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“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.
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This case was profiled on Inside Edition, The Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, along with every other major media outlet. The New York Post, USA Today, and over 4,000 additional news stories were generated. M. William Phelps gained exclusive access to Lisa Montgomery's family, friends, neighbors, and key law enforcement to tell the true story of what really happened. Phelps was able to score exclusive photos of the baby on the night she was kidnapped, the nursery Lisa Montgomery prepared for the child, along with documents, letters and other important items used in this riveting account of murder in the Midwest. With the book being optioned for a feature film already, it is sure to be a major bestseller.From the Author:
"Researching and writing Murder in the Heartland put my investigative skills to the test. Yet I was compelled by the notion that such a brutal crime could take place in such a remote, rural region of the Midwest, and how to tell that story in a compassionate way, detailing how and why it happened. Truly, this story is the archetype of the American dream crushed by tragedy. ... A good nonfiction crime book should not only make news, but break news. Murder in the Heartland will do both. The exclusive material I am bringing to the page will have people talking candidly about this case long before it goes to trial in October 2006."
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