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"Marked For Destruction" is a true crime story, a diary account of Adele Fraulen--a senior lady who had made her way in life with little help from anyone. Suddenly, a brother dies leaving the earned interest from a $1 million dollar estate for her and a surviving brother to share. But when Adele sought professional help to manage her inheritance she was seen by the professionals she trusted, a legal guardian and her attorney, as an easy "mark." Adele signed documents represented to her by the professionals as a revocable contract for them to help manage her new finances. The contract's small print would also allow them to become her legal guardian if she ever were to become incapacitated.
Soon after signing, Adele decided she didn't need outside help and asked to revoke her agreement with the professionals, but instead of honoring her desire they began court proceedings to have her declared mentally and physically incapacitated. Their clever schemes succeeded and Adele was eventually confined in a locked nursing home where her food was drugged to help keep her quiet and her contact with the outside world was limited. They took her freedom, her life and her money, but a neighbor came to her rescue. Adele's story, described in the book "Marked For Destruction," tells of her neighbor's exhaustive and successful fight to free her from captivity.
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John Caravella, the author of “Marked For Destruction,” grew up in the Milwaukee, WI area and started his career as a police officer with the City of Wauwatosa (Milwaukee County) Police Department in 1976. He worked as a patrol officer until retiring in 1989 and now lives in Gainesville, FL.
From 1978 to 1984 Officer Caravella patrolled the northwest side of the City and spent considerable time getting to know the citizens he worked for. They learned he could be trusted to keep a confidence and that trust resulted in his clearing arsons, armed robberies, missing fugitives, dozens of burglaries and two homicides.
“This book I wrote is a story that has been a part of my life since I retired and realized I still needed to flex my curious nature, so I found a chance to volunteer some of my time to help others. That is how Adele’s story came into my life,” Caravella said.
“I soon learned that she was being drugged and held prisoner by those she had hired to simply manage her inheritance, and she had to be freed. I also learned, even more, how important volunteer service can be, because countless agencies turned down the chance to help her. In the end it was free service that made a difference.”
“Adele’s voice can now be heard for all of us to learn from and I’m sure, to the great dismay of those who tried so hard to keep her quiet, her published account is an unwelcome spotlight on their dirty tricks. Finally,” said Caravella, “Adele has the chance to talk directly to us through the pages of her diary, and I suspect you won’t want to interrupt once you’ve allowed her to begin.”Review:
It should be on the best seller's list. We recommend that everyone near retirement make this a Must Read. -- 50Plus NewsMagazine, March, 2001
They stole something more valuable than Adele's money, they stole her time. It's a lesson to us all. -- David Budde: Chief Investigator, Milwaukee Co. WI District Attorney's Office
This shows the depths of "organized" corruption. How could these professionals compromise their values for the love of money? -- Michael J. Iding: Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
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Book Description JP Products, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110970854781
Book Description JP Products, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0970854781