Murder In The Heartland

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Overview

“The most disturbing and moving look at murder in rural America since In Cold Blood.” – Gregg Olsen

On a December night in 2004, a 911 operator in Nodaway County, Missouri, received a frantic call from a woman who’d found her pregnant 23-year-old daughter in a pool of blood on the living room floor. Most shocking of all, the dying woman’s unborn baby had been viciously ripped from her womb.

“Get ready for some sleepless nights.” – Carlton Stowers

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Overview

“The most disturbing and moving look at murder in rural America since In Cold Blood.” – Gregg Olsen

On a December night in 2004, a 911 operator in Nodaway County, Missouri, received a frantic call from a woman who’d found her pregnant 23-year-old daughter in a pool of blood on the living room floor. Most shocking of all, the dying woman’s unborn baby had been viciously ripped from her womb.

“Get ready for some sleepless nights.” – Carlton Stowers

Across the border in Melvern, Kansas, Lisa Montgomery showed off a beautiful newborn she proudly claimed as her own. While some shared her excitement, others harbored suspicions. Meanwhile televisions across the nation broadcast the first Amber Alert for an unborn child.

“Phelps is a first-rate investigator.” – Dr. Michael M. Baden

Newly updated with the latest surprising developments, Murder in the Heartland goes behind the scenes of two picture-perfect American towns forever changed by one horrifying act of violence. With exclusive access to key witnesses, family members, and potential victims who narrowly escaped a similar gruesome fate, M. William Phelps tells a classic American tale of unthinkable murder and the quest for justice.

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The disturbing 2004 Missouri murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett, eight months pregnant, whose unborn baby was ripped from her womb by her alleged killer, Lisa Montgomery, is the subject of Phelps's undistinguished latest true-crime book. Having lied about a nonexistent pregnancy, Montgomery deliberately planned the crime, selecting her victim after meeting her through their mutual involvement in breeding rat terriers. Immediately after the savage killing, Montgomery presented the newborn girl as her own to friends and family, most of whom rapidly put aside the suspicious circumstances, which included the new mother's claim that she had been discharged only hours after the delivery. Once an alert was issued for the missing baby, it was only a matter of time before the police put the pieces together. Montgomery's trial is due to begin in late 2006. In the hands of a writer such as Ann Rule, this grim tale could have served as a meaningful entry point into the killer's psyche, but Phelps (Perfect Poison) overwrites and fails to offer much insight. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786017829
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 485,411
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the author of I’ll Be Watching You, If Looks Could Kill, Because You Loved Me, Murder in the Heartland, Perfect Poison, Lethal Guardian, Every Move You Make, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace. He has appeared on dozens of national radio and television programs, including Good Morning America, Court TV, The Discovery Channel, Geraldo at Large, and Montel Williams, and has consulted for the Showtime cable television series Dexter. He lives in a small Connecticut farming community with his wife and children.
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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Chilling!

    I was unable to put this book down. This is an unimaginable crime and the story of this crime was very well written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    Could not put it down

    This author provided exactly enough background on the main players. I felt like I knew each one personally. I found it difficult to put ir down

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    Not Worth the Paper It's Printed On

    This book can best be summed up by saying that it isn't worth the money paid for it nor is it worth the time invested that it takes to read it. Burl Barer's books are far better.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    Good read.

    Reads kinda like a fiction novel, It's hard to believe that this sick terrible thing was real.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Chillling

    Nine days before Christmas in 2004 in Nodaway County, Missouri the mother of Bobbie Jo Stinnett hysterically calls 911 as her eight months pregnant daughter lies in a pool of blood and her baby gone. The police arrive at the grisly scene to begin an investigation into the murder of the mom and the apparent abduction of the infant ripped from her womb. Three hours west in Melvern, Kansas, Lisa Montgomery calmly dresses her newborn to provide proof to her family and friends she was pregnant as she claimed. Not long after an alert for the infant, the horrific story became known and Lisa was arrested.------------ The events of this gruesome murder will fascinate true crime readers in a macabre way similar to the way IN COLD BLOOD did, but MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND fails to dig deep into the psyche of Lisa so the audience never fathoms how she expected to pull off her deadly ruse. Still genre fans will ponder how far someone will go to achieve an objective as Lisa methodically planned the crime itself (and less so the aftermath) once she met Bobbie Jo through their mutual vocation of raising rat terriers.-------------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    Heartwrenching Read this one pretty quickly, though at times the

    Heartwrenching Read this one pretty quickly, though at times the angst
    of the crime got to me, to where I'd have to take a break from it. Made
    me think back to when I was expecting, and what a wonderful time it was,
    and should be for every expectant mom. You really kinda put yourself in
    the victim's shoes, literally, and think how you'd fight for your baby,
    its just too sickening. It makes it difficult to have much empathy for
    the woman who committed the sick crime, despite all you learn about what
    was going on in her life, etc. Well researched and written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Gripping and disturbing

    This was a great account of one of the most horrifying cases I've ever read about. Phelps did an excellent job of telling this story and making you feel like you knew the people involved. My only complaints are that it was written before the trial and I didn't care for the "afterwords" at the end where Phelps felt the need to defend his writing style and sources, etc. over and over again. But overall, this was an engrossing read that any true crime buff will enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    I love true crime stories, and this one was interesting (and hea

    I love true crime stories, and this one was interesting (and heartbreaking) for sure. But it was hard to follow due to the author jumping around so much not only between persons in the story, but back and forth in time. I found myself skimming, and then skipping parts because the writing just didn't "flow".

    Not a good way to enjoy reading a book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Softpaw

    Ok

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    good book get it

    OK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Amy

    Large pasture number one. Holds eight horses."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Sad

    What a sad read, a sad story.......the book is well written, terrible how there are monsters out there willing to do anything.......Bn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    CHILDREN PLEASE

    No one in their right mind talks about raping like it is fun. Did any of you nitwits stop and think how horrible your posts might be to ANYONE that had been raped. Your parents would be so ashamed at your insensitivity. Shame on you all.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Redtail

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Angelkit and Devilkit BURN THIS BOOK!!!!!!!

    THIS BOOK STINKS LIKE A SKUNK!!!!!!!! Angelkit and Devilkit followed Devilclaw home. *did you know that the free sample for angry birds space on here is the whole book? Lol*

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Dawnstorm

    Is everyone alright? Im Dawnstorm im Birchclans deupty

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Pebbletheslaah

    Meltsintotheshadows

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Silverleaf bad book

    Takes the kit. Now i have five kits to look after and find rpers for. Acually six if u count fleakit. Not a fan of the biok. Yd u get a sample. Ps i recomend the vet volunteers books by laurie halse anderson. Start with a fight for life though thats book one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    Couldn't put it down!

    I got this book because I had spoken to the author online. I picked this one in particular because the cover drew my attention and I couldn't resist.

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    Posted January 1, 2010

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