Genre: True Crime
The Pacific Northwest is home to the world’s most famous serial killers, as well as more than its share of parents who kill their children, teenagers who kill their parents, women who marry for money, naughty teachers, America’s first female serial killer, and even a few who are wrongly imprisoned.
New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen (“If Loving You Is Wrong,” “Starvation Heights”) and veteran journalist Rebecca Morris (“Ted and Ann – The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy”), take a new look at the Northwest’s most notorious crimes. Many of them made history. Two – Ted Bundy’s killings and Mary Kay Letourneau’s teacher sex scandal – made Time magazine’s list of the top crimes of the 20th century. Some are lesser known or have taken on new importance, such as one of the country’s first school shootings, in Moses Lake, Washington.
Barry Loukaitis – Before Sandy Hook and Columbine, there was Frontier Middle School in Moses Lake, Washington.
Rosalina Misina Mendoza Dugeno Manthie Edmondson – She had many last names as she married and killed one husband after another.
Ruth Neslund – Her husband thought captaining a huge freighter right into the West Seattle Bridge was the worst that could happen to him. It wasn’t.
Mary Kay LeTourneau – She said they were “soul mates.” He made a bet with another student that he would sleep with her.
Ted Bundy – There’s only one “Ted” and he remains a part of our lives. Now we’ve learned more about his.
Kenneth Bianchi – Los Angeles’ most terrifying murders were finally solved 1,200 miles north in Bellingham, Washington.
With a bonus essay by Washington native Gregg Olsen on growing up in the shadow of serial killers Ted Bundy, Gary Ridgway, and Robert Lee Yates, Jr.
Angela McAnulty – The mother tortured her teenage daughter until it was too late to save her.
Kyron Horman – The boy with the toothy grin disappeared June 4, 2010. Why hasn’t his step-mother been charged?
Jeannace Freeman and Gertrude Jackson – Central Oregon was as shocked by their lesbian affair as it was by the murder of Jackson’s two children.
Christian Longo – He failed in his own life, so he killed his family and assumed someone else’s.
With two bonus essays, one by Rebecca Morris about coming of age in Oregon as serial killers trolled I-5, and one about Gregg Olsen’s “date” with Oregon’s most notorious murderer, Diane Downs.
Shasta Groene – the brave little girl was the only survivor of a random murder and kidnapping in Coeur d’Alene.
Jeralee Underwood – the eleven-year-old had the bad luck to meet a ruthless killer as she performed her favorite task of the day, delivering newspapers to her Pocatello neighborhood.
Robin Row – the only woman on Idaho’s Death Row, she set fires that killed her children soon after buying life insurance on them.
Angie Dodge – Carol Dodge grieved her daughter’s murder for years, until she became convinced the police had coerced a confession and convicted the wrong man. Now she’s working for Christopher Tapp’s release.
Lyda Trueblood – America’s first female serial killer liked to bake apple pies. She sprinkled in a secret ingredient – arsenic.
Sarah Johnson – The teenager with the blonde ponytail shot her parents with a rifle, then hid her blood-spattered pink bathrobe in the family garbage.
With a bonus essay from Olsen, author of the 2005 Idaho Book of the Year, The Deep Dark – Disaster and Redemption in America’s Richest Silver Mine.