- File Size: 4822 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Publisher: The History Press (July 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 20, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0115D41AU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Death on the Devil's Teeth: The Strange Murder That Shocked Suburban New Jersey (True Crime) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Mark Moran graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City, where he studied fine art, illustration and photography. In the early 1990s, Moran teamed up with Mark Sceurman to create Weird NJ magazine, the ultimate travel guide to the Garden State's local legends and best-kept secrets. The magazine has since spawned several books and a History Channel television series. Moran lives with his wife and their two daughters in suburban New Jersey.
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The book presents a thorough look at the usual aspects of a true crime story - the victim, her home life and family, the town, and detailed descriptions of the scene of the crime. The authors interviewed many people connected to the case whose statements often contradicted the memories of others. While it could be frustrating at times, I appreciated the authors presenting the differing testimonials alongside actual facts and letting the reader decide who to believe. In addition, the authors researched other crimes in the area with potential links to the murder that really gave a sense of time and place. If you liked the "Serial" podcast, this book will definitely be something you would like - it has a very similar feel and structure with each chapter leaving you needing to know more.
There's a lot of information presented in the book, but the one thing that struck a chord with me was how no one really seemed to know the teenage victim, Jeannette - she comes off as pretty mysterious. Friends and surviving family are interviewed about her but they give such varying accounts that it left me feeling like no one really knew her at all. I guess that's part of being sixteen years old though, and Jeannette would never get the chance to figure out who she was either which is part of what makes the whole thing so sad. Without giving too much away, it will become clear when reading the book that the authors did more 40 years later to avenge the murder than any police agency did back when it happened. I hope the book is a success and wakes someone up at the prosecutor's office or Springfield Police who may have more information or who might be able to locate the "lost" files. Even if it doesn't, the authors should be proud to have put together such a compelling account.
Jesse P. Pollack and Mark Moran have really dug far and wide in their search for the truth and made impressive headway. Especially considering all the road blocks and potential, intentional police/civilian cover-ups and egotistical behaviors. To those who helped these great authors, Thank you. It's tragic what happened, and more so because this case, and others, are still unsolved.
May this book bring more answers to light and hopefully peace to Jeanette.