Book: Real Life Mystery of Seattle Couple’s Deadly Sailing Cruise – Son Reveals Untold Story, 35 Year Old Cold Case

February 1978: Six months after leaving Puget Sound for French Polynesia, Loren and Joanne Edwards lie dead aboard their sailboat Spellbound. Their daughter is bleeding from head wounds. Their injured son and a family friend are also aboard, and all give confusing information about what has happened. The case is front-page news in Seattle and Tahiti for weeks, investigated for years, but no one is ever charged with a crime.

July 2013: Thirty-five years later, the couple’s oldest son reveals facts unknown to the public and names the FBI’s prime suspect with the release of Dare I Call It Murder?—A Memoir of Violent Loss. Larry Edwards’ memoir deciphers a maze of contradictory witness accounts and published reports in his ongoing struggle to learn the truth and deal with the emotional turmoil from his parents’ deaths.

Book-It Northwest will be holding several readings and signing events for this book, with the author, Larry Edwards.

Readings & Signings:

Sept. 12, Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Is., WA – 7 p.m.

Sept. 14, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA – 7 p.m.

Sept. 22, Warwick’s, La Jolla, CA – noon-2 p.m.


In Dare I Call It Murder?—A Memoir of Violent Loss, learn why:

• Edwards believes his brother attacked his sister and that his parents did not die by accident or suicide, as his brother claimed.

• The reason Edwards gives for the attack could stun readers as much as the crime itself.

• Edwards’ brother was never charged and never spent more than a few hours behind bars.

• Edwards set out on the trip, but abandoned the journey before the Spellbound left the West Coast.

• Edwards and two of his sisters filed a “slayer” petition against their brother during probate of their parents’ wills, and their brother did not contest it.

• Edwards calls a 2009 account of his parents’ final days by true-crime writer Ann Rule inaccurate. It tore the Edwards family even farther apart and compelled Edwards to finish writing his story.

“I was having trouble living my life because I was consumed with setting the record straight and trying to provide a semblance of justice for my parents,” says Edwards, explaining his years of frustration, legal battles and painstaking research. “It took me three decades to realize I was suffering from post-traumatic stress, and I want my story to give greater focus to violent loss and the traumatic grief that goes with it.”

Connie Saindon, a therapist who has helped Edwards and founder of the Survivors of Violent Loss Program in San Diego, CA, writes, “It’s the kind of book you can’t put down. You will live this story.”

About the Author:

Larry M. Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist who has served as writer and editor for several publications, including sailing and maritime periodicals. He lived with his family in Seattle and Kirkland before attending the University of Washington and becoming a junior high school teacher in Tacoma. He now lives in San Diego and works as a freelance writer, book editor and publishing consultant


CONTACT: Book It Northwest

Diane Duthweiler (206) 375-0012
Gail DiRe (206) 227-1866