An investigative journalist who spent four years unwinding a complicated, bizarre Midwestern murder case has just released the results as her first book to acclaim.
The unusual mystery began in 2002, when a headless, handless body turned up near the Michigan-Wisconsin border. The news traveled fast; headless corpses aren't an everyday sight in the U.P. As author Gina Barton explains in her new book, Fatal Identity [Amazon; B&N], it took ages to figure out who the man was -- one Timothy Wicks, as it turned out -- and even longer to learn what happened to him.
The author's website has more details, and her guest post on Lilo's blog gives a bit of backstory on how her work for the lauded Milwaukee Journal Sentinel led to a book. The mystery was recently featured on MSNBC as well.
Says the author: "If not for a series of bizarre coincidences and a break in the case more than two years after the murder, the clever killer may never have been revealed." The strange facts and twists in the case lend even more promise to this first work, and here's hoping the author finds a welcome and encouragement to continue producing works in our favorite genre.