Book Title: Everything She Ever Wanted
Publisher: Estate of Ann Rule in conjunction with Renaissance Literary & Talent
Author: Ann Rule
Ann Rule captures the fascinating story of a spoiled Southern charmer with a hidden evil side. Unbeknownst to her family and friends, Pat Taylor was a sociopath, dedicated to getting what she wants in life…no matter the consequence. Everything She Ever Wanted chronicles Taylor’s manipulative and ruthless acts including arson, poison and murder, spanning over two decades and ending with three dead bodies.
For their wedding portrait, petite Pat Taylor and handsome Tom Allanson posed as Rhett and Scarlett. Both came from fine Southern families, and dreamed of the Tara-like plantation where they would grow roses, raise horses, and move in the genteel circles of Atlanta society. Less than two months later, their dream exploded in terror and murder: their beautiful home mysteriously burned to the ground and Tom was convicted of the brutal slaying of his mother and father.
Pat's only brother had died in a puzzling suicide, her grandparents-in-law were poisoned with arsenic, and no one -- from her wealthy employers to her own children -- was safe when Pat Allanson didn't get her way. It took Georgia lawmen more than two decades to stop her for good -- if indeed they have.
In this fascinating account, Ann Rule delivers a tour de force: a whirlwind of misguided love, denial, guilt, and passions out of control; a series of brilliantly manipulated crimes; the bizarre and horrifying tale of two families brought to ruin; and, at the center of it all, the heartless, supremely selfish sociopath whose evil hid behind soft words and gentle manners, but who destroyed -- without mercy -- those who loved her.
Everything She Ever Wanted was made into a TV Mini-series for Lifetime in 2009, starring Gina Gershon and Victor Garber.
ANN RULE was a full-time true crime writer since 1969. Over the past 30 years, she published 33 books and 1400 articles, mostly on criminal cases. Ann received a BA from the University of Washington in Creative Writing, with minors in Psychology, Criminology and Penology. She completed courses in Crime Scene Investigation, Police Administration, Crime Scene Photography and Arrest, Search, and Seizure, earning her an Associates Degree from Highline Community College. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Compassionate Letters from Willamette University.