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Here is the true story of a baby born under shocking conditions, of the lucky break that led to the alleged killer, of a tortured history of sexual abuse and "moral insanity," and the pain that lingers in two American towns that will never be the same again. With the exclusive cooperation of key witnesses and participants, investigative journalist and acclaimed author M. William Phelps reveals what really happened that fateful December day.
Like Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Murder in the Heartland takes an unflinching look at an American tragedy, exploring its terrible trajectory with courage, insight, and compassion.
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By Michelle in New York City on 02-03-09
Not a well researched book
This book is completely one sided...giving the ex-husband of this convicted murderer a soap box to stand on. I really got the impression that the writer decided to save himself research time and just stick to the guy (ex-husband) who spilled his guts to him. I think a more investigative type approach would have been less annoying than continually hearing about Carl (the ex) and his excuses why he wasn't a dead beat dad.
Also, the narrator was bizarre. He constantly changed into strange impersonations of how he felt the character might speak (Usally some type of twang). This was completely annoying and off putting.
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By Douglas on 06-25-16
Not Capote, but...
still an enthralling and bizarre story of a murder and the kidnapping of an unborn child. (Hum, liberals, can an "extension of the mother's body" be kidnapped? Maybe the police wasted time recovering something abortion laws hold no more possessing of rights than an appendix. ) Well, anyway, this is Phelps at his best.