The Charming Predator

The Charming Predator

The True Story of How I Fell in Love With and Married A Sociopathic Fraud

Book - 2016
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"She fell in love with him, they married and then she found out who he was: a brilliant, sociopathic fraud. She was a capable and confident young woman, studying broadcast journalism and honing her skills of observation and objectivity. She was also a little unworldly and naive, the product of a small, rural Western Canadian community where doors were never locked and life was simple and direct. On a backpacking trip in the UK, she met the man who would abuse her trust without mercy and make her life hellishly complicated for years to come. This is the true story of how Lee Mackenzie fell in love with and married a man who, unbeknown to her, was an impostor of great skill and outrageous audacity. A man everyone agreed was one of the most intelligent, charming, entertaining people they had ever met. Easy to like, easy to believe. Easy to love. A man who, she was to discover, had been in and out of courts and prisons for years before their meeting. Lee, like so many others before and after, did not see the dark side of Kenner Jones until it was too late. He shattered her emotionally, psychologically and financially. And then she forgave him. And then he did it again. Decades later, he is still at large, having committed crimes around the world. He has been described--by the seasoned immigration officer who helped kick him out of the States--as "the best conman I have ever encountered in my entire career." No one got closer to Kenner Jones than Lee Mackenzie. No one has known him better--or perhaps that should be worse. In a narrative of almost unbearable, mounting menace, Lee Mackenzie tells her story, and finally unmasks Kenner Jones for the first time."--
Publisher: Toronto, Doubleday Canada,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385687126
Branch Call Number: 364.163 M156a 2016
Characteristics: 245 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm


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Apr 18, 2017

Confession time. I am obsessed with true crime. I often find myself completely absorbed in the newest documentary on Netflix profiling serial killers and crime sprees; then, subsequently go into hour long Wikipedia vortexes as I research for myself!

Needless to say, I was pleased when I was sent a copy of The Charming Predator, the true story of how a woman ended up married to a sociopathic fraud, by Lee Mackenzie.

Mackenzie writes a “to the point” style account of her initial encounters with Kenner Jones, their courtship and the early days of their marriage. As Mackenzie begins to understand Kenner’s true intentions and is sucked into his fraudulent lifestyle, she must try and combat his lying and manipulative techniques. I could not even imagine being in a situation like this one. Bad things truly do happen to good people and sometimes, people are truly a victim of circumstance. I commend Lee Mackenzie for sharing her story; it must have been incredibly difficult.

I also found myself interested in this story as my hometown is mentioned several times! Lee Mackenzie was a Canadian visiting Britain when she met her (now ex) husband and she returns to Canada several times throughout the story. It is always interesting to see a setting so familiar!

A story of betrayal, the trauma that followed as a result and of a woman’s survival, Lee Mackenzie is to the point and matter of fact. An interesting story that true crime lovers will appreciate!


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