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Sneiderman case has book, movie potential

7:49 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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Murder defendant Andrea Sneiderman (left), and actress Sandra Bullock.

DECATUR, Ga. -- In real life, Andrea Sneiderman is a widow fighting the charge that she helped kill her husband.

But in the world of entertainment, Mrs. Sneiderman is a potential best-seller, as a character in a story of a murderous love quadrangle. She brings it up herself, as quoted in two recorded jailhouse conversations referenced in a motion filed in her criminal case. "...When this book comes out one day or movie..." Mrs. Sneiderman says, "if Sandra Bullock wasn't so old, she'd be a good choice" to play her part.

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"A love triangle and passion and murder. It's pretty much what crime fiction is made of," said Amanda Kyle Williams, a Decatur author of crime thrillers. When she sees the Sneiderman case, she sees a story about a woman who prosecutors say manipulated a man obsessed with her -- to kill the man married to her -- to be with the man she really loves. "And of course, Hollywood loves this kind of thing," Williams said.

Yet author and former newspaper reporter Drew Jubera points to the list of previous Atlanta area crimes that seemed to cry out for books and movies yet barely rippled -- the 1987 murder-for-hire of Lita Sullivan by her wealthy husband Jim Sullivan; the 1992 murder-for-hire of Sara Tokars by her attorney husband Fred; the black widow cases of Lynn Turner, who killed a husband and a boyfriend with antifreeze; and the 2000 assassination of DeKalb Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown, engineered by his political rival, Sid Dorsey.

Jubera thinks Sneiderman may not make the cut. "My question is whether it has enough pizazz to it," said Jubera, author of Must Win, a book about a south Georgia town obsessed with high school football. "I just don't know that a good love triangle or quadrangle murder is enough anymore."

Both authors note that the Sneiderman case is about more than Andrea. It's also about Rusty Sneiderman, the husband and murder victim-- for whom justice remains a real-life work in progress.

"I find the whole Sandra Bullock thing really creepy. I'm sorry but I just do," said Williams. "That you're even thinking about this when your husband is dead."

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