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In 1948, when elderly Anna Homeyer, and her much younger husband Charles, decided to sell their home in the Bronx and move to Pennsylvania, residents of the small town of Factoryville couldn't understand why. With no family or friends in the area, and no reason to be there, the isolated little village seemed an odd choice for strangers to relocate too. But finding the old In 1948, when elderly Anna Homeyer, and her much younger husband Charles, decided to sell their home in the Bronx and move to Pennsylvania, residents of the small town of Factoryville couldn't understand why. With no family or friends in the area, and no reason to be there, the isolated little village seemed an odd choice for strangers to relocate too. But finding the older couple friendly and outgoing, Factoryville warmly welcomed their new neighbors, who seemed eager to fit in - at first. Soon however, the Homeyer’s pleasant disposition began to change. Anna, once highly visible and engaging, was rarely seen at all anymore, and Charles, who was always kind and neighborly, became distant and withdrawn. Local residents were baffled by their behavior, and left to wonder what they had done to alienate their new friends. But their curiosity soon turned to suspicion when Anna Homeyer suddenly vanished without a trace. Why was Charles Homeyer, a married man, receiving numerous Lonely Hearts Magazines, and scores of letters from unattached women all over the country? Why was he burning his wife's clothing and selling off her personal belongings? Why did he leave Factoryville, only to return with his wife's most cherished possession? Where was Anna? And what was that foul, putrid odor billowing from the Homeyer’s chimney? Disposable Income is one of the most bizarre tales of sex, greed, and gruesome murder you will ever read, and a crime classic in the annals of Pennsylvania history.


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In 1948, when elderly Anna Homeyer, and her much younger husband Charles, decided to sell their home in the Bronx and move to Pennsylvania, residents of the small town of Factoryville couldn't understand why. With no family or friends in the area, and no reason to be there, the isolated little village seemed an odd choice for strangers to relocate too. But finding the old In 1948, when elderly Anna Homeyer, and her much younger husband Charles, decided to sell their home in the Bronx and move to Pennsylvania, residents of the small town of Factoryville couldn't understand why. With no family or friends in the area, and no reason to be there, the isolated little village seemed an odd choice for strangers to relocate too. But finding the older couple friendly and outgoing, Factoryville warmly welcomed their new neighbors, who seemed eager to fit in - at first. Soon however, the Homeyer’s pleasant disposition began to change. Anna, once highly visible and engaging, was rarely seen at all anymore, and Charles, who was always kind and neighborly, became distant and withdrawn. Local residents were baffled by their behavior, and left to wonder what they had done to alienate their new friends. But their curiosity soon turned to suspicion when Anna Homeyer suddenly vanished without a trace. Why was Charles Homeyer, a married man, receiving numerous Lonely Hearts Magazines, and scores of letters from unattached women all over the country? Why was he burning his wife's clothing and selling off her personal belongings? Why did he leave Factoryville, only to return with his wife's most cherished possession? Where was Anna? And what was that foul, putrid odor billowing from the Homeyer’s chimney? Disposable Income is one of the most bizarre tales of sex, greed, and gruesome murder you will ever read, and a crime classic in the annals of Pennsylvania history.

30 review for Disposable Income A True Story of Sex, Greed and Im-purr-fect Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I am so torn on a rating for this. The story in this book is compelling and well told. The grammar, sentence structure, and spelling is an entirely different matter. ATROCIOUS. I wanted to see what happened (events took place in my hometown), but overlooking the horrible writing basics was hard, VERY hard. I might have given this book 5 stars had the author bothered to have it professionally edited. (FYI: I professionally edit.) Since she did not, I'm sadly going to have to go with a 4, which is I am so torn on a rating for this. The story in this book is compelling and well told. The grammar, sentence structure, and spelling is an entirely different matter. ATROCIOUS. I wanted to see what happened (events took place in my hometown), but overlooking the horrible writing basics was hard, VERY hard. I might have given this book 5 stars had the author bothered to have it professionally edited. (FYI: I professionally edit.) Since she did not, I'm sadly going to have to go with a 4, which is generous given how bad the grammatical errors were and how many of them existed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela A. Christensen

