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A LIFE TAKENJeanne Dominico's fiancé found her body on her kitchen floor. More than forty stab wounds and blows to her head with a blunt instrument had cut her life short. What monster had struck in the heart of a peaceful New England town?A TRUST BETRAYEDJeanne was a hard-working single mother. Nicole, her fourteen-year-old daughter was on the honor-roll and head over heels in love - with an eighteen-year-old man she'd known only through the Internet. Once the lovers met in person, Jeanne's motherly instincts sensed trouble. If only she'd known that the life in danger was her own. IN THE NAME OF LOVEWith a history of psychological trouble and family misfortune, Billy Sullivan's obsessive and controlling power over Nicole contributed to the brutal slaying of her mother. But it was Nicole's stunning confession and guilty plea that led to Billy's sensational trial, where a sordid tale of love, loss, betrayal and murder finally took a cold-blooded killer offline - and on line for justice. "Phelps is a first-rate investigator. " - Dr. Michael M. Baden
A Life Gone Murderously Wrong. . . Erika Sifrit was once a high school basketball star and an honors student. Then she married Navy SEAL Benjamin Sifrit and began taking drugs, hoarding diamonds, and turning brutally bad. Some say Erika was abused by "B. J. " Some say she pulled his strings. But by the time they reached Ocean City, MD, Erika was packing a gun in her Coach bag and was caught in the grips of new American death ride. . . A Trail Of Blood And Body Parts. . . In the sun-kissed, sea-swept resort town of Ocean City, a loving couple crossed paths with Erika and B. J. Sifrit. Shortly thereafter, Erika was wearing a bloody wedding ring on her necklace, while what remained of two dismembered vacationers was buried in a Delaware landfill, and a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" story was being written--a lurid tale of madness, money, sex and murder. . . Praise for M. William Phelps "[Phelps] shockingly reveals that unimaginable evil sometimes comes in pretty packages. " --Gregg Olsen"M. William Phelps' true tales of murderers and mayhem are scary-as-hell thrill rides into the dark heart of the inhuman condition. " --Douglas Clegg "Phelps has an unrelenting sense for detail that affirms his place as one of our most engaging crime journalists. "--Katherine Ramsland Includes 16 pages of shocking photosWinner of the New England Book Festival Award
Behind A Veil Of Tranquility. . . In the lovely town of Pleasant Valley in upstate New York, the maple trees were ablaze with fall's blood-red color. The air was crisp. And a woman named Susan Fassett left her weekly choir practice at a church--when a killer emerged from the shadows and mercilessly gunned her down. . . . Was A Realm Of Sexual Depravity Where Murder Was The Last Sin. Stunned, the police immediately suspected Susan Fassett's husband and surrounded his home. They couldn't have been more wrong. Susan Fassett had been living a secret life, entangled in a passionate web of dominance, lesbian sex, betrayal--and a depraved plan for murder. After detectives untangled a web of secrets and corruption hidden in plain sight, the town of Pleasant Valley would be rocked again when a shocking trial exposed the whole sordid truth. . . "Phelps proves that truth is more shocking than fiction. " --Allison Brennan "Phelps is one of America's finest true-crime writers. " --Vincent Bugliosi With 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos
Trap Them And Kill Them... A loving father and his new wife set out to pick up his kids for a scheduled weekend visit-but never suspected they were walking into a death trap. Drag Them And Burn Them... A handwritten note instructed Alan and Terra Bates to enter the back door of his ex-wife's Alabama home. A day later their charred bodies were found hundreds of miles away, wrapped in blankets, in a burned-out car's trunk on a desolate Georgia road. Two Victims. Four Bullets Each. At Jessica McCord's house, law enforcement found windows covered in blankets, a cache of weapons and ammunition, carpets torn up, new tile on the floors-a couch gone. Then they learned about the nasty divorce and bitter custody battle that had landed Jessica in jail. Upon release, Jessica swore, 'Somebody is going to pay. ' With her new police-officer husband, Jessica became the prime suspect in this brutal double murder... 'M. William Phelps' true tales of murderers and mayhem are scary-as-hell thrill rides. ' -Douglas Clegg 'One of our most engaging crime journalists. ' -Katherine Ramsland 'One of America's finest true-crime writers. ' -Vincent Bugliosi
