Description : The 'Murder in the Heartland' series is dramatic and chilling. Harry Spiller...brings to his work the prodigious research, and narrative skill necessary to create suspense. ?The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Robert Vaughan. This is the third book in the reviting MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND series by author and retired sheriff Harry Spiller. His series details the many unusual murders that have occurred throughout Southern Illinois in recent decades. In Murder In The Heartland, Book 3, the author profiles 12 case files that he has researched over the past several years. Rural America isn't immune to the bizarre and unpredictable human behavior that leads to murder. ""
Description : For 16 years, Harry Spiller worked as a deputy sheriff, investigator, and sheriff in a place where murder isn't suppose to happen- Southern Illinois. Investigating murder cases mainly in Williamson County and assisting in other counties, he learned the hard reality that murder is all around us. The act is swift for the victim and can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It doesn't matter if you live in a big city or a small county, with brick-front towns, small farms, white church houses, lakes and ponds, the Shawnee National Forest, and the muddy rivers. All too often, victims fall prey in places that we think are safe to raise our families, places where we take walks on hot summer nights, where our children play in the park without concern, where we fish in the local pond hoping to land the big one, and where we leave our doors unlocked at night. In this book, Murder In The Heartland, there are 20 case files.
Description : Murder has been a fascinating topic for many people throughout our history. People are always amazed at the terrible and violent acts humans can do to each other. This book is a true accounting of four homicides: the killings of a family, spouse, neighbor's child, and convenience store employees. In two of the cases DNA was used, at a time when the acceptance of this testing in court was not widespread. In fact, the first case, was one of the first in this country in which DNA was used to convict someone of murder and the body was never found. The triple homicide in a Casey's convenience store was the first in this chain's history. The viciousness of the crime and the investigation and amount of evidence are both impressive. The last case involves the killing of a family. The bodies were thrown into a pond after they were killed by drowning. The two teenage murders left the state and were eventually caught in California. All of the information in this book is factual, coming from police and autopsy reports and in some cases, individual recollections. There are 137 photographs which illustrate the crime scenes, the pertinent autopsy findings, and evidence from both the scenes and in the courtroom. The book is written by an expert in his field who has worked with law enforcement and the legal system for twenty years. He illustrates the necessity of teamwork in bringing these cases to he final verdict.
Description : Details the case of Lisa Montgomery, who murdered eight-months-pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett and kidnapped her unborn baby, revealing a woman with a history of sexual abuse, abandonment, and desperation that molded her into a sociopath.
Description : In a place where murder isn’t supposed to happen--Southern Illinois--deputy sheriff and investigator Harry Spiller learned the hard reality: murder is all around us. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a big city or small county with farms and churches--murder is swift and can happen to anyone, anywhere, and anytime. All too often, victims fall prey in places we think are safe to raise our families, where we take walks on hot summer nights, where our children play in the park or yard without concern, and where we leave our doors unlocked at night. Murder in the Heartland tells the stories of innocent victims in these seemingly innocent places. From his research and investigations of twenty murder cases, Spiller recounts the gruesome details of an axe murder, a hitchhiking incident, serial killings, and even a victim buried within the concrete floors of her own basement. As much as we like to think we’re safe, murder can happen even in rural America--and it does. Join Spiller in his first of three installments of these horrifying murders in the heartland.
Description : Praised by Kirkus Reviews as "a brisk, colorful, and cleverly recounted selection of ten crimes," this gripping book ventures into rural America to uncover true tales of homicide. From "Death and Times of a Prophet," involving a hypnotic Oregon revivalist known as Joshua the Second, to "Who Called on Sarah Meservey?," an account of the mysterious slaying of a Maine sea captain’s wife, these reports of backwoods bloodletting crackle with suspense. Culprits include Belle Gunness, a lady Bluebeard who dispatched numerous victims; Harry Orchard, a bomber who haunted Colorado mines; conman Harry T. Hayward, America's first documented serial killer; and other cutthroats. Author Stewart Hall Holbrook (1893–1964) worked as a lumberjack, actor, cartoonist, artillery man, and editor. His lively books on American history cover topics as diverse as the timber industry, the Wobblies, Ethan Allen, and eccentrics of the Pacific Northwest. Murder Out Yonder ranges from coast to coast to offer a fascinating variety of real-life crime stories.
Description : On May 12, 1978, a woman is assaulted and brutally murdered in her home. It happened in broad daylight, as her husband lunched with friends, and neighbors bustled in and out of their houses.Two nearby women have encounters with a strange man and remember him. Neither would have believed that they would be the only living survivors able to identify who was then an unknown serial killer in the midst of his most deadly killing frenzy. The two become part of a police investigation that ends up a cold case.It wasn't until 2007, when a detective working another murder ran a new DNA analysis on a piece of evidence, that a computer registers a hit on the killer's identity. This led to a convicted rapist who had no prior murder charges. Thus began the unmasking of a serial killer of nine women, and resolved sixty rapes and robberies.The true story of the dark life of Timothy Krajcir, who hunted his victims in parking lots and neighborhoods, ends with his sentencing at a federal courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on April 4, 2008.
Description : Gordon Kahl was a hard-working farmer and a God-fearing patriot. He was also an outspoken leading member of the ultra-right-wing Posse Comitatus, and when marshals came to arrest him for violating probation, Kahl, with his son, killed three men and became a fugitive from justice. Bitter Harvest captures the intense drama of Kahl's flight across the Midwest, and reveals how a violent right wing, born of despair, nurtured hatred, racism, and terrorism.
Description : John Edward Robinson was a 56-year-old grandfather from rural Kansas. An entrepreneur and Eagle Scout, he was even honored as "Man of the Year" at a Kansas City charity. To some of the women he met on the Internet, he was known as Slavemaster--a sexual deviate with a taste for sadomasochistic rituals of extreme domination and torture ... even killing. Masquerading as a philanthropist, he promised women money and adventure. For fifteen years, he trawled the Web, snaring unsuspecting women. They were never seen again. But in the summer of 2000, the decomposed remains of two women were discovered in barrels on Robinson's farm, and three other bodies were found in storage units. Yet the depths of Robinson's bloodlust didn't end there. For authorities, the unspeakable criminal trail of Slavemaster was just beginning... Depraved is a true story of sadistic murder in the Heartland, told by true crime master John Glatt.
Description : "A Ku Klux Klan sympathizing serial killer driven by his hatred of "colored" people prowled the streets of the black ghetto in Dayton, Ohio. He stalked and shot black men at random after midnight; the first murder sparked the worst riot in the City's history. The shadowy vigilante was a classic 'loner.' He believed he was doing God's bidding in his effort to stop the mixing of races and, in particular, the Federal Court-ordered desegregation of public schools. The streets turned bloody red as he evaded capture." --