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True tale of the murder of a family and the trial of the husband, David Camm, accused of killing his wife and 2 children. Camm was twice convicted and each conviction was overturned for prosecutorial misconduct during the trial.


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True tale of the murder of a family and the trial of the husband, David Camm, accused of killing his wife and 2 children. Camm was twice convicted and each conviction was overturned for prosecutorial misconduct during the trial.

30 review for One Deadly Night : A State Trooper, Triple Homicide, and a Search for Justice

  1. 5 out of 5

    BAM Endlessly Booked

    True Crime Commemoration # 18 Setting: 2002 Georgetown, IN a rural area about 20 minutes from Louisville, KY (and my hometown) This occurred about 2 miles from my house. Reading this book is bringing a lot of anger and disillusion to the surface as so many feelings were boiling for many years over this heinous crime. Really it still cannot be mentioned without tempers flaring GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!! GUILTY!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Flohr

    As a true crime fan, for me you actually need dna evidence to solve the case. This was a tricky case. It was very well written. I have never been left hanging like this on a fence. I am not 100% sure that he did do this. Its very likely but I need hard evidence. You know its a good book when you have to google it to find out the current situation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This is a really well written true crime book - you know it is good when you find yourself heading to Wikipedia halfway through the book just because you want to know what the outcome was. I'm glad I wasn't on the jury for this case. I disliked David Camm intensely and I disliked his family, and I could see why he didn't warm himself to the jury. But nevertheless, the case for murder against Camm was flimsy and history has confirmed that. But this is a great story with a neutral author who write This is a really well written true crime book - you know it is good when you find yourself heading to Wikipedia halfway through the book just because you want to know what the outcome was. I'm glad I wasn't on the jury for this case. I disliked David Camm intensely and I disliked his family, and I could see why he didn't warm himself to the jury. But nevertheless, the case for murder against Camm was flimsy and history has confirmed that. But this is a great story with a neutral author who writes the facts of the case in a measured but very entertaining way.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    I wrote a review for this book and when I pushed submit, Goodreads glitched and my review was lost. Here is my second attempt. One of the better true crime books I have read. The best thing about it was that it highlighted, seeming without intent to do so, the significant problems inherent in our justice system. The investigators in the Camm case lacked even the most basic understanding of logic. They lacked education as well. What they didn't lack was a serious desire to pin the murder on someon I wrote a review for this book and when I pushed submit, Goodreads glitched and my review was lost. Here is my second attempt. One of the better true crime books I have read. The best thing about it was that it highlighted, seeming without intent to do so, the significant problems inherent in our justice system. The investigators in the Camm case lacked even the most basic understanding of logic. They lacked education as well. What they didn't lack was a serious desire to pin the murder on someone, even if it was illogical to do so. The jury didn't seem much better. It was clear that Camm was a repugnant human being. I am sure glad I wasn't married to him. But, no matter what my personal feelings about him, I would only allow my decisions to be dictated by evidence. The investigators threw logic out the window as they pursued a case based almost entirely on their personal feelings. What a disaster of an investigation. At the end of the day, I do not actually know if Camm had anything to do with the murders. I have some thoughts on that, but they would involve spoilers. Once you finish this book, I would recommend looking up this case on Wikipedia. There is updated information. Reading it made me enjoy the book all the more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Denise Mullins

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I’ve read a great deal of fiction in my life in which despicable villains were portrayed, but I must consider that this true crime account of David Camm and the crimes he’s accused of rank with the worst. Author John Glatt does a first rate job of meticulously presenting the arrogant, philandering, manipulative sociopath. After reading this book, I searched for any updates and discovered the latest events from 2013. And while I am a staunch supporter of DNA evidence, with all the facts and conve I’ve read a great deal of fiction in my life in which despicable villains were portrayed, but I must consider that this true crime account of David Camm and the crimes he’s accused of rank with the worst. Author John Glatt does a first rate job of meticulously presenting the arrogant, philandering, manipulative sociopath. After reading this book, I searched for any updates and discovered the latest events from 2013. And while I am a staunch supporter of DNA evidence, with all the facts and conversations laid out in this book, I still sincerely believe in Camm’s guilt. My only criticism of the book is that the background of Camm’s family in the beginning could have been edited. However, once past that, this became a compelling page turner.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Whenever I'm depressed, it seems like true crime is all I read, and I was plenty depressed as the 2020 election finally dragged to a finish. Then I was no longer depressed, and I ordered five new books to get started on. The most true thing about this book is that when psychopaths are caught, all they do is whine and complain and cry in court, on TV, to cellmates, or to anyone they think will listen. The protagonist of this book shoots and kills his wife and two children, and then tries to deny i Whenever I'm depressed, it seems like true crime is all I read, and I was plenty depressed as the 2020 election finally dragged to a finish. Then I was no longer depressed, and I ordered five new books to get started on. The most true thing about this book is that when psychopaths are caught, all they do is whine and complain and cry in court, on TV, to cellmates, or to anyone they think will listen. The protagonist of this book shoots and kills his wife and two children, and then tries to deny it, which is pathetic but typical for psychopaths. The sheer gall of someone killing his family and then trying to deny it is just amazing, and this book does a good job of showing exactly what the ex-cop's true colors are. He is a loathsome human being. The book is well-written.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Nickolan

