Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
'She Is Evil!': Madness and Murder in Memphis by Judith A Yates is the true story of how one woman abused the kindness and the religion of one man to the point of murder. Nobody could get hold of Ejaz Ahmad. His son and his mother were told that he had gone away, but they felt something was wrong. When they went to his house they found it empty, but for his body rotting in the garden shed. Ejaz was a kind man who took prison parolee Leah Ward under his wing, not realizing that he was exactly what she had been looking for – a place to live and money in her pocket. The idyllic life soon turned into a horrific sequence of abuse against Ejaz. He was warned by his family and his friends that she wasn’t good for him, but he didn’t listen. In May 2003, Ejaz paid the price. What really happened in that house and why did Leah turn against Ejaz? What led up to the murder and how did it all go so badly wrong? The answers to these questions and more are here in this frank account, the result of many hours of research.
‘She is Evil!’: Madness and Murder in Memphis by Judith A Yates is a harrowing account of how one man’s trust, religion, and kindness was turned against him in the most horrifying way. I love true crime books and this one did not disappoint. The story was told in a straightforward manner which flowed well. Each chapter led seamlessly to the next and I was left in no doubt as to who these people were and what made them tick. The book started on an attention-grabbing note and it continued in the same vein all the way through, right to the very last page. Judith A Yates truly knows how to tell a story that makes you want to keep reading. The story doesn’t focus too much on the villain here, but rather tells us the story of a peaceful, hardworking Muslim who just wanted to share his life and the love he had to give with someone special. He didn’t get that, and he paid the ultimate price for the kindness he showed. Highly recommended read for true crime aficionados.