A picture on the front page of his local newspaper stopped Bob Waltz in his tracks. It showed a woman connected to a ventilator, a patchwork of skin grafts sewn to her face.
For days, the nightmarish story of the nurse, sprayed with acid by her estranged husband, Bill Slabaugh, had played out on the front pages of the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal. It was 2005 and up until then, Bob had never heard of Becky Slabaugh. Not until he passed a file cabinet at work where someone had tossed a newspaper.
It changed his life forever.
In Bill’s mind, the divorce would never take place. And if it did, he had a wicked scheme that he set into motion when he ordered nitric acid on the internet and had it delivered to his home.