Such A Good Boy: How A Pampered Sons Greed Led To Murder: Summary

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Such A Good Boy: How A Pampered Son's Greed Led to Murder: Summary

     18 year old Darren Huenemann of Saanich, British Columbia seemed to be a model student, friend, son and grandson. His mother Sharon called him the
"perfect gentleman", as did most of the community around him. When his grandmother Doris made out her will in 1989, she made it so her daughter Sharon would receive half of her $4 million dollar estate, and Darren the other half.
At the same time Sharon updated her will to include Darren as the beneficiary of her estate. If they ever came to harm and died, he would be a very rich young man. In the fall of 1989, Darren Huenemann decided that he wanted to be that very rich young man now.
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Birnie states, "By the time he was in the third grade he had learned the rules... He had to be clean, polished, polite, under control, understanding, and always very nice to other people." (Birnie, p 51) Darren interacted differently with his peers at younger ages: he didn't engage in physical sport often, but was popular due to is financial status. He became involved with a group of role-players in the popular game "Dungeons and Dragons". Here he let some of his true feelings loose: the desire to rebel, the violence and rudeness he kept inside, and the tendencies he had to kill his grandmother Doris.
     The book then turns to a chronological telling of the events, starting with the drafting of the wills of Doris and Sharon. This seemed to be a turning point for young Darren, who stepped up his ideas around his peers. He confronted two of his friends, David Muir, and Derik Lord, both 16 years old. These youths, although pleasant enough around their families, had already dealt in illegal activities, smuggling lethal knives into Canada from a post office box in
Washington State. He promised them rewards for killing his grandmother and mother. For David, a cabin in the woods, a new car and about 100,000 dollars.
For Derik, he would become Darren's bodyguard, and also receive land and money for weapons. They agreed, and decided after weeks of thinking over

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