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A death in White Bear Lake : the true chronicle of an all-american town

Author: Barry Siegel
Publisher: New York : Open Road Media, 2017. ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A mother's search for the son she gave up uncovers terrifying secrets in a Minnesota town in this "masterfully depicted true-crime tale" (Publishers Weekly). In 1962, Jerry Sherwood gave up her newborn son, Dennis, for adoption. Twenty years later, she set out to find him-only to discover he had died before his fourth birthday. The immediate cause was peritonitis, but the coroner had never decided the mode of death,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Siegel
ISBN: 9781504047579 1504047575
OCLC Number: 1009182359
Notes: Originally published in 1990 by Bantam Books.
Description: x, 517 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Dedication; Contents; Part One: Voices from the Past; 1. Memories; 2. White Bear Lake; 3. Lois and Harold; 4. All That a Child Could Desire; 5. Dennis; 6. Halcyon Days; 7. Wintertime; 8. All-America City; 9. Palm Sunday; 10. The Size of a Nickel; 11. Suspicions; 12. The Investigation.; 13. The Funeral; 14. Good Friday; 15. Riding a Dead Horse; 16. The Custody Hearing; 17. A Little More Baling Wire; 18. Revolution; 19. Stone Hill; 20. This World Stinks; 21. Colorado; 22. Robert Returns; Part Two: Consequences; 23. Kentucky; 24. Stillwater; 25. An Example Could Be Made 505 8 26. The Bubble Bursts27. The Loss Case; Part Three: Voices from the Present; 28. It Never Entered My Mind; 29. A Horse to Ride; 30. Crookston; 31. The Prosecutors; 32. I Want to Talk to You; 33. Very Nice People; 34. Arizona; 35. Christmas 1986; 36. In Search of the Past; 37. A Cry from the Ground; 38. Grand Jury; 39. It's Going to Be a Fight; 40. Lois; 41. The Past Recovered; 42. The Trial; 43. Celebration; 44. Jerome; 45. Memories, Still; Image Gallery; Author's Note; Index; About the Author; Copyright Page
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A mother's search for the son she gave up uncovers terrifying secrets in a Minnesota town in this "masterfully depicted true-crime tale" (Publishers Weekly). In 1962, Jerry Sherwood gave up her newborn son, Dennis, for adoption. Twenty years later, she set out to find him-only to discover he had died before his fourth birthday. The immediate cause was peritonitis, but the coroner had never decided the mode of death, writing "deferred" rather than indicate accident, natural causes, or homicide. This he did even though the autopsy photos showed Dennis covered from head to toe in ugly bruises, his clenched fists and twisted facial expression suggesting he had died writhing in pain. Harold and Lois Jurgens, a middle-class, churchgoing couple in picturesque White Bear Lake, Minnesota, had adopted Dennis and five other foster children. To all appearances, they were a normal midwestern family, but Jerry suspected that something sinister had happened in the Jurgens household. She demanded to know the truth about her son's death. Why did authorities dismiss evidence that marked Dennis as an endangered child' Could Lois Jurgens's brother, a local police lieutenant, have interfered in the investigation' And most disturbing of all, why had so many people who'd witnessed Lois's brutal treatment of her children stay silent for so long' Determined to find answers, local detectives and prosecutors rebuilt the case brick by brick, finally exposing the shocking truth behind a nightmare in suburbia. A finalist for the Edgar Award, A Death in White Bear Lake is "a distinguished entry in the annals of crime documentary," and a vivid portrait of the all-American town that harbored a sadistic killer (The Washington Post).

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