Abandoned Prayers

An Incredible True Story of Murder, Obsession, And Amish Secrets

Gregg Olsen

St. Martin's True Crime

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On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska buried him as "Little Boy Blue," unclaimed and unidentified-- until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.

Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect. But behind his quiet façade was a man involved with pornography, sadomasochism, and drugs. After the suspicious death of his pregnant wife, Stutzman took his preschool-age son, Danny, and hit the road on a sexual odyssey ending with his conviction for murder. But the mystery of Eli Stutzman and the fate of his son didn't end on the barren Nebraska plains. It was just beginning. . .
 
Gregg Olsen's Abandoned Prayers is an incredible true story of murder and Amish secrets.

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CHAPTER ONE
December 24, 1985
It was time for a haircut. Chuck Kleveland felt the annoying fringe of sandy hair crowding his ears and knew that with the approaching holidays he couldn’t let it go much longer. He kissed his wife, Kathy, swallowed his last bit of coffee, and put his shotgun in the gun rack of his ’83 Ford pickup. He planned to do a little hunting on the way to the barber in Hebron.
It was 10 A.M., Christmas Eve.
Kleveland, age 44, pulled out of the driveway of his ranch-style home in Chester, a dozen miles due south of Hebron.

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"A searingly tragic look behind the headlines that broke America's heart. Brilliantly researched, wonderfully written."--Anne Rule

"A riveting and deeply disturbing chronicle of true crime. Olsen has done a superior job."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Among the top true crime books published. Once picked up, it's hard to put down."--New Philadelphia Times Reporter

"A superior true crime account that should not be missed."--Jack Olsen, author of Doc and I: The Creation of a Serial Killer

"A tough new voice rises in the ranks of true-crime writers. Even the reigning giants of the genre are taking notice and offering praise."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Gregg Olsen

Gregg Olsen has been a journalist and investigative author for more than twenty years. He is the recipient of numerous writing, editing, and photojournalism awards, including citations of excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi), the International Association of Business Communicators, Washington Press Association, Society of Technical Communication, and the Public Relations Society of America.

A resident of Washington state, Olsen has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and the Discovery Channel. Olsen also appeared several times on CBS's 48 Hours, MSNBC's Special Edition, Entertainment Tonight, Sally Jesse Raphael, Inside Edition, and Extra. He has been featured in USA Today, Salon Magazine, Seattle Times, and the New York Post.

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Abandoned Prayers
An Incredible True Story of Murder, Obsession, And Amish Secrets
Gregg Olsen

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's True Crime
June 2003
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312982010
ISBN10: 0312982011
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 416 pages, Includes 8 pages of photographs
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's True Crime
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429907521
ISBN10: 1429907525
416 pages
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