A Death in White Bear Lake

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Ballantine Books, 2000 - True Crime - 530 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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Review: A Death in White Bear Lake: The True Chronicle of an All-American Town

User Review  - Kelley - Goodreads

This is a tough one for a number of reasons. First is the subject matter. Just typing this I ache for this child and everything he (and the others) went through. So sad, so tragic. And so many years ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Donna Halloran - Goodreads

I have been enjoying true crimes recently. This was a very good one. It is a child abuse case including basically a history of medical and legal child abuse. It was hard to read - pretty distressing story - so I am happy to be done with it. Those who want true crime - this is a pretty great one Read full review


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The author of five previous books and winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, Barry Siegel is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. He now directs the literary journalism program at the University of California, Irvine, where he is a professor of English. He lives in Los Angeles.

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