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Shattered Justice
A Savage Murder and the Death of Three Families' Innocence

by John Philpin

      Shattered Justice takes a look inside the case of the murder of Stephanie Crowe. Was it an inside job? Was it someone skilled at entering a house and making it look like no forced entry? What will happen to her killer or killers? What will happen to her family?

Shattered Justice also takes a look at how obscured an investigation can get once the police are focused on blaming Stephanie’s older brother, Michael, and his friends for her death instead of looking at all the details. The police did not want to pay attention to other clues that involved a schizophrenic man who was looking for someone called Tracy.

John Philpin does a great job in showing how the police were so focused on Michael and his friends that they missed crucial evidence. One would think that in this day and age, the police would not try to coerce confessions out of teenagers.

What makes Shattered Justice different from some other true crime books is that it does not focus on a court case near the end of the book. Instead, Shattered Justice shows readers what happened leading up to the arrest of the true murderer.

The Book

Avon Books / HarperCollins
August 1, 2006
Mass Market Paperback
Non-Fiction: True Crime
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The Reviewer

Jen Oliver
Reviewed 2006
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