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Phelps, M. William

Overview
Works: 53 works in 228 publications in 1 language and 12,748 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  History  Biography  True crime stories  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HV6517, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by M. William Phelps
Nathan Hale : the life and death of America's first spy by M. William Phelps( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first biography in nearly a century of the legendary Revolutionary War patriot and our country's first spy. This book charts the life of this famed patriot and Connecticut's state hero, following Hale's rural childhood, his education at Yale, and his work as a schoolteacher. Even in his brief career, he distinguished himself by offering formal lessons to young women. Like many young Americans, he soon became drawn into the colonies' war for independence, becoming a captain in Washington's army. When the general was in need of a spy, Hale willingly rose to the challenge, bravely sacrificing his life for the sake of American liberty. Using Hale's own journals and letters as well as testimonies from his friends and contemporaries, the author depicts the Revolution as it was seen from the ground. From the confrontation in Boston to the battle for New York City, readers experience what life was like for an ordinary soldier in the struggling Continental army. In this impressive, well-researched biography, the author separates historical fact from long-standing myth to reveal the life of Nathan Hale, a young man who deserves to be remembered as an original American patriot. -- from Publisher description
Murder in the heartland by M. William Phelps( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 951 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On December 16, 2004, a Nodaway County, Missouri, 9-1-1 operator received a frantic call from the mother of 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett. The eight-months-pregnant mom-to-be, Bobbie Jo, had been found lying on her family room floor bleeding profusely and barely breathing. Most disturbing of all, her baby was gone
The devil's rooming house : the true story of America's deadliest female serial killer by M. William Phelps( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Synopsis: A silent, simmering killer terrorized New England in 1911. As a terrible heat wave killed more than 2,000 people, another silent killer began her own murderous spree. "Sister Amy" Archer-Gilligan, who'd opened the Archer Home for Elderly People and Chronic Invalids four years earlier, would be accused of murdering both of her husbands and up to sixty-six of her patients with cocktails of lemonade and arsenic; her story inspired the Broadway hit Arsenic and Old Lace
Never see them again by M. William Phelps( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the case of Christine Paolilla, who brutally murdered four people with the help of her boyfriend, who later committed suicide
Failures of the presidents : from the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and war in Iraq by Thomas J Craughwell( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories of the disastrous blunders of American presidents will show readers the inner workings of the White House and how some of our greatest leaders could make decisions that were terribly wrong. The fascinating stories are recounted as narratives and are as entertaining as they are shocking. The 23 stories, each about 10 pages in length, retell the histories behind bad presidential decisions. They are told in a real time narrative style, bringing readers inside the White House, introducing them to the main characters, exposing why these decisions were made, and describing the ill-fated aftermaths
Jane Doe no more : my 15-year fight to reclaim my identity : a true story of survival, hope, and redemption by M. William Phelps( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1993, Donna Palomba was raped by a masked assailant in her own home. Yet, her story is more than a victim's tale of physical and emotional recovery. It is a story of one woman's hunt for justice while fending off attacks by institutions designed to defend and protect her, the police department, the local government, and a community clinging to an outrageous claim that Donna had invented the crime to cover up a sexual affair. After eleven years of struggle, Donna learned the identity of her attacker from the chief of police, who explained that the DNA from the rape kit taken a decade ago had turned up a shocking match. She later launched the Jane Doe No More organization and became a promoter of the rights of women and victims of sexual assault
The killing kind by M. William Phelps( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

She was seventeen years old, a beautiful girl with a Hollywood smile and luminous brown eyes. Sprawled in a culvert just off the gravel road like an abandoned doll, she wore only toe socks, a sweatshirt, and a necklace. She was not the killer's first victim. Nor would she be the last. The lush, green hills that mark the border of North and South Carolina are home to a close knit community. When the savaged remains of high spirited Heather Catterton and sweet natured Randi Saldana were found and a local man was linked to their murders, residents were forced to face an evil in their midst. The killer was one of their own. Danny Hembree was far from being an upright, law abiding citizen. But he was part of the fabric of the local scene, devoted to his mother and sister. No one saw him as a remorseless killer who preyed on those who trusted him. When questioned by police, Hembree didn't just play cat and mouse and then confess. He bragged. Taunted. Laughed about his merciless deeds
Death trap by M. William Phelps( Book )