Con ManIn December 1989, in upstate New York, Gary C. Evans, 35, a master of disguise and career criminal who had befriended David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz, began weaving a web of deadly lies. Evans told a female friend that Damien Cuomo, the father of her child, had deserted her. Of that he could be certain, since he'd killed Cuomo, and subsequently struck up a ten-year romance with the woman while tricking her into believing Cuomo was still alive. Law ManEvans first met New York State Police Senior Investigator James Horton in 1985, when Evans fingered Michael Falco, 26, as the brains behind their theft team - yet failed to mention that he'd murdered him. Then, two local jewelry dealers were killed. In 1997, Tim Rysedorph, 39, another old friend, went missing. Was Evans responsible? Horton launched a nationwide manhunt to uncover the truth. End GameFor more than thirteen years, Evans and Horton maintained an odd relationship - part friendship, part manipulation - with Evans serving as a snitch while the tenacious investigator searched for the answers that would put him away. After Horton used Evans as a pawn to obtain a confession from a local killer, Evans led Horton in a final game of cat-and-mouse: a battle of wits that would culminate in the most shocking death of all&
"A great true crime story. . . Readers will feel the effects of Phelps' skill from beginning to end. " - Stephen Singular Big and brash, Jeff Zack didn't hide his rough lifestyle. And when he died, it was in plain sight: executed in the parking lot of a BJ's Wholesale Club in Akron, Ohio, by a motorcycle-riding assassin dressed in black. "Phelps uses a unique combination of investigative skills and narrative insight to give readers an exclusive, insider's look. " - Anne Bremner Jeff Zack's murder stunned investigators - but then, so did his life. A long list of people might have had reasons to want Zack dead, including the loyal wife he had humiliated and the wealthy nightclub owner whose wife - a blond, hard-bodied beauty queen - he openly dated. But the truth would get even stranger. . . "Phelps is a first-rate investigator. " - Dr. Michael M. Baden In this shocking true story of adultery, mind games, lies, wealth and sexual liaisons in upscale Middle America, true-crime master M. William Phelps tells the astounding story of a man who loved the wrong woman - and was brutally murdered by a killer with the deadliest possible motive of all. . .
A serial killer who wanted to out-kill Ted Bundy. . . In September 2001, Carmen Rodriguez, a beautiful 32-year-old Hartford mother of four, went missing. At first police were stymied. . . until a killers crucial mistake led investigators down a long, dark road of cold, calculated murder. . . "Phelps is a first-rate investigator. " --Dr. Michael M. Baden In 1987, single mother Mary Ellen Renard was strangled, repeatedly stabbed, and left for dead in her New Jersey apartment. Her vicious assailant had already killed once. . . and would kill again. But unlike the fiends other victims, Mary Ellen lived to tell the tale. . . "Phelps gives readers an exclusive, insiders look. " --Anne Bremner Clean-cut, popular and on the fast track at a multinational computer firm, Rutgers grad Edwin "Ned" Snelgrove shocked friends and colleagues with a plea bargain for Renards brutal attack--and the heinous 1983 murder of college girlfriend Karen Osmun. Vowing never to be caught again, Ned spent his time in prison obsessively studying the violent career of his idol Ted Bundy. . . then was released ten years early for good behavior. . . "Phelps proves that truth is more shocking than fiction. " --Allison Brennan Unflinching and brilliantly researched, this is an exclusive tour into the twisted mind of an all-American killer. . . and a state attorneys tireless efforts to lock him away forever. Includes 16 Pages Of Revealing Photos
His Target Aspiring model Sandee Rozzo's big mistake was being kind to Timothy 'Tracey' Humphrey. After Rozzo refused the 'roided-up ex-con's advances, she described how he imprisoned, raped, and brutalized her for two days. When the courageous woman pledged to testify against him, Humphrey knew he had to silence her . . . His Weapon That's when he turned to 19-year-old Ashley Laney. She had fallen in love with Humphrey, her personal trainer, and would do anything for him. On their wedding night, he made a strange request-one that would end with eight gunshot wounds and a dead body. His Scheme The police knew Humphrey was the likely suspect, but he had an alibi for the time of the shooting. How could they prove that, even if he didn't pull the trigger, he was the manipulative psychopath behind Sandee's murder? It would all come down to a prison escape, a manhunt for a killer, and an explosive trial . . .
