(Guest post by my wife Jade)
Some time in the early morning hours of March 25, 1988, 32-year-old Debi Whitlock was murdered in her own home, while her 3-year-old daughter slept in another room. As is most often in cases like this, the prime suspect was her husband Harold. It would take over nine years of persistence from her mother, Jacque before the case was solved.
“No Room For Doubt” is written by Harold Whitlock’s now adult daughter, Angela Dove. Angela was the last person to see Debi alive. I cannot begin to imagine how painful it was for her to write this book. She manages to tell the story with compassion and without any sensationalism. She chronicles Jacque’s efforts to get Debi’s story in the news in the hopes of finding out who the killer was. With dogged determination on Jacque’s part, the case was finally solved.
Angela also tells the story of the downward spiral her father wound up in after his wife’s murder. Both Debi and Harold were seeing other people at the time of her murder. Unbeknownst to Harold, Debi had let her life insurance policy lapse and had filed divorce papers. There was much speculation about Harold killing his wife, either for the insurance money or because of her affair. Angela tells their story in a way that is impartial to both her father and her step-mother. She also shows unconditional love for Debi and Harold’s daughter Jessica.
If you are a fan of true crime, this book is not to be missed. It is totally void of the sensationalism and tackiness that is so often found in true crime novels these days. It is told from the heart, not just from police files, again a rarity these days. If you’re looking for gory details or gruesome crime scene photos, look elsewhere. You won’t find them here. You will only find a story told as only a family member could tell it.