    After reading this book one is still left wondering if justice was served. Mr. Glatt lays out the lives of those involved and describes their every day lives so by the time the murders occur you feel like you can understand why a crime may have been committed. I myself would not be sure how to have voted as a juror and there would always be that one nagging question about blood. This was an interesting read and a quick read as Mr. Glatt leads the reader to want to know how it all ends. I would b After reading this book one is still left wondering if justice was served. Mr. Glatt lays out the lives of those involved and describes their every day lives so by the time the murders occur you feel like you can understand why a crime may have been committed. I myself would not be sure how to have voted as a juror and there would always be that one nagging question about blood. This was an interesting read and a quick read as Mr. Glatt leads the reader to want to know how it all ends. I would be willing to read another sample of this authors works. For true crime lovers, this would be a good choice.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan Liston

    I wondered how, when I came upon this I could have avoided already knowing about this crime. As I read, bells started to go off and I realized that I had heard of it before, no doubt I had one of the 48 Hours or Datelines about it. This book was written 13 years ago, and there is a ton of information to get through SINCE then. I've only started to do that, so I don't feel as though I am up on this story yet. But the book is a good place to start. Terrible when you loathe the person accused of a I wondered how, when I came upon this I could have avoided already knowing about this crime. As I read, bells started to go off and I realized that I had heard of it before, no doubt I had one of the 48 Hours or Datelines about it. This book was written 13 years ago, and there is a ton of information to get through SINCE then. I've only started to do that, so I don't feel as though I am up on this story yet. But the book is a good place to start. Terrible when you loathe the person accused of a crime but have to admit that the evidence against them is pretty flimsy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY. 3.5 ***** This was a book about a very convoluted murder case in which a former Indiana State Trooper was tried and at first convicted of the murder of his wife and two small children. Because he was an adulterer, as were many of his co-workers, and this fact was allowed during the trial, as well as unfounded alleg THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY. 3.5 ***** This was a book about a very convoluted murder case in which a former Indiana State Trooper was tried and at first convicted of the murder of his wife and two small children. Because he was an adulterer, as were many of his co-workers, and this fact was allowed during the trial, as well as unfounded allegations that he molested his seven year old daughter, he was found guilty during his first trial and sentenced to 225 years in prison. However, an appellate court was scathing in their criticism of the trial, and also in the fact that unknown DNA on a mysterious sweatshirt found in David Camm's garage was never tested, except against that of his sexual partners. This case only went to 2005 in this book, but upon further research, I found this man was tried three times; convictions were overturned twice, and he was acquitted the third time. There were also findings of prosecutorial misconduct, among other things such as evidence and witness tampering. It turns out the mysterious DNA belonged to a career criminal, Charles Boney, who had just been released from prison three months before the murders. Boney claimed that David Camm asked him to obtain a .380 gun for him, and also claimed that David killed his family, although there was no evidence that the two even knew each other. Boney was found guilty. To this day, David's murdered wife's family will not associate with him due to all the damage done by the political shenanigans in this case. It is a shame this man served 13 years in prison due to all of the above, in addition to the testimony of blood spatter "experts" who had basically no experience, and lied about their education and credentials. It is no wonder that now, at age 50, Mr. Camm works for a project named Investigating Innocence. ******* The investigators in the Camm case lacked even the most basic understanding of logic. They lacked education as well. What they didn't lack was a serious desire to pin the murder on someone, even if it was illogical to do so. The jury didn't seem much better. It was clear that Camm was a repugnant human being. I am sure glad I wasn't married to him. But, no matter what my personal feelings about him, I would only allow my decisions to be dictated by evidence. The investigators threw logic out the window as they pursued a case based almost entirely on their personal feelings. What a disaster of an investigation. At the end of the day, I do not actually know if Camm had anything to do with the murders. I have some thoughts on that, but they would involve spoilers. Once you finish this book, I would recommend looking up this case on Wikipedia. There is updated information. Reading it made me enjoy the book all the more. further updated information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Camm

