Edgar Award Finalist: The true story of a serial killer who terrorized a midwestern town in the era of free loveby the coauthor of The French Connection. In 1967, during the time of peace, free love, and hitchhiking, nineteen-year-old Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen alive walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One month later, her naked bodystabbed over thirty times and missing both feet and a forearmwas discovered, partially buried, on an abandoned farm. A year later, the body of twenty-year-old Joan Schell was found, similarly violated. Southeastern Michigan was terrorized by something it had never experienced before: a serial killer. Over the next two years, five more bodies were uncovered around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan. All the victims were tortured and mutilated. All were female students. After multiple failed investigations, a chance sighting finally led to a suspect. On the surface, John Norman Collins was an all-American boya fraternity member studying elementary education at Eastern Michigan University. But Collins wasnt all that he seemed. His female friends described him as aggressive and short tempered. And in August 1970, Collins, the Ypsilanti Ripper, was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole. Written by the coauthor of The French Connection, The Michigan Murders delivers a harrowing depiction of the savage murders that tormented a small midwestern town.
Additional ISBNs: 9781504025591, 1504025598