Family Feud A real estate lawyer in Connecticuts moneyed seaside communities, Beth Carpenter, 31, had beauty, brains and success. But she wanted more--namely guardianship of her two-year-old niece, Rebecca, daughter of Beths estranged sister, Kim. When Kim married Anson "Buzz" Clinton, 28, a former male exotic dancer deemed an unsuitable guardian by the Carpenter family, Beth became obsessed with the idea that only his death could ensure that she and her parents would get custody of the child. On March 10, 1994, along a lonely stretch of road, Clinton was shot five times. His body was discovered by passing motorists. Misfit Murderers Behind Clintons death lay a bizarre murder-for-hire conspiracy that found privileged professionals and local misfits joined in a cold-blooded plot against an innocent man. This homicidal group included attorney Haiman Clein, 53. A husband, father, and successful businessman, Clein was Beth Carpenters boss--and also her sexually obsessed, cocaine-snorting, murderously obedient lover. The paid killers were two buddies, organizer Joe Fremut and triggerman Mark Despres, who brought his 15-year-old son Christopher along for the hit. The aftermath of this brutal crime would set investigators and prosecutors on a long and twisted path strewn with lies, treachery, and deceit that would cross the Atlantic Ocean before finally bringing justice home. Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos
One of our most engaging crime journalists. --Katherine Ramsland True Love Kills In the midst of Pennsylvania's Amish country, on a peaceful summer night in 2008, the body of 45-year-old Jan Roseboro was found at the bottom of her backyard pool. Her husband Michael, a successful businessman and member of a prominent family, showed no emotion as he learned of her death. But the next day an autopsy revealed Jan had been savagely beaten and strangled before being tossed in the water to drown. Soon Michael's secret lover, pregnant with his child, stepped into the media spotlight. And a horrifying true story of illicit passion, deadly deceit, and cold-blooded murder unfolded. . . Praise for M. William Phelps One of America's finest true-crime writers. --Vincent Bugliosi Phelps creates a vivid portrait. --Publishers Weeklyy Includes 16 Pages of Shocking Photos
"The most disturbing and moving look at murder in rural America since In Cold Blood. " - Gregg Olsen On a December night in 2004, a 911 operator in Nodaway County, Missouri, received a frantic call from a woman who'd found her pregnant 23-year-old daughter in a pool of blood on the living room floor. Most shocking of all, the dying woman's unborn baby had been viciously ripped from her womb. "Get ready for some sleepless nights. "--Carlton Stowers Across the border in Melvern, Kansas, Lisa Montgomery showed off a beautiful newborn she proudly claimed as her own. While some shared her excitement, others harbored suspicions. Meanwhile televisions across the nation broadcast the first Amber Alert for an unborn child. "Phelps is a first-rate investigator. " - Dr. Michael M. Baden Newly updated with the latest surprising developments, Murder in the Heartland goes behind the scenes of two picture-perfect American towns forever changed by one horrifying act of violence. With exclusive access to key witnesses, family members, and potential victims who narrowly escaped a similar gruesome fate, M. William Phelps tells a classic American tale of unthinkable murder and the quest for justice. Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos As seen on Dateline and Sixty Minutes A Featured Alternate of Doubleday Book Club and the Mystery Guild
