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About the Author

Erika Grey is a skilled researcher, non fiction writer, author of children's works, and artist. In The Wind Cries Mary: Murders That Shook A Power Town, Erika tells the true crime story of the unsolved murder of Mary Mount and the Rice family murders that occurred one and a half blocks from her home. Her father was an auxiliary police officer at the time, and her siblings and friends went to school with Mary Mount and the Rice family members who were murdered. With a true crime story so close to home Erika Grey could not resist adding this work to her repertoire. For more on Erika Grey go to www.erikagrey.com

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  • File Size: 302 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0979019915
  • Publisher: Pedante Press (November 16, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0032FPSIY
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Erika Grey is an Evangelical Christian author, prophecy expert, teacher and commentator. www.erikagrey.com features Erika's books, blogs, articles and radio broadcasts. Erika Grey focuses on current affairs, the EU and its relation to Bible Prophecy and issues that effect individuals living in these end times. Within Evangelical circles, Erika Grey is the leading authority on the EU and Bible Prophecy which is evidenced by her exposes and books on the European Union, for which Erika speaks on radio shows across the U.S. Erika Grey hosts "Prophecy Talk" her own weekly radio show on blogtalkradio. Erika is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By xbwsx on December 4, 2010
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I was very interested in this book because I had grown up in a town where a murder similar to Mary Mount's had occured. The first half of the book describing Mary Mount, her family, the events on the day she dissapeared and the days following - that gives you a true feeling of being there, very well done. Then, the book takes a turn when it talks about the Rice family murders. The author holds no compassion for these murder victims, literally relying on high school gossip - mean and cruel - to describe the Rice children - esp Nancy Rice. She goes so far as to say the family did not belong in New Canaan because they lacked style, and good looks. Really? If that wasn't bad enough, Grey takes us on a journey, describing virtually every unsolved murder in New England (along with the murder of Mary Mount) and implies that John Rice Jr could have been involved! She has absolutely nothing to back up this claim. In fact it is outrageous. I finished the book and thought "what is the point?" The book offers nothing new, it fails to explain how the events impacted the author's life - or anyone else who lived in New Canaan at the time. It seems Grey has an agenda - that being to make life miserable for John Rice, Jr for some unknown reason.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By MJS on November 22, 2012
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Like any other hazardous object, this book should have a warning label. Something along the lines of "reader is advised to wear neck brace to prevent injuries caused by abrupt changes of topic" or perhaps a more catchall "abandon all hope ye who enter." This, gentle reader, is one rough ride.

The description provided on Amazon might lead the unsuspecting to believe this book is about the murder of Mary Mount. That's just one of the many, many murders given the once over here. The narrative careens from Mary's disappearance to the nearby disappearances of other girls, to the murders of three teenagers to half a dozen serial killers and on and on. It's a grueling trip down Connecticut Murder Memory Lane.

But that drive-by style is preferable to the treatment given to the case of John Rice, Jr, who murdered most of his family in the throes of a psychotic break. Grey is convinced that Rice also killed Mary Mount. Why? Well, he lived in the same town. That's pretty much the whole case. Rice was found guilty by reason of insanity for his family's deaths and released a few years later. He moved to Massachusetts to raise llamas and here Grey tracked him down, and by all appearances, stalked him. Oddly enough, Rice didn't open the door to the nice lady who lurked in his driveway or answer her emails. Grey proudly suggests that Rice moved halfway across the country just to get away from her.

The most disturbing thing about this book isn't the murder of Mary Mount, it's the casual way Grey implies that Rice killed everyone from Mary to Molly Bish. If anyone within a 50 mile radius of Rice dies, he did it. Why? Well, he was there and he did have that nasty case of acne when he was a teen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By stubbyno2 on May 20, 2010
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I must admit it was very difficult to put this book down. Having grown up hearing the facts of the case, it was engaging to have those facts and more confirmed. I've always been consumed by this case, so it was quite riveting to read the details. That said, I found the book to be very poorly edited. Example: "...she told her daughter Georgia to call police headquarters to see if Mr. Cogswell had left for home." Why would Mr. Cogswell be at police headquarters? It's not explained (but if you lived in town you'd know why). At another point she mentions Hoyt Funeral Home being on South Avenue. It's not - it's on Main Street (I thought she was a local author?!). Another example: "Young teenagers who went to the seminary with friends shrieked in horror when they came across their graves." Seminary? Were they studying to become priests?

I'm just not accustomed to seeing these kind of mistakes and more in a book. And the grainy, poorly-reproduced photos at the back of the book are pretty worthless. The cover photo does break your heart, though.

So, a fun read, but, really, some inexcusable writing mistakes.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By OH's Meowmie on April 2, 2011
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This book is an affront to murder victims everywhere. Without so much as citing a single source or providing any documentation this author glibly accuses the victim (and mother) of mass murderer John Rice, Jr. of causing her own death by abusive and negligent behavior of Mr. Rice as a child. She also accuses John Rice, Sr. of sexual abuse of his daughter, again with no proof, documentation, or police report. She goes on to do everything but outright accuse John Rice, Jr of currently being a serial killer with, again, no proof.

This book has no journalistic integrity at all and I am very sorry that this author will get any cut of the $9.99 I paid Amazon for this poorly written, poorly researched and highly speculative piece of trash.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Al C on January 3, 2010
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Recommended read, especially for anyone who grew up in New Canaan, CT: THE WIND CRIES MARY, Murders That Shook A Power Town, by local author Erika Grey (Pen-name). This is a well researched work ". . .shocking facts to the story and examines the possibility of John Rice as Mary Mount's killer."

A real life, well researched murder mystery, and indepth examination of these two horrible cases which unthinkably happened in the sleepy little NYC suburb.

If the T.V show "Criminal Minds" intrigues you, then you will like this well done factual story about a real murder mystery.
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