A Death in White Bear Lake

A Death in White Bear Lake

The True Chronicle of An All-American Town

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In 1962, Jerry Sherwood gave up her newborn son, Dennis, for adoption. Twenty years later, she set out to find him-only to discover he had died before his fourth birthday. The immediate cause was peritonitis, but the coroner had never decided the mode of death, writing "deferred" rather than indicate accident, natural causes, or homicide. This he did even though the autopsy photos showed Dennis covered from head to toe in ugly bruises, his clenched fists and twisted facial expression suggesting he had died writhing in pain. Harold and Lois Jurgens, a middle-class, churchgoing couple in picturesque White Bear Lake, Minnesota, had adopted Dennis and five other foster children. To all appearances, they were a normal midwestern family, but Jerry suspected that something sinister had happened in the Jurgens household. She demanded to know the truth about her son's death. Why did authorities dismiss evidence that marked Dennis as an endangered child? Could Lois Jurgens's brother, a local police lieutenant, have interfered in the investigation? And most disturbing of all, why had so many people who'd witnessed Lois's brutal treatment of her children stay silent for so long? Determined to find answers, local detectives and prosecutors rebuilt the case brick by brick, finally exposing the shocking truth behind a nightmare in suburbia.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Media, 2017
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9781504047579
1504047575
Characteristics: 517 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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List - True Crime
BPLAdultLibrarians Sep 15, 2016

Two detectives track down old witnesses and rebuild a 21 year old case brick by brick until they expose the demons that drove an adopted parent to torture and eventually murder a helpless child. Just as compelling, they investigate why so many people watched and did absolutely nothing.


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