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Author of Susan Polk book comes to Orinda

By asoglin
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007 at 4:04 pm in Orinda.

Orinda-based journalist Carol Pogash will give readings this week in Berkeley and Orinda from her book, “Seduced by Madness” about Orinda housewife Susan Polk, who murdered her therapist-turned-husband in 2002.

Pogash covered the court case and interviewed dozens of Polk family, friends and former patients.

Polk met her psychologist husband, Felix Polk, when she was a teenager and he was her therapist. Felix Polk divorced his wife of 20 years to marry Susan Polk. She stabbed him to death 20 years later.

After acting as her own attorney, she was found guilty by a Contra Costa County jury of second-degree murder. She claims self-defense.

Several jurors and the prosecutor are expected at the readings at 4 p.m. Thursday at Orinda Books, 276 Orinda Square; and 7 p.m. Saturday at Cody’s Book’s, 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley.

— Bruce Gerstman

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