M. William Phelps, Author & Journalist
M. William Phelps, Author & Journalist
Never See Them Again -  written by M. William Phelps

Too Young To Kill -  written by M. William Phelps

Love Her To Death -  written by M. William Phelps

Kill For Me -  written by M. William Phelps

NATHAN HALE: The Life and Death of America's First Spy - written by M. William Phelps

Death Trap -  written by M. William Phelps

Deadly Secrets - written by M. William Phelps

If Looks Could Kill - written by M. William Phelps

Murder In The Heartland - written by M. William Phelps

Every Move You Make - written by M. William Phelps

Perfect Poison - written by M. William Phelps

 

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Murder in the Heartland - by M William PhelpMurder 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 Carlton 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." www.abremner.com


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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If Looks Could Kill -  written by M. William Phelps

The Devil's Right Hand -  written by M. William Phelps

The Devil's Rooming House (Polish release) -  written by M. William Phelps

Murder In The Heartland (Polish release) -  written by M. William Phelps

The Devil's Rooming House -  written by M. William Phelps

Failures of the Presidents, co-written by M. William Phelps

Cruel Death - written by M. William Phelps

I'	ll Be Watching You - written by M. William Phelps

Because You Loved Me - written by M. William Phelps

Sleep in Heavenly Peace - written by M. William Phelps

Lethal Guardian - written by M. William Phelps