Remembering Margo: A Triumphant Life, a Tragic Death, and Life's Greatest Deception, by Donzella Michele Malone, is written as a tribute to a friend who was murdered.
Margo Prade was shot multiple times just after pulling into the parking lot of her workplace. She never had a chance to get out of her van, yet nobody saw or heard anything until it was too late.
Things changed when Donzella, Margo's best friend, got to the scene. She marched up to the police demanding to know what they were going to do about Douglas Prade, Margo's husband. She had reason to suspect him, even without solid proof.
When they first met, she was twelve years old. Donzella went for an unintended joyride with a boy much too old for her. Douglas Prade, a longtime cop with the Akron police force, hauled her out of the car and started yelling. Although Donzella did not understand why he was upset, the incident left a lasting impression.
Years later, she was stunned to find Margo Shamberger involved with the man. Both the doctor and the cop were ambitious and strong willed. They decided they were the perfect match and made plans to marry. What Margo did not realize was just how controlling he was behind closed doors. I suspect others didn't either.
It took some time, but Margo got a divorce. Douglas was so angry at the decision that he refused to attend the court proceeding. He started planning ways to make her regret what she had done. Some parts of his attack were overt, such as refusing to move out of the apartment even though she was paying for it. Three months went by before he left. Other ways were a bit more discreet, one involving the woman whom Margo suddenly became friends with. Those who knew Margo best considered this person a spy for Douglas.