"HE KILLED OUR JANNY": A Family's Search for the Truthby Sherrie Lueder
5.0 out of 5 STARS! "This book evoked so much emotion from me - Book voyeurs who are able to tackle tough subject matter will love this tale." --Kim Cantrell, True
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A shocking and gripping true story of domestic violence, physical and sexual child abuse, and a mother's fatal journey with a very evil man. [1984 Janyce Hansen Unsolved Case, Aurora, Colorado]
5.0 out of 5 STARS! "This book evoked so much emotion from me - Book voyeurs who are able to tackle tough subject matter will love this tale." --Kim Cantrell, True Crime Book Reviews
"HE KILLED OUR JANNY" is a gripping story of child abuse, domestic violence and corruption in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. Not at all unaware, a son and daughter chronicle the events leading up to the mysterious death of their mother. This book is the first to explore the mysterious death of Janyce "Janny" Hansen, a former top model from Denver, Colorado. She, along with her husband and children, live in an upscale home in the suburbs. The community sees an affluent, glamorous family. The reality is far different--an abused wife who can't let go; a husband who beats and sexually assaults his adopted children--while running gambling and prostitution businesses from their home.
In the early morning hours of September 21, 1984, Janny's husband returns home to discover her lifeless body in his Mercedes convertible parked in the garage--or so he says. Her family are led to believe she committed suicide.
Now, 25 years later, her son and daughter set out to prove she was killed by her husband, a successful real estate developer rumored to have strong ties to city officials and underworld crime. Many believe the investigation into Janny's death was a cover-up--starting with the coroner's office--and that her husband got away with murder. As their own investigation continues, they are led to believe their suspicions are true. Especially since evidence increases almost daily and points to only one killer--their father.
TCBR - 5 stars -- "In her new book author Sherrie Lueder recounts the life of Richard and Janyce Hansen, as told to her by two of Janyce's children and Court documents. "He Killed Our Janny" doesn't read so much like a book, per se, but more like written account of a friend's story. It was a pleasant change from the textbook-style of many of today's writers. When I was reading, I didn't want to stop; when I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to reading. I wanted to know the ending. . . . Book voyeurs who are able to tackle tough subject matter will love "He Killed Our Janny" by Sherrie Lueder." --Kim Cantrell, TRUE CRIME BOOK REVIEWS
"Fueled by the frustration of decades of a criminal cover-up, the siblings go forth to unravel the truth with their own investigation... The story is told to, and brilliantly put together by bestselling author, Sherrie Lueder... Let's talk literary excellence: on the heels of being awarded 'Best of the Best of 2011 True Crime Book Reviews' is the release of the official He Killed Our Janny trailer. The clip is enthralling. . . . The trailer looks like the book could be really good - and it is. Can't wait for the day I watch it on the big screen." --Fran Briggs, Accomplished and Award Winning Writer, Author, Educator, Professional Private Investigator, and Key-Note Speaker THE FRAN BRIGGS COMPANIES
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Meet the Author
SHERRIE LUEDER was born on November 13, 1951 in Tracy, Minnesota and christened Sherrie Rae Taarud. She would be the second oldest of four siblings. When she was a little girl, the family moved to Spirit Lake, IA. Several years later, she married a lifelong resident of Fort Atkinson, WI, where they chose to settle and raise their four children. Sherrie has always been intrigued with true crime stories and investigative research. Her grandfather was a US Marshal for 25 years and her step-father was a Chief of Police. She loved spending her summers near the water and enjoyed long days of lounging on the beach reading mystery novels and writing poetry. One of her poems "A Tribute to Mom" was published in a local newspaper (The Lake Park News, December 29, 1979), and later in Eddie-Lou Cole's Anthology of Great Poems.
Lueder's 1st book "HE KILLED OUR JANNY": A Family's Search for the Truth was self-published September 21, 2011. Within three months of its release the book won 2 True Crime Book Awards. In December 2011, it won Top 30 True Crime Book Awards. Literary agents claimed the research was impeccable. In January 2012, it won Top 10 True Crime Book Awards. Within days, "HE KILLED OUR JANNY" went on to become one of Amazon's Top 100 Best Sellers in two categories (1) True Crime Murder/Mayhem and (2) Family Relationships/Dysfunctional Relationships. In April 2012, "He Killed our Janny" was considered for the 21st Annual Colorado Book Awards. Today it is an international bestseller.
