The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing

The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing

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by Dan Morse
     
 

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The full true story of the lululemon murder and what really happened to Jayna Murray and Brittany Norwood—photos included.

It was a crime that shocked the country. On March 12, 2011, two young saleswomen were found brutally attacked inside a lululemon athletica retail store in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the nation’s wealthiest

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The full true story of the lululemon murder and what really happened to Jayna Murray and Brittany Norwood—photos included.

It was a crime that shocked the country. On March 12, 2011, two young saleswomen were found brutally attacked inside a lululemon athletica retail store in Bethesda, Maryland, one of the nation’s wealthiest suburbs.

Thirty-year-old Jayna Murray was dead—slashed, stabbed, and struck more than three hundred times. Investigators found blood spattered on walls, and size fourteen men’s shoe prints leading away from her body.

Twenty-eight-year-old Brittany Norwood was found alive, tied up on the bathroom floor. She had lacerations, a bloody face, and ripped clothing. She told investigators that two masked men had slipped into the Bethesda lululemon store just after closing, presumably planning to rob it. She spoke of the night of terror she and her coworker had experienced. Investigators were sympathetic…but as the case went on, Brittany’s story began to unravel. Why rob a business that dealt mostly in credit cards? Why was Jayna murdered but Brittany left alive? Could the petite, polite Brittany have been involved? Most chilling of all: could she have been the killer?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“In the field of true crime you never know what you’ll get – a badly written clip job or thoughtful reportage that goes beyond the crime scene to the impact of crime on people and society.  This book lines up on the latter side. It was one of the best written and researched true crime books I’ve read in quite a while.” –Michael Connelly, Bestselling author

“[Morse] brings a journalist’s instincts to this moment-by-moment chronicle. He’s done impressive research, interviewing more than 150 people, poring over reams of transcripts and documentary records, and even wading through Norwood’s text messages — all 11,000 of them. The legwork pays off … Morse’s book asks all the right questions.”—Washington Post

“A true-crime tour de force, with all of the features that make a whodunit great: a suspenseful, intricately constructed plot; a taut prose style that wastes no words; memorable characters brought to vivid life in a few deft strokes; and of course a dogged murder investigation that leads to a stunning revelation. Readers will tear through the book—as I did—to learn the solution to the dark mystery at its core.”—Harold Schechter, author of Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard of and The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook a Nation

“Dan Morse has written a true-crime thriller that reads like a rip-snorting novel. With a storyteller's flare for the cinematic and a keen eye for detail he has honed as a crime reporter, Morse unveils the fast-paced investigation into a killing that captured the nation's attention. The murder was as brutal as its setting was unexpected: behind the closed doors of a hip retailer in the wealthiest and safest of suburbs.”—Del Quentin Wilber, bestselling author of Rawhide Down, the Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

“With its riveting narrative and precise, unflinching rendering of a murder that isn't what it seems, Dan Morse's The Yoga Store Murder rises to the level of the finest crime novels. Except that it's all true.”—Bryan Gruley, Edgar-nominated author of the Starvation Lake trilogy

“Cerebral and thoroughly frightening, The Yoga Store Murder takes the reader on a moment-by-moment hunt with a group of wily detectives as they sort through a tangle of lies and bloody sneaker prints. It will keep you up way past your bedtime.”—Michael E. Ruane, coauthor of Sniper: Inside the Hunt for the Killers who Terrorized the Nation

“An addictive read. Morse provides a stunning view deep inside the lives of the detectives, the victim and the accused murderer in this gripping and exciting book.”—Greg Jaffe, Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and co-author of The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425263648
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
205,695
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

“In the field of true crime you never know what you’ll get – a badly written clip job or thoughtful reportage that goes beyond the crime scene to the impact of crime on people and society.  This book lines up on the latter side. It was one of the best written and researched true crime books I’ve read in quite a while.” –Michael Connelly, Bestselling author

“[Morse] brings a journalist’s instincts to this moment-by-moment chronicle. He’s done impressive research, interviewing more than 150 people, poring over reams of transcripts and documentary records, and even wading through Norwood’s text messages — all 11,000 of them. The legwork pays off … Morse’s book asks all the right questions.”—Washington Post

“A true-crime tour de force, with all of the features that make a whodunit great: a suspenseful, intricately constructed plot; a taut prose style that wastes no words; memorable characters brought to vivid life in a few deft strokes; and of course a dogged murder investigation that leads to a stunning revelation. Readers will tear through the book—as I did—to learn the solution to the dark mystery at its core.”—Harold Schechter, author of Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard of and The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook a Nation

“Dan Morse has written a true-crime thriller that reads like a rip-snorting novel. With a storyteller's flare for the cinematic and a keen eye for detail he has honed as a crime reporter, Morse unveils the fast-paced investigation into a killing that captured the nation's attention. The murder was as brutal as its setting was unexpected: behind the closed doors of a hip retailer in the wealthiest and safest of suburbs.”—Del Quentin Wilber, bestselling author of Rawhide Down, the Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

“With its riveting narrative and precise, unflinching rendering of a murder that isn't what it seems, Dan Morse's The Yoga Store Murder rises to the level of the finest crime novels. Except that it's all true.”—Bryan Gruley, Edgar-nominated author of the Starvation Lake trilogy

“Cerebral and thoroughly frightening, The Yoga Store Murder takes the reader on a moment-by-moment hunt with a group of wily detectives as they sort through a tangle of lies and bloody sneaker prints. It will keep you up way past your bedtime.”—Michael E. Ruane, coauthor of Sniper: Inside the Hunt for the Killers who Terrorized the Nation

An addictive read. Morse provides a stunning view deep inside the lives of the detectives, the victim and the accused murderer in this gripping and exciting book.”—Greg Jaffe, Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and co-author of The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle for the Future of the United States Army

Meet the Author

Dan Morse is a Pulitzer Prize finalist who has covered crime for the Washington Post since 2008. Morse reported the Brittany Norwood story since its opening hours and has spoken as an expert on the case for the Oxygen network and Investigation Discovery. Morse has also appeared on CNN, TODAY, Fox & Friends, and NPR to talk about high-profile murders he has covered. He earlier worked as a staffwriter for the Wall Street Journal and the Baltimore Sun and published articles in Sports Illustrated. 

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The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best true crime books I have read in ages. Easy to read but very well written. It held my interest to the very end. Then I had to pass it on to several friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reds like an episode of "Forensic Files". Tense, gripping.
ladybook More than 1 year ago
Great book! The author did a great job. I couldn't put the book down although very sad story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read and account of what happened that faithful night. Morse keeps the reader interested in the case through out the book. Check it out! Four stars because there were some dry parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish there was more background info, though there may just not be any in this case.
hanbell 8 months ago
I seriously could not put this book down. It's well paced, never boring, and very thoroughly researched. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in crime stories. This true story is very moving and interesting.
TrueCrimeMuskie More than 1 year ago
Fantastic. I read true crime all the time and this is one of the most well written I've ever read. I hope this author writes again. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont believe it but it sounds real enough
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Yoga Store Murder is remarkable for its excellance, a standout in a field swimming with posers. Through countless generations many have attempted but few have pulled off with such aplomb what Dan Morse so brilliantly accomplishes in The Yoga Store Murder. Once begun the reader is catapulted  from page to page and from one chapter to the next. Dont miss it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In 60+ years of reading only 2 other books held me so spellbound. So exceedingly well written. I highly recommend this book for readers of true crime.