Abandoned Prayers: The Shocking True Story of Obsession, Murder and "Little Boy Blue"
Abandoned Prayers The Shocking True Story of Obsession Murder and Little Boy Blue Author:Gregg Olsen On a cold Christmas Eve in 1985, a Nebraskan hunter discovered a 9-year-old boy's frozen corpse, clad in blue pajamas, in a dark, wooded area. Local investigators concluded that the boy had been left to die, and once the body proved unidentifiable, it was buried by the local Methodist Church. — Two years later the story of unknown "Little Boy Bl... more »ue" was printed in a national magazine and an Ohio couple asked themselves if this might be the child for whom they used to babysit. This tip led the police right to the boy's father...Eli Stutzman.
Born and raised in a strict Amish community, Stutzman was always seeking the excitement of the "outside" world. And after the highly suspicious death of his pregnant young wife in a fire, Stutzman took the opportunity to sever his ties with the Amish forever. Taking their first son, Danny, with him, he embarked on a cross-country spree of compulsive male pickups, violent orgies, drug abuse...and untold murders.
Based on exhaustive research and dramatic new evidence, reporter/writer Gregg Olsen exposes one of the most bizarre killers to emerge from America's heartland, and raises the disturbing question of whether a child died at his father's hands because he knew too much.« less
I read this book many years ago loved it then. Reread it when I read of Eli Stutzman's suspicous suicide death recently in Florida. A very good read. Be sure you have time to devote to it as there are many charactors involved.
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Helpful Score: 4
There were a lot of different people put in to this book that made it hard to follow along all the time. It was mesmorizing however, I couldn't stop thinking about the book even when I wasn't reading it. Not as good as Ann Rule books, but a good true crime story.
The author, Gregg Olsen delivers with this one! Well written, researched and crafted, Olsen weaves a tale that will pull the reader into a world (thank God) most of us will never see. I don't want to give away any surprises but I will say that in the end I began to wonder if its possible that some people are born without a soul much less a conscience. Go ahead, buy it and read it, I highly recommend it, but be prepared this Amish tale aint about quilts and growing corn.