Vanished: Cold Blooded Murder In Steel (Paperback)

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A man rages in his home on April 4, 1999, breaking furniture and dishes. A woman wants to leave him. "You're not going anywhere," he tells her. Later that day, a police officer reports to the house and finds human tissue and organs in a bag left out for garbage. The person of interest in the case is a steelworker named Sam Pirrera, who lives in the house. But who is the victim? Sam's current estranged wife, Danielle? It is known that they had a stormy relationship; Sam had assaulted her as his coke addiction returned. Forensic detectives find traces of blood in the basement and then the entire corpse, dismembered, the parts hidden behind a false wall and packed in boxes, each of the parts wrapped and doused in gasoline. The victim's identity is discovered through prints to be a prostitute named Maggie Karer. The dismemberment, "defensive mutilation," is calculated and deliberate, and the detectives wonder: Are there more victims?


Following an investigation led by veteran homicide detective Peter Abi Rashed, who had once chased a young Sam Pirrera on the streets of Hamilton's east end many years before, Vanished takes us behind the scenes of a grisly real-life case and its shocking outcome.

About the Author


JON WELLS reports on crime and a variety of other subjects for The Hamilton Spectator, and he has written seven books. He has won four National Newspaper Awards and twenty-three Ontario Newspaper Awards, including Journalist of the Year for his true-crime series "Sniper" on James Kopp. Post-Mortem was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for best crime non-fiction. Born in Montreal, Wells has a master's degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. His true-crime research has taken him into forensic laboratories and shooting ranges, and to India, Ireland, France, San Francisco, New York City and western Canada. He has interviewed a half dozen convicted killers in prison. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781443428064
ISBN-10: 144342806X
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: March 18th, 2014
Pages: 224
Language: English