8 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phelps relates the horrifying true story of Jeff McCord, a police officer who uses his expertise to plot with his wife and carry out the murder of her ex-husband in order to secure permanent custody of their two children
Obsessed by M. William Phelps( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how Sheila Davalloo, bitter after Nelson Sessler, a colleague, broke off their affair, murdered his new girlfriend, Anna Lisa Raymundo, and went on to attack her own husband
Love her to death by M. William Phelps( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how Jan Roseboro was savagely beaten and strangled before her body was tossed in her backyard pool and how her husband Michael was eventually convicted of the crime after his pregnant mistress came forward
Cruel death by M. William Phelps( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Erika Sifrit was once a high school basketball star and an honours student. Then she married Navy SEAL Benjamin Sifrit. Some say Erika was abused by 'B.J.' Some say she pulled his strings. But by the time they reached Ocean City, MD, Erika was packing a gun in her Coach bag and was caught the grips of a new American death ride. In the sun-kissed, sea-swept resort town, a loving couple crossed paths with Erika and B.J. Sifrit. Shortly thereafter, Erika was wearing a bloody wedding ring on her necklace, while what remained of two dismembered holiday makers was buried in a Delaware landfill, and a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" story was being written - a lurid tale of madness, money, sex and murder"--Amazon
If looks could kill by M. William Phelps( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the investigation into the 2001 execution-style murder of Jeff Zack in Akron, Ohio, that implicated local beauty queen Cynthia George, and the trial that followed
Sleep in heavenly peace by M. William Phelps( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the long-dead bodies of several infants are discovered, the trail leads to Dianne Odell, a fifty-year-old mother of eight children who claimed that her late mother forced her into teen prostitution and murdered her "bastard children."
Perfect poison : a female serial killer's deadly medicine by M. William Phelps( Book )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the true account of killer Kristen Gilbert, who, as a nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts, murdered many of the helpless patients in her care with a lethal drug that caused fatal heart attacks
Too young to kill by M. William Phelps( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how troubled sixteen-year-old Adrianne Reynolds became trapped in a web of jealousy and domination and was murdered and dismembered by her own supposed best friends
Kiss of the she-devil by M. William Phelps( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this gripping real-life murder mystery, police investigating the murder of librarian Martha Gail Fulton uncover a twisted love triangle, involving her husband and his two lovers, which resulted in the senseless death of an innocent woman
Deadly secrets by M. William Phelps( Book )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the murder of Susan Fassett, who was gunned down on her way home from choir practice and whose killing revealed that she had been living a secret life that, once revealed, shocked the residents of her quiet town
The devil's right hand : the tragic story of the Colt family curse by M. William Phelps( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author who brought you the shocking true story that inspired "Arsenic and Old Lace" comes the horrific legacy of death and destruction in the gunmaking Colt family during the 19th Century, a legacy largely remembered for a lurid murder case that inspired Edgar Allan Poe's story "The Oblong Box" but one that encompassed so much more
Because you loved me by M. William Phelps( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how Jeanne Dominico, a hard-working single mother, was stabbed to death by her fourteen-year-old daughter, who had been convinced by her mentally disturbed Internet boyfriend that Jeanne was trying to keep them apart
Kill for me by M. William Phelps( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In order to silence Sandee Rozzo, whom he had imprisoned, raped, and brutalized for two days, Timothy Humphrey turned to his bride with a strange request on their wedding night
 
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Nathan Hale : the life and death of America's first spy
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Murder in the heartlandThe devil's rooming house : the true story of America's deadliest female serial killerFailures of the presidents : from the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and war in IraqDeath trapLove her to deathCruel deathIf looks could killSleep in heavenly peace