Prairie Murders: The True Story of Three Murders and the Loss of Innocence in a Small North Dakota Town
Author: Robert Dodge
Description: It was the safest state in America, where a single murder in a year was the usual. People there descended from hearty settlers who had withstood a challenging life by cooperating. When a growing young town with recently paved streets was struck by annual murders for three consecutive years, something had changed. Each crime was more violent and heinous than its predecessor, beginning when one of the town's favorites, a personable high school cheerleader, was murdered in her family's home in a sex-related attack. Within months came the bloody bludgeoning to death of a young mother in her own home. As one homicide was prosecuted and investigation moved forward on the second, a young man's body was found bisected, with the halves floating in bags in a river.
About the Author: Robert Dodge was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. He moved to Singapore in 1983 where he lives with his wife, Jane. He taught middle school history in Fargo during the time of the murders and personally saw the havoc these crimes caused the community.