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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (321 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. William Phelps Narrator: J. Charles Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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On December 16th, 2004, a Nodaway County, Missouri, 911 operator received a frantic call from the mother of 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett, an eight-months-pregnant mother-to-be found bleeding and barely breathing on her family room floor, her unborn baby gone.

More than 150 miles away, in Melvern, Kansas, Lisa Montgomery proudly showed off her new baby at church and a local diner, duping many while arousing the suspicions of others. Across the nation, televisions broadcast the first Amber Alert for an unborn child...

Here is the true story of a baby born under shocking conditions, of the lucky break that led to the alleged killer, of a tortured history of sexual abuse and moral insanity, and the pain that lingers in two American towns that will never be the same again. With the exclusive cooperation of key witnesses and participants, investigative journalist and acclaimed author M. William Phelps reveals what really happened that fateful December day.

Like Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Murder in the Heartland takes an unflinching look at an American tragedy, exploring its terrible trajectory with courage, insight, and compassion. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 2/13/2014

    " The book was given to me by my neighbor who runs the library's used book store. I'm drawn to true crime accounts, always wondering what posses people to carry out their outlandish acts. Basically, mental illness! Lisa Montgomery managed to track down and befriend a pregnant woman long enough to strangle her and remove her eight month old fetus. Then convince her own family it was her baby and parade it around town. So out of this world unbelievable, yet true. By the end of the account, I was so disgusted by the perpetrator and the other dysfunctional family members that I skimmed to the end. The many marriages, divorces, moves, infidelities, and lies make your head spin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charliec | 2/8/2014

    " Very well written and it really takes you into the lives of many families in the heartland of america and how they cope with an event of catastrophic proportions. It is also has a good lok at the consequences of bad parenting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva Leger | 2/7/2014

    " This wasn't the first book I'd read about woman attacking and stealing a pregnant womans baby and while they all are absolutely horrible- this really scared me. What this nutcase did to this woman and how she left her for dead and then paraded the baby around as her newborn leaves me without words. Phelps is an amazing t.c. writer and he really brings this story out in my opinion. I'm just glad the police found this little baby before this nut could do any more damage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 1/25/2014

    " I was fascinated and saddened when this tragedy happened in 2004, right before Christmas. Bobbie Jo was so adorable and looked as if she could have been a friend of mine, and I was devastated for her family. This book did a good job of portraying Bobbie Jo in the way I imagined she was, but I didn't like the heavy focus on the killer Lisa Montgomery and her dysfunctional upbringing and life. I don't feel she deserved the attention or even the understanding this book seemed to extend to her. I feel badly for Lisa's 4 children, they didn't deserve this any more than Zeb Stinnett deserved to lose his wife or Baby Victoria to never know her mother. Victoria Stinnett is now 6 years old and I pray she has a happy life. I applaud Zeb for keeping Tori out of the public eye. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colette | 1/14/2014

    " This was a good book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as "Too Young to Kill". I remembering hearing about this murder and found reading the story behind it very interesting. This one seemed to have more back and forth about the people involved and their lives before and after the murder which made it more confusing and harder to follow. Still, an interesting, unbelievable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syl | 1/10/2014

    " True story. Well done document of story. After done with story read online to find what happened after book published "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck Bradley | 12/22/2013

    " Unsettling true crime tome. Wandered a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/1/2013

    " Phelps is a good writer in this genre; I've seen a reviewer mention that the story focuses too intently on Lisa's ex-husband, but he is the author's principal source of information, without whom he could never have written the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leza | 11/4/2013

    " Gruesome crime; book was a little slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 10/29/2013

    " I picked this book up at the library, not realizing that the trial was currently going on. I enjoyed the book, but wish that there would have been more background on the woman who was killed and her family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Hart | 10/15/2013

    " Good book, but it read a bit like a report. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudi | 7/6/2013

    " True life story of a horrific murder involving the murder of a pregnant woman in order to obtain a newborn. Phelps does a detailed account of the events. However what would be of more interest would be a more detailed psychological portrait of the perpetrator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayle | 3/18/2013

    " another vacation read...too long and a bit confusing jumping around but interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Martin | 11/25/2012

    " Disturbing!- such a scary thought that this actually happened! The story of this women's murder and kidnapping of her baby cut from her womb is so tragic. I cried for her more than once while reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 6/28/2012

    " Love M. William Phelps' books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 1/18/2012

    " Call my interest in this book "morbid facsination." I find the writing often going in circles and spending a lot of time doing so. I've read several books in this genre, and this one I find to be pretty disturbing. So many questions, and very few answers, but cases like this tend to be that way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 4/30/2011

    " Hard book to read because it wasn't very interesting but I didn't want to abandon it either. This woman was bat shit crazy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci | 2/15/2011

    " This was a creepy story. I didn't like how they drug on about the ex husband... I feel like the ex husband felt it was his moment in the spotlight and he was trying to make a buck off of a murder the mother of his children committed. I was interesting though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leza | 11/27/2010

    " Gruesome crime; book was a little slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/2/2009

    " Phelps is a good writer in this genre; I've seen a reviewer mention that the story focuses too intently on Lisa's ex-husband, but he is the author's principal source of information, without whom he could never have written the book.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 9/26/2008

    " This was a hard book to read because I actually knew some of the people in the book...its a good book if you like real life crime stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci | 8/26/2008

    " This was a creepy story. I didn't like how they drug on about the ex husband... I feel like the ex husband felt it was his moment in the spotlight and he was trying to make a buck off of a murder the mother of his children committed. I was interesting though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudi | 5/25/2008

    " True life story of a horrific murder involving the murder of a pregnant woman in order to obtain a newborn. Phelps does a detailed account of the events. However what would be of more interest would be a more detailed psychological portrait of the perpetrator. "

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About the Author
Author M. William Phelps

M. William Phelps is a crime writer, serial killer expert, New York Times bestselling investigative journalist, and the author. He has appeared on dozens of national radio and television programs, including Good Morning America, Court TV, the Discovery Channel, Geraldo at Large, and Montel Williams, and has consulted for the Showtime cable television series Dexter. He lives in a small Connecticut farming community with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

J. Charles has narrated nearly one hundred audio books throughout his career. His readings include numerous titles by bestselling authors Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, and Jack Du Brul.