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Something Happened to Grandma

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(A 70-page True Crime Short with photographs) One cold February night, two people on the way home from a satisfying dinner with friends were ambushed by a rain of gunfire from the balcony of their own home. When the killer was finished, both victims lay dying. He stood over the man and then his mother, and fired one last round in each to "end their pain." The murderer was a family man, a former police officer, and a former Mormon missionary. He then took his terrified wife and screaming daughter, and they ran, shoeless, into the night, initiating a nationwide search for the "armed and extremely dangerous" couple. Their cross-country trail of lies culminated in an episode of the television show America's Most Wanted and ended in a SWAT-team assault on the other side of the country.

What pressure cooker exploded in that man's mind that February night? Was it an impulse, the product of an emotional breakdown? Or had he harbored such deep-seated feelings of hate for so long that he carefully plotted this event over decades, working out his alibi far in advance of the court trial he knew would eventually take place?


Veteran writer Elizabeth Engstrom has investigated and written about murder and serial killers, both in nonfiction for Time Warner's Crime Library and in her own dark fiction. Singled out by People Magazine as one of America's best mystery writers, her 13 critically-acclaimed books and more than 250 short stories, articles and essays have been well-received in markets around the world. Two movies based on her books are currently in development. She holds a master's degree in Applied Theology, which gives her a unique view on family dynamics. She is on faculty at the University of Phoenix.


From the best true crime authors in the business, many of whom have seen their books made into major motion pictures, comes Crimescape - a new collection of compelling short nonfiction crime eBooks from leading independent eBook publisher RosettaBooks. Taking readers into the dark minds of criminals and the tense hunt to bring perpetrators to justice, Crimescape authors stand apart from other true crime writers because they have personal experience in crime investigations, whether as police detectives, investigative reporters, forensics professionals or criminal psychologists. As riveting storytellers, Crimescape's writers give readers all the information they need to understand relevant clues and the interwoven influences in each criminal case.

"What makes for a good true-crime story? Interesting characters, an engrossing plot, situations that often teeter between life and death. But here's the MacGuffin about true crime: What you're reading actually happened. Sometimes truth really is more compelling than fiction. And that's why you will enjoy reading Crimescape's true crime series."

- Paul Alexander, # 1 bestselling author of the Kindle Singles Accused, Murdered and Homicidal


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December 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Something Happened to Grandma (Crimescape Book 11)
Author(s): Elizabeth Engstrom
Publisher: RosettaBooks
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