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A Death in White Bear Lake : The True Chronicle of an All-American Town
A Death in White Bear Lake The True Chronicle of an All-American Town Author:Barry Siegel "We want to talk to you about my brother who was murdered twenty-one years ago--can we come in?" The veneer of tranquility in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, began to crack the day Jerry Sherwood and her son showed up at the police station to inquire about her first-born son, Dennis--adopted by Lois and Harold Jurgens and dead before his fourth birt... more »hday. The autopsy report ruled peritonitis was the cause, but the startling photos of the boy suggested murder.
How could the Jurgens kill a small child and get away with it? Determined to find answers, detectives Ron Meehan and Greg Kindle tracked down old witnesses and rebuilt the case brick by brick until they exposed the demons that drove an adopted parent to torture and eventually murder a helpless child. Just as compelling, they investigated why so many people watched and did absolutely nothing. A vivid portrait of an all-American town that harbored a killer, A Death in White Bear Lake is also the absorbing story of two detectives who refused to give up until they had the killer cold.« less
This is a sad story of a woman that killed one of her adopted sons and got away with it for years. The reader will be left shaking their head in disbelief! There were a few people that covered up for the killer and even more people that turned a blind eye to the abuse.
You will be surprised at the events that led to the prosecution of the killer. An unlikely hero and a biological mother that wouldn't let it go.
This book will leave it's mark on you!
This book was so hard to put down. The author is very detailed and the story is true. So many people knew and no one did anything, unimaginable!! They all should of been prosecuted. I will remember Dennis in my prayer now. Excellent book.
A family adopts a small boy, and the adoptive mother abuses and tortures the boy while the adoptive father does nothing to stop it. It takes over 20 years for the truth to come out. I found it very disturbing; I could not put the book down until I finished it.