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Baby Be Mine: The Shocking True Story of a Woman Who Murdered a Pregnant Mother to Steal Her Child Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2006


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031293873X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312938734
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover


THE MIRACLE OF LIFE
When Lisa Montgomery presented her husband Kevin with their new-born baby girl, he was ecstatic. Naming the child Abigail, the couple brought her to their local pastor. Miles away, police were investigating the brutal murder of a pregnant woman...

THE HORROR OF MURDER
Twenty-three year old Bobbie Jo Stinnett was found by her mother, lying in a pool of blood, looking as if her stomach "had exploded." Investigators soon determined: Someone had strangled Bobbie Jo to death--and then cut her fetus from her womb...

THE WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING FOR AN UNBORN CHILD...
In late 2004, two women met in a dog-breeding internet chat room. When Elizabeth Montgomery came face to face with eight-months-pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett, prosecutors claim she already had a plan. Investigators knew that Bobbie Jo had fought desperately for her life--and that her fetus, alive or dead, was gone. Investigators scrambled after a killer. An "Amber Alert" went out for an hours-old infant. And this horrifying case was about to shock neighbors and a nation: of a woman accused of murdering for a baby...

About the Author

Diane Fanning is the author of the Edgar Award finalist Written in Blood: A True Story of Murder and a Deadly 16-Year-Old Secret That Tore a Family Apart. Her other works of true crime include the best-selling Mommy’s Little Girl, A Poisoned Passion, The Pastor’s Wife, Gone Forever and Through the Window. She has been featured on 48 Hours, 20/20, Court TV and the Discovery Channel, and has been interviewed on dozens of radio stations coast to coast. Before becoming a nonfiction writer, Fanning worked in advertising, and she earned more than 70 Addy Awards. She lives in New Braunfels, Texas.

More About the Author

I am the author of eleven true crime books published by St. Martin's Press including the Edgar Award nominated WRITTEN IN BLOOD and the best-selling MOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL. For the work I began with THROUGH THE WINDOW, I received the "Defender of Innocence" award from the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project. My latest true crime is HER DEADLY WEB. Additionally, I have written six mystery novels including five in the Lucinda Pierce series from Severn House. The latest is FALSE FRONT.

I have been featured on 48 Hours, 20/20, The Today Show, Biography, Forensic Files, Deadly Women,Behind Mansion Walls, Deadly Sins, On the Case with Paula Zahn, Justice with Judge Jeanine, MSNBC News, Court TV, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, the Discovery Channel and local TV channels and have been interviewed on dozens of radio stations coast to coast.

I am an experienced non-fiction, fiction and commercial writer. I earned more than seventy Addy Awards in the twenty years I wrote for radio, television and print. I worked as an Executive Director at non-profit organizations for more than a dozen years. In that capacity, I served three terms by appointment of the Governor of Texas on the State Advisory Committee and received the 2002 NACG Freedom Fighter Award.

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, lived more than two decades in Virginia and now live in New Braunfels, Texas with my husband and a cat with an attitude.

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Judi Fryer VINE VOICE on October 27, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Diane Fanning, in my opinion, should either return to penning novels or enter the news or magazine writing arena.

Most of her books appear to be written too soon and be woefully lacking in detail. I see people writing about her 'research' for this particular book; but I don't see the results in the book itself, at least with regard to this specific case.

The book includes more research on this 'type' of crime; which appears to be prevalent, but the seemingly endless detours into other cases, coupled with the lack of information about this specific tragedy, are very distracting to the reader trying to glean information about the crime committed by Lisa Montgomery against Bobbie Jo Stinnett and her family.

'Baby Be Mine' is an example of another incident becoming much too prevalent; rush-to-the-press, poorly-written, underdeveloped true-crime books that do not do justice to the victim's lives or to the genre.

Thankfully the outcome of the crime was completely just, even if this book was not. Montgomery was found guilty and given the death sentence by the jury. At least there will be legal justice for Bobbie Jo's memory and family. A better-written book would have included the trial and its outcome.

I would not recommend the purchase of this book as it leaves the reader entirely unsatisfied and feeling as though the entire exercise of the writing and reading was a waste of time. Bobbie Jo's story is not justly told in 'Baby Be Mine'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donna J. Runnels on March 16, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Of the 246 pages in this book, less than half had anything to do with the title story. Since the suspect in this case was apprehended with the baby within about 24 hours of the crime, there really was no story to write about. The author instead filled in with other crime stories not connected to this case. Those other stories were actually more interesting than the main story. This book was also proofread poorly - there were a number of typos, even phrases that were missing words. This was obviously written in a hurry to sell books. This was one of the poorest true crime books I've ever read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Parsons on September 12, 2008
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While this book was interesting, I agree with the other reviewers who felt it was written too soon. If the author had waited for a trial, perhaps it wouldn't have been necessary to fill the book with pages upon pages of other unrelated crimes. While the "bully of Skidmore" story is interesting, it really has nothing to do with this case. Likewise, the death/disappearance of Bobbi Jo's relatives don't have anything to do with this case. All of the paragraphs detailing other women who had babies cut from their wombs, while at least similar to this case, really seemed to be added just to fill up space to make enough pages for a whole book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2010
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bought this book to read about the gruesome killing of this young woman by this phyco lady, but to my disappointment the book is 75% about some other cases and 25% about this killing.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darun Naft on March 11, 2007
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I can't stand these ambulance chaser true crime books. Way too soon with no trial and very little information. The author barely squeaks out enough pages for this to be called a book and instead pads it with all sorts of filler from other unrelated cases. Poor writing and worst of all it's boring. Stay far away from this terrible stinker.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garmonbozia VINE VOICE on February 14, 2010
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I agree with the reviewers who said this was written too soon, and was too short on information on the title case. That said, the other incidents that the author wrote about are just horrid. I wasn't familar with the other caesarian abductions in more than a very general way. The Brandon Perry disappearance was new to me also, and the likely circumstances of his death is one of the most disturbing things I've read in a true crime book.

Overall this book made me feel very sad and hopeless about humanity.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cknigh15 on February 3, 2013
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A great book with so many interesting facts and evidence of the events of the bobby Jo stinnett murder. At times the book goes off on so much of a tangent that you forget what the book you are reading is actually about and which case the book was based on. It felt like the whole book was summed up in the first 20 pages. Other than that, it was so well researched and written.
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