Vanished: Cold-Blooded Murder in Steeltown [NOOK Book]

Overview

Veteran true crime writer Jon Wells leads us into a real-life crime investigation and the twisted mind of a murderous man

A man rages in his home on April 4, 1999, breaking furniture and dishes. A woman wants to leave him. “You’re not going anywhere,” he tells her. Later that day, a police officer reports to the house and finds human tissue and organs in a bag left out for garbage. The person of interest in the case is a steelworker named Sam Pirrera, who lives in the house. But...

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Vanished: Cold-Blooded Murder in Steeltown

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Overview

Veteran true crime writer Jon Wells leads us into a real-life crime investigation and the twisted mind of a murderous man

A man rages in his home on April 4, 1999, breaking furniture and dishes. A woman wants to leave him. “You’re not going anywhere,” he tells her. Later that day, a police officer reports to the house and finds human tissue and organs in a bag left out for garbage. The person of interest in the case is a steelworker named Sam Pirrera, who lives in the house. But who is the victim? Sam’s current estranged wife, Danielle? It is known that they had a stormy relationship; Sam had assaulted her as his coke addiction returned. Forensic detectives find traces of blood in the basement and then the entire corpse, dismembered, the parts hidden behind a false wall and packed in boxes, each of the parts wrapped and doused in gasoline. The victim’s identity is discovered through prints to be a prostitute named Maggie Karer. The dismemberment, “defensive mutilation,” is calculated and deliberate, and the detectives wonder: Are there more victims?

Following an investigation led by veteran homicide detective Peter Abi Rashed, who had once chased a young Sam Pirrera on the streets of Hamilton’s east end many years before, Vanished takes us behind the scenes of a grisly real-life case and its shocking outcome.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781443427555
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 667,312
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

JON WELLS writes for the Hamilton Spectator and has won two National Newspaper Awards and fifteen Ontario Newspaper Awards. Wells is the author of seven books, and his true crime research has taken him to India, Ireland, France, San Francisco, New York City and western Canada. He has interviewed six convicted killers in prison and researched in forensic labs and on shooting ranges.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 "You're Not Going Anywhere" 1

Ch. 2 Baptism By Fire 9

Ch. 3 Remains 17

Ch. 4 A Thousand Hits 25

Ch. 5 Ill And Menacing 35

Ch. 6 Rock Bottom 43

Ch. 7 Creepy Aura 53

Ch. 8 "I Killed Someone" 61

Ch. 9 Missing Pieces 69

Ch. 10 "We've Got Another One" 81

Ch. 11 Monster 91

Ch. 12 No Ordinary Fire 101

Ch. 13 Hollow Stare 109

Ch. 14 Underground Tribute 113

Ch. 15 Cycle Of Abuse 121

Ch. 16 "Be Right Back, Mom" 129

Ch. 17 Darkest Secret 137

Ch. 18 Cold-Blooded Swagger 147

Ch. 19 Cell 4231 156

Ch. 20 A Higher Court 163

Ch. 21 Scars 173

Epilogue 187

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