Liysa Northon, who went to prison for killing her pilot-husband 11 years ago in a remote campground, became the pivotal figure in the chilling 2003 best-seller “Heart Full of Lies” by Ann Rule, The Oregonian reports. Now, with less than a year of time to serve, the Northon, 49, has a new husband and is trying to change her image from convicted killer to heroic battered wife.
She claims she got a raw deal in her trial, blames her defense attorney, and takes special aim at the 75-year-old Rule, author of more than 30 books including one about serial killer Ted Bundy. Northon’s effort caught some traction when Rick Swart, an ex-newspaper editor wrote a piece on Rule’s book: “How Seattle’s Queen of True Crime Turned a Battered Wife into a Killer Sociopath.” Swart neglected to disclose that he is Northon’s fourth husband. Northon says she killed in self-defense. “For a battered woman, the danger is always imminent, always,” she said. “Oregon badly needs a self-defense law for battered women. Right now, they just expect you to die and not make a fuss.”