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Aurora Mackey

Aurora Mackey is an award-winning former staff reporter and columnist with the Los Angeles Times, and former medical reporter with the Los Angeles Daily News. Since 1993 she has worked as a legal journalist, most notably for California Lawyer magazine. In 2001, Ms. Mackey’s first nonfiction book, Ultimate Judgment: A Story of Emotional Corruption, Obsession and Betrayal, was published by Health Communications, Inc.

Published in Authors

Ultimate Judgment: A Story of Emotional Corruption, Obsession and Betrayal

by Meg Clairmonte and Aurora Mackey

When millionaire shrimping magnate Donald Sahlman died of cancer in November 1992, his friends, family and business associates crowded into a church in Tampa, Florida to mourn a man who was gentle, generous and compassionate. But their benevolent image of Sahlman was about to be shattered. In a case that would shock all who knew him and set a legal precedent, Sahlman was put on trial and posthumously charged with the heinous sexual abuse of his stepdaughter.

This is a gripping story documented with actual court transcripts as Clairmonte details the sexual and emotional abuse she suffered at her stepfather's hands for twenty-five years. Perhaps even more shocking are Clairmonte's allegations against her own mother, who conspired in the abuse and even facilitated it, selling her daughter into sexual and emotional slavery for financial security. In this precedent-setting court case, Sahlman's estate was ordered to pay Meg Clairmonte $3 million. This riveting story is one of emotional corruption, obsession and betrayal at their darkest levels, but more importantly, it is the story of human courage, resilience and ultimate triumph.

Published in Memoirs