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74 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 24 - September 30, 1999 Book Nook The Summer Wind By c, 00asta00 By Gerry Lore Probably the most shocking and heart wrenching part of George Anastasia's new book, The Sum- mer Wind, are the opening para- graphs which describe in chilling detail how Thomas Capano and his brother Gerry unsuccessfully tried to sink the ice cooler con- taining the body of Anne Marie Fahey off the New Jersey coast. This graphic narrative sets the tone for the story of one of the most notorious and horrible crimes in Delaware history, which mesmerized people for over two years. This was the crime for which Thomas Ca- pano was con- victed and now sits on death row, sen- tenced to the death penalty. Anastasia, LORE an award-winning reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, covered the entire investigation and trial. In what is one is one of the first in a spate of books about this crime, he carefully traces and recreates the bizarre, emotionally charged relationship between Capano and Fahey, using entries from her di- ary and their e-mail correspon- dence. Anastasia is particularly ef- fective in giving the reader an in- sight into the personalities and be- havior of the Fahey and Capano families, key members of the prosecution and defense teams, " and Capano's various girl friends and mistresses. Anastasia leads the reader up to the murder by contrasting the backgrounds of Fahey and Ca- pano. She had a very difficult childhood, with her mother dying when she was nine years old. Her father was an alcoholic who could not support his family and aban- doned them, leaving them to fend for themselves. Anne Marie also had a long his- tory of emotional problems, in- cluding severe anorexia, and was undergoing professional counsel- ing. Despite having their share of legal problems, Capano's family was one of the wealthiest and most influential in Wilmington. He went to the best private schools, was a partner in a leading law fh'm, had worked in the Gov- ernor's office and was a power in local and state politics. He also had a wife and four daughters. Anastasia tells in vivid detail Capano's manic behavior with Fa- hey and his other lovers. The pat- tern was always the same. He would prey upon younger and emotionally fragile women, show- ering them with gifts, cash and in- timate dinners at the finest restau- rants. As the relationship devel- oped, he would become more con- trolling, obsessive and insanely jealous. If and when his lover told him she wanted to end the affair, he could not let go. Anastasia doc- uments Capano's stalking of the women, and his threats of physical and financial harm. Anastasia goes on to describe the tortured Fahey-Capano rela- tionship, how the murder was most likely committed, and Ca- pano's frantic efforts to clean up the crime scene and dispose of the body. Anastasia clearly demonstrates the determination, persistence and professionalism of the small team of investigators and prosecutors who, step by step, built the case against Capano, steadily tighten- ing the noose. From the very be- ginning, they had focused on him as the only suspect. They also knew that 15 years before, Capano had been a prime suspect in anoth- er case that was very similar to this one. Anastasia also portrays Capano as showing no remorse whatsoev- er for his crime, even after his conviction. Even while behind bars, he tried to manipulate and threaten witnesses, asking them to lie on the stand. He actually hired hoodlums to break into the home mistress shot Fahey, and that he was covering up for her. Anastasia reveals previously undisclosed information that state and federal agencies organized and carried out a sting operation of his mistress, and physically " on Gerry Capano, arresting him threaten her. Those who followed on drug and weapon charges. The the trial will remember the stun- successful operation was de- ning testimony that his longtime Continued on page 76 OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM PALOR undaes gannana Splits blahs' Shakes Our "Soon-to-be Famous"Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae Belgian Waffles topped with Fruit ' Ire Cream loats,Fla'vored "Coffees, Frothy Cappuccino 11 N. First Street, Rehoboth Beach" 226-1374 Across from Nicda PizzE Crafts Continued from page 73 play hand forged and fabricated silver and gold jewelry with pre- cious and semi-precious stones. Lewes' Lanelle Hearn will exhibit her artistic interpretations in stained glass from tiny sun catch- ers to large window panels. And Trudi Clark of Sicklerville, N.J., will bring the art of ceramics to the show with her wall pockets, mirrors and water fountains. More than 70 craftspeople have signed up for the Craft Fair, Lester said. She and her commit- tee indicated that they "expect a good turnout not only because of the quality of the craftspeople but because this time of the year in Lewes is so beautiful as well as exciting with all of the activities for Boast the Coast and Coast Day scheduled for the weekend." The Historical Society Craft Fair committee includes Lou Braithwaite, Steve Rogers and Marie and Bob Adams. Food and refreshments will be available at the Historical Society's conces- sion stand throughout the day. 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