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, Iowa. Several years later, she married a lifelong resident of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, 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.
Her first 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 two 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 second 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 sixth book MURDERED IN THE CEMETERY.
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 and 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 and resides in Aurora, CO.