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A Killing in Amish Country

A Killing in Amish Country
Author : Gregg Olsen,Rebecca Morris
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Release Date : 2016-07-05
Category : True Crime
Total pages :336
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At just 30 years old, with dark-blonde hair and freckles, Barbara Weaver was as pretty as the women depicted on the covers of her favorite "bonnet" stories - romance novels set in Amish America. Barbara had everything she'd ever wanted: five beautiful children, a home, her faith, and a husband named Eli. But while Barbara was happy to live as the Amish have for centuries - without modern conveniences, Eli was tempted by technology: cell phones, the Internet, and sexting. Online he called himself "Amish Stud" and found no shortage of "English" women looking for love and sex. Twice he left Barbara and their children, was shunned, begged for forgiveness, and had been welcomed back to the church. Barb Raber was raised Amish, but is now a Conservative Mennonite. She drove Eli to appointments in her car, and she gave him what he wanted when he wanted: a cell phone, a laptop, rides to his favorite fishing and hunting places, and, most importantly, sex. When Eli starts asking people to kill his wife for him, Barb offers to help. One night, just after Eli had hitched a ride with a group of men to go fishing in the hours before dawn, Barb Raber entered the Weaver house and shot Barbara Weaver in the chest at close range. It was only the third murder in hundreds of years of Amish life in America, and it fell to Edna Boyle, a young assistant prosecutor to seek justice for Barbara Weaver.

A Killing in Amish Country

A Killing in Amish Country
Author : Gregg Olsen,Rebecca Morris
Publisher : St. Martin's True Crime
Release Date : 2017-04-04
Category : True Crime
Total pages :304
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AN OLD WAY OF LIFE Thirty-year-old Barbara Weaver was content to live as the Amish have for centuries—without modern conveniences—but her husband, Eli, wanted a life beyond horses and buggies. Soon he gave in to the temptation of technology, and found ways to go online and meet women. When Barbara was found dead, shot in the chest at close range, all eyes were on Eli...and his mistress, a Conservative Mennonite named Barb Raber. A NEW KIND OF BETRAYAL—AND DEATH. . . Barb drove Eli to appointments in her car. She gave him everything he asked for: a laptop, rides to his favorite fishing and hunting spots—and sex. Above all, she gave him the cell phone he would use to plan a murder. The Weaver case marked only the third time an Amish man was suspected of killing his wife in more than two hundred years in America. But the investigation raised almost as many questions as it answered: Was Barb Raber the one who fired the fatal shot? Or was Barbara Weaver dead before someone entered the house? What did Eli’s friends, family, and church really know about him? And will life among the “Plain People” ever be the same?

A Killing in Amish Country

A Killing in Amish Country
Author : Gregg Olsen,Rebecca Morris
Publisher : Macmillan
Release Date : 2016-07-05
Category : True Crime
Total pages :304
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Investigates the 2009 murder of an Amish wife and mother for which her philandering, technology-using husband and one of his paramours were convicted.

Murder in Amish Country: Kate Burkholder

Murder in Amish Country: Kate Burkholder
Author : Linda Castillo
Publisher : Pan
Release Date : 2013-06-06
Category : Fiction
Total pages :300
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From the New York Times bestselling author, Books 1-3 in the Kate Burkholder series. Sworn to Silence: The first thriller featuring Kate Burkholder. Painter's Creek, Ohio may be a sleepy, rural town with both Amish and "English" residents, but it's also the place where a series of brutal murders shattered the lives of an entire community over a decade ago. When the killing stopped, it left in its aftermath a sense of fragility, and for a young Amish girl, Katie Burkholder, a realisation that she didn't belong. Pray for Silence: The second thriller featuring Kate Burkholder. When the police arrive at the Amish farmstead in Painters Mill they can't imagine the horror that awaits them. An entire family slaughtered: the men shot, the young women tortured and killed. The Amish are peace-loving, gentle folk and the town is shocked by what appears to be a particularly brutal - and random killing. But is it random? Breaking Silence: The third thriller featuring Kate Burkholder. When Chief of Police, Kate Burkholder, is called to a farm in the Amish community of Painter's Creek, nothing could prepare her for the horror and tragedy she encounters. Solly and Rachel Slabaugh, and his brother Abel, have drowned in the hog pit leaving the four children as orphans. As the investigation progresses, it seems that the Slabaugh deaths were not an accident, and the case suddenly becomes a murder enquiry. PRAISE FOR LINDA CASTILLO "Absolutely stunning . . . A perfectly crafted thriller" Lisa Scottoline "Think the movie Witness and add just a touch of the Coen brothers' Fargo and you have the feel for this brilliant, nail-biting thriller" Daily Mail "Continues to explore the Amish way of life with a fast-paced mystery" Kirkus Reviews