  10. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This was a book about a very convoluted murder case in which a former Indiana State Trooper was tried and at first convicted of the murder of his wife and two small children. Because he was an adulterer, as were many of his co-workers, and this fact was allowed during the trial, as well as unfounded allegations that he molested his seven year old daughter, he was found guilty during his first trial and sentenced to 225 years in prison. However, an appellate court was scathing in their criticism This was a book about a very convoluted murder case in which a former Indiana State Trooper was tried and at first convicted of the murder of his wife and two small children. Because he was an adulterer, as were many of his co-workers, and this fact was allowed during the trial, as well as unfounded allegations that he molested his seven year old daughter, he was found guilty during his first trial and sentenced to 225 years in prison. However, an appellate court was scathing in their criticism of the trial, and also in the fact that unknown DNA on a mysterious sweatshirt found in David Camm's garage was never tested, except against that of his sexual partners. This case only went to 2005 in this book, but upon further research, I found this man was tried three times; convictions were overturned twice, and he was acquitted the third time. There were also findings of prosecutorial misconduct, among other things such as evidence and witness tampering. It turns out the mysterious DNA belonged to a career criminal, Charles Boney, who had just been released from prison three months before the murders. Boney claimed that David Camm asked him to obtain a .380 gun for him, and also claimed that David killed his family, although there was no evidence that the two even knew each other. Boney was found guilty. To this day, David's murdered wife's family will not associate with him due to all the damage done by the political shenanigans in this case. It is a shame this man served 13 years in prison due to all of the above, in addition to the testimony of blood spatter "experts" who had basically no experience, and lied about their education and credentials. It is no wonder that now, at age 50, Mr. Camm works for a project named Investigating Innocence.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This book is a tabloid-style true crime read. The only reason I read it was because it was about the Camm murders. Dad was mentioned in the book many times (as the lawyer for the Renn family of the victims). This book was gripping though. I couldn’t put it away as Joe and I made the two day driving trip from New Albany to Houston. It ended up giving me nightmares. After reading it, I still am not sure what really happened that night in September 2000. Some days Im convinced he did it, others Im This book is a tabloid-style true crime read. The only reason I read it was because it was about the Camm murders. Dad was mentioned in the book many times (as the lawyer for the Renn family of the victims). This book was gripping though. I couldn’t put it away as Joe and I made the two day driving trip from New Albany to Houston. It ended up giving me nightmares. After reading it, I still am not sure what really happened that night in September 2000. Some days Im convinced he did it, others Im not sure.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    I don't usually read true crime, but after listening to NPR's Serial, I wanted something similar. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a fine job. The first hour or so of the book was pretty boring and I skipped some of it. If you liked Serial and are interested in something similar, you should check this one out. I don't usually read true crime, but after listening to NPR's Serial, I wanted something similar. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a fine job. The first hour or so of the book was pretty boring and I skipped some of it. If you liked Serial and are interested in something similar, you should check this one out.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily Nelson

    Interesting and well written; a real whodunit! I hope I can find out if this ex state trooper killed his wife and two children or not. It LOOKS bad for him, but there was prosecution trial misconduct in spades. I disliked the prosecutor; I disliked him AND the accused, but the fact that David Camm was a womanizer does NOT make him a triple murderer. I was somewhat perplexed in regard to the accused man's wife. It's like she was a " very nice person" and that's that. She was quiet. She didn't seem Interesting and well written; a real whodunit! I hope I can find out if this ex state trooper killed his wife and two children or not. It LOOKS bad for him, but there was prosecution trial misconduct in spades. I disliked the prosecutor; I disliked him AND the accused, but the fact that David Camm was a womanizer does NOT make him a triple murderer. I was somewhat perplexed in regard to the accused man's wife. It's like she was a " very nice person" and that's that. She was quiet. She didn't seem to have many friends. No hobbies, just work work work and take her kids to lessons for this and that constantly. Nothing wrong with that. She comes across as a boring person when you even think of her. When she's found murdered, it's awful, but I found myself feeling much worse about the kids! Sounds awful, I know. But if you read this book you'll see what I mean. I could not have convicted David Cam beyond a reasonable doubt. Too many witnesses swore he was with them. 11 people! That's a lot. Very interesting book. Eager to see the final outcome!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    The story is definitely binge-worthy, but I was put off a couple of times by odd little comments that were included. There was one part when the author is about to quote a family member saying something along the lines of "I can't imagine how anyone can do hurt children" but the way the author introduces it is "this person is reported to have MS and can't have children of their own". Uhh...what? 1) The statement being introduced is not controversial so whether or not the person saying it has kid The story is definitely binge-worthy, but I was put off a couple of times by odd little comments that were included. There was one part when the author is about to quote a family member saying something along the lines of "I can't imagine how anyone can do hurt children" but the way the author introduces it is "this person is reported to have MS and can't have children of their own". Uhh...what? 1) The statement being introduced is not controversial so whether or not the person saying it has kids is irrelevant; 2) "it is reported" lends itself to the person not being public about their struggle, so outing it for no reason is really a dick move; 3) This is such a well-researched story, a comment like this makes me question the integrity of the teller because there's no good reason for it. There were a couple of points like this, but this was the last one I noticed and the most glaring so it stands out.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Laymon

