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: While searching the debris, one officer discovered in the kitchen area, a chest freezer had partially survived the blaze. One could tell the freezer was no longer working or savable, according to Det. Bowers, but then the men noticed the lid heavily taped shut. That raised some eyebrows, he said.
Det. Stallman recalled that before officers opened the freezer, they got a whiff of rotting meat. He said he first thought the frozen meat inside had thawed, then rotted, because of the electrical wires were fried by the fire.
When Rachel received the news that the officers found a human body inside Jenny’s freezer, she said she almost fainted. All kinds of confusion and gruesome ideas run through her mind, with nothing making sense, she said.
When Coroner David Rasp, a sixty-seven-year-old with a receding hairline, received the call about a body in a freezer, he said he knew police were looking for a monster. “Only a psychopath cuts up a body, and saves it.”
The first thing Det. Bowers wanted to know when learned of the body, he said, was the victim’s identity. Then he thought, maybe the sweet and always smiling homeowner, had a terrible tale of her own?
Once the coroner removed the body parts, which were inside heavy-duty black trash bags, out of the freezer, he opened the bags and discovered the body severed in several small pieces. He said he had seen murders such as this before in his thirty years of being the county medical examiner, but you never get use to such brutality against another human being.
Once the bag that held the victims head was located, officers immediately realized the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the back of the skull. According to Det. Bowers, the entire back of the skull was crushed. No one could survive that type of attack.
According to the coroner, the time of death was difficult to pinpoint. The freezer had preserved the flesh. He claimed the victim might have been dead for weeks, months or even years. The freezer was turned full blast, to ensure no decomposition. “Whoever killed this woman, wanted her to remain a secret,” he said.
Immediately police had a ton of questions for Jenny. Investigators wondered if she was the killer. If she did not kill the victim, and place the corpse inside the freezer, Det. Stallman and Bowers believed she at least knew who did, and they wanted that person’s name.
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.
Author Bio: JoAnne is a cross genre author. She also canvas paints and writes song lyrics. She has 7 other books coming soon. JoAnne believes in family values and following your dreams. Her website is www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com