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Vanished

Cold-Blooded Murder in Steeltown

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Veteran true crime writer Jon Wells leads us into a real-life crime investigation and the twisted mind of a murderous man

A man rages in his home on April 4, 1999, breaking furniture and dishes. A woman wants to leave him. “You’re not going anywhere,” he tells her. Later that day, a police officer reports to the house and finds human tissue and organs in a bag left out for garbage. The person of interest in the case is a steelworker named Sam Pirrera, who lives in the house. But who is the victim? Sam’s current estranged wife, Danielle? It is known that they had a stormy relationship; Sam had assaulted her as his coke addiction returned. Forensic detectives find traces of blood in the basement and then the entire corpse, dismembered, the parts hidden behind a false wall and packed in boxes, each of the parts wrapped and doused in gasoline. The victim’s identity is discovered through prints to be a prostitute named Maggie Karer. The dismemberment, “defensive mutilation,” is calculated and deliberate, and the detectives wonder: Are there more victims?

Following an investigation led by veteran homicide detective Peter Abi Rashed, who had once chased a young Sam Pirrera on the streets of Hamilton’s east end many years before, Vanished takes us behind the scenes of a grisly real-life case and its shocking outcome.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443427555
  • ISBN 10: 1443427551
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 06/25/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: 11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: TRUE CRIME / Murder / General

Vanished by Jon Wells

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