Kathryn Casey
Mystery and True Crime Author


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The infamous Texas stiletto murder
True Tales of Jealousy, Betrayal, and Revenge
Three decades of murder and redemption in the infamous I-45/Texas Killing Fields
A minister, his mistress, and a heartless Texas murder
A mother's love, a husband's betrayal, and a cold-blooded Texas murder
An Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder.
Murder, Revenge and Two Texas Sisters.
Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire
Obsession, Lies, and a Killer Cop
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The Temple Case

December 10, 2008

Tags: Kathryn Casey, Shattered, David Temple, Belinda Temple, Dick DeGuerin, Kelly Siegler, Heather Scott, Heather Scott Temple

Last week a "48 Hours Mystery" program entitled "The Guessing Game" aired on Belinda Temple's murder. I'm currently working on a book on this case entitled "Shattered," scheduled to be published next year, probably in the fall. After the program aired, my e-mail runneth over with correspondence from folks interested in knowing my take on the case and how I judge the evidence.

I appreciate all the interest and the notes from so many concerned readers. It was great to hear from all of you. That said, I hope you'll understand when I say that while I find the Temple case fascinating, I make it a point not to publicly discuss any case I'm researching before the book comes out.

The process of book writing is a long one. I collect information from many sources, including attending the trials, in the Temple case a six-week commitment, reviewing transcripts and court documents, interviewing sources, and perusing police, autopsy, and forensic reports. I talk to everyone willing to talk to me, and I evaluate their honesty based on the total picture, how what they tell me fits the evidence and what I'm hearing from other credible sources. It's time-consuming and, at times, nearly crushing in its demands, but necessary to fully explore each case.

Despite so much interest, until the Temple book is completed, I'm not really in a position to discuss what it will contain. All I can say at this time is that I've worked hard and uncovered more about David's past, delved into his character to reveal what kind of man he truly is. I have also pieced together a more complete picture of what was going on between David and Belinda in the years leading up to her tragic murder.

So, I hope you understand why for now, I'm going to remain mum on the Temple case. But watch for SHATTERED's debut next year. It should answer many of your questions about what happened ten years ago this January 11, when Belinda and the baby girl she carried, little Erin, were executed in cold blood.


  1. December 10, 2008 3:08 PM EST
    Can't wait for the book. This is one I'll be first in line for!
    - Diane C.
  2. December 10, 2008 6:10 PM EST
    Don't blame you, but I wish you'd hurry up and get the book done! LOL
    - Carol Freeman, Utah
  3. July 12, 2009 12:14 AM EDT
    I still wait for more information about this case. David was arrested for crimes in the Katy area at the time my parents cars were broken into and I was only a couple years behind David at Katy High. He was known as a hot-head in school and when I heard he was doing these things, I didn't like him even more since we seemed to be victims of his antics. Circumstantial proof is even more real to me since I live down the street from the store he went to by "pet food" from. No one would go out of their way to get pet food from that store, or take their child who isn't feeling up to par to the park that far away. There is a neighborhood park not far from their house he could have gone to, and a grocery store less than quarter mile from their house! Finding the weapon would be ideal of course, but I believe 100% that he is guilty and so glad to see the signs "Who Killed Belinda Temple?" off the businesses in the area because I used to think, "why Is this going on so long?". It took the national coverage of Lacy Peterson, whose case was so similar to Belinda and her baby, to make someone wake up? This should have gained national coverage from the start. He was a bully and a self centered jerk in school. Hope your book addresses all these things. Thank you!
    - Katy High School grad from 89

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