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FROM TRUE-CRIME LEGEND ANN RULE comes this riveting tale of a tender lady whose existence ended too soon—and a decided mother’s eleven-year campaign to transparent her daughter’s identify.
It used to be 9 days earlier than Christmas 1998, and thirty-two-year-old Ronda Reynolds used to be on the brink of commute from Seattle to Spokane to go to her mom and brother and grandmother prior to the vacations. Ronda’s moment marriage was once dissolving after lower than a yr, her profession as a pioneering girl Washington country Trooper had ended, yet she used to be positive approximately beginning all over again. "I’m truly watching for getting on with my life," she informed her mom prior the evening sooner than. "I simply desire a few days with you men. " Barb Thompson, Ronda’s mom, who had met her daughter’s moment husband just once earlier than, was once simply satisfied that Ronda used to be coming domestic.
At 6:20 that morning, Ron Reynolds referred to as 911 and informed the dispatcher his spouse used to be lifeless. She had dedicated suicide, he acknowledged, even though he hadn’t heard the gunshot and he didn’t recognize if she had a pulse. EMTs arrived, detectives arrived, the coroner’s deputy arrived, and a postmortem used to be carried out. Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson, who neither visited the dying scene nor attended the post-mortem, declared the style of Ronda’s dying as "undetermined. " Over the subsequent 11 years, Coroner Wilson might switch that demeanour of loss of life from "undetermined" to "suicide," again to "undetermined"—and then again to "suicide" back.
But Barb Thompson by no means for one second believed her daughter devoted suicide. Neither did Detective Jerry Berry or ballistics professional Marty Hayes or legal professional Royce Ferguson or dozens of Ronda’s neighbors. For 11 grueling years, during the ups and downs of the criminal procedure and its never-ending delays, those humans and others helped Barb Thompson struggle to strike that painful be aware from her daughter’s dying certificates.
On November nine, 2009, a precedent-setting listening to used to be held to figure out no matter if Coroner Wilson’s place of work were derelict in its responsibility in investigating the loss of life of Ronda Reynolds. Veteran true-crime author Ann Rule used to be current at that listening to, hoping to unbraid the tangled strands of conflicting statements and mishandled proof and current both sides of this haunting case and to figure out, possibly, what occurred to Ronda Reynolds, within the sit back nonetheless of that tragic December evening.
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He was in his fifties when he died and that means that he was unusually healthy and robust, in spite of the whipworm. His stomach showed that he had eaten a meal not long before death and his clothes were easily imagined from residual traces and fragments. He carried an axe and a flint knife. But he had definitely been in the wars. Oetzi was holding a knife when he died and he had been shot by an arrow, which caused his death. The shaft had been broken off, and sophisticated x-ray scans showed that he had a deep arterial wound under the collar bone.
He had served fourteen years for a crime he did not commit. It has to be one of the saddest and most darkly ironical and tragic of all the modern chronicles of murder in Britain. In one sense, the advent of DNA evidence is another in the long line of specialist forensic knowledge that is present in the trials and appeal courts through criminal history, from the learned professors who specialise in ear-prints to the ‘bone doctors’ who reassemble skulls of victims murdered decades before the investigation goes ‘hot’ again.