The Woodchipper Murder

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9780805007534: The Woodchipper Murder

Chronicles the vigorous investigation into the disappearance and murder of Helle Crafts, a devoted wife and mother, and reconstructs the grisly crime for which her husband was tried

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Arthur Herzog is an award-winning novelist, non-fiction writer and journalist, renowned for his best-selling novels The Swarm, Orca (both made into popular movies), Earthbound, Heat and IQ 83, hailed by the British press as one of the best science fiction works ever written. His non-fiction best sellers include Vesco, which Publishers Weekly hailed as A brilliantly researched story one of the years remarkable biographies and 17 Days : The Katie Beers Story. A New Yorker, avid reader, and world traveler, Herzog continues to write fiction and non-fiction books.

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Herzog ( Vesco ) is convinced that Connecticut-based airline pilot Richard Crafts bludgeoned his stewardess wife to death in November 1986; cut up her body with a chain saw; and fed its remains into an industrial-strength woodchipper. In this gripping re-creation of the alleged crime (the case ended in a mistrial; a second trial is pending), Herzog may have leapt into the fray prematurely, but he lays out a cogent scenario for a domestic atrocity. The case began not long after Helle Crafts returned home from a European flight, then vanished. Prior to her disappearance, Helle had commissioned private detective Keith Mayo to conduct an investigation of her husband's suspected infidelity. Newtown, Conn., police at first seemed uninterested in pursuing the disappearance, but pressure from Mayo forced action that led to the arrest of Crafts for murder, a charge based on body fragments purported to be Helle's. According to Herzog, there is less than a reasonable doubt about the husband's guilt--and the author stigmatizes the hung jury's lone dissenter as a misguided eccentric.
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