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Dennis Brooks: Too Pretty to Live - The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee

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Dennis Brooks: Too Pretty to Live - The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee

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Overview

 

In this stunning true crime thriller of Facebook, catfishing, and jealousy, a double-murder begins with the click of a button.

When Bill Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth began their romance, they unknowingly set in motion a diabolical plot that would end with them murdered in their own home, Hayworth holding their mercifully unharmed infant.

Chris was a CIA agent who was concerned about Jenelle. Seeing the cyberbullying she had endured, and worried for her safety, Chris got in touch with Jenelle’s protective parents, and her devoted boyfriend, warning them that Payne and Hayworth were a danger to Jenelle. He got especially close with Jenelle’s mother, Barbara, who thought of Chris like a son, though she had never met him. Chris claimed that surveillance of Payne and Hayworth revealed that the two of them were planning on harming Jenelle, that it was imminent, and that something needed to be done immediately. Chris promised that he would have their back if they were to act to protect Jenelle.

And so they did. Jenelle’s father, Buddy, and her boyfriend, Jamie, broke into the home of Payne and Hayworth and murdered them in their own home.

What the police investigation turned up, though, made this crime all the more terrifying. Jenelle had been Chris the entire time, catfishing her family and her boyfriend to act in vengeance on her behalf. Using forensic linguistics and diving through the brambles that Jenelle laid to cover her tracks, police were able to put together a chilling portrait of a sociopath, made all the more ruthless by the anonymity of her online life.

Bizarre and unforgettable, Dennis Brooks examines the crime and trial from all angles, bringing his expertise as the lead prosecutor in the strange and disturbing case.

Dennis Brooks has been a prosecuting attorney for 17 years in Northeast Tennessee where he grew up. Brooks is a veteran of over 100 jury trials, including 18 jury verdicts for first degree murder. He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and completed law school at the University of Tennessee. During college he was a sportswriter at the Johnson City Press. In his free time, he enjoys working as a high school football and baseball official. He is married to Sandra Brooks and is the father of Cassie Brooks. He and his wife reside in Telford, Tennessee with their ten cats, three dogs and two pot-bellied pigs.

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