Cruel Death

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"Phelps is one of America's finest true-crime writers." --Vincent Bugliosi

"Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers." –Allison Brennan

It was Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer season. Thousands headed to Ocean City, Maryland, to enjoy its scenic beaches, lively boardwalk, and trendy nightclubs. Among the bright-spirited vacationers was a couple with a much darker idea of fun. Erica Sifrit, a former honor student, was packing a gun in her Coach bag. Her husband, B.J., an ex-Navy SEAL, was trained in violence. What started as a chance encounter with another couple ended with two dismembered victims buried in a Delaware landfill. M. William Phelps updates this modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" saga to create a haunting account of money, madness, sex, and murder. . .

Praise for M. William Phelps

"Phelps's writing reads like a mystery novel." --Suspense Magazine

"One of our most engaging crime journalists." --Katherine Ramsland

Includes 16 Pages Of Dramatic Photos
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About the author

New York Times bestselling investigative journalist and serial killer expert M. William Phelps is the author of thirty-one nonfiction books and has appeared on over 100 television shows. He created, produced and starred in the series Dark Minds and is one of the stars of Deadly Women and Oxygen's Snapped, Killer Couples and KillerPost. Radio America calls him "the nation's leading authority on the mind of the female murderer." Touched by tragedy himself through the unsolved murder of his sister-in-law, Phelps is able to enter the hearts and minds of his subjects like no one else. He lives in a Connecticut farming community and can be reached at his website, www.mwilliamphelps.com.
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Publisher
Pinnacle Books
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Published on
Feb 4, 2014
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Pages
448
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ISBN
9780786034208
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Criminology
Social Science / Violence in Society
True Crime / Murder / General
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M. William Phelps
“Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers.” —Allison Brennan
 
Iowa housewife Tracey Pittman Roberts seemed to have it all: natural beauty, three loving children, and a fairy tale second marriage to a wealthy businessman. But beneath the happy façade was a woman who used lies, manipulation, sex, ugly allegations, blackmail—and even murder—to serve her own selfish ends.
 
On December 13, 2001, police rushed to Tracey’s home after a shooting left her vulnerable young neighbor dead. Tracey claimed it was an act of self-defense. Nine gunshot wounds—and a decades-long trail of extortion, fabrication, fraud, and intimidation—said otherwise. Ten years after the crime, Tracey’s case finally went to trial in an explosive courtroom showdown. In a searing exploration of the criminal mind, bestselling investigative journalist M. William Phelps traces the saga of a psychopath who hid in plain sight—until her wicked ways caught up with her.
 
 “Phelps dares to tread where few others will: into the mind of a killer.” —TV Rage
 
 “Phelps is the king of true crime.”  --Lynda Hirsch, Creators Syndicate columnist
 
 “One of our most engaging crime journalists.” —Dr. Katherine Ramsland
 
“Phelps treads dangerous ground like an Amazon jungle guide—fearless, compassionate, insightful.”
 —Geoff Fitzpatrick, Executive Producer of Dark Minds
 
“Anything by Phelps is an eye-opening experience.” —Suspense Magazine
 
 INCLUDES 16 PAGES OF DRAMATIC PHOTOS
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