THE TALE OF THE BLOOD-SOAKED MATTRESS
Was it a CSI commander’s finest hour … or something quite different?
Jessica O’Grady was a tall, starry-eyed Omaha, Nebraska co-ed in search of Mr. Right.
Christopher Edwards was a deceitful and darkened soul.
CSI commander Dave Kofoed was on the prowl for sensational murder cases to keep his prestigious crime lab in the constant media spotlight.
In May of 2006, Jessica’s sudden and mystifying disappearance turned into Nebraska’s biggest news story that summer. Hundreds of conscientious volunteers scoured lakes, creeks, riverbeds, forests, parks and barren fields.
Nobody could find Jessica. Clearly, something awful and grisly happened inside a west Omaha home. One noteworthy clue made Christopher Edwards the prime suspect.
Enter Douglas County Sheriff’s CSI stalwart David Kofoed. By the time he got involved in the case, Kofoed had already gotten away with producing false clues and planting blood in other high-profile murder cases across Nebraska’s Heartland.
Kofoed faced a dilemma.
O’Grady’s friends and family were sad. They starved for answers. They demanded swift justice.
Would Kofoed cook up some magical evidence to avenge Jessica’s murder? Or would he let Christopher Edwards taunt law enforcement and roam free? Time was of the essence. Adding to this conundrum, there had never been a successful criminal prosecution in Nebraska involving a murder trial without a body.
Note for true-crime readers:
THE TALE OF THE BLOOD SOAKED MATTRESS should be available in paperback and on Kindle sometime in late summer or early fall of 2015. The true crime book is a sequel to author John Ferak’s acclaimed debut, #BLOODY LIES: A CSI SCANDAL IN THE HEARTLAND.
BLOODY LIES is a 2014 Foreword Review finalist for true-crime book of the year: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/books/bloody-lies/