Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away

Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away

by David Dekok

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Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away by David Dekok

On Nov. 28, 1969, Betsy Aardsma, a 22-year-old graduate student in English at Penn State, was stabbed to death in the stacks of Pattee Library at the university's main campus in State College. For more than forty years, her murder went unsolved, though detectives with the Pennsylvania State Police and local citizens worked tirelessly to find her killer. The mystery was eventually solved—after the death of the murderer. This book will reveal the story behind what has been a scary mystery for generations of Penn State students and explain why the Pennsylvania State Police failed to bring her killer to justice.More than a simple true crime story, the book weaves together the events, culture, and attitudes of the late 1960s, memorializing Betsy Aardsma and her time and place in history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762780877
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,201,735
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David DeKok is a former investigative reporter for The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where his last big story was a long, two-part series published in December 2008 on the then-unsolved Betsy Aardsma murder. He grew up in Betsy Aardsma's hometown, Holland, Michigan, and went to the same high school and distinctly remembers reading the story of her murder in the local newspaper. His Holland ties have enabled him to win the trust of Betsy's closest friends, as well as given him a unique perspective on the Dutch-American world in which she was raised. He is also the author of Fire Underground and The Epidemic. He lives in Harrisburg, Pa.

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Murder in the Stacks: Penn State, Betsy Aardsma, and the Killer Who Got Away 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JEN-E-- More than 1 year ago
I thought that Betsy Aardsma was a victim of an ex-boyfriend, but her story is all the more unusual. I don't understand the connection to Rick Hefner committing a murder while he is a college student to the fact that he did not commit another murder and became a full-time child molester. He then stops child molesting and takes up the hobby of suing innocent people in court as if it is now his preferred occupation. He was a weird guy, and it is ashame that he was never brought to justice. The author, David Dekok is very thourour with his lifelong research. This is a must read for true-crime buffs everywhere