Justice Denied: The Unsolved Murder of Peggy Reber

Justice Denied: The Unsolved Murder of Peggy Reber

by Michelle Gooden
     
 

Fourteen-year-old Peggy Reber looked evil directly in the eye and then the demon beat her, strangled her and mutilated her with a 5-foot hunting bow. When he was done with his sadistic frenzy he threw her body on the floor of her bedroom and he simply walked away.

A 5-year-old child remembered a teenage girl's smiling face on the evening news. Over thirty years

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Fourteen-year-old Peggy Reber looked evil directly in the eye and then the demon beat her, strangled her and mutilated her with a 5-foot hunting bow. When he was done with his sadistic frenzy he threw her body on the floor of her bedroom and he simply walked away.

A 5-year-old child remembered a teenage girl's smiling face on the evening news. Over thirty years later she returned to her hometown to find out what really happened to the young girl from so many years ago.

The details of the crime revealed a madman walked the streets of Lebanon, Pennsylvania in 1968.

Fourteen-year-old Margaret "Peggy" Lynn Reber was brutally killed on May 25,1968 in her own bedroom in an apartment she shared with her divorced and scandalous mother.

The author struggles through a journey to learn how Peggy fell victim to such evil in a town where she, herself, felt so safe.

There was an arrest, a trial, but no conviction and it was almost alarming to learn prosecutors didn't even bother to have the trial transcribed. They put the child's unsolved murder on a shelf to collect dust until the end of time.

No transcript of a trial?
That was the first in a series of oddities almost confirming Peggy Reber's justice was DENIED.

Nine men provided dental impressions to be compared to a bite Peggy suffered on her breast. Peggy's boyfriend, Ray Boyer, had a key to her apartment and he was subjected to dental comparisons even though he was sitting in the city jail at the time of the crime. The defendant also had a key and he submitted a comparison that did not match the bite Peggy endured, yet he was arrested and put on trial. The remainder of those tested were never known to have keys to Peggy's home and their comparisons did not match the injury.

Meanwhile, two men known to have keys to the apartment were never included in the testing during the extensive investigation following Peggy's brutal murder. Why? How could detectives overlook two men that obviously had keys to the apartment where Peggy was savagely murdered?

Could it be that one was a local attorney?

Were investigators so overwhelmed by the magnitude of the crime that they failed to complete the basics in an investigation, or was it something more?

The author's determination to understand the life, death and unsolved murder of Peggy Reber takes on strange twists as she makes a public appeal on behalf of justice for a murdered child she never knew.

After forty years the residents of the small town united in an effort to deliver the young girl respect and justice overdue. Thousands of people signed a petition requesting District Attorney David Arnold to give the young murder victim the benefit of an investigative grand jury.

In 2008 and after tremendous public pressure Peggy Reber finally got another day in court. However, the undercurrent of the investigation as well as in the courtroom is far from the truth and justice owed to Peggy, and the community.

The proceeding did not render an indictment, yet it silently screamed "Justice DENIED!"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781475246452
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
04/23/2012
Pages:
308
Sales rank:
745,532
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Gooden is a native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania and a resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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