By Margaret Press,Joan Noble Pinkham
On a shimmering, Massachusetts morning, Martha Brailsford stepped aboard the "Counterpoint" and went for the final sail of her lifestyles. She had no means of realizing that the boat's proprietor, Tom Maimoni, had a dismal facet, that he'd lured different ladies onto his boat. What occurred that morning of July 12, 1998? Was Martha's dying an accident? Or, used to be she murdered? Would there be adequate facts for a jury to convict Maimoni? during this nonfiction debut, secret novelist Margaret Press takes us into the guts of Salem, introducing a solid of real-life characters—the different ladies who encountered Maimoni, the staff of devoted investigators, the "lobsterman," and the modern day witch of Salem. because the lives of those townspeople intertwine, readers are drawn in to an interesting maze of shock and contradiciton, the place the entire paths lead again to that fateful July morning aboard the "Counterpoint."
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When the two met, the twenty-one-year-old Brailsford was working as a launchman at a yacht club in Marblehead. Martha was his date for the dinner and dance the club gave for its launch operators at the end of each season. From that point on, the two were inseparable. They went together until the fall of 1982, when they were married. Bill Brailsford was an experienced sailor who had owned a number of boats over the years. The couple spent most of their spare time on the water. During the wintertime, they substituted skiing for sailing, still craving the outdoors.
2 Tom Maimoni had failed to tell Roxcy Platte that he did have a wife, one very much alive. Patti Maimoni was a special education teacher in the Salem school system. During the week of July 12, 1991, however, Tom was alone. Patti had gone to visit her sister in Kansas to help out while the family moved. The Maimonis’ freezer was stocked with enough dinners to see Tom through his wife’s two-week trip. Patti had even baked brownies. The painful deprivation of her companionship during their first long separation perhaps would be assuaged by the snacks she had left behind.
Distrust absolutes. Question the obvious. Things are not always what they seem. In examining the pathology in this particular case, I hope I can fulfill these obligations. P. ” But around the world, Salem is associated to this day not with peace but with witches. The town, which hugs the Atlantic coastline of Massachusetts some fifteen miles north of Boston, forever earned its place in history in 1692 by condemning to death twenty people, falsely accused of witchcraft. Witches may or may not have thrived here in the seventeenth century, but in the twentieth century, self-proclaimed witches are here, alive and well.