Friday, June 15, 2012

Moonlight Murders On Lovers' Lane Crimescape

He was a handsome and charismatic local minister; she was the church choir’s beautiful soprano soloist. In 1922 they were found together, brutally murdered, along a secluded lane in New Brunswick, New Jersey—a popular spot for lovers’ trysts. Each of the victims was married—to someone else. And although the police believed this would be an easy case to crack, it became one of the most high-profile unsolved crimes of the decade.

At first, the primary suspects seemed obvious—the betrayed wife and husband of the slain lovers. The minister’s wife was one of the town’s wealthiest and most socially prominent citizens; the soprano’s husband was a man of modest means, working as the church sexton. But as the investigation progressed, new suspects were uncovered and key eyewitness testimony was found to be false—deepening the mystery surrounding the murders.

Combining elements of adultery, wealth and social prominence, revenge, a long and colorful list of suspects, and conflicting political agendas, this case dominated New York newspaper coverage in its time. It was said to have played a part in inspiring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby. And today, it remains an intriguing mystery—inspiring continued debate.

Dr. Katherine Ramsland outlines the major and more obscure theories regarding the killer’s identity in fascinating detail—and uncovers compelling new evidence that has yet to be considered in investigations.


Dr. Katherine Ramsland knows exactly what makes killers tick. A professor of forensic psychology and criminal justice at Pennsylvania's DeSales University, Dr. Ramsland has written and published 38 books and over 1,000 articles providing insight into the psychology of some of the world’s most high-profile mass murder and serial killing cases. She holds advanced degrees in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, philosophy, and criminal justice.


A new collection of compelling short nonfiction crime eBooks from leading independent eBook publisher RosettaBooks, Crimescape™ provides riveting storytelling that puts its publications at the top of the true crime genre. Crimescape™ authors are not only the best true crime authors in the business—many of whom have seen their books made into major motion pictures. They’re also police detectives, forensic professionals, criminal psychologists, and investigative reporters. Their inside expertise brings readers unique insight into the murderous mind—and some of the world’s most mysterious and fascinating cases.

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

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