The Confessions of an American Black Widow : A True Story of Greed, Lust and a Murderous Wife by Gregg Olsen (June 1998)

Publication Date:
June 1998
St. Martin's True Crime Library
$0.01 - $2.98

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5 Stars
On March 27, 2012
Last modified:June 29, 2012


Too bad I can only give this book 5 stars since it deserves 10+!

The woman who became Sharon Lynn Fuller Douglas Nelson Harrelson grew up in a conservative and very religious household. So much so that the wild side of Sharon felt smothered. She had to get out. And for a young girl in that era, the only way out was by marriage.

But Sharon didn’t just get married. She married and remarried. And she didn’t marry her husbands for love, but as a means to end. A means of having all the finer things in life. A way to entertain herself when things got boring. And as a reminder that she was beautiful, sexy, and desirable. Wanted.

Confessions of an American Black WidowThere was at least one man though did have a place in Sharon’s heart. Gary Starr Adams couldn’t afford Sharon’s love, but it’s the one man to whom she gave it freely. There was just something about this grizzly, mountain man-like man that Sharon was returning to over and over.

Maybe his willingness to kill for her was the motivator. When Sharon had financially used up a man, Gary came swooping in her set her free by making her a widow. To a wicked woman like Sharon, it must have been proof of true love.

While Gary was the closest to true love Sharon would ever come, in the end it wasn’t enough. Nope, when all the cards were on the table, Sharon rolled over on her lover – and I don’t mean in the bedroom!

When all was said and done, it was all about Sharon; saving Sharon from a life behind bars.

Fortunately for society (and untold scores of men), cops were able to see right through Sharon’s little playacting.

Gregg Olsen exposes Sharon for the sex-manipulating, beauty queen wanna be she is (was) in his 1998 true crime The Confessions of an American Black Widow : A True Story of Greed, Lust and a Murderous Wife. Not some just redundant reporting of a true crime, this is a story which is unmatched by any other or some hour long television show.

From the first page, the rich detail brings the characters to life and the scenes so well described you’ll feel like you’re right there, living it. You won’t want it to end but when it does, there won’t be an aspect of Sharon’s life that hasn’t been revealed. It’s some of the best research you’ll ever see in true crime!

The Confessions of An American Black Widow is a true crime classic you do not want to miss. It’s one of my all time favorite books, and I’m betting it’ll be come one of yours too!


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  1. [...] born in 1945 and won’t be eligible for parole until 2029, it’s a pretty safe bet that Sharon Fuller Nelson isn’t going to ever breath fresh air again. As of this writing, she is incarcerated at the La [...]

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