Paul Dunn was a Farmington, New Mexico, police officer on the morning of April 4, 1994, when he went to the home of his soon-to-be-ex wife, Monica Sanchez Dunn. As he helped get their daughters ready for the day, Monica announced she intended to file domestic violence charges against him.
Minutes later, a shotgun blast rang through the house and Monica was dead.
Paul Dunn claimed his wife committed suicide. His colleagues and in-laws didn’t believe him. After all, women, especially those so consumed with their appearance as Monica, seldom commit suicide with a gun because of the visible damage it causes and it’s darn near impossible to do it with a shotgun.
With the aid of a high-profile attorney, Paul Dunn contended to swear his wife’s death was a suicide and even presented an alleged suicide note written by Monica a little more than a month before she died.
Could Monica have went against the odds and killed herself with a shotgun, in the abdomen with her husband and daughter’s nearby?
Well, that’s what Paul Dunn said and continues to say, even collaborating with journalist Andrea Egger in the 2001 book Grave Accusations: A True Story of Lies, Family Secrets, and Death.
Quite frankly, me thinks he doth protest too much. For almost 300 pages, all readers get is how Paul Dunn is (was) a man of such great insecurity it came across as arrogance; how he was just a lost soul stuck in a marriage to an evil, self-centered, emotionally and mentally abusive woman; that he wasn’t looking for it but just happened to stumble across his real soul mate and began an affair (his second in two marriages); and, last but not least, how he is a man taught never to hit a woman – although there is those times he punched holes in the wall and picked Monica up off the ground by her arms (but she started it, he says).
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
On and on it goes…Monica was an evil witch who spent every dime they earned while Paul worked two jobs. Monica was crazy jealous to the point of separating him from all his friends (although I did not hear mention of any real “friends” before her). Monica was so, so vain she never wore the same clothes twice and took two hours to get ready for anything.
Monica bad. Paul perfect.
Yeah, got it. Kind of hard not to get something when it’s shoved down your throat.
Funny thing, though: I still believe Paul Dunn killed his wife and he’s an egotistical and narcissistic jackass who transferred his own personality onto his dead wife to try and manipulate people into believing he’s the victim. Sigh.
The only reason I finished this book was so I could offer a completely honest review. And now I feel 100% comfortable in saying, no one should waste their time and money on Grave Accusations.
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