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Body of Proof: Tainted Evidence In The Murder Of Jessica O'Grady? by [Ferak, John]
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"A superbly crafted tale of murder and mystery but, too, of perplexing official misconduct which leaves worrying suspicions about trusting a system that protects us all. Along with his fascinating debut book, BLOODY LIES, Mr. Ferak is making an indelible mark in the true crime genre.”— Jim Hollock, author of the award-winning crime story, BORN TO LOSE

When they met, Jessica O'Grady was a tall, starry-eyed Omaha, Nebraska co-ed in search of Mr. Right, Christopher Edwards was a deceitful and darkened soul. In May of 2006, Jessica's mystifying disappearance and a blood-soaked mattress turned into Nebraska's biggest news story. Enter Douglas County Sheriff's CSI stalwart Dave Kofoed, driven to solve high-profile murders and in this case would lead to questions surrounding the forensic evidence used against Edwards.

BODY OF PROOF, the new true crime from award-winning journalist and author of DIXIE'S LAST STAND, John Ferak, is the stand-alone sequel to his first book BLOODY LIES.

"The case of Jessica O'Grady's disappearance remains controversial. ... A compelling account of a strange case." - Peter Vronsky, bestselling author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

"Compelling ... a memorable true story." - RJ Parker, bestselling true crime author and publisher

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  • Publisher: WildBlue Press (11 July 2015)
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  • Language: English
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read - Body of Proof: Tainted Evidence by John Ferak 15 July 2015
By Yonah reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this and grabbed it yesterday, finding it to be a thorough, gripping read about the disappearance of Jessica O'Grady in May 2006. Body of Proof is the sequel to John Ferak's debut book, Bloody Lies. It tells the story of the crime, investigation and trial involving a corrupt CSI head David Kofoed, who may have planted evidence. Kofoed had already gotten away with his nefarious case enabling in 2 other big cases, and likely wanted to assure an arrest and help with the conviction of Jessica's seemingly obvious yet untouchable killer, Christopher Edwards. Edwards appeared to be benefitting from having managed to successfully keep the whereabouts of the victim's body hidden, making it Nebraska's first no-body case. Its great to read a book that's not full of spelling and grammar errors distracting from the flow of the story.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars “The Scorpion investigating the Serpent” 23 July 2015
By C. Tilson - Published on Amazon.com
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19 year old Jessica O’Grady goes missing after telling her lover, Christopher Edwards that she is pregnant. Christopher’s steady girlfriend is also pregnant, and talk of marriage is in the air. After Omaha PD find reason to pursue Edwards for Jessica’s disappearance, it is decided to call in Douglas County’s crack CSI team, led by Dave Kofoed. Kofoed’s team has a reputation of being the best CSI group in all of Nebraska, finding crucial evidence to help convict some of the worst criminals Nebraska has ever seen. They even found a small amount of blood in the bottom of a dumpster 5 months after the victim had gone missing. Hmm, red flag. The one good thing that you can say about Kofoed is he doesn’t hog the glory, he congratulates his team first. If they only knew who they were really investigating.
It is very easy to see how the years of being a newspaper reporter has paid off for this author. He knows the key players and their stories. Sticking to the facts, his composition of the story reads better than most fiction. His interjection of emotion and opinions do not get in the way of the story, they add color. “The Scorpion investigating the Serpent” is a classic example of his work. Even after years in jail, Edwards has never confessed to the crime, nor has he given up the location of Jessica’s remains. Again, this is not fiction, and it is not a pretty story. This story needed to be told – and John Ferak is the best person to do so.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very compelling story of a love triangle leading to murder. 21 July 2015
By Lee Husemann - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very well researched and well written book that I had a hard time putting down once I started it. Jessica O'Grady fell for Christopher Edwards who obviously thought of himself as some sort of a ladies man. What happened to her was really sad and I do hope that her family gets closure. I was shocked to learn that one of the CSI people had planted evidence on different cases and that led to a lot of suspicion regarding this case. I was also surprised that the police would not arrest Edwards even with all of the blood evidence on the mattress along with the blood spatter evidence and recording of him buying white paint to cover evidence on the ceiling tiles. This was an excellent book and I highly recommend it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Case 18 July 2015
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This book had me in tears. I can't believe that the same crime investigator got a hold of another case as well and did the same scheme. I enjoyed the phenomenal details, pictures so that we can have a view of what was going on as well. This family still does not have closure because their daughter is not home anymore. Prayers for the family and friends. Another great book from a fabulous author (John Feral). From the first chapter it grabbed my attention and I wanted to know more and I got more than I expected. I recommend this book to anyone because it was so great.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, easy to follow 22 October 2015
By Lynne - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written and held my attention, however there are many cases where the *only* evidence used to convict a person was likely planted by investigators. Those are the cases I like to focus on. It is obvious they prosecuted the correct person in this case so even though the CSI guy likely planted additional evidence in the case, it doesn't change the outcome because the mattress evidence was too substantial.

The Mark Carver case in NC is interesting because the only evidence used to convict him was "touch" DNA likely planted on the vehicle of the woman who died in what appeared to be a suicide, though the State tried to claim it was murder. The DNA was "found" after the vehicle had been in storage for some time and was also found in an exact spot where the technician was told to swab. Nothing else whatsoever connects Carver. I also just published a book about planted computer evidence used to convict a person, and again it was the only evidence linking the suspect to the victim's death. It is horrible that this happens and in the case described in this book it was totally unnecessary as the mattress and towels were enough to convict.

I enjoyed the book though and will read other books by this author.
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