Lisa Montgomery presented her husband, Kevin, with their newborn baby girl, while a state way, police were investigating the brutal murder of 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett. She'd been found lying in a pool of blood, and investigators soon realized that someone had strangled Bobbie Jo to death, then cut the fetus from her womb. When they found Bobbie Jo's baby in Lisa's arms, they knew who was responsible for this grisly murder.
Background information in this book includes other caesarean abduction cases; a history of crime in Northwest Missouri in general and Skidmore in particular with a glimpse at the infamous Ken McElroy; plus a look at the recent Stinnett family victims like Branson Perry, whose disappearance and suspected murder remains an unsolved case.
About the Author:
Diane Fanning is the author of the Edgar Award finalist Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret That Tore a Family Apart. Her other works of true crime include the bestseller Mommy's Little Girl, A Poisoned Passion, The Pastor's Wife, Gone Forever, and Through the Window. She is also the author of the Lucinda Pierce Mysteries: The Trophy Exchange, Punish the Deed, Mistaken Identity, Twisted Reason, and False Front. She has been featured on 48 Hours, 20/20, Court TV, The Today Show and the Discovery Channel, and has been interviewed on dozens of radio stations coast to coast. Her books are sold throughout the English-speaking world, including the UK and Australia, and there are more than half a million copies in print. Before becoming a writer, Fanning worked in advertising, and she earned more than 70 Addy Awards.
©2006 Diane Fanning (P)2012 Diane Fanning
While Dianne Fanning is a good author. She really missed her mark on this book. It had little to do with the victim Bobbi Jo. The life of the attacker is more profiled than the story of the victim. She detailed nearly every other crime in the town of Skidmore. Chapter upon chapter of another unrelated crime is detailed. Where did this book go wrong?! Book is full of fillers and disappointment. Hard to maintain focus without having to back up and listen again and again. If a book is to be written about Bobbi Jo Stinnett another author is going to have to write it.
The life of the victim was written so poorly. I found that since the life of Lisa Montgomery was much more detailed, so therefore more interesting - I'm sure that's not the angle the author desired but that's how it came out.
Disappointment and found myself losing focus. Dianne Fanning just did not deliver! :(
The best part of this book is the narrator. Shelley Johnson gets the five stars on this one!
Articulate, dynamic and melodic delivery
Yes. Shelley handled some very challenging material and a grisly subject in a very articulate and dynamic manner. In spite of the terrible events she had to describe, she was able convey warmth, sincerity and tell the story in a way that made me want to listen. She has a melodic and very pleasing delivery.
Shelley is a very dynamic narrator. I look forward to listening to her again! I highly recommend her work.
I would definitely try another book of Diane's if narrated by someone else.
Ms. Johnson talks to the listener as if speaking to young children, over dramatizing the story in a very syrupy way.
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