Murder In The Heartland

Murder In The Heartland

by M. William Phelps

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Murder In The Heartland by M. William Phelps

"The most disturbing and moving look at murder in rural America since In Cold Blood." – Gregg Olsen



On a December night in 2004, a 911 operator in Nodaway County, Missouri, received a frantic call from a woman who'd found her pregnant 23-year-old daughter in a pool of blood on the living room floor. Most shocking of all, the dying woman's unborn baby had been viciously ripped from her womb.




"Get ready for some sleepless nights."--Carlton Stowers




Across the border in Melvern, Kansas, Lisa Montgomery showed off a beautiful newborn she proudly claimed as her own. While some shared her excitement, others harbored suspicions. Meanwhile televisions across the nation broadcast the first Amber Alert for an unborn child.




"Phelps is a first-rate investigator." – Dr. Michael M. Baden




Newly updated with the latest surprising developments, Murder in the Heartland goes behind the scenes of two picture-perfect American towns forever changed by one horrifying act of violence. With exclusive access to key witnesses, family members, and potential victims who narrowly escaped a similar gruesome fate, M. William Phelps tells a classic American tale of unthinkable murder and the quest for justice.




Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos




As seen on Dateline and Sixty Minutes




A Featured Alternate of Doubleday Book Club and the Mystery Guild

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786017829
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 262,985
Product dimensions: 4.15(w) x 6.77(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the author of I'll Be Watching You, If Looks Could KillBecause You Loved MeMurder in the HeartlandPerfect Poison,Lethal GuardianEvery Move You Make, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace. He has appeared on dozens of national radio and television programs, including Good Morning AmericaCourt TV, The Discovery Channel, Geraldo at Large, and Montel Williams, and has consulted for the Showtime cable television series Dexter. He lives in a small Connecticut farming community with his wife and children.

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Murder in the Heartland 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
MNGirl78 More than 1 year ago
I was unable to put this book down. This is an unimaginable crime and the story of this crime was very well written.
MrsGut More than 1 year ago
This author provided exactly enough background on the main players. I felt like I knew each one personally. I found it difficult to put ir down
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reads kinda like a fiction novel, It's hard to believe that this sick terrible thing was real.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Nine days before Christmas in 2004 in Nodaway County, Missouri the mother of Bobbie Jo Stinnett hysterically calls 911 as her eight months pregnant daughter lies in a pool of blood and her baby gone. The police arrive at the grisly scene to begin an investigation into the murder of the mom and the apparent abduction of the infant ripped from her womb. Three hours west in Melvern, Kansas, Lisa Montgomery calmly dresses her newborn to provide proof to her family and friends she was pregnant as she claimed. Not long after an alert for the infant, the horrific story became known and Lisa was arrested.------------ The events of this gruesome murder will fascinate true crime readers in a macabre way similar to the way IN COLD BLOOD did, but MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND fails to dig deep into the psyche of Lisa so the audience never fathoms how she expected to pull off her deadly ruse. Still genre fans will ponder how far someone will go to achieve an objective as Lisa methodically planned the crime itself (and less so the aftermath) once she met Bobbie Jo through their mutual vocation of raising rat terriers.-------------- Harriet Klausner
ody More than 1 year ago
Heartwrenching Read this one pretty quickly, though at times the angst of the crime got to me, to where I'd have to take a break from it. Made me think back to when I was expecting, and what a wonderful time it was, and should be for every expectant mom. You really kinda put yourself in the victim's shoes, literally, and think how you'd fight for your baby, its just too sickening. It makes it difficult to have much empathy for the woman who committed the sick crime, despite all you learn about what was going on in her life, etc. Well researched and written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great account of one of the most horrifying cases I've ever read about. Phelps did an excellent job of telling this story and making you feel like you knew the people involved. My only complaints are that it was written before the trial and I didn't care for the "afterwords" at the end where Phelps felt the need to defend his writing style and sources, etc. over and over again. But overall, this was an engrossing read that any true crime buff will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love true crime stories, and this one was interesting (and heartbreaking) for sure. But it was hard to follow due to the author jumping around so much not only between persons in the story, but back and forth in time. I found myself skimming, and then skipping parts because the writing just didn't "flow". Not a good way to enjoy reading a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, it was hard to put down.
jmhtx More than 1 year ago
OK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a sad read, a sad story.......the book is well written, terrible how there are monsters out there willing to do anything.......Bn
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book can best be summed up by saying that it isn't worth the money paid for it nor is it worth the time invested that it takes to read it. Burl Barer's books are far better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book because I had spoken to the author online. I picked this one in particular because the cover drew my attention and I couldn't resist.