By Kathryn Casey
The day ahead of Halloween 2004 was once the final day in the world for revered, common collage professor Fred Jablin. That morning, a neighbor found his physique mendacity in a pool of blood within the driveway of Jablin's Virginia domestic. Police instantly grew to become their attentions to the victim's ex-wife, Piper, a petite, beautiful Texas attorney who had misplaced a sour custody conflict and may do something to get her young ones again. yet Piper was once in Houston, 1000 miles away, on the time of the slaying and couldn't probably were the killer . . . could she?
So started an research into the most strange instances Virginia and Texas legislations enforcement corporations had ever encountered: a twisted conspiracy of lies, rage, paranoia, manipulation, and savage homicide that will ensnare a complete family—including lethally shut look-alike sisters—and demonstrate the surprising depravities attainable whilst a dangerously disordered brain slips into madness.
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She expected more from Fred, more attention to her and the children. And there was the thing about the money. During the sessions, Piper complained that Fred kept her on a tight financial leash, and said she wanted to be the one to control the family funds. Fred agreed. From that point on he set aside $800 a month to cover large expenses, like insurance, and gave the balance of the money to Piper to pay the bills. “Fred wanted her to have a sphere of influence,” remembers John Daly. ” When Daly saw Fred at conferences after the move to UR, Fred seemed satisfied with his decision to leave UT, yet there was a sadness about him.
Claiborne Robins, a 1931 graduate whose family’s pharmaceutical company marketed the cough medicine Robitussin, gifted the school with what was then a staggering sum: $50 million. H. Robins pharmaceutical, which also manufactured the Dalkon Shield, would later fall victim to a decade of litigation and eventual bankruptcy. By then, fueled by the gifts of Robins and others, UR had one of the largest endowments in the nation: in 1994, when Fred Jablin arrived, approaching $1 billion. Most of the students came from East Coast families, and the costs of attending were $30,000 per student per year.
No one could tell me why they felt that way,” Maureen would say later. ’” Even her old friends from home wondered about Piper. One ran into her at UT. She and Piper had been on the Harlingen High School tennis team together, and they’d both continued to play in college. ” This particular day, the friend was suffering from tennis elbow. Piper, who seemed to have a crystal for every purpose, pulled one from her bag and placed it on her friend’s elbow. “We always laughed at Piper because she was so small, quirky, really cute,” says the friend, “but it was strange.