    Good book...Terrible ending! One of the weirdest endings I've ever read!! The book itself was quite good unless you enjoy a lot of court action. In that case, you would be wise to pick a different book. Although there was "some" courtroom action, there was not nearly enough. The ending was really kinda bizarre. I was enjoying the story at the end when suddenly it was just finished. I turned the page to read some more and it just ended...It left me wanting and I was really surprised! It definitely Good book...Terrible ending! One of the weirdest endings I've ever read!! The book itself was quite good unless you enjoy a lot of court action. In that case, you would be wise to pick a different book. Although there was "some" courtroom action, there was not nearly enough. The ending was really kinda bizarre. I was enjoying the story at the end when suddenly it was just finished. I turned the page to read some more and it just ended...It left me wanting and I was really surprised! It definitely left me wanting more! I would love to know what happened next. I guess I will have to check out the final action on the internet. Very good read but a very a strange, abrupt ending. Inkl"

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marc White

    I was reading this for a True Crime book club on Facebook. It went into more detail about David Camm's Womanizing Adultery than the 48 Hours interview. Also, there was no update on his second trial. Luckily I found the 48 Hours episode on YouTube. Here is the link. https://youtu.be/ZuKcqoZ2ITY This is an ok book. It left a cliffhanger at the end. It tells what the prosecutor was trying to prove at the time of the crime. David Camm seems incomplete as they paint him as a womanizer but is a "born I was reading this for a True Crime book club on Facebook. It went into more detail about David Camm's Womanizing Adultery than the 48 Hours interview. Also, there was no update on his second trial. Luckily I found the 48 Hours episode on YouTube. Here is the link. https://youtu.be/ZuKcqoZ2ITY This is an ok book. It left a cliffhanger at the end. It tells what the prosecutor was trying to prove at the time of the crime. David Camm seems incomplete as they paint him as a womanizer but is a "born again" christian after the crime. I could not really get a good understanding of him.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I haven't really read a lot of true crime novels, so I might not be the best person to be "rating" it. I suppose one of the challenges of writing true crime is that there are always loose ends that people are going to wonder about. (What was the involvement of the second man? What truly happened? Would the wife's parents have had more to add?) I think it's more the genre itself that I thought was "ok" rather than the book. I haven't really read a lot of true crime novels, so I might not be the best person to be "rating" it. I suppose one of the challenges of writing true crime is that there are always loose ends that people are going to wonder about. (What was the involvement of the second man? What truly happened? Would the wife's parents have had more to add?) I think it's more the genre itself that I thought was "ok" rather than the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wendi

    Loved the twists and turns in this case Would love to see this book updated with what finally happened in the end. There are so many questions and loose ends. It's fascinating, though. Loved the twists and turns in this case Would love to see this book updated with what finally happened in the end. There are so many questions and loose ends. It's fascinating, though.

  19. 5 out of 5

    margaret siemer

    Overall a good book. Kind of lost interest in the middle for some reason. Definitely didn’t like the ending. I’m assuming he was recharged for the murders and is serving time. What a twist at the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christy Kell

    This was a very well-written book. David was a very good actor after the murders which just reinforced to me what a self-serving person he is. I was hooked from the moment I turned the first page.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol Liming

    Very interesting book, hard to put down.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kayo