    This was an interesting story about Charles Homeyer who used a "Lonely Hearts" magazine to lure lonely women in for the intent of using them for money and anything else he could get out of them. Sad, Sad story, but a good book, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes true crime. I especially liked the ending, he got what he deserved! In 1948, when elderly Anna Homeyer, and her much younger husband Charles, decided to sell their home in the Bronx and move to Pennsylvania, residents of the This was an interesting story about Charles Homeyer who used a "Lonely Hearts" magazine to lure lonely women in for the intent of using them for money and anything else he could get out of them. Sad, Sad story, but a good book, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes true crime. I especially liked the ending, he got what he deserved! In 1948, when elderly Anna Homeyer, and her much younger husband Charles, decided to sell their home in the Bronx and move to Pennsylvania, residents of the small town of Factoryville couldn't understand why. With no family or friends in the area, and no reason to be there, the isolated little village seemed an odd choice for strangers to relocate too. But finding the older couple friendly and outgoing, Factoryville warmly welcomed their new neighbors, who seemed eager to fit in - at first. Soon however, the Homeyer’s pleasant disposition began to change. Anna, once highly visible and engaging, was rarely seen at all anymore, and Charles, who was always kind and neighborly, became distant and withdrawn

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Despicable Enjoyment I am giving Disposable Income five stars, though it's a toss up between four and five. If reading about such a gruesome murder can be fun, I have to say this was an enjoyable book. Yes, it is sad that a veteran would come to hate and use women the way he did and it is awful how desperate for "a good husband" women may become. Still the quirkiness of the man made for a good read. It would have been interesting to hear more about this con man and his trial for murder. Despicable Enjoyment I am giving Disposable Income five stars, though it's a toss up between four and five. If reading about such a gruesome murder can be fun, I have to say this was an enjoyable book. Yes, it is sad that a veteran would come to hate and use women the way he did and it is awful how desperate for "a good husband" women may become. Still the quirkiness of the man made for a good read. It would have been interesting to hear more about this con man and his trial for murder.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Disposable Income An absolutely amazing book, very, very enjoyable read. I loved it. From the opening prologue to the very last page this story holds the reader spellbound and unable to put the book down.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Darcey Tomasino

    Decent The story is interesting and told fairly well, but the author needs an editor DESPERATELY! She uses the wrong words and fails to punctuate correctly. It's like a middle school kid wrote it. Decent The story is interesting and told fairly well, but the author needs an editor DESPERATELY! She uses the wrong words and fails to punctuate correctly. It's like a middle school kid wrote it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    alan fairchild

    Intrigued Being from Pennsylvania I am very interested in the crimes from the past. I enjoy reading stories/books which Tammy Mal has written.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth Brookshire

    The Killer Caught by a Cat This book was a little something different to try in the true crime genre that I do so enjoy. It is a fairly short book but is rich in detail, (some of it stomach churning). It chronicles the story of a con man who preyed on lonely women...as long as they had some money...he certainly wasn't in this for the sex. There is quite a comparison to a Poe story called "The Black Cat" which the author makes known. It is set in an era long ago before men were able to con women o The Killer Caught by a Cat This book was a little something different to try in the true crime genre that I do so enjoy. It is a fairly short book but is rich in detail, (some of it stomach churning). It chronicles the story of a con man who preyed on lonely women...as long as they had some money...he certainly wasn't in this for the sex. There is quite a comparison to a Poe story called "The Black Cat" which the author makes known. It is set in an era long ago before men were able to con women on Craigslist and Tinder. So many people just don't like being lonely and will look the other way when it comes to suspicions about a potential mate as the women in this story did. I will probably read another book by this author as I liked her style.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    After reading the other reviews about the atrocious editing or the lack thereof, I decided on the audio book. I can't believe how much I liked this book. Although this book is about a horrible man who commits murder and other horrid crimes, the story really pulls you in from start to finish. The book is both creepy and interesting at the same time. This is well worth reading! After reading the other reviews about the atrocious editing or the lack thereof, I decided on the audio book. I can't believe how much I liked this book. Although this book is about a horrible man who commits murder and other horrid crimes, the story really pulls you in from start to finish. The book is both creepy and interesting at the same time. This is well worth reading!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Zieger

