A Death in White Bear Lake (Paperback)

The True Chronicle of an All-American Town

By Barry Siegel

Ballantine Books, 9780345487179, 560pp.

Publication Date: November 28, 2000



"We want to talk to you about my brother who was murdered twenty-one years ago--can we come in?" The veneer of tranquility in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, began to crack the day Jerry Sherwood and her son showed up at the police station to inquire about her first-born son, Dennis--adopted by Lois and Harold Jurgens and dead before his fourth birthday. The autopsy report ruled peritonitis was the cause, but the startling photos of the boy suggested murder.
How could the Jurgens kill a small child and get away with it? Determined to find answers, detectives Ron Meehan and Greg Kindle tracked down old witnesses and rebuilt the case brick by brick until they exposed the demons that drove an adopted parent to torture and eventually murder a helpless child. Just as compelling, they investigated why so many people watched and did absolutely nothing. A vivid portrait of an all-American town that harbored a killer, A Death in White Bear Lake is also the absorbing story of two detectives who refused to give up until they had the killer cold.

From the Paperback edition.

Praise For A Death in White Bear Lake: The True Chronicle of an All-American Town

"FASCINATING . . . A work of compelling narrative force and enduring value, A Death in White Bear Lake guides us along an increasingly clear path--from horror to enlightenment."
--The New York Times Book Review

--Washington Post

From the Paperback edition.