Too Young to Kill

Too Young to Kill
Author : M. William Phelps
Publisher : Kensington Publishing Corp.
Release Date : 2011-08-01
Category : True Crime
Total pages :480
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"Phelps gets into the blood and guts of the story." -Gregg Olsen Killing Her Wasn't Enough. . . Sixteen-year-old Adrianne Reynolds couldn't unravel the twisted tangles of jealousy and domination complicating her new life in East Moline, Illinois. What began as a fresh start after a troubled home life in Texas ended with Adrianne's body charred, stuffed into garbage bags, and scattered. It seemed the work of hardened criminals, but the truth was far more astonishing: her own "best friends" choked Adrianne to death and cut her up. Now, master crime writer M. William Phelps recounts this horrific saga of teen lust and violence in every gripping detail. Praise for M. William Phelps "One of our most engaging crime journalists." -Katherine Ramsland "Phelps creates a vivid portrait." -Publishers Weekly "One of America's finest true-crime writers." -Vincent Bugliosi Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos

First We'll Kill My Husband

First We'll Kill My Husband
Author : Lyn Riddle
Publisher : Pinnacle Books
Release Date : 2008-08-01
Category : True Crime
Total pages :320
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A Murdered Husband. . . Gulf War veteran Doug Gissendaner would do anything for a friend, a stranger, or the wife who broke every rule in the marriage book. Now, investigators were scouring the Georgia woods not far from Doug's home. They'd already found the charred wreckage of his car. They knew they were looking for a body. . . A Hitman Who Killed For Love. . . Gregory Owen had been having an on-again, off-again affair with Doug's wife for years. Then Kelly Gissendaner told Greg it was time for her husband to die. With a knife and a plan, Greg forced Doug to drive into the woods. When Greg finished his savage, cold-blooded deed, Kelly showed up to make sure Doug was dead. A Woman On Death Row. . . This is the astounding true story of the only woman on Georgia's Death Row and the chilling, account of how she got there. From the hold Kelly had over a good and decent man to her dramatic, controversial trial, First We'll Kill My Husband captures the lies, schemes, and manipulations of a woman totally bent on murder. . . Includes 16 pages of shocking photos! Lyn Riddle is a freelance writer and journalist whose work regularly appears in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Atlanta Constitution. She is the author of Family Blood: The Murder that Shattered an All-American Home and Ashes to Ashes. She lives in Simpsonville (near Greenville), SC.

Abandoned Prayers

Abandoned Prayers
Author : Gregg Olsen
Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date : 2021-08-24
Category : True Crime
Total pages :416
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On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska buried him as "Little Boy Blue," unclaimed and unidentified-- until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father. Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect. But behind his quiet façade was a man involved with pornography, sadomasochism, and drugs. After the suspicious death of his pregnant wife, Stutzman took his preschool-age son, Danny, and hit the road on a sexual odyssey ending with his conviction for murder. But the mystery of Eli Stutzman and the fate of his son didn't end on the barren Nebraska plains. It was just beginning... Gregg Olsen's Abandoned Prayers is an incredible true story of murder and Amish secrets.

Harmless as Doves

Harmless as Doves
Author : P. L. Gaus
Publisher : Penguin
Release Date : 2012-06-26
Category : Fiction
Total pages :224
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Book 7 of the Amish-Country Mysteries "A sensitive account of the impact on this community when outsiders (that is, the cops) descend to deal with an Amish youth who has confessed to the murder of his fiancée's older, richer, and very persistent admirer.” —The New York Times Book Review The chill of autumn is just settling into Holmes County, Ohio, when Bishop Leon Shetler is startled out of his morning reverie by the words, “I just killed Glenn Spiegle.” No one—least of all Sherriff Bruce Robertson—believes that Crist Burkholder could actually be a murderer. But the young Amish man is adamant that he killed his romantic rival in order to win Vesta Miller. So when Robertson’s investigation reveals two potentially related murders in Florida’s Pinecraft Amish community, Professor Mike Branden and detective Ricky Niell head south to unravel the connection between the dead man and a far-flung Amish outpost on the shores of Sarasota Bay Praise for P. L. Gaus and his Amish-Country mysteries: “Gaus spins a fine mystery.” –Booklist “Tony Hillerman of the Amish.” –The Christian Science Monitor

If I Can't Have You

If I Can't Have You
Author : Gregg Olsen,Rebecca Morris
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Release Date : 2014-05-20
Category : True Crime
Total pages :336
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In If I Can't Have You, bestselling author Gregg Olsen and co-author Rebecca Morris investigate one of the 21st Century's most puzzling disappearances and how it resulted in the murder of two children by their father. Every once in a great while a genuine murder mystery unfolds before the eyes of the American public. The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story – with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm. Over the next three years bombshell by bombshell, the story would reveal more shocking secrets. Josh's father, Steve, who was sexually obsessed with Susan, would ultimately be convicted of unspeakable perversion. Josh's brother, Michael, would commit suicide. And in the most stunning event of them all, Josh Powell would murder his two little boys and kill himself with brutality beyond belief.

Whiskers of the Lion

Whiskers of the Lion
Author : P. L. Gaus
Publisher : Penguin
Release Date : 2015-03-31
Category : Fiction
Total pages :256
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P. L. Gaus’s widely praised Amish-Country Mysteries continue to “probe the tension between the self-reliance of the Amish world and the urgencies of the English world” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). In Whiskers of the Lion, Sheriff Bruce Robertson is charged with finding a young Amish woman on the run from a murderous drug ring so she can testify in federal court. Wrestling with a recurring childhood nightmare of a deadly lion, the Holmes County sheriff finds himself torn between allegiance to the legal system he upholds and the beliefs of the people he is sworn to protect.

