Vanished: Cold-Blooded Murder in Steeltown

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It is Easter weekend, 1999. A rookie uniformed cop responds to a call of "suspicious circumstances" in a working class neighbourhood inn Hamilton, Ontario. The cop meets a woman who is afraid to go near bags left for garbage outside the house of a man named Sam Pirrera. The cop confirms the woman’s worst fears: the bags contain pieces of human tissue. The call for backup goes out and a homicide investigation begins. But who is the victim? Where is the rest of the body? The prime suspect is Pirrera, a steelworker ...
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Photo Cover 2009 Soft cover First Edition Near Fine Book. Signed by Author(s) -----------softcover, about 5.25 x 8.5 inches, a Near Fine copy, signed without inscription by ... WELLS, 197 pages, b&w photos, ---"It is Easter weekend, 1999. A rookie uniformed cop responds to a call of 'suspicious circumstances' in a working class neighbourhood in Hamilton, Ontario. The cop meets a woman who is afraid to go near bags left for garbage outside the house of a man named Sam Pirrera. The cop confirms the woman's worst fears: the bags contain pieces of human tissue. The call for backup goes out and a homicide investigation begins. But who is the victim? Where is the rest of the body? The prime suspect is Pirrera, a steelworker whose inner demons and capacity for violence are inflamed by his addiction to crack cocaine. He cannot tolerate women leaving him, but several have tried to do so, including his first wife, his current estranged wife, and two women who have recently visited his house on dates. How far is he willin Read more Show Less

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It is Easter weekend, 1999. A rookie uniformed cop responds to a call of "suspicious circumstances" in a working class neighbourhood inn Hamilton, Ontario. The cop meets a woman who is afraid to go near bags left for garbage outside the house of a man named Sam Pirrera. The cop confirms the woman’s worst fears: the bags contain pieces of human tissue. The call for backup goes out and a homicide investigation begins. But who is the victim? Where is the rest of the body? The prime suspect is Pirrera, a steelworker whose inner demons and capacity for violence are inflamed by his addiction to crack cocaine. He cannot tolerate women leaving him, but several have tried to do so, including his first wife, his current estranged wife, and two women who have recently visited his house on dates. How far is he willing to go to stop them? Led by driven investigator Peter Abi-Rashed, who once chased teenage Sam Pirrera on the streets of Hamilton’s east end, police ultimately learn the unspeakable truth, uncovering a case that shocks even veteran homicide and forensic investigators.

Award-winning journalist and author Jon Wells takes readers into the heart of a real-life crime scene investigation and into the chaotic mind of a murderous control freak. Wells, Canada’s top true mystery writer, crafts a novelistic story that is true in every detail, at once darkly disturbing and deeply moving.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780470155493
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Wells was born in Montreal, and raised in London, Ontario. He has received numerous honors for his writing in The Hamilton Spectator. Two of his true crime serials, including Poison, published by John Wiley & Sons, have won National Newspaper Awards. Jon was nominated for Journalist of the Year in 2008 for the serial that became Vanished. A graduate of the master’s journalism program at Carleton University in Ottawa, his research for the crime stories has taken him to India, Ireland, France, New York City, San Francisco, and Western Canada, as well as into prisons where he interviewed six convicted killers. Jon has also conducted research in forensic labs and on shooting ranges. Jon can be reached at jwells@thespec.com.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1:"You’re Not Going Anywhere".

Chapter 2: Baptism By Fire.

Chapter 3: Remains.

Chapter 4: A Thousand Hits.

Chapter 5: Ill And Menacing.

Chapter 6: Rock Bottom.

Chapter 7: Creepy Aura

Chapter 8: "I Killed Someone".

Chapter 9: Missing Pieces.

Chapter 10: "We’ve Got Another One".

Chapter 11: Monster.

Chapter 12: No Ordinary Fire.

Chapter 13: Hollow Stare.

Chapter 14: Underground Tribute.

Chapter 15: Cycle Of Abuse.

Chapter 16: "Be Right Back, Mom".

Chapter 17: Darkest Secret.

Chapter 18: Cold-Blooded Swagger.

Chapter 19: Cell 4231.

Chapter 20: A Higher Court.

Chapter 21: Scars.

Epilogue.

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