The Peernocks cast the impression of being a very well-to-do and content family evenl after the separation of Richard and his wife. But madness was contained inside their house and one night Richard Peemock came to kill his wife and daughter, brutally beating them, force feeding them alcohol and placing them together in a car which he let drive into a wall so that it would seem like a drunk driving accident.
What Richard Peernock didn't forsee was his daughter's survival and her willingness for the first time to describe, in detail, her father's psychosis and his manipulative personality.
Once a successful whistleblower, Peernock denied his involvement in the murder, claiming a conspiracy against him on all levels. Confounding the justice system, hiring and firing lawyers, representing himself, saying everyone was against him. After numerous tense trials, Peernock was finally sentenced to life in prison, though those close to him still live in fear.
Anthony Flacco is the author of The Hidden Man, The Last Nightingale, and two non-fiction books: A Checklist for Murder and Tiny Dancer. He began his writing career as a staff writer at several prominent Chicago theatres. He was selected for the highly prestigious American Film Institute fellowship in Screenwriting and received his MFA in Screenwriting in 1992. He was the recipient of the AFI Paramount Fellowship Screenwriting Award for his script, The Frog's Legacy, and was selected as a winner of The Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Fellowship, and spent a year writing for the Touchstone Pictures division.Anthony is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), Mystery Writers of America, and the International Thriller Writers organization. He lives on Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle.