The Cheaters: The Walter Scott Murder

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This riveting true-crime focuses on the motivating factors of lust, greed, and cheating, which triggered the murder of Walter Scott, the singer of the national hit song "The Cheater." The pages recreate Scott's struggle to attain stardom, sexual passion, the gruesome discovery of Scott's body in a cistern, and years of legal maneuvers in a faltering justice system.

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About the Author:

Scottie Priesmeyer has won awards for her poetry and short fiction, and as written a suspense thriller "Silent Justice" and "A Quick Guide to Writing a Book: From Ideas to Publication." She is also an English professor in the St. Louis metropolitan area. When she's not teaching or writing, she enjoys long brisk walks, mountain hiking, reading, and gardening.


"The Cheaters is a riveting psychological account focusing on the motivation factors which led Scott to being hog-tied, shot in the back, and dumped in a cistern for over three years before his body was discovered. The Cheaters takes the reader from the innocent Americana 50s to a highly charged murder and trial scene in the early 1990s. Priesmeyer's research has revealed real-life personalities behind the newspaper accounts. Scott's passion for singing dominated his life and he allowed no one to override this goal. People who knew the ultimately convicted murderer, Jim Williams, described him as a congenial, generous person. Then what led Williams to be convicted of two murders (both of which he still denies committing), Scott's second wife, JoAnn, who later married Williams, also faced capital murder charges, yet served only eighteen months in a Missouri correctional facility for hindering the prosecution. Throughout The Cheaters, the reader finds that it is the unfaltering persistence of Walter Scott's elderly parents that finally brought the case to trial. Not only do strong psychological profiles penetrate each page, but also themes of greed, lust, and cheating unveil the motivating factors which sparked two grisly murders. The Cheaters holds within its pages a gripping true-life mystery that is easy to pick up, and hard to put down." --Midwest Book Review

"It's a brish fascinating read." --Dave Hoekstra, columnist for Chicago Sun Times

"A quick-paced, engrossing work for readers of the true-crime genre." --Henry Berry, The Small Press Review

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