Such A Good Boy, How A Pampered Son's Greed Led to murder, by Lisa Hobbs Birnie

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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.

The book, Such A Good Boy: How A Pampered Son's Greed Led to

Murder, written by Lisa Hobbs Birnie, starts out with a profile of the

characters involved in the brutal tale.

First is Doris Kryciak Leatherbarrow,

born in Calder, Saskatchewan in 1920. Doris grew up in poverty, the oldest

of seven children in the farming family. Doris was a good student when she

went to school, but quit at fifteen and worked at school. She married George

Artemenko, a shipyard worker, and became pregnant soon after. She gave

birth to Sharon Doreen in March of 1943. This daughter never knew her

father; George died in a fall at work three months after the birth of his child.

This left Doris alone and knowing that she needed to do something to

support her child. After the war, she landed a job with the newly formed

Unemployment Services in the Vancouver area, where she raised enough

money to complete one of her dreams: own her own dress shop. She married

again to Rene Leatherbarrow, and expanded her dress shop to a large...