    Never disappointed with authors books. Loved it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    Has anyone ever wondered how and where and when a writer of true crime comes up with all the "supposed" dialogue between and among the characters in their books? I have - I do. This book is filled with (unnecessary) dialogue that is physically IMPOSSIBLE to substantiate. I guess writers get paid by the number of words..........???? One thing that becomes quite evident right from the start is that David Camm is a self-centered womanizer with an over active compulsion to sleep with every woman wit Has anyone ever wondered how and where and when a writer of true crime comes up with all the "supposed" dialogue between and among the characters in their books? I have - I do. This book is filled with (unnecessary) dialogue that is physically IMPOSSIBLE to substantiate. I guess writers get paid by the number of words..........???? One thing that becomes quite evident right from the start is that David Camm is a self-centered womanizer with an over active compulsion to sleep with every woman with whom he comes in contact................but as the defense lawyer would argue, does this make him a murderer - a person capable of killing his his entire family; wife, and two young children? This would be for you, the reader, to determine. Whatever you do, or conclude, make sure you read the "epilogue" in this book. It's a stunner.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sae-chan

    After reading this book, I googled this case and found out that this is just a third of the whole drama. Too bad. But from what was laid out in this book, I had to incline that Mr. Camm was not the killer. I wasn't really impressed with his behavior, and I bet his colleagues didn't really appreciate him boasting that he was making more than twice their salaries just after his family was slain. His extended family wasn't really helping either. They seemed to want to say forget the dead, let's crus After reading this book, I googled this case and found out that this is just a third of the whole drama. Too bad. But from what was laid out in this book, I had to incline that Mr. Camm was not the killer. I wasn't really impressed with his behavior, and I bet his colleagues didn't really appreciate him boasting that he was making more than twice their salaries just after his family was slain. His extended family wasn't really helping either. They seemed to want to say forget the dead, let's crusade for the live one. I didn't think any community will be sympathetic with that attitude. What I still don't understand is the motive of the assault. If it was a sexual assault, would someone wait for the victim in her own house? Which is located in a private family road? And why should he kill the children? With a gun? Why did he bring the gun in the first place? And after all that hassles, he still didn't do the deed? Or even took the shoes? If it happened at 7.30pm, he wouldn't have been interrupted by anything. I think it is still an open case for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Leone Davidson

    I prefer my true crime stories to have more conclusive endings, and unfortunately, most of the evidence provided at trial and gone over meticulously by Glatt, is circumstantial. This would be why the book only gets three stars, not the author's fault: he covers everything you could want to know about the family and what led to the murders, and what evidence Camm was eventually convicted with, but as I said, less than satisfying because no one can really say what happened that night. An absorbing I prefer my true crime stories to have more conclusive endings, and unfortunately, most of the evidence provided at trial and gone over meticulously by Glatt, is circumstantial. This would be why the book only gets three stars, not the author's fault: he covers everything you could want to know about the family and what led to the murders, and what evidence Camm was eventually convicted with, but as I said, less than satisfying because no one can really say what happened that night. An absorbing book, for sure, just not satisfying, and very, very sad.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Hicks

    This is such a tragic story. I'm not sure who killed the Camm family, but I'm inclined to say the prosecution got the right man in jail, although the Epilogue gave some surprising news. It's hard to say if Davis Camm killed his family or not? To be fair, I have to say I'm torn. If you love true crime stories this novel will definitely keep you engaged. This is such a tragic story. I'm not sure who killed the Camm family, but I'm inclined to say the prosecution got the right man in jail, although the Epilogue gave some surprising news. It's hard to say if Davis Camm killed his family or not? To be fair, I have to say I'm torn. If you love true crime stories this novel will definitely keep you engaged.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Remembered seeing this story on "48 Hours" years ago and was interested in the subsequent trial(s) outcomes. Sad story that still has a lot of unanswered questions. Interesting "true crime" story... Remembered seeing this story on "48 Hours" years ago and was interested in the subsequent trial(s) outcomes. Sad story that still has a lot of unanswered questions. Interesting "true crime" story...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cece

    I wish we knew what actually happened that night. Some times I think he did it and the other half of the time I think he couldnt have done it. After reading this I looked up the updates of this case. I hope sometime soon someone just finally comes out with the truth. good book though-

  29. 5 out of 5

    Breia

    3.5 stars The case is fascinating while the writing/point of view is a bit on the trashy side for how I like to read true crime. Too many emotional qualifiers like "Finally the judge agreed." The use of 'finally' in that sort of context annoyed me. I still wonder who did this - yikes! 3.5 stars The case is fascinating while the writing/point of view is a bit on the trashy side for how I like to read true crime. Too many emotional qualifiers like "Finally the judge agreed." The use of 'finally' in that sort of context annoyed me. I still wonder who did this - yikes!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eva Marie

    This is another real good true crime book by a great true crime writer.

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