When Sylvia Ipock found herself suddenly widowed and a single mother of three boys following her husband’s suicide, she didn’t let mourning keep her from eying the handsome husband of a mentally ill neighbor down the street.
Whatever Sylvia wanted, Sylvia got; including the attractive neighbor Billy Carlyle White.
After a few months of sneaking around, Billy quickly and quietly divorced his institutionalized wife and walked down the aisle with his mistress, officially making her Sylvia Ipock White.
Blending their families like the Brady Bunch, the couple should have lived happily ever after yet, as second marriages, especially those born of infidelity, are prone to do, the shine wore off and real life set in.
First, Billy’s four year-old son, Billy Carlyle White II, choked to death on a dry cleaning bag. Then the elder Billy, who had always enjoyed “spirits,” took to drinking heavily as he mourned the death of his son. This caused constant fighting between the couple.
Yet the marriage continued on for more than two decades until….
In February 1992, Billy White was lured to a secluded area in Jones County, North Carolina, under the pretense of quoting an insurance policy. Instead, he was shot do death and his widow stood to inherit a tidy sum of life insurance.
Suzanne Barr chronicles the murder-for-hire case wherein Sylvia Ipock White served as the leading lady in her 2012 book Fatal Kiss. Readers are made privy to Sylvia’s sad childhood to her rebellious teenage years, from her multiple marriages and affairs to her playacting grief as a twice widowed woman, and finally to the smack down from Karma she so rightly deserved.
The story of Sylvia Ipock White is an interesting one, to say the least, and Barr’s book is the only one about it so that makes it easy to recommend. However, I will admit, some of the skipping back and forth from present to past resulted in head-scratching and back-flipping through pages. Plenty of books do this and it’s not something I either love or hate, I actually don’t mind, as long as the transitioning is smooth. In Fatal Kiss it was a tad bit awkward feeling but not enough to lower the rating.
Be sure to check it out: Fatal Kiss by Suzanne Barr.