WHO IS JACKY SEEVER?
As the business owner and former philanthropist awaits trial, the Post takes a closer look at the man suspected of serial homicide.
Seever married his wife Gloria when she was just twenty in 1978, a year after meeting her at her father’s diner where he worked as a dishwasher.
Three months after their marriage, Seever took over the running of the diner, which was to become the first of six successful family restaurants.
The popular chain made Jacky Seever a well-known figure in Denver; customers recall him regularly visiting the establishments, particularly around the holiday season. It is believed that these are being sold off to pay for the businessman’s defence led by Frank Costello.
Seever’s flair for business was undeniable and after a few years of married life, he was able to buy a large house on a quarter-acre plot on Sycamore Street; the house that would later become the site of a major murder investigation.
The house has since been sold to a foundation who work to improve the quality of life in Denver. The foundation has immediate plans to demolish the house to make space for a community garden.
Gloria, now forty-nine, and Seever have never had children despite the restaurant owner’s apparent fondness for them.
Seever has done a number of public appearances at the local children’s hospital, dressing as a clown to entertain young, terminally ill patients.
Police revealed in January that they found pornographic content of an extremely disturbing nature on Seever’s home computer but nothing that indicates paedophilic tendencies.
Many of his employees have reported that their boss liked a drink, often staying late at one of his restaurant bars before heading home.
He was also known for his love of entertaining. Neighbours all referred to the regular parties and dinners he had. Friends and employees were forever invited over for barbecues or to watch sport.
Known for his eccentricities, Seever was frequently seen about town in his expensively tailored three-piece suits, complete with a traditional silver pocket-watch.
Publication Date: 9th February from Mantle
Source: Review Copy
A crime like this isn’t only about the killer. There are others to consider . . .
Seven years ago, Detective Paul Hoskins and his larger-than-life partner solved one of the biggest serial killer cases of the decade. They dug up 33 bodies in a crawlspace belonging to the beloved Jacky Seever, a pillar of the community and a successful businessman. Sammie Peterson was the lead reporter on the case. Her byline was on the front page of the newspaper every day. Seever’s wife, Gloria, claimed to be as surprised as everyone else.
But when you get that close to a killer, can you really just move on?
Today, Hoskins has been banished to the basement of the police station, Sammie is selling make-up at the shopping mall, and Gloria is trying to navigate a world where she can’t escape condemnation.
Then a series of copycat killings take place, with the victims all connected to Seever. While Gloria is determined not to be forced into the spotlight again, Hoskins and Sammie see a chance to get their lives back. But it could mean forfeiting their humanity in the process . . .
It isn’t over. It’ll never be over.
What You Don’t Know is a gorgeously atmospheric character driven tale about what happens to a small eclectic bunch of people in the aftermath of the capture of a serial killer…and what happens when they get sucked back in.
I loved it, a serial killer chiller with a real difference – we come into it knowing who and what, then follow along with one of the detectives responsible for the capture of Jacky Seever, the reporter who was his lover and the wife who claims to have known nothing. The fallout on all of them is emotionally resonant and when more murders occur all of them will have to deal with their past demons.
This is both mystery and character study – who is following in the footsteps of a monster v what has happened to those caught up in the trauma – the story is engaging and often very creepy and includes some beautiful twists and turns not necessarily connected to the killings. I was fascinated by Gloria, married to a killer for so many years and some light relief (and also some disturbing scenes) were brought with Hoskins relationship with his police partner. JoAnn Chaney writes beautifully, an off kilter vibe with a touch of noir, I was hooked all the way.
Clever, very clever – and highly recommended from me.
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