Bloody Lies: A CSI Scandal in the Heartland

Bloody Lies: A CSI Scandal in the Heartland

by John Ferak


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Bloody Lies: A CSI Scandal in the Heartland by John Ferak

The remote farming community of Murdock, Nebraska, seemed to be the least likely setting for one of the heartland’s most ruthless and bloody double murders in decades. In fact, the little town had gone more than a century without a single homicide. But on the night of Easter 2006, Wayne and Sharmon Stock were brutally murdered in their home. The murders garnered sensational frontpage headlines and drew immediate statewide attention. Practically everybody around Murdock was filled with fear, panic, and outrage. Who killed Wayne and Sharmon Stock? What was the motive? The Stocks were the essence of Nebraska’s all-American farm family, self-made, God-fearing, and of high moral character. Barely a week into this double murder investigation, two arrests brought a sense of relief to the victims’ family and to local residents. The case appeared to fall neatly into place when a tiny speck of murder victim Wayne Stock’s blood appeared in the alleged getaway car.

Then, an obscure clue left at the crime scene took the investigation down a totally different path, stretching into Iowa, Louisiana, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. By the time this investigation was over, the charges against the original suspects were dismissed and two new individuals emerged from the shadows. Author John Ferak covered the Stock murders from the very beginning, including all of the trial proceedings. When the criminal prosecution finally ended in 2007, he remained puzzled by one nagging question: Why was the blood of victim Wayne Stock in a car that was ultimately proven to have no connection to the murders?

Over the next few years, the astonishing “bloody lies” were revealed, culminating in a law enforcement scandal that turned the case on its head and destroyed the career of Nebraska’s celebrated CSI director, David Kofoed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606351970
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 06/19/2014
Series: N/A
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 782,494
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

John Ferak is an award-winning Gannett Wisconsin Media investigative team editor. He worked in Nebraska for nine years at the Omaha World-Herald, where he chronicled the shocking Stock murders. He has worked as a reporter for the South Bend Tribune in Indiana, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald near Chicago, and as an editor at the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin

Table of Contents

Foreword Maurice Possley ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Easter Massacres 1

2 Legend 12

3 Suspect 14

4 Mystery Car 27

5 No Luck 35

6 Case Solved 44

7 Blood 55

8 Odd Find 62

9 Ring of Truth 66

10 Leopold and Loeb 72

11 Wisconsin 80

12 Diary 89

13 Conspiracy 98

14 Ransom Theory 107

15 Tipster 116

16 Freedom 124

17 Judgment 132

18 Finder 139

19 Deep Throat 147

20 Smell Test 153

21 Tarnished 159

22 Blunder 164

23 Underdog 170

24 Evidence 178

25 Phantom 185

26 Verdict 192

27 The Cop 203

Epilogue 214

Notes 222

Index 235

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Bloody Lies: A CSI Scandal in the Heartland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author of Bloody Lies knows this story inside and out. He covered it from the very beginning as a reporter for the Omaha World-Herald. As a Nebraska resident, I've read many of Ferak's articles, but let me promise you, this book isn't a rehashing of his articles. It delves into the backgrounds of the people involved. Goes into great detail about the events. And even though I knew how things would end, the book's easy narrative kept me intrigued. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in true crime books, false confessions, or crooked cops. The story is gripping. You won't want to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago