Beyond the headlines
Clare Carlson has one goal and that is to break a story wide open for Channel 10. No matter how hard she must lean on people to interview she is relentless and will not give an inch.
Laurie Bateman is married to a wealthy businessman named Charles Hollister who in person and at events puts on the persona that they are a happily married couple. That is the facade they want everyone to believe.
Things get tense when the maid arrives and Hollister us dead and his wife seems to be escaping the scene. Arrested and convicted in the minds of the police, Clare for some reason embarks on a crusade to prove her innocence but why?
With the help of her attorney friend Janet she hopes to get an exclusive with Laurie who before her arrest wanted to tell her story to Clare. Tensions rose and she is determined to air the story herself and hopefully the defense lawyer will get her an in-jail interview.
Funerals are to mourn the dead, but Clare uses it to approach and question Charles Jr. and his sister Allison. An encounter that leaves her flat on the floor and another that lets her know his kids want no part of her .
Things tense up when Clare wants to video tape the maid and get her take on what she saw when she entered the Hollister home. Seeing Laurie there she assumed she killed her husband and the police followed. But this story is even more complex s Clare faces off with Jack Feron who does not want her to report the story live but you know Jack, give it a rest you will lose.
Added in her daughter, Linda aka Lucy phones and the news about a hereditary gene that could be passed off to her granddaughter Audrey has her thinking about her past, her parents and the man who is Linda’s father. Which one passed on this gene and how would it affect them in later years?
When Carmen Ortega the maid is killed by a subway train, did someone push her, did she fall by accident, did someone want her out of the way or was it something physical that caused her to fall on the tracks?
A night out with the news crew lightened things up but Clare tends to table things and events that she does not want to deal with within her own mind and justifies her actions. Her prime concern is and always will be the story. She never told her daughter about her job offer will that change things when she does, and will she take it? Talking to the William Carstairs from the DA’s office enlightens readers as to what some people will imply or do in order to get Clare to agree to something inappropriate just to get inside information about a story she wants to air. Just how far will she stretch her morals and ethics?
Laurie Bateman is smart and would put on a great performance when Clare meets with her with a video crew in jail. Convinced she is innocent, and she proclaims that Charles was abusive the facts are there but are they true? Laurie Batteman wanted out of jail. Carmen Ortega the maid said she arrived at the apartment finding Batteman there and her husband dead. Was she the killer? Was she really going for help? She was in shock of just acting. Added in the gun that was hers had no prints on it and there were others that stood to benefit from his death. Added in Charles threatened to change his will and now if she is free she gets it all. New attention on the DA’s office forced William Carstairs to step away from the case and another prosecutor was chosen. Next step is for her attorney, Donna Grieco to get her bail. The support for her was huge and the outreach to free her staggering. The judge listened to the evidence and believe it or not at first gave her bail and then dropped the murder charges and she was free. Appearances are deceptive and this is not over by a long shot. Added in Clare had to deal with the possibility of having the BRCAI gene and did she give it to her daughter? What about her granddaughter? Test results would not come for quite a while.
Author R. G. Belsky presents real life news reporting from his firsthand experience as a journalist and courtroom scenes that are true to life and riveting. The tensions are real, and the outcomes are startling and unexpected as Clare’s voice is heart loud and clear as she toots her own horn, relates how everyone loves her and the sarcasm comes through. She is relentless and will stop at nothing, but this story is far from over.
Clare starts to backtrack information and Laurie’s past and what she discovers makes her wonder if she really was right to defend her. The truths will come out, but will the past come back at Laurie in the present? Lies, deceptions, betrayals and author R.G. Belsky throw readers more than must a twist, turn and surprise but a huge curve ball that will come bouncing back at someone but who and how?
Clare learns something after Maggie digs into Laurie’s past. Something within the files lets her know that her interview was similar to something else. Clare is relentless and decides to interview his first wife, a private investigator, his best friend Bert, woman he married for 24 hours as Clare goes down a dangerous path. Then she becomes curious about the death of her Vietnamese father, his best friend and how they related to creating a microchip, Martin Bateman, Laurie’s stepfather, Charles’ late wife and finally the maid Were these accidents, murders or coverups? When the pieces fit together another suspect is arrested but did this person kill his father? Things do not add up for Clare and she keeps going back to her boss to relate new ideas, thoughts and then hoping for that position in Los Angeles. Things do not always pan out and words can often create more friction and Laurie Bateman hurls her own threats at Clare if she does not stop telling what she calls lies about her to the public. An ending that places Clare in danger and a final scene that will bring tears to your eyes as Clare Carlson faces her own mortality and realizes that sometimes miracles happen and you have to take life in a more positive way and treat yourself to a day BEYOND THE HEADLINES.
Bold, hardcore, tough and stops at nothing, Clare Carlson gets the story done no matter what!
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