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Fire in the Desert Book - Presale orders now availble

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Visit the web site for more information on this book. The below was take from the book’s site. Will you be ordering your copy and what are your thoughts on this? We’re hoping to get our hands on a copy sooner then later to give everyone a preview on it and share our thoughts.

About the Book
On the morning of December 14, 2005, Las Vegas police and firefighters were called to the desert outside of Las Vegas for a car fire. A 2003 Jaguar was in flames, and inside the trunk of the vehicle was the badly burned body of a young Las Vegas woman named Melissa James. The 28-year-old had suffered a horrifying fate - she was restrained, her face was covered with duct-tape, and she was set on fire.

The disturbing discovery prompted a massive police investigation, and within hours, detectives were standing at the front doorstep of two of the nation’s most recognized fitness celebrities - Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan.

Titus is a past place finisher in the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition, and his antics appropriately earned him the nickname the “Bad Boy of Bodybuilding.” Meanwhile, his elegant wife, Ryan, is widely recognized as one of the premier womens’ fitness competitors in the country.

But within the week, the two would be known as something else: murder suspects in the death of James, who was their live-in personal assistant. After being interviewed by police in the death of James, Titus and Ryan fled Las Vegas, prompting a national manhunt in what has become one of Las Vegas’ most high-profile murder cases in years.

Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter and true crime author Glenn Puit has the inside scoop on the evidence gathered by Las Vegas police against the couple. Through his investigative reporting, he obtained the exclusive witness statements gathered by police, and condensed those statements into a riveting new book about the Titus-Ryan case.

The book offers an independent examination of the fitness couple’s sordid lifestyle, their actions before and after their personal assistant was found dead, and it also includes Titus and Ryan’s recorded statements to the police.

Fire in the Desert serves as an evidentiary handbook for those following the case, providing a detailed legal analysis by Las Vegas courtroom experts as to what Titus and Ryan can expect during their upcoming murder trial.

If you like true crime, don’t miss out on this one!

$14.95* for orders
placed before 12/1/06
*Includes shipping; plus sales tax

9 Responses to “Fire in the Desert Book - Presale orders now availble”

  1. Knew Kelly In College Says:

    Since when is full-scale plastic surgery and the drug-addled, married-swinger lifestyle considered “elegant”? Nice how the discovery of Melissa’s body is only described as “disturbing” and not “gruesome,” “tragic,” or “shocking.” My cat could’ve written a better description than that load of crap.

  2. chainsaw Says:

    Wow, CT is gonna throw a tantrum I bet when this book comes out. Anybody on this forum gonna send him a copy? Before everybody jumps on me when I say this, take a deep breath it is just my analysis O.K. This book coming out before the trial is gonna completely and undoubtedly substantiate CT’s reasoning for burning the body because of their celebrity status. Also, I hope and pray that this guy that wrote this book, at least had some sort of go ahead from MJ’s mother or may donates a small sum for her burial and scholorship fund. The author even looks a litte like CT, check out his picture on his sight.

  3. observer Says:

    I think it could be argued that they gained more celebrity status by fleeing the state, etc. then they ever gained in the bodybuilding community.

    That being said, I hope the book is unbiased and will let people make up their own minds. As much as we like to analyze things here, I still think the case seems pretty cut and dry and there won’t be much sympathy for Craig.

  4. bigg stuff Says:

    ct has always thought he could get away with murder, since 1994. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the end he tries to put it all on kelly. He has always tried to weasle his way out of trouble in the past.

  5. fitness4me Says:

    Here we go….possibly another made for TV movie: “the life and fall of two bodybuilders”…a sympathetic view for a pure, cold-hearted, evil, premeditated act of violence. But hey, we live in America and everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Why not write a true book about two egotistical beings thinking (or lack of thinking) that they could get away with murder (like in the movies?) but end up being incarcerated for life or even getting capitol punishment? Now, that’s what I call JUSTICE-THE AMERICAN WAY. Does anyone ask themselves who is giving Melissa pity? SHE IS THE VICTIM, not two wealthy (by narcotic means) bodybuilders. Is anyone setting up a “fund” for her? I know that people in the bodybuilding business stick together, but enough is enough. Does the American Law give Retribution to those who take another person’s life? It is yet to be determined.

  6. Seth Mcdavid Says:

    Craig and Kelly did not murder her together or seperate! There won’t be any giving each other away on something that did not happen. Everyone needs to stop thinking the absolute worst and look at the realistic idea that she overdosed and they panicked.


    Craig’s audio book is going to sell, Kelly and Craig T-shirts are going to sell and THE TITUS FAMILY WILL PREVAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. observer Says:

    Hey Seth,

    You must be completely clueless as to how the general public views bodybuilding. I was quite aware of who Kelly and Craig were before any of this happened, as I do follow bodybuilding. But they got more news coverage by fleeing the state then they did from bodybuilding. When was the last time you saw them on TV before this? The Olympia wasn’t even on pay per view this year because there aren’t enough people buying to make it worth their while.

    As for your theory that they panicked, are you on their defense team? If you really believe this you must agree that they are the stupidest criminals ever! Why did they shoot her with a taser gun if she was already dead? Why destroy the only evidence that would prove your innocent? Why try to flee the country if you’re innocent? Why tell your close friends you killed her if you didn’t? I could go on and on, but you get the point…

  8. chainsaw Says:

    Do ya think when CT gets a copy of this book he’ll want to burn it?

  9. darkstar Says:

    Yes, he will burn it, but not before wrapping it in duct tape and letting Kelly soak it in lighter fluid…He will do so because he will panic and think his reputation is being threatened….


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