True Crime...story of marriage(s) and murder(s), just how many??? His hobby was marriage...his passion was murder...the family of the last known victim want the body but to give that up could mean death by lethal injection to the killer. He is now serving a 15-year-to-life sentence for the killing of wife #1. Story takes place in IN, OH & PA mostly. Good research & writing, years of law-enforcement effort in much part prompted by the families, details made this a good read.
Great detail, gripping story. Recommend.
This is an interesting book about a man who has a wife disappear just a few days after they are divorced. No one ever sees or hears from her again. Her husband tells different stories to different people about what he thinks has happened to her. He may have gotten by with her murder if the same thing hadn't happened to another wife of his many years later.
True crime story of the investigation of a man who had two wives disappear under unexplained circumstances, and who was convicted of murdering the first and disposing of her partially-dismembered body in a box he had stored in his grandfather's garage for years after her disappearance.
from the back cover:
He found new brides to love him - All Diane Bertalan really knew of her new husband, John Smith, was that he was a widower, he lavished her with gifts, and he preferred to keep his pas a secret. What she didn't know was that the FBI had been watching him for years. In the fall of 2000, she found out why - for a crime that had been haunting authorities for decades. They called it the mystery of the Lady in the Box....
Fifteen years later, police found the remains....a decaying body that had been left along an Indiana roadisde ditch in 1980 had finally been identified as Janice Hartman. In 1974, the Ohio woman had been reported missing by her estranged husband..John David Smith. The gruesome discovery was only the beginning of Diane Smith's brutal awakening - for Hartman was only the first of Smith's wives to have vanished off the face of the earth.....