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A Murder in Wellesley: The Inside Story of an Ivy-League Doctor's Double Life, His Slain Wife, and the Trial That Gripped the Nation
     

A Murder in Wellesley: The Inside Story of an Ivy-League Doctor's Double Life, His Slain Wife, and the Trial That Gripped the Nation

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by Tom Farmer, Marty Foley
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
The bizarre case of the 1999 murder of May Greineder of Wellesley, Mass., is explored in all its unsettling detail byBoston Heraldreporter Farmer and former Massachusetts State Police detective Foley, a key investigator. The Greineder family seemed picture-perfect: a rock-solid 31-year marriage and three successful children. But on Halloween, 1999, Dr. Dirk Greineder and his wife, May, took their dog for a walk in the woods; hours later, May was dead with a fractured skull and multiple stab wounds. From the outset, Dirk was the main suspect. The police found work gloves, a folding knife, and a small hammer hurriedly stashed near where witnesses saw Dirk emerge from the woods, contradicting Dirk’s story that he left May, who had a bad back, took their dog to the pond, and returned to find May’s mutilated corpse. Damning evidence mounted, including revelations that Dirk visited hardcore porn sites online and solicited prostitutes. While his guilt is never in question for the reader, Farmer and Foley imbue the investigation and subsequent trial with suspense, going to great lengths to flesh out the players. 20 illus., 1 map. (Oct.)
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“The bizarre case of the 1999 murder of May Greineder of Wellesley, Mass., is explored in all its unsettling detail by Boston Herald reporter Farmer and former Massachusetts State Police detective Foley, a key investigator. . . . While Dirk Greineder’s guilt is never in question for the reader, Farmer and Foley imbue the investigation and subsequent trial with suspense, going to great lengths to flesh out the players."—Publishers Weekly

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555537913
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are Saying About This

Casey Sherman
“The Greineder murder case—one that I covered as a journalist and one that still gives me chills. In A Murder in Wellesley, authors Tom Farmer and Marty Foley show me all that I didn’t know about the investigation and its consequences. They take you deep into the heart of the murder probe and deeper into the black heart of the unlikely killer.”
Stephanie Schorow
"Mesmerizing from its first pages to its breathless conclusion, A Murder in Wellesley takes you on a twisting path that delves into the darkness lurking behind the facade of a perfect marriage. In bone-chilling detail, the authors recount a brutal murder in a wealthy suburb and reveal the step-by-step procedures investigators take to catch and convict the killer. The true-life narrative is cross between a murder mystery and a CSI spin off with heartrending portrayals of the victim and her family as well as an insider's perspective on crime solving. Anyone fascinated by crime dramas will find this a page-turner."
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
Stephanie Schorow
“Mesmerizing from its first pages to its breathless conclusion, A Murder in Wellesley takes you on a twisting path that delves into the darkness lurking behind the façade of a perfect marriage. In bone-chilling detail, the authors recount a brutal murder in a wealthy suburb and reveal the step-by-step procedures investigators take to catch and convict the killer. The true-life narrative is cross between a murder mystery and a CSI spin off with heartrending portrayals of the victim and her family as well as an insider’s perspective on crime solving. Anyone fascinated by crime dramas will find this a page-turner.”
Rod Englert
“Farmer and Foley have cobbled together a fascinating true crime story that keeps you engaged all the way through. The detective work by Foley is brilliant, entertaining and frustrating as he weaves through the lies and deceit of a prominent physician convicted of planning then staging the murder of his wife. You will feel Foley’s suspenseful ups and downs as Farmer takes you from the crime scene to the courtroom exposing lust, sex, greed, and internal politics.”

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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A Murder in Wellesley: The Inside Story of an Ivy-League Doctor's Double Life, His Slain Wife, and the Trial That Gripped the Nation 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
MargoMD More than 1 year ago
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.
jbrNYC More than 1 year ago
detailed development of a case, following police, family dynamics, trial, etc. Well written reporting in great detail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was well written and very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago