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Brothers Howard and Jeffrey Mills are initially suspects in the bludgeoning and dismembering murders of three prostitutes. Eventually, homicide detectives zero in on Howard as their primary target. An avalanche of forensic evidence leaves no doubt in anyone's mind that the women were killed in Howard's one-room rental. In the words of the lead prosecuting attorney, "That room was a slaughterhouse." But is Howard Mills the murderer? The defendant admits solely to the victims' postmortem amputations.

Extraordinary pressures are applied by the district attorney's office for the police to quickly ensure a confession so as to deem Howard death penalty qualified. Suffolk County Homicide Detective Gary York misrepresents himself as an attorney who promises to help Howard by getting him into a mental hospital if he confesses; otherwise, life in prison without the possibility of parole versus the death penalty are the two alternatives presented to Mills. Howard accepts the offer but is left hanging in the wind at his arraignment, believing that he is legally well-represented.

Howard Mills is found guilty and sentenced to die by lethal injection. Detective Gary York's suspicions are raised that eventually point to another family member. The motive is money and invaluable properties - a veritable fortune if that person can successfully manipulate Howard into relinquishing his assets . . . sooner than later.


Used availability for Robert Banfelder's Trace Evidence

Paperback Editions

December 2012 : USA Paperback

Title: Trace Evidence
Author(s): Robert Banfelder
ISBN: 0-9859486-0-4 / 978-0-9859486-0-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadwater Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Trace Evidence: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Banfelder
Publisher: Broadwater Books
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