Finding Amy: A True Story of Murder in Maineby Joseph K. Loughlin, Kate Clark Flora
Pub. Date: 06/30/2006
Publisher: University Press of New England
Combining the drama of a true crime story with the detail of a police procedural, Finding Amy chronicles the investigation into one of the most shocking murders in recent Maine history. Twenty-five-year-old Amy St. Laurent was attractive, intelligent, and responsible. One October evening, she went out to show a friend from Florida the exciting nightlife of… See more details below
Combining the drama of a true crime story with the detail of a police procedural, Finding Amy chronicles the investigation into one of the most shocking murders in recent Maine history. Twenty-five-year-old Amy St. Laurent was attractive, intelligent, and responsible. One October evening, she went out to show a friend from Florida the exciting nightlife of Portland’s Old Port section. She played pool. She danced. And then she disappeared. The police investigation into her murder riveted the state of Maine for months.
This inside account of the investigation alternates between Kate Clark Flora’s objective tale of dedicated police work and the dramatic recollections of then-Lieutenant Joseph K. Loughlin, who oversaw the case. From the first call to a Portland detective about a missing woman to the police’s growing certainty that she had been murdered, from the heroic efforts to locate the body to the flight from Maine of their chief suspect, and from the painstaking work of collecting evidence and building a case to the struggles over jurisdictional questions to the twists and turns of the eventual trial, Finding Amy is a dramatic story of brutal murder and exemplary police work.
- University Press of New England
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Prologue: Welcome to the Cop’s Life
Chapters 1 through 20
Epilogue: Amy’s Legacy
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A beautiful young woman vanishes into thin air and two suspects are investigated, but no body is found. This is interesting because it shows how detectives piece together an investigation where no body exists, witnesses are either transients or young people who were drinking or doing drugs at the time of the victim's disappearance. What is different about this story is the fact that the MPD employs unorthodox methods to locate the burial site and bring the narcissistic killer to justice.
Once I started reading this book, it was hard to put down. I must confess the reason I first became interested in this book was because I personally know one of the detectives involved in solving this case. I'm usually not into reading murder/mysteries, but this book was really well put together. It really was interesting to see how the police and detectives put it all together, and how it affects their personal lives as well. It was heartwarming to see the respect they had for the victim and her family. I would definitely recommend this book. I have already given a copy to my daughter, and I am giving another copy to my best friend who is coming to visit soon from out of state.
This was a heartbreaking true story of an innocent life taken way too soon, and the determined, dedicated law enforcement officers who sought justice for her. I thought this book was very interesting and different from most true crime books I've read, in that you actually heard from the point of view of a Lieutenant who worked on the case. I recommend it to any true crime fan. RIP Amy...
I finished Finding Amy book in just 2 days - I couldn't put it down. The authors did a superb job with the story - it was factual but also caring and emotional at the same time. My college age daughter is reading it next and my visiting college age niece is in line to read it when my daughter is done. Congrats to Captain Loughlin and Kate Clark Flora for a job well done!
Well written book, so sad a beautiful life was taken..
This book is for a great cause as well. I felt the storytelling followed by the actual detective/prosecuter was redundant, one or the other would have been good. Overall, this book was written well, and defitely a eorthwhile read.
This is a wonderful collaboration by the authors. The description of the police process during the case and the emotions of those involved are skillfully interwoven (it sure kept me interested in the story). If you have ever had a lost child, even for just a short time, you have some inkling of what Amy's family went through. The story shows not just the strength and courage of Amy's family in dealing with this tragedy, but the cooperation of several different law enforcement agencies (I did not know they were territorial until I read this book). This is definitely a thought provoking book. I found myself wondering what I could do to ensure my children's safety outside of the house. Amy was a very special young lady who touched so many lives and will probably continue to do so. Read the book and discover why the detectives who worked the case refer to Amy as 'Our Amy'.