Someone's Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe [NOOK Book]

Overview

In 1954, two college students were hiking along a creek outside of Boulder, Colorado, when they stumbled upon the body of a murdered young woman. Who was this woman? What had happened to her? The initial investigation turned up nothing, and the girl was buried in a local cemetery with a gravestone that read, "Jane Doe, April 1954, Age About 20 Years."

Decades later, historian Silvia Pettem formed a partnership with law enforcement and forensic...
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Someone's Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe

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Overview

In 1954, two college students were hiking along a creek outside of Boulder, Colorado, when they stumbled upon the body of a murdered young woman. Who was this woman? What had happened to her? The initial investigation turned up nothing, and the girl was buried in a local cemetery with a gravestone that read, "Jane Doe, April 1954, Age About 20 Years."

Decades later, historian Silvia Pettem formed a partnership with law enforcement and forensic experts and set in motion the events that led to Jane Doe's exhumation and eventual identification, as well as the identity of her probable killer. The new Kindle version includes an Epilogue––with updated information on how the mystery finally was solved.
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Editorial Reviews

Defrosting Cold Cases
Highly recommended reading!
James C. Oleson
With a journalist’s flair for language and a historian’s eye for detail, Silvia Pettem takes her readers through all of the twists and turns of a real-life murder mystery spanning fifty years, leading from an exhumed grave in Colorado to San Quentin's gas chamber. Someone’s Daughter—replete with frustrating dead ends and tantalizing breakthroughs—is a compelling and accurate glimpse into the world of cold-case investigations.
Frederick A. Bornhofen
Cold case investigations, by definition, require digging into the past, but not all are as thoroughly researched as Someone’s Daughter. This Jane Doe case documents a unique partnership between law-enforcement, the forensic community, and a historian who worked together—and got the job done.
Frank Bender
Silvia Pettem is a real-life Agatha Christie.
Roy Hazelwood
Silvia Pettem has written a book the reader will remember long after the last page has been turned. The power of her writing left me shaken and in grief for Jane Doe. I am already looking forward to her next book.
(Boulder) Daily Camera
Someone's Daughter is a lot of fun. Pettem puts you in right in her detective's gumshoes on almost every page, and you can't help but absorb some of her emotional connection to the case. ...[T]his well-written, exhaustively detailed investigation has helped bring a notorious Boulder cold case out of deep freeze.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589794214
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/16/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 34,415
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

As a researcher and the author of a dozen books, Silvia Pettem spends most of her time poking around dusty old archives. Silvia has two grown daughters and four grandchildren. She and her husband live near Boulder, CO.
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  • Posted June 26, 2014

    Applause! Applause! Applause!

    I brought this book home to read during my 2 week Father"s Day celebration to my father since I was born on Father"s Day . I knew it would be a good read. I WAS RIGHT!!! The author of "Someone's Daughter", Silvia Pettem, Has far surpassed any expectation her readers and fellow "collegues" could have ever imagined. This is a True Crime story retold by an author (Silvia Pettem) who is the only author with the britches to retell it. Her dedicated research and thirst for justice for "Jane Doe'," laid it all out for the reader to see a clear picture of the timeline that led to "Jane Does" demise. I congratulate author Silvia Pettem for a job well done. If only I had known about this books' publication date 4 1/2 years ago I would have declared this as such a lot sooner. "Jane Doe" is Katharine Farrand Dyer, and ANYONE who reads this book knows it. Her Killer is Harvey Glatman--that's the bottom line. The proximity to the places/homes they frequented;Harvey Glatmans' "lonely hearts" service and a newly divorced Katharine Dyer; Harvey Glatmans' criminal record and the manner in which his murder victims were found; the uncanny results of Dr. Fentons' photo-superimprovision; connecting dots between the surviving acquaintances of Katharine Farrand Dyer, Silvia Pettums', dogged perseverance has her readers unable to speak when he or she gets to the last page.' I a m a big fan of True Crime. It is the only genre of book that I read. I have no idea how I first missed this one in 2009. I am in awe of Silvia Pettems' work. I can't wait to locate her other works of non fiction. Silvia Pettem: you have won my heart. Nothing of what you do will change that. One book of yours is not enough. "Someones Daughter" is my start, not my finish. Looking forward to scoring a Pettem library collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Top Notch True Crime

    Well written, wel researched. Fascinating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Must Read!

    The idea that one women could pursude the sheriff to open up a cold case from 50 years ago, and then set forth on a self-funded/contributions from the community to solve the case is amazing to me. This book details her quest to solve the mystery before time runs out..

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

    Great Job Silvia!

    "Others probably don't know the time and love you put into this, but I do. And so will anyone that reads this book. An excellent memoir of events that span more than half a century. It's an honor to have been involved in some small way with something so special. Well done my friend."

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