    I liked the narrator for this one, but it was a bit slow moving and jumped around. I feel like for the story it should have been a lot more compelling. The writing was interesting, but not enough to really grab me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    DNF. The grammar and spelling is horrible and detracts too much from the story (which actually does seem interesting, but...).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    This guy was a piece of work. Cannot say much more, but I'm surprised he was able to do this for so long. He is not physically attractive, so his doing this really surprised me. This guy was a piece of work. Cannot say much more, but I'm surprised he was able to do this for so long. He is not physically attractive, so his doing this really surprised me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Interested in true crime? Try this story of a dispicable con man.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Macleod

    "time spent with cats is never wasted" "time spent with cats is never wasted"

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Great! A good short read if you like older true crime stories. Lots of details. I'm wondering how they got them all. Great! A good short read if you like older true crime stories. Lots of details. I'm wondering how they got them all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary Claire

    This is a book about a "lonely hearts killer" as he was called in the press of the time. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you like true crime and historical cases as this was set in late 40's and early 50's. ***Possible Spoiler*** Charles Homeyer would have done well to read E. A. Poe instead of those True Detective magazines he devoured. He obviously used these to get ideas on how to murder/get rid of a body. Pictures are included in book-one is pretty guesome. This is a book about a "lonely hearts killer" as he was called in the press of the time. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you like true crime and historical cases as this was set in late 40's and early 50's. ***Possible Spoiler*** Charles Homeyer would have done well to read E. A. Poe instead of those True Detective magazines he devoured. He obviously used these to get ideas on how to murder/get rid of a body. Pictures are included in book-one is pretty guesome.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I stumbled across this book in the library and read it on a whim. It was a delightfully good read for me, if horrific for the people who lived through it. Despite being an old crime(s), it seems like the same could happen today. It was all the more interesting for taking place in my state. Audio.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Allison Hart

    Interesting story Fairly predictable, but well-written. It never ceases to amaze me how arrogant some people are. Charles believes he is smarter than most people and doesn't realize how stupid he actually is. Interesting story Fairly predictable, but well-written. It never ceases to amaze me how arrogant some people are. Charles believes he is smarter than most people and doesn't realize how stupid he actually is.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra

    This was a very interesting story and the narrator was great. The story ran smoothly and was very informative. I feel the tie-in of the cat to the cover and subtitle is a little heavy considering the actual part the cat played. I recommend this one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    once in awhile I decide to read true crime, not often because I really dislike evil people, but this book was interesting. the main character (the guy who killed his wife) was a total looser. He thought he was clever . I love when people like him get caught.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Martin Smith

    A good story reasonably well researched and related...a quick and enjoyable read. The grammatical errors and the lack of competent editing are major distractions to anyone who cares about such matters.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    True murder from my home state True murder from my home state This was such a sad story for the murder victim.She lived a lonely life only to be killed by a stupid husband who had no love for anybody but himself.He got what he deserved.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    This little book definitely has that DIY feel to it, but it's better than most such efforts. Not great, but very readable. This little book definitely has that DIY feel to it, but it's better than most such efforts. Not great, but very readable.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jill Patton- jurchuk

    Fast read ,good interesting hard to put down. Recommend

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Allen

    This book has made me a fan of true crime! What a fascinating tale about one very manipulative and cruel man and the women whose lives he touched.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Dressell

    Good read this was a quick read and well written to keep your attention. Would make a good addition to ID's channel "Imposters" series... Good read this was a quick read and well written to keep your attention. Would make a good addition to ID's channel "Imposters" series...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine A Winfield

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christie Hales

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lynnsey McDonough

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