I spent nine years as a journalist in Omaha, Nebraska from 2003 through 2012 at the state’s largest news organization. There were three things that stood out about Nebraska.
Aside from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln campus, the rest of Nebraska is about as far right-leaning and conservative as any state in the country. I’m not saying that is good or bad, it’s just the way Nebraskans are.
Secondly, Nebraska Cornhuskers football means everything to the state. People in Nebraska live for their Saturday afternoon football games at Memorial Stadium.
Third, the citizens of Nebraska often always give their police officials their blind faith and unconditional support no matter the situation. Residents are programmed to be in total denial to uncomfortable topics such as police corruption, misconduct and outright evidence planting. Those things don’t happen in Nebraska!
But they do.
Police corruption, misconduct and evidence planting are every part of Nebraska’s fabric as they are part of the dark underworld in big cities like Chicago, Cleveland and New York. It’s just that the national news media pays very little attention to the Heartland. As a result, stories of major consequence to the rest of the country are often overlooked.
But where the national press fails woefully, I’ve been able to pick up the dropped baton.
My first book, a national-award winner, BLOODY LIES: A CSI SCANDAL IN THE HEARTLAND, chronicled the
downfall of Nebraska’s most famous CSI commander, David Kofoed. Now, I’m back with a sequel to BLOODY LIES called BODY OF PROOF: Tainted Evidence in the Murder of Jessica O’Grady?
Why the question in the subhead, you ask.
That was one of my fascinations with crafting this true-crime mystery for publisher, WildBlue Press. As you read BODY OF PROOF, you can decide whether some of the evidence was planted. And if you believe some was manufactured, then you need to ask another question: should it matter? Or, will you feel so much hate and contempt toward Jessica O’Grady’s killer that you are willing to overlook that scenario.
I’ll be curious to learn your insight and feedback once you’ve read BODY OF PROOF.
BODY OF PROOF: Tainted Evidence in the Murder of Jessica O’Grady? will be available July 15!