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Death Trap

M. William Phelps

ISBN 9780786032778
Publish Date 6/4/2013
Format Paperback
Categories Pinnacle, True Crime
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We’ve all seen bitter custody disputes and animosity between exes.  But Jessica McCord took revenge to a murderous extreme.  M. William Phelps, widely acclaimed as an expert on women who kill, tells this shocking true story with compassion for the victims and page-turning drama.

“A chilling tale of a sociopathic wife and mother…compelling!” —New York Times bestselling author Harry N. MacLean

“Eye-opening... Phelps’s writing reads like a mystery novel.” —Suspense Magazine

It started when Alan Bates and his new wife arrived at his ex’s house to pick up his two daughters for a weekend visit. Then two charred bodies were found in a burned-out car on a lonely Georgia road…and investigators pieced together a shattering story of a vicious divorce, a spurned woman’s bitter rage, and a thirst for revenge that led to cruel, unflinching murder. Updating this gripping true-life thriller with shocking new details, M. William Phelps uncovers the cold heart of an unthinkable crime.

“One of America’s finest true-crime writers.” —Vincent Bugliosi

“Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers.” —Allison Brennan

Includes 16 Pages Of Dramatic Photos

About M. William Phelps:

New York Times bestselling investigative journalist and serial crime expert M. William Phelps is the author of thirty-four nonfiction books. He has made over 200 television appearances. Phelps created, produced and starred in the series Dark Minds and is one of the stars of Deadly Women and Oxygen’s Snapped, Killer Couples and KillerPost. Radio America calls him “the nation’s leading authority on the mind of the female murderer.” Touched by tragedy himself through the unsolved murder of his sister-in-law, Phelps is able to enter the hearts and minds of his subjects like no one else. He lives in a Connecticut farming community and can be reached at his website,

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