Help Us Finalize A Title For John Ferak’s New True Crime Book
Please vote on the title for John Ferak’s new book that you think works best for the synopsis below.
Feb. 5, 1985 marked one of the coldest nights on record that winter in Beatrice, a small-town in rural Nebraska. That chilly evening, tenants in one downtown three-story apartment building hunkered down for a night of restful sleep. The next day, they were horrified to see several police cars lined along North Sixth Street. An older woman who lived in unit 4 was found bound, raped, and suffocated inside her small apartment.
The local Beatrice police force made a gallant effort to identify the killer rapist who had been preying upon vulnerable older women for two years. A specially trained FBI profiler, Peter Klismet Jr. was flown into Nebraska to determine the killer’s traits. After all, victim Helen Wilson was one of her tight-knit town’s nicest ladies. However, the killer, or killers, couldn’t be identified and the case went cold.
Years passed, then Burt Searcey, a Gage County sheriff’s deputy, claimed to have broken the case. At the time of the murders, he’d become obsessed with solving it and now he arrested six lost souls for the rape and murder of Wilson. Eventually under intense questioning, five confessed though a six, Joseph White, maintained his innocence. All six of the co-defendants went convicted and sentenced to prison in 1990. No one outside their families and friends cared.
Then in 2008, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office faced a conundrum: White was pleading for DNA from the crime scene to be tested. Would it confirm Searcey’s investigation and the prosecution and conviction of “The Beatrice Six” or exonerate the men and women. If so, what would that say about the justice system, and lead to the shocking conclusion that Helen Wilson’s twisted rapist and killer was still out there.
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