Citizen Jane : The True Story of One Woman's Heroic Struggle to Catch a Killer

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
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The True Story of a devious killer and the average woman who did what the police couldn't do. A terrible crime is made all the more unfathomable when the least likely suspect is accused, and a woman must put aside her grief to aid the police before the chance at justice is lost forever. These are circumstances in which one extraordinary woman finds herself entwined in "Citizen Jane," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie which tells the true story of the lone woman who refused to let a killer escape, even at the risk of her own life. Jane Alexander had it all: A wonderful family, personal and financial success and a deep romance with Tom O'Donnell. A family friend for 25 years prior to their romance, Tom helped Jane cope with the death of her husband, and captivated her wit his charming, unflappable personality. But Jane's picturesque life came crashing down around her the morning she received the news that her beloved aunt had been murdered. Slowly, astonishingly, the evidence began to point to the last person Jane would ever believe capable of such an act: Tom. As she began to comprehend the unfathomable, the depth of his deceit grew, as she realized he had fled with tens of thousands of dollars of her money, forcing her to sell her possessions and move into a dilapidated old house. Their investigation did not go unnoticed, however, and Tom O'Donnell would not allow himself to be caught easily. Seeing as his original plan was to murder Jane as well, he saw no reason not to carry out this act, thus removing the last obstacle to the life he had plotted and murdered to obtain. With everything and almost everyone telling her that her quest was futile, and with a remorseless killer determined to take any action necessary to remain free, time was not on Jane Alexander's side. In fact, she would come to learn that very little was on her side at all.

Author Biography

James Dalessandro was born in Cleveland and educated at Ohio University and UCLA Film School. In 1973, he founded the legendary Santa Cruz Poetry Festival, along with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Ken Kesey, Allen Ginsberg and Michael McClure.
He was the writer of the "House of Blues Radio Hour," and is currently the instructor of advanced film and television writing at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
A member of the Writer's Guild of America since 1983, he has sold more than a dozen film projects and published four books. He is writer/director/producer of the award-winning documentary film, THE DAMNEDEST, FINEST RUINS. His books include CANARY IN A COAL MINE, (poetry); BOHEMIAN HEART, (a San Francisco noir mystery novel); 1906, a best selling novel that re-creates San Francisco during the great earthquake and fire, and CITIZEN JANE, the true story of a woman who spent 13 years tracking down and putting away the murderer of her 88-year old aunt. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Katie.

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