Jonathan Nyce didn’t have a lot of time for socializing. He was busy in the labs discovering medical cures and trying to seduce investors whose money would allow continued work which would save many lives.
Nyce had been married once before, but it had fizzled out to a divorce. Years had passed and he’d occupied himself with work, but he was beginning to feel the first naggings of lonliness.
He didn’t want an American or European woman, they were too independent and strong-willed, so he turned to mail order bride magazines.
Through a personals ad in one of these catalogs, Nyce met Mechily Nyce, or Michelle as she told the American men she met to call her. After several months of exchanging letters and telephone calls, Jonathan Nyce went to the Philippines to claim his bride.
After the newlyweds returned to America, Jonathan continued his medical work while Michelle played the role of dutiful wife and, before long, mother to three children.
But there was something missing: a sense of being alive, of being loved.
Michelle began spreading her wings when she took on a part time job. Next she began an affair the Nyce’s gardener Miguel de Jesus, although the man told her his name was Enyo Castaneda – an alias he used to avoid child support authorities.
Michelle Nyce had never felt so alive. She decided it was time to break free of the last thing weighing her down: her obsessive, control-freak husband.
But Jonathan Nyce had too much invested in Michelle and he wasn’t going to let her simply walk away.
Never Leave Me by John Glatt offers a very indepth view of the case of Johnathan Nyce who was convicted of passion provocation murder in the death of his wife Filipino-born wife Michelle Nyce.
The author does not sugar coat the life of the victim (as is often the case in true crime books) as he exposes the truth about how she came to marry Nyce in a mail-order bride type meeting, her affair with deJesus, and her vainess by seeking eternal youth.
On the other hand, almost ironically, you read the good aspects of Dr. Nyce with his cures for asthma and other medical discoveries that, for a short while, made him a millionaire – a blessing that would soon be a curse, at least according to Nyce.
Unfortunately, I found the latter part of the book seems to focus on the defense attorney Robin Lord, who the author proclaims as one of the best attorneys in that area; specifically, touting her representation of Jesse Timmendequas, whose conviction led to the passing of Megan’s Law. While focusing on Lord, the reader is introduced to her ridiculous courtroom theatrics and temper tantrums; and, unfortunately, they seem to take up a great portion of the second half of the book.
If you skip over the bowing to Lord (pun intended), then you’ll find Never Leave Me to be an otherwise quick-paced, interesting true crime.
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