A Death in White Bear Lake: The True Chronicle of an All-American Town

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Random House Publishing Group, 2000 - True Crime - 560 pages
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"We want to talk to you about my brother who was murdered twenty-one years ago--can we come in?" The veneer of tranquility in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, began to crack the day Jerry Sherwood and her son showed up at the police station to inquire about her first-born son, Dennis--adopted by Lois and Harold Jurgens and dead before his fourth birthday. The autopsy report ruled peritonitis was the cause, but the startling photos of the boy suggested murder.

How could the Jurgens kill a small child and get away with it? Determined to find answers, detectives Ron Meehan and Greg Kindle tracked down old witnesses and rebuilt the case brick by brick until they exposed the demons that drove an adopted parent to torture and eventually murder a helpless child. Just as compelling, they investigated why so many people watched and did absolutely nothing. A vivid portrait of an all-American town that harbored a killer, A Death in White Bear Lake is also the absorbing story of two detectives who refused to give up until they had the killer cold.

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Using nonfiction novel style, Los Angeles Times reporter Siegel tells the story of Harold and Lois Jurgens, a Minnesota couple who adopted two children and beat the younger one, Dennis, to death in ... Read full review

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Barry Siegel is a Pulitzer Prize winning former national correspondent for the "Los Angeles Times" and he directs the literary journalism program at UC Irvine where he is a professor of English. He is the author of six books, including "Shades of Gray" and "Claim of Privilege". He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

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