A Murder in Wellesley: The Inside Story of an Ivy-League Doctor's Double Life, His Slain Wife, and the Trial That Gripped the Nationby Tom Farmer, Marty Foley
On Halloween morning in 1999, Mabel Greineder was savagely murdered along a wooded trail in the well-heeled community of Wellesley, Massachusetts. As the shock following the brutal slaying slowly subsided, the community was further shaken when the focus of the investigation turned to her husband, Dirk Greineder, a prominent allergist and family man who was soon revealed to be leading a secret, double life involving prostitutes, pornography, and trysts solicited through the Internet.
A Murder in Wellesley takes the reader far beyond the headlines and national news coverage spawned by "May" Greineder's killing and tells the untold story of the meticulous investigation led by Foley, the lead State Police detective on the case, from the morning of the murder through the affirmation of Dirk Greineder's conviction in 2010. Exhaustive interviews with key figures in the case, including many who have not talked publicly until now, contribute to an unprecedented behind-the-scenes account of how investigators methodically built their case against Greineder and how the sides taken by Dirk and May's relatives aided the investigation but bitterly divided their families. A fascinating true-crime procedural that is also a deeply unsettling tale of the psychopath you thought you knew, of deceptions and double lives, and families torn apart by an unthinkable crime. Culminating in one of the most dramatic courtroom spectacles in recent memory (aired nationally on Court TV), A Murder in Wellesley reveals the truth behind the murder that gripped a nation.
“This is tragedy. Pass the popcorn.”—NY Daily News
“From the crime scene to the courtroom, Boston Herald reporter Tom Farmer covered every twist and turn in the Halloween murder of Mabel “May” Greineder, a Wellesley mother of three killed by her husband, Dr. Dirk Greineder nearly 13 years ago... a chilling account of Greineder’s murder and her husband’s conviction... those who read early release copies of the book ‘haven’t been able to put it down.”—The Eagle-Tribune, No. Andover, MA
“A story of how our judicial system should work.”—mmbookandmovie.blogspot.com
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Stephanie Schorow, co-author, The Boston Mob Guide, and author, The Crime of the Century: How The Brink's Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston
Meet the Author
TOM FARMER, a former award-winning Boston newspaper reporter and editor, covered the Greineder murder case for the Boston Herald. MARTY FOLEY spent more than 24 years with the Massachusetts State Police before retiring in 2007 with the rank of Detective Lieutenant.
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Once I started I couldn't wait to finish the book. I liked the style of writing. It gave you all the viewpoints. I remember watching the court case on TV and this book enlightened me on areas I didn't understand before.
This is one of the best books I ever read. It was hard to put it down. These authors did a fabulous job. I reported criminal cases for 37 years and really enjoyed the courtroom action. I never could grasp the importance of the bloody towel from the Ritz Carlton or the nails from the hardware store. I would rate it a 10.
detailed development of a case, following police, family dynamics, trial, etc. Well written reporting in great detail.
I thought this book was well written and very interesting.
Excellent read, love the way author wrote this book !! sad another innocent life taken by a person who is suppossed to love you, and whom you trust .. you have it all n in a moments time its gone .... Bn
I loved this book - couldn't put it down. A fascinating true crime story, it also brings in the personalities of the people involved and helped me understand law enforcement and their impressive, unrelenting search for justice and closure for victim's families. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning how criminal cases unfold.