
Updates from this book:
George Skiadopolous managed to get his sentence lowered through an appeal in 2002, making him eligible for release in 2007 but I could not locate any information as to whether he has been paroled as of this writing.
Tim Nist lives in Columbus, New Jersey, with his and Julie’s 17 year-old daughter. A social networking profile for the teenager shows her to look very much like her mother at that age.
Julia Scully passed away on April 28, 2010. Her son established a Facebook memorial page soon after her death.