Cruel Death


8.Cruel Death

It was Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer season. Thousands headed to Ocean City, Maryland, to enjoy its scenic beaches, lively boardwalk, and trendy nightclubs. Among the bright-spirited vacationers was a couple with a much darker idea of fun. Erica Sifrit, a former honor student, was packing a gun in her Coach bag. Her husband, B.J., an ex-Navy SEAL, was trained in violence. What started as a chance encounter with another couple ended with two dismembered victims buried in a Delaware landfill. M. William Phelps updates this modern-day “Bonnie and Clyde” saga to create a haunting account of money, madness, sex, and murder.

This real-life thriller tells the incredible true story of Erika and B.J. Sifrit, a couple with every advantage in the world, who became murderers.  It takes place during a holiday weekend at the beach resort of Ocean City, MD.  Two couples met and socialized…with deadly results. Masterful storytelling from M. William Phelps, star of Investigation Discovery’s “Dark Minds.”


“Phelps is one of America’s finest true-crime writers.” –Vincent Bugliosi

“Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers.” –Allison Brennan

“Phelps’s writing reads like a mystery novel.” –Suspense Magazine

“One of our most engaging crime journalists.” –Katherine Ramsland


Includes 16 Pages Of Dramatic Photos

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