Tainted Evidence In The Murder of Jessica O’Grady?
Jessica O’Grady was a tall, starry-eyed co-ed in search of finding her Mr. Right. Christopher Edwards was a 19-year-old deceitful and darkened soul. David Kofoed was a veteran crime lab commander who was on the prowl for more high-profile sensational murder cases to keep his prestigious forensics lab in the media spotlight.
In May of 2006, Jessica’s sudden and mystifying disappearance quickly turned into the biggest news story in Omaha, Nebraska. Hundreds of volunteers scoured lakes, creeks, riverbeds, forests, parks and barren fields.
But it did not matter how hard people tried, nobody could find Jessica’s body. Clearly, something awful and grisly happened to Jessica inside a west Omaha home where one noteworthy clue made Edwards the prime suspect. Enter CSI commander Kofoed. A week later, he emerged on the case. By that point in time, Kofoed had already gotten away with producing false clues and planting blood in two other high-profile murder cases across Nebraska’s Heartland. O’Grady’s friends and family were sad. They starved for answers. They demanded swift justice. Kofoed faced a dilemma. If authorities wanted to solve the homicide of Jessica O’Grady, they had to move fast.
Would he be tempted to work up some secret magical evidence back inside his Omaha crime lab to avenge Jessica’s murder? Or would he let Christopher Edwards continue to mock law enforcement and roam free in the community? Find out in BODY OF PROOF, author John Ferak’s sequel to his debut book, BLOODY LIES, a Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year true crime award winner.
From the book: “As each day in May passed, the saga surrounding the charming coed’s shocking mysterious disappearance remained Omaha’s top news story. The Jessica O’Grady story often led the noon, dinner, and nightly television news broadcasts. The general consensus was that Jessica met her untimely demise at the hands of her lover, Edwards. But at least three nagging questions remained unanswered: Where did Jessica’s killer put her body? What was his weapon? When, if ever, might Edwards face murder charges?”
What Others Are Saying About BODY OF PROOF:
“Take a bow, John Ferak! BODY OF PROOF is a superbly crafted tale of murder and mystery but, too, of perplexing official misconduct which leaves worrying suspicions about trusting a system that protects us all. Along with his fascinating debut book, BLOODY LIES, Mr. Ferak is making an indelible mark in the true crime genre. Many writers are but mere pretenders to his skill.”— Jim Hollock, author of the award-winning crime story, BORN TO LOSE: STANLEY B. HOSS & THE CRIME SPREE THAT GRIPPED A NATION
“The case of Jessica O’Grady’s disappearance remains controversial. … A compelling account of a strange case.”–Peter Vronsky, bestselling author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters
“A compelling depiction of a murdered young girl, but no body, a perp who won’t talk, and an overzealous CSI commander. A memorable true story.”– RJ Parker, bestselling true crime author and publisher at RJ Parker Publishing Inc.
From the book: “It did not take too much arm twisting for Kofoed to convince his direct supervisor, Captain Dean Olson, to let him go back into the home of Edwards, a second time, to execute another search warrant. At the time, Kofoed was rather fortunate that Olson was a faithful and ardent cheerleader for all that was happening under Kofoed’s leadership. Thanks to his marketing prowess, Kofoed was keeping the county’s crime lab in the constant limelight.” A new WildBlue Press true crime from award-winning journalist and bestselling author John Ferak, author of DIXIE’S LAST STAND and BLOODY LIES.