A TANGLED WEB is a true story, and all quotes are verbatim and come directly from interviews or trial transcripts. Witnesses were incredibly generous in sharing very personal and painful details. Some names have been changed to protect privacy. Here is a list of names that were changed:
Pseudonyms were given to most of Liz Golyar’s family members. In some cases, only the actual first names of the deceased were used to conceal the identity of their living relatives. These deceased people are: Dee, Francis, Adela, Sherry and Arianna.
Pseudonyms given to Liz’s other relatives are: Camila, Gary, George, Jean, Henrietta, Isabella, Victoria, Christie, Gillian, Trina, Peter, Patsy, Marcy, Mickey, Ruthie Anne Maples, Fabian Zaragozate and all Zaragozate relatives. Jack, Nannette and Elsie Parsnolls.
The following are also pseudonyms: Alec, Charlie, Craig, Fred, Shelly, Sue, Pam, Jane, Joanne, Kelly, Mary, Kathy, Joyce, Beth, Margaret, Rita, Sandra, Jenna, Diane, Lisa, Marta, Megan, June, Lori, Tracy, Connie, Sally, Frank, Delmar, Calista, Trey, Mason, Celeste, Rachel, Bob, and Gabe. Garret Sloan, Melissa Strom, Phillip Wades, Valerie Ness, Joy Norstrum, Marina Estes, Colleen Whitner, Greg Carowe, Arthur Drune, Dirk Rhodes, Allen Motts, Drake Leeds, and Troy Samuels. Christopher, Benjamin and Jessica McCarthy. Henry, Judy, and Joshua Stemmer. Gloria, Stan, Neil, Larry, and Gavin Munson.
Some working in law enforcement have been unfairly criticized for failing to recognize evil. To spare them possible embarrassment, the following names are pseudonyms: Detective Paul Prencer, Deputy Sheriff Randal Phyllips, Deputy Karl Rhyster, Officer Stone, and prosecutor Karen Ounst. The name of Battle Creek, Michigan, defense attorney, Morris Astene, is also a pseudonym.
Hyatt Tire is not the real name of the repair shop that was vandalized by the stalker in A Tangled Web.