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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Targeted: A Deputy, Her Love Affairs, A Brutal Murder by M. William Phelps follows the case of Tracy Fortson. Fortson, who is an ex-sheriff, was accused of killing her boyfriend, Doug Benton. She was convicted of the crime, but claims that she is innocent. In this book, Phelps allows Fortson to tell her side of the story. I was drawn to Targeted because I love to read about true crime and have never heard of this case before. I liked that Fortson was able to tell her side of things and that while Phelps did not always agree with her, he still allowed her to. He also lets the reader know his opinion on certain things in the book that seemed fishy. I liked that Phelps included pictures of Fortson, Benton and the evidence.
This case was an interesting one. There was tons of evidence pointing to Fortson, but I could not get it out of my head that, since she was a cop, she should have known how to cover her tracks better. However, some of the explanations that Fortson used seemed almost childish to me. Phelps also wrote about how Fortson talked and treated him during the interviews. She was rude, but supposedly did not change her story. Fortson does not seem like a very nice person, but then again, how does one act if they are truly innocent and in prison? Overall, I enjoyed this book. If you like true crime, read this book and decide if Fortson is guilty. The jury members may have made up their minds, but I did not. I am not sure if Fortson is guilty or innocent. I do think the case should be looked at again.