March 28, 2014

Interview: JoAnne Myers Crime of the Century @scooterismine #RLFblog

Crime of the Century 
About the Book
Title The Crime of the Century
Genre Biography true crime
Author JoAnne Myers
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
The residents of Rolling Hills, a hamlet in southeastern Ohio, were horrified when the dismembered bodies of two missing teens were pulled from the local river. Multiply suspects surfaced, but only one was railroaded, Richard Allan Lloyd, a known nudist and hothead.
What began as an evening stroll turned into what found only in horror films, and dubbed 'the crime of the century'. 18 year old Babette, a voluptuous beauty contestant and horsewoman, and her 19 year old boyfriend Shane Shoemaker, a jealous and possessive unemployed printer, were last seen crossing a trestle bridge. Within fourteen days, their mutilated torsos and severed heads and limbs were unearthed, suggesting satanic cult activity.
With an investigation smeared with contradicting statements, and a botched crime scene, investigators built a flimsy case against Richard Lloyd. The three-week trial was based on police corruption and ineptitude, fairytale theories, and forensic mishandling.
This heinous crime shattered the sense of security for Rolling Hills, destroyed two families, and forever scarred the town. This story is a detailed account of finding justice for Babette and Shane, and of one man's perseverance to gain his freedom from death row.

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Interview with JoAnne Myers

Why did you write this book?
For many reasons. It is a true case that took nearly 30 years to solve. It put an innocent man on death row for five years, and forever scarred a small Ohio town. It was truly the worse case in the county's history.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Probably fantasy, because almost anything goes in that genre. A writer can make the impossible sound possible.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
James Bond. He is the ultimate male alpha.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
watch court cases such as Judge Mathis, the Investigation Discovery channel which has true cases broadcasted. Also, I became hooked on this new fantasy show called Bitten. It is about a werewolf family living amongst humans.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am not working on any new books right now. I am mostly concentrating on promoting the books I do have and will have. I have two books being released soon. Loves, Myths, and Monsters, is a fantasy anthology starring the Mothman, the Chupracabra, Mermaids, an Egyptian curse, reincarnation, werewolves, a demonic cellmate, a serial killer family from the 1800's, and a Quaker love story.
Please tell us about your latest book.
The Crime of the Century is a true double homicide case from 1982, that terrified residents and destroyed families. There were many bizarre suspects, but only one was railroaded by police.
At 5:45 pm., Chief White used his walkie-talkie, to radio Lt. Phillipes, who stayed at the command post with Richard and Nancy. Only a few short words were needed.
"We found something, but we don't know what it is," said the chief.
What searchers found . . . was unthinkable.
Just 150 yards north of the railroad trestle spanning the Bottle Neck River, Sheriff Reynolds and one of his deputies reported "something entangled in debris," near their small boat.
The officers initially said they believed the object was an animal carcass. Once it was dislodged and floated down stream, they realized it was human.
The officers then followed the remains and discovered 30 yards south of the first torso, the second torso was located. Both torsos were reportedly snagged against brush along the riverbank just west of The Regency Supply Company.
Both torsos were reportedly nude and so badly decomposed, officers said they were unable to determine their sex.
Upon the discovery, Jack Jones broke down and was seen "running and screaming" from the area. The remains were pulled to shore and coroner Rausch was summoned to the riverbank.
Law enforcement personnel cleared the immediate area of non-official personnel. Afterward, they stationed themselves around the perimeter of the area while the bodies were examined.
Many searchers, upon leaving the crime scene, were overheard by reporters asking one another "Are the authorities looking for one killer or two?"
After his initial examination of the bodies, the coroner said he was unable to rule on the cause of death or what sex the torsos were. What he did say, was that if one man committed both murders, it was "during a great rage" and by someone with something "very personal" against one, or both, of the victims.
Sheriff Reynolds reported an empty purse found, but did not know if it belonged to Babette. He told reporters, he did not believe the bodies were the missing Rolling Hills teens.
Richard Lloyd told reporters that, when he and Nancy heard the bodies might not be that of Babette and Shane, they were relieved, and said, "That comment gave me and Nancy a speck of hope."
JoAnne Myers
Author Bio
I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women's Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My books along with my original canvas paintings, can be found at:
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