In May 2013, Lueder self-published her 2nd true crime book, "UNTIL SOMEONE GETS HURT:" The Multi-Layered Crime Spree and Murder by a Master Criminal Enterprise, a/k/a Kaushal Niroula and his Gang of Grifters. Lueder appeared on Investigation Discovery's new series 'FORBIDDEN', Series 1, Episode 9, a documentary titled "Prince of Darkness" a/k/a Kaushal Niroula, which premiered October 10, 2013. Sherrie resides in Wisconsin with her husband where she is currently at work on her third book ASPEN, SNOW, BLOW, AND BO, The Strange, but True Story of Bohdan Nicholas Mazur, Kid Brother to TV Star Ramona Singer
JOHN HANSEN is a contributing author of "HE KILLED OUR JANNY." He is the youngest sibling and son of Richard and Janyce Hansen. He was raised in Denver, CO & resides in Gilbert, AZ.
JILL HANSEN SMITH is a contributing author of "HE KILLED OUR JANNY." She is the youngest daughter of Janyce Hansen. She was raised in Denver,CO & resides in Aurora
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Good read, its sad Janny had no justice. Bn
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite He Killed Our Janny: A Family's Search for the Truth by Sherrie Lueder is a true crime story that will take your breath away. Who really killed Denver, Colorado top model Janyce "Janny" Hansen? It was on September 21, 1984, when her husband returned to find her body in the car parked in their garage. She’d been murdered! Twenty-five years later, her children undertake the difficult, seemingly impossible challenge to prove that her husband might not be the innocent witness the courts and the media have portrayed him to be. In fact, the man who might have been a victim, given the circumstances, could actually be the perpetrator of the crime that has brought untold suffering to a family riddled with dark secrets. Sherrie Lueder’s retelling of this family’s history is masterful. Working with the victim’s children and court records, she unveils disturbing facts and truths about a case that could have been considered solved, and one of the stories that reveals the untold pain of abuse prevalent in American society today. The author’s voice comes across as sympathetic, filled with clarity, and at times poignancy. Besides being a wonderful storyteller, Sherrie Lueder has the gift of leading readers into the minds of her characters by exploring every aspect of their psychological mindset and the depths of their pain. The facts of this gruesome tale are arranged to allow readers a good understanding of the criminal’s mind, without losing anything regarding the unfolding of the sinister story. He Killed Our Janny: A Family's Search for the Truth by Sherrie Lueder is a story you will read with tears in your eyes and yet you will not be able to stop reading. It’s riveting!
this book also another that I read from the same authors I think all 3 books are excellent reads
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite He Killed Our Janny is the story of the death of former model Janyce Hansen. Hansen and her husband Richard seemed to live the life of the Denver elite, complete with a sprawling suburban home, luxury cars and hedonistic costume parties. But on a September night in 1984, Janyce was found dead by her husband. At least that is the official story. Sherrie Lueder, with help from Janny’s children, tells a story filled with abuse, violence and decadence. What starts out as a story of a golden girl quickly turns to a story of a woman either scared or reluctant to address the alleged sexual abuse happening to her children. Richard appears to be the quintessential villain; mean-spirited, devoid of emotion and sexually deviant. As riveting as this story is, it does boggle the mind. Much of the information Sherrie Lueder gathered for He Killed Our Janny was gleaned from Janny’s children and court documents, so one has to wonder where all the information on Janny’s thoughts and knowledge came from. There is no doubt, if the Jacqueline and Jill report is true, that Richard was a despicable man. However, given all that was reported, it doesn’t strain the imagination to think Janyce committed suicide. One thing is clear and that is the death of Janyce Hansen was not sufficiently investigated. Given the life Richard and Janyce led, he could have killed her or she could have taken her own life. The story was interesting, although presented in a very dry narrative. Unfortunately, it doesn’t meet my true crime criteria with changed names and no evidence of their research, such as the police report that indicated it was an accidental death. This did whet my appetite for this story, but it did not sate it.
EXCERPTS FROM TRUE CRIME BOOK REVIEWS by Kim Cantrell December 16, 2011 "This book evoked so much emotion from me -" Kim Cantrell "The Hansens appeared to be a glamorous family blessed with success. But behind the closed doors was a story of drugs, orgies, physical and sexual assault, and constant fear." ~~~ "In her new book author Sherrie Lueder recounts the life of Richard and Jaynce Hansen, as told to her by two of Janyce's children and Court documents. "He Killed Our Janny" doesn't read so much like a book, per se, but more like written account of a friend's story. It was a pleasant change from the textbook-style of many of today's writers. When I was reading, I didn't want to stop; when I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to reading. I wanted to know the ending." ... "I give honest reviews and anyone who can't stomach such scenarios needs to be forewarned." "But as I said earlier, it's an interesting read and feels more like a friend telling a story than a book. Book voyeurs who are able to tackle tough subject matter will love "He Killed Our Janny" by Sherrie Lueder." TRUE CRIME BOOK REVIEWS Kim Cantrell