"Anything by Phelps is always an eye-opening experience. " --Suspense MagazineSheila Davalloo was young, attractive, and successful. When she started a new job at a cutting-edge research lab in Stamford, Connecticut, she met the man of her dreams. Nelson Sessler had no idea how violently Sheila would react when he began seeing a co-worker, Anna Lisa Raymundo. Sheila eliminated her rival in a bloody knife attack--and then turned her rage on another victim she saw as an obstacle to her passions. M. Williams Phelps recounts the riveting story of a white-collar love triangle gone horribly wrong. . . and the terrifying infatuation that drove one woman to kill. "Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers. "--Allison Brennan"M. William Phelps dares to tread where few others will: into the mind of a killer. " --TV RageIncludes 16 Pages Of Dramatic Photos
Serial Killer On Ward C In Northampton, Massachusetts, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Kristen Gilbert was known as a hardworking, dedicated nurse--so why were her patients dying? So many emergencies and sudden deaths occurred while Kristen made her rounds on Ward C that her colleagues jokingly called her the "Angel of Death. " Yet most people didn't suspect the horrifying truth behind the nickname: that Gilbert's polished facade concealed a scheming, manipulative liar and homicidal, narcissistic sociopath. Lethal Cure From August 1995 through February 1996, Gilbert dealt out wholesale death. Her victims were helpless patients who trusted her as a caregiver, only to learn too late that she was a killer, her weapon a drug capable of causing fatal heart attacks. But she got away with murder until three of her fellow nurses could no longer ignore the proliferation of deadly "coincidences" on Gilbert's watch. Investigators believe Kristen Gilbert may have been responsible for as many as 40 deaths. As the law closed in, she struck back, faking suicide attempts, harassing witnesses, stalking her ex-boyfriend, and terrorizing the hospital with bomb threats. In March 2001, after being found guilty of four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, Angel of Death Kristen Gilbert was sentenced to life imprisonment. Sixteen Pages Of Shocking Photos
"M. William Phelps dares to tread where few others will: into the mind of a killer. " --TV RageAt the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northampton, Massachusetts, Kristen Gilbert was known as a hardworking, dedicated nurse. Yet so many emergencies and sudden deaths occurred under Kristen's watch that others jokingly called her the "Angel of Death. " No one suspected the horrifying truth: that over the course of six months, Gilbert had caused the deaths of as many as forty patients. With new insight into the sociopathic mindset of nurses who kill, and the latest details on Gilbert's ongoing prison sentence, M. William Phelps exposes how one person's good intentions went so chillingly, killingly wrong. . . "Phelps is one of America's finest true-crime writers. " --Vincent Bugliosi "Phelps is a true-crime veteran. "--New York Post"Anything by Phelps is always an eye-opening experience. " --Suspense Magazine"One of our most engaging crime journalists. " --Katherine RamslandSixteen Pages Of Dramatic Photos160,000 Words
Page by page, Phelps skillfully probes the disturbed mind of a mother guilty of the ultimate betrayal."
"Phelps gets into the blood and guts of the story. " -Gregg Olsen. Killing Her Wasn't Enough... Sixteen-year-old Adrianne Reynolds couldn't unravel the twisted tangles of jealousy and domination complicating her new life in East Moline, Illinois. What began as a fresh start after a troubled home life in Texas ended with Adrianne's body charred, stuffed into garbage bags, and scattered. It seemed the work of hardened criminals, but the truth was far more astonishing: her own "best friends" choked Adrianne to death and cut her up. Now, master crime writer M. William Phelps recounts this horrific saga of teen lust and violence in every gripping detail. Praise for M. William Phelps"One of our most engaging crime journalists. " -Katherine Ramsland "Phelps creates a vivid portrait. " -Publishers Weekly"One of America's finest true-crime writers. " -Vincent Bugliosi
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