in the Heartland
Exclusive photos (never
before seen) of Lisa Montgomery and the baby she kidnapped,
along with "NEW" details (not yet made public) in the murder
case that rocked the Heartland in December 2004.
In the coming months, readers will be able to read the
definitive account of this tragedy - that is, before Lisa
Montgomery's trial! The trial of Lisa Montgomery, slated to
start on April 24, 2006, has been continued until October 23,
2006. Phelps's book, MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND,
however, will be available months before the trial. Readers can
decide for themselves, before Lisa's case is even argued before
a jury of her peers, if she is guilty and find out what happened
behind the scenes!
"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 this time
around will have people talking candidly about this case long
before it goes to trial in October."--M. William Phelps
MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND:
Edgar Award-winning author and Pulitzer-nominated
Stowers (Careless Whispers, Scream at the Sky, To the
Last Breath), says, "When unimaginable horror strikes
it is certain to cause monstrous sufferings, regardless of its
locale. In MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND, M. Williams
Phelps expertly reminds us that when the darkest form of evil
invades the quiet and safe outposts of rural America the tragedy
is greatly magnified. Get ready for some sleepless nights."
-Anne Bremner, op-ed columnist and legal analyst on Court
TV, MSNBC, Nancy Grace, FOX News Channel, The O'Reilly Factor,
CNN, Good Morning America, The Early Show ... "Phelps uses
a unique combination of investigative skills and narrative insight
to give readers an exclusive, insider's look into the events
surrounding this incredible, high-profile American tragedy ...
He has written a compassionate, riveting true crime masterpiece."
FROM THE AUTHOR:
This book challenged me in more ways than I
can describe. For one, I was compelled by the notion that such a
brutal crime could take place in such a remote, rural region of
the country. Second, how to tell that story in a compassionate
way, detailing how it happened, why it happened, and the
circumstances surrounding how the two towns - Melvern, Kansas,
and Skidmore, Missouri-dealt with the outcome. There is also a
truly heroic story in the beginning of the book-that of Sheriff
Ben Espey's will and determination to get the first Amber Alert
issued for a newborn child. Espey's story is extraordinary in
many respects. Readers will be captivated by what went on behind
the scenes as the nation, essentially, searched for Victoria Jo
Stinnett. There was a riff between two law enforcement agencies
... as Victoria Jo was located and found alive ... that is as
suspenseful as any thriller.
Beyond that, I also had to tell Lisa Montgomery's story from
birth to prison, and detail portions of her life that no one has
ever heard about. There is a side of Lisa Montgomery that
readers will utterly despise, setting aside for a moment the
crimes she is accused of. I was allowed access into every part
of her life. Her story is incredible. Through letters, personal
phone calls, e-mails, family testimony and interviews with
friends, neighbors and law enforcement, legal documents, I was
able to crack Lisa Montgomery's life wide open! What readers
find inside will astonish them. It was as if Lisa's entire life
lead up to that one moment in Skidmore.
Lastly, the most compelling story I believe that comes through
in the book is that of the people in both towns and how they
dealt with the tragedy as it unfolded. The empathy and kindness
some displayed, while withholding judgment, is a story in and of
itself. I was also taken by Lisa's youngest daughter, Kayla
Boman, and her remarkable story of strength when faced with a
choice between her mother-locked away in prison facing a
possible death sentence - and father, who was trying to rebuild
his life and win back the love of his children.
- January 2006
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