About The Book


Photo of Pam and Aunt Royal, Montecito, 1969

Gary Triano was violently killed on Nov 1st 1996 when a pipe bomb exploded inside his Lincoln town car. He had just finished a round of golf at the La Paloma Country Club anticipating his 53rd birthday celebration when he slid behind the wheel. His body was blown to pieces by this remotely detonated bomb.

This is a true-life story of beauty, manipulation and murder.

Former Aspenite,  Pamela Phillips Triano is accused of paying Ronald Young, one of her lovers, to execute her x-husband.  Ronald Young was captured, tried and found guilty of first-degree murder in 2009. He is now serving two life sentences.

Featured on America’s Most Wanted. Pamela evaded capture for many years. This tale of international intrigue took a twist when Pamela was apprehended in Vienna by Interpol on a unrelated criminal offense in Lichtenstein. During her booking in Vienna Interpol discovered that her name was red flagged by the FBI.  She was ultimately extradited to the Pima County Jail in Tucson, Arizona on July 3, 2010.

With this story, Royal Phillips, aunt of Pamela Phillips Triano is telling all. Royal was a former columnist for the Montecito Journal and has been writing since 1948.  This book is a saga of a wealthy, eccentric family seen through the close relationship between aunt and niece. Documented through diaries, correspondence, and family photographs. Royal unfolds this story of true crime.

About Royal Phillips

Born on Valentines Day, 1940 in Chicago, Royal Phillips is an alumna of The University of New Mexico. An international childbirth instructor and doula for over 35 years, she has taught and lectured in the United States, the Middle East, Central America, Europe, Indonesia and Australia. She has been the teacher of choice for many movie actors and professional athletes.

Royal has been a contributor to the Santa Barbara News Press and a columnist for The Montecito Journal. Her writing has received several awards, including her screenplay Incommunicado, based on her hostage experience in the 1994 Zapatista Rebellion in Chiapas, Mexico. Her recently published book, Cherry Bombs, A Life in Poetry, is available on Amazon.com.

As an advocate for children, Royal has also created and produced childbirth-specific books, audiotapes, and videos. Her documentary, Prince for a Day, chronicles Indonesian circumcision rituals on the youth of Sumbawa and was presented at the Anti-Genital Mutilation Symposium at University of Sydney, Australia.

She is a mother of three, grandmother of five, and an avid photographer, SCUBA diver, and world traveler having visited over 80 countries. Royal currently resides in the Smoky Mountains.


Photo Taken 1996, Colorado

Left: Pamela Phillips, Right: Royal Phillips