A Killer Among Us by Charles Bosworth Jr. (August 1998)

Just a Little Heavy On Newspaper Sensationalism
Review by Kim Cantrell

If you are willing to wade through reference after reference to the perfection of the victim’s family, you will actually find an interesting story in A Killer Among Us.

Readers are given the details about Richard DeCaro and how he hired Daniel Anthony Basile to kill his wife, Elizabeth Van Isghem DeCaro.

Most interesting is the fact that he beat a conviction on the charge of First Degree Murder in state Court but Federal Authorities weren’t done with him yet.

The one aggravating factor of this book, however, is that repeatedly the reader is subjected to reminders of the perfection of the Van Isghems.

A 458 page book could have easily been narrowed to just over 200 pages if this newspaper report turned true crime writer (Bosworth, Jr.) had simply stopped trying to paint a Norman Rockwell portrait of the Van Ishgems. Yet in his efforts to convince readers of their perfection, he fails to detail much of DeCaro’s background or information his family – such vital information to true crime readers.

I enjoyed A Killer Among Us, but Bosworth will never be considered one of my favorite writers until he learns to break away from the sensationalism of newspaper and write factual true crime.

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Updates from this book:

Daniel Anthony Basile was executed by lethal injection on August 14, 2002. He was 35 years old.

Richard DeCaro is, at the time of this writing, a 48-year-old man who spends his days in the Federal Correctional Institution in Florence, Colorado.

The DeCaro Children: Jodie DeCaro currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri. Courtney DeCaro is a Science/Math teacher at the middle school in Wentzville, Missouri. Ricky DeCaro lives in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. Tony DeCaro‘s whereabouts were unable to be ascertained at the time of this writing.