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Murder on a Lonely Road: A Beauty Queen, a Privileged Killer, and a Twenty-Five Year Search for Justice

Murder on a Lonely Road: A Beauty Queen, a Privileged Killer, and a Twenty-Five Year Search for Justice

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A brutal murder that shocked residents of Missouri--and a killer it took 25 years to bring to justice...

On June 17, 1985, twenty-year-old beauty pageant winner Jackie Johns's car was found abandoned, the interior drenched in blood. Four days later, her bludgeoned, nude body was found floating in a nearby lake. Sheriff Dwight McNiel vowed to catch Jackie's killer, however long it took. His prime suspect: local rich kid Gerald Carnahan. But despite suspicions, the evidence never managed to add up, and Carnahan slipped away again and again.

Throughout the next two decades, multiple other women went missing, some murdered, some never found. Fearful residents believed that a murderous bogeyman was connected to all these crimes. Carnahan's conviction on the attempted kidnapping charge of another young woman brought his name into the mix over and over again--but all of the cases remained unsolved for decades, until a highway patrol sergeant sent DNA from the Jackie Johns's murder for testing and came up with a quadrillions-to-one match to Carnahan.

This is the true account of a murderer who thought he was beyond punishment, and the lawmen who would not relent until justice was finally done.

Author: George Pawlaczyk, Beth Hundsdorfer
Publisher: Berkley Books
Published: 09/04/2012
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.40lbs
Size: 7.40h x 4.20w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780425250341

About the Author
George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hundsdorfer are investigative reporters for the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat in Southern Illinois near St. Louis. They have worked as a team for more than a decade during which they uncovered shoddy investigations by a state agency that led to the death of more than 50 children and exposed the practice of holding mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement continuously for more than a decade in the state's supermax Tamms Correctional Center. They won the Robert F. Kennedy Award in 2007 for their series "Lethal Lapses" about the faulty child protection system and in 2009 won a prestigious George Polk Award for their series on solitary confinement entitled "Trapped In Tamms."

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