Hearse and Buggy

Hearse and Buggy
Author : Laura Bradford
Publisher : Penguin
Release Date : 2012-06-05
Category : Fiction
Total pages :288
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The simple life gets complicated when death comes calling in the first novel in the national bestselling Amish Mystery series. Claire Weatherly has fled a high-stress lifestyle for a slower pace—in Amish country: Heavenly, Pennsylvania. She only planned a short visit but instead found herself opening an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and settling in.Claire loves her new home, and she’s slowly making friends among the locals, including Esther, a young Amish woman who works in the shop. So when the store’s former owner,the unlikable Walter Snow, is murdered, and the man Esther is sweet on becomes a suspect, Claire can’t help but get involved. Newly returned Detective Jakob Fisher, who left Heavenly—and his Amish upbringing—as a teenager, is on the case. But his investigation is stalled by the fact that none of his former community will speak with him. Claire’s connections make her the perfect go-between. As Claire investigates, she uncovers more than she wanted to know about her neighbors. And suddenly, everything she had hoped to find in this peaceful refuge is at risk...

Sworn to Silence

Sworn to Silence
Author : Linda Castillo
Publisher : Minotaur Books
Release Date : 2009-06-23
Category : Fiction
Total pages :336
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Now the subject of the Lifetime original movie, An Amish Murder For only $6.99: Sworn to Silence is the first in Linda Castillo's New York Times bestselling Kate Burkholder series. A KILLER IS PREYING ON SACRED GROUND.... In the sleepy rural town of Painters Mill, Ohio, the Amish and “English” residents have lived side by side for two centuries. But sixteen years ago, a series of brutal murders shattered the peaceful farming community. In the aftermath of the violence, the town was left with a sense of fragility, a loss of innocence. Kate Burkholder, a young Amish girl, survived the terror of the Slaughterhouse Killer but came away from its brutality with the realization that she no longer belonged with the Amish. Now, a wealth of experience later, Kate has been asked to return to Painters Mill as chief of police. Her Amish roots and big city law enforcement background make her the perfect candidate. She’s certain she’s come to terms with her past—until the first body is discovered in a snowy field. Kate vows to stop the killer before he strikes again. But to do so, she must betray both her family and her Amish past—and expose a dark secret that could destroy her. *BONUS CONTENT: This edition of Sworn to Silence includes a new introduction from the author and a discussion guide.

Bitter Almonds

Bitter Almonds
Author : Gregg Olsen
Publisher : Macmillan
Release Date : 2007-04-01
Category : True Crime
Total pages :576
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Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff—until authorities discovered Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella did the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a "random casualty" of cyanide-tainted painkillers. But Stella's cunning plan came undone when her daughter Cynthia notified federal agents. And troubling questions lingered like the secret of bitter almonds... What would turn a gregarious barfly like Stella into a cold-hearted killer overnight? Why would Cynthia, a mirror image of her mother, turn on her own flesh and blood? Did Cynthia reveal everything she knew about the crimes? The stunning answers would unfold in a case that sparked a national uproar, dug deep into a troubled family history, and exposed an American mother for the pretty poison she was. Gregg Olsen's Bitter Almonds is true crime writing at its best.

The Amish Witness

The Amish Witness
Author : Diane Burke
Publisher : Harlequin
Release Date : 2017-09-01
Category : Fiction
Total pages :224
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SHATTERED AMISH SANCTUARY After witnessing the murder of her best friend, Elizabeth Lapp flees to the Amish community she left years ago, hoping the killer won’t find her. But the murderer follows Elizabeth, trapping her in her family’s barn, and she’s sure she won’t survive—until an Amish man rushes to save her. As the attacker runs off, Elizabeth sees her rescuer is none other than Thomas King, the handsome farmer she left behind with her dreams and her heart. Now widowed with two small children, Thomas vows to keep her safe…despite not being ready to forgive her. And suddenly, the man whose love she longs for—but can’t allow herself to accept—is all that’s standing between her and a cold-blooded killer.

Starvation Heights

Starvation Heights
Author : Gregg Olsen
Publisher : Broadway Books
Release Date : 2005-05-03
Category : True Crime
Total pages :384
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In this true story—a haunting saga of medical murder set in an era of steamships and gaslights—Gregg Olsen reveals one of the most unusual and disturbing criminal cases in American history. In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, arrived at a sanitorium in the forests of the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary “fasting treatment” of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters, but within a month of arriving at what the locals called Starvation Heights, the women underwent brutal treatments and were emaciated shadows of their former selves. Claire and Dora were not the first victims of Linda Hazzard, a quack doctor of extraordinary evil and greed. But as their jewelry disappeared and forged bank drafts began transferring their wealth to Hazzard’s accounts, the sisters came to learn that Hazzard would stop at nothing short of murder to achieve her ambitions.