Blurb: When the home of the neighborhood vigilante fifty-two year old Jenny Michaels, is set ablaze, it begins a string of odd and disturbing incidents, starting with the finding of the dismembered body inside the freezer of the burned home. Only after sorting through a mountain of lies, does the truth emerge, sending shock waves thru the town and devastating a family. This story deals with one woman’s twisted obsession for her sister‘s good life.
Excerpt: When Rachel learned about the body inside the freezer, she said she immediately thought that perhaps it was her mother. The woman recently died, only weeks before the first fire. Although Rachel said she attended the funeral, it was a closed casket. If it was not her mother inside the freezer, then who was it?
When Rachel informed Det. Stallman of her mother’s recent demise, he grew suspicious that perhaps the body in the freezer was that of the late Mrs. Michaels.
Mrs. Michaels was presumable buried after her funeral. A funeral consisting of over fifty mourners. The last thing the detective wanted to do, he said, was exhume the mother’s body and look inside her casket. He believed this case was morbid enough without digging up the dead.
When Rachel discovered Jenny was at the hospital, she said she called but told she signed herself out. There was a forwarding address, but Rachel claimed being unable to locate the telephone number for that hotel listed. She did not want to write Jenny, because the home was being demolished. Rachel said she had to wait for Jenny to contact her.
When Det. Bowers checked with the hospital, he too was informed Jenny was no longer there. Jenny however left the front desk her hotel address, in case there were any more monetary donations for her.
According to the coroner, once the body was found, the process of searching for blood evidence inside the burned house commenced. The dark residue around the freezer was reportedly too disintegrated from the fire, to yield any useable DNA. Afterward, they located the bathtub in the back of the home.
It was apparent to the officers that the bathtub had what appeared to be saw marks on the inside of it. The police photographer was called in.
Believing the body was dismembered inside the bathtub, and with the possibility of locating blood residue under the floorboards, officers removed the bathtub and held it for evidence. Afterward, using the stations saw, large parts of the burned bathroom floor were sprayed with luminal.
Unfortunately, no evidence of blood was found. According to Det. Bowers, that sent investigative clues right out the window, fore he was sure the victim died in the bathroom.