3rd excerpt from The Crime of the Century-a shocking true story

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The residents of Rolling Hills, a hamlet in southeastern Ohio, were horrified when the dismembered bodies of two missing teens were pulled from the local river. Multiply suspects surfaced, but only one was railroaded, Richard Allan Lloyd, a known nudist and hothead.

What began as an evening stroll turned into what found only in horror films, and dubbed ‘the crime of the century’. 18 year old Babette, a voluptuous beauty contestant and horsewoman, and her 19 year old boyfriend Shane Shoemaker, a jealous and possessive unemployed printer, were last seen crossing a trestle bridge. Within fourteen days, their mutilated torsos and severed heads and limbs were unearthed, suggesting satanic cult activity.

With an investigation smeared with contradicting statements, and a botched crime scene, investigators built a flimsy case against Richard Lloyd. The three-week trial was based on police corruption and ineptitude, fairytale theories, and forensic mishandling.

This heinous crime shattered the sense of security for Rolling Hills, destroyed two families, and forever scarred the town. This story is a detailed account of finding justice for Babette and Shane, and of one man’s perseverance to gain his freedom from death row.


Later that evening, Dale and Sarah drove to the Logan Police Department with photographs of Annette, as requested by Sheriff Jones. Upon their presentation, Lt. Mowery claimed, “we officers were floored by them.”

He said four of the photos were nude frontal views of Annette, from the waist up. The fifth photograph, showed a full nude view of Annette, as she lay on a blanket.

Mowery claimed Dale said the photographs were taken of Annette, when she was thirteen.

When Mowery asked Dale why he presented nude photographs of his stepdaughter, he claimed Dale said those pictures “show Annette’s true beauty,” and are “her legacy.” When Mowery asked Dale, why nude photographs were taken, Mowery said Dale’s answer was “bizarre and unemotional.”

According to Mowery, Dale explained that when first moving his family to the county, he bought a cabin, but because of the structure being without indoor plumbing, and electricity, they were not allowed to live in it. One night while the family slept in a tent, they heard the family dog barking because, three men were attempting to break into the cabin.

Dale went outside to investigate, and heard Annette say, “Kill those thievin’ bastards, daddy!” Dale said when he turned, he saw her naked, holding his shotgun, and the next day, “we took pictures of her posing like that.”

Other books by JoAnne:

“WICKED INTENTIONS” a paranormal/mystery anthology

“LOVES’, MYTHS’ AND MONSTERS’,” a fantasy anthology

“THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY,” a biography true-crime


“TWISTED LOVE,” a true-crime anthology

“FLAGITIOUS,” a crime/mystery anthology

Contact JoAnne:

Email: joannemyers@frontier.com

Amazon Author Page:  http://amazon.com/author/joannemyers

Facebook Author Page:  http://facebook.com/authorpage.joannemyers

Website: Books and Paintings by JoAnne http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

JoAnne’s Blogs:

Books and Paintings by JoAnne:  http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com/page2

Jo Anne’s Blog:  http://joannemyers.blogspot.com/

JoAnne Myers’ WordPress Blog:  http://joannemyerswordpressblog.wordpress.com/

Jo Anne’s Postings: https://joannemyers.wordpress.com/

Buy Links: www.melange-books.com/authors/joannemyers/MMF.html

Lulu Paperback:  http://www.lulu.com/shop/joanne-myers/murder-most-foul/paperback/product-21183493.html

Barnes & Noble Paperback:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-most-foul-joanne-myers/1102906264?ean=9781612357201



About JoAnne Myers

I currently live in Dallas, TX., and attend MediaTech Institute. Besides having 6 books by 2 publishing houses, I write alternative/punk rock lyrics, and canvas paint. I enjoy art in any form, music, and animals.
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