Sleep in Heavenly Peace: The Worst Crime a Mother Can Commit

Sleep in Heavenly Peace: The Worst Crime a Mother Can Commit

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by M. William Phelps
     
 

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Cold Storage

In May 2003, an Arizona man who'd bought dozens of sealed boxes at a self-storage facility's auction of unclaimed property made a horrifying discovery: the bodies of three plastic-wrapped infants, one of which had become mummified over the years. Police traced them to Dianne Odell, 50, a mother of eight children, who admitted the babies

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Cold Storage

In May 2003, an Arizona man who'd bought dozens of sealed boxes at a self-storage facility's auction of unclaimed property made a horrifying discovery: the bodies of three plastic-wrapped infants, one of which had become mummified over the years. Police traced them to Dianne Odell, 50, a mother of eight children, who admitted the babies were hers but claimed that they'd died of natural causes. She'd kept the bodies for over twenty years before abandoning them.

Justice Deferred

In 1989, police had found the remains of a long-dead infant in a suitcase in the trunk of a car Odell had abandoned. The statute of limitations on manslaughter had saved her then from prosecution. She maintained that the fetus was the product of a rape by her father and, after he beat her, was stillborn.

Baby-Killer's Fate

Odell said her own domineering mother had forced her into teen prostitution and murdered what she viewed as "bastard children." Both parents were dead and unable to contradict her. Would Odell's stories sway the jury and buy her the mercy her babies were never granted? Or would she be forced to face the consequences of bringing innocent lives into the world--only to end them in cold blood. . .

16 Pages Of Shocking Photos

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786026951
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
120,546
File size:
1 MB

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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Sleep in Heavenly Peace 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Lisa Seitzinger More than 1 year ago
I thought this book jump around from person to person. I got the personal history of every person involved in this book. Where they grew up, where they went to college, how many kids they had. It was really hard to follow. I skipped through a lot of pages. I would have liked to see more personal storyies about the living children she had and what kind of mother she was to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It takes a bit of time to get used to the author's decision to split the chapaters up between past and present; between backstory and current investigation. If you can withstand that you will find what makes for interesting True Crime. A criminal, a consumate liar, a rationalist, a selfish egotist, and much more. Included in this story is a unique portrayal of someone who almost got a way with it - if not for herself. The greatest tension from the story comes from the investigators recognizing how important the prime suspect is to understanding just what happened in a case that is trully unique.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the others about jumping back and forth. Its hard to read but if you can read it its a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story. I can't believe someone could do this so many times!
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Good read; sad story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a good read although wasnt my favorite..well researched book..Bn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book and even though it is non-fiction, I had a hard time believing that the justice system couldn't sort out the truth based on the way this woman lived, her past experiences, her fears and phoebias if truely examined by a pschiatrist. Someone who had gone thorough as much as she had, certainly will not have a had clear head in respect to past details, timeframes, and even people when being interrogated. I went through some terrible traumas in my life (nothing even close to hers) and know that the mind selectively forgets items from the past as a means of protection. I have completely forgottten some of the horrible things done to me and events around that time frame as a manner in which to cope with society. I personally don't think she was guilty and was sent to jail after living the equivalent of hell on the outside with her "family" doing the most harm to her. What a sad story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad. Much detail, you can tell there's been lots of research, and yes it did jump around some, but lots of books do. Still a very good story about the deaths of the babies, and the attemps to find out the means/cause. Makes you wonder if she wanted to get caught really, by letting the rent go unpaid. on the storage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the free sample and now need to buy the book. How this woman got away it for so long is beyond me. Poor babies and her stories of how they died is crazy.
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AvidReaderJR66 More than 1 year ago
While I am a fan of the other books I have read by this author, I was sadly disappointed in the way this one is written. The subject matter is fascinating, but the way the book is written is confusing and contradictory--even with an explanation at the beginning of what Phelps is trying to achieve by telling the story more or less in Dianne Odell's own words. Odell herself constantly changes her story, which alone makes it difficult to follow what happened, but the way that Phelps jumps around from past to present and back makes it nearly impossible for the reader to discern what is going on at any given time. Don't get me wrong, all-in-all I think he is a very talented writer, but I would not recommend this book, sorry.
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Kristen81 More than 1 year ago
Good read! Kept my interest. I was surprised to find out the mother lived for a period of time in Montrose, PA where we go to the mountains.
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OneReadingMomma More than 1 year ago
Haunting story of a mother doing the unthinkable and then blaming everyone and everything else for her horrible crime.