The Ghost: How a California Golden Boy Became America’s Most Unlikely—and Elusive—Fugitive

The Ghost: How a California Golden Boy Became America’s Most Unlikely—and Elusive—Fugitive

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Five shots to the head. Thata€™s how a young armored-car guard named Keith Palomares lost his life one sunny morning in 2004 while making a routine stop at an Arizona strip mall. As Palomares lay dying on the sidewalk, his murderer escaped on a mountain bike with a duffel bag of stolen cash. Almost eight years later, the suspected killer is still at large, nowhere to be found except on the FBIa€™s infamous Ten Most Wanted List. The smiling face in the mug shot, framed by tousled blond hair, is like a taunt: a€œJust try to find me, a€ he seems to say. a€œI spent my life fooling people. Ia€™m doing it still.a€ qThe Ghostq tells the mysterious and chilling story of Jason Derek Brown, the most unlikely fugitive in recent memory. Brown was a golden boy, born to privilege and raised in a seemingly righteous Mormon family. But there were cracks in the perfect facade. Browna€™s father was a gambler and a con man, leading a secret life of deception. As a Mormon missionary and young husband, Jason Brown seemed determined not to follow the same path. But, like his father, he couldna€™t resist temptation. Lying and cheating became Browna€™s new religion, and Mormonism didna€™t stand a chance. Browna€™s fierce desire for the unearned good life allegedly took him over the edgea€”to cold-blooded murder. Ten years after his father simply vanished without a trace, Jason Brown did the same thing. A poisoned legacy. In the rich tradition of the best crime narratives, Paige Williams masterfully examines the forensics of Browna€™s enigmatic life and the disturbing last days before his disappearance. She meticulously describes the tragic shooting of Keith Palomares and takes us behind the scenes with the homicide detective and FBI agent who have been trying for years to find Brown. Officials are convinced that hea€™s out there somewhere, his mystique growing as he remains in the shadows. a€œHe left his family with artifacts of a life interrupted, unexplained, unfulfilled, a€ Williams writes. a€œHe left Arizona as Phoenix scrambled to find the killer of a twenty-four-year-old armored-car guard, shot five times in the face. He left it all and still he lingers, because thata€™s what ghosts do. They haunt.a€Phoenix had an organizedcrime problem, and a drug problem, andatfirst hewasassigned tothose units.After 9/11, he moved around abit, spending some timeona counterterrorism squad, but in 2003 hemadeitto Violent Crimes, his goal. Now, for ... Jason, in no particular hurry, Jami would later say, gathered his things , threw them into the Escalade, and hugged her, then stopped andgave her anextra hug.

Title:The Ghost: How a California Golden Boy Became America’s Most Unlikely—and Elusive—Fugitive
Author:Paige Williams
Publisher:Byliner Inc. - 2012-06-04


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