Even after a childhood of abuse and fear, Stacey M.
Kananen was shocked when her brother, Rickie, admitted his guilt in
the cold-blooded murder of their terrifying father, and years
later, their helpless mother.
But the greatest shock was to comewhen he claimed that Stacey had
In 1988, when Rickie and Stacey's father, Richard Kananen Sr.,
apparently left their home in Orlando, Florida, the family was so
relieved that they never reported him missing. Fifteen years later
to the day, their mother disappeared. When police became
suspicious, Rickie admitted to Stacey that their father's body was
under the cement floor of their mother's garage, and their mother
was buried in Stacey's own backyard.
Overwhelmed by grief and horror, Stacey's brother convinced her
that they should commit suicide. After a failed attempt, she woke
to discover her brother arrestedalong with the realization that he
had probably never intended to kill himself at all. But his
betrayals were not yet over: On the eve of his trial in 2007, he
suddenly claimed Stacey had been in on it, and she found herself
charged with murder with a gung ho rookie detective who was
convinced she was involved.
This is the tragic and triumphant account of one woman's struggle
to overcome her past, clear her name in what would become a
dramatic public spectacle of a trial, and finally escape the
nightmares that had haunted her entire life.