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Author Siegel, Barry.

Title A Death in White Bear Lake [electronic resource] : The True Chronicle of an All-American Town / Barry Siegel.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (530 pages)
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Summary A mother's search for the son she gave up uncovers terrifying secrets in a Minnesota town in this "masterfully depicted true-crime tale" (Publishers Weekly). 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. A finalist for the Edgar Award, A Death in White Bear Lake is "a distinguished entry in the annals of crime documentary," and a vivid portrait of the all-American town that harbored a sadistic killer (The Washington Post).
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Subject Adopted children -- Minnesota -- White Bear Lake -- Case studies.
Child abuse -- Minnesota -- White Bear Lake -- Case studies.
Murder -- Minnesota -- White Bear Lake -- Case studies.
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Other Form: Print version: Siegel, Barry. Death in White Bear Lake. New York : Ballantine Books, 2000. 0345432991 (DLC)00108536
ISBN 9781504047562 (e-pub)
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