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A Professor's Rage

The Chilling True Story of Harvard PhD Amy Bishop, her Brother's Mysterious Death, and the Shooting Spree that Shocked the Nation

Michele R. McPhee

St. Martin's True Crime

A devoted wife and mother and a Harvard-educated scientist working as a biology professor at the University of Alabama–Huntsville, Amy Bishop seemed to have it all. But when she was denied tenure, her whole world came crashing down…and she reacted in a way no one ever could have imagined.

On February 13, 2010, Amy was charged with murder for opening fire in a staff meeting the day before, killing three colleagues and injuring others. How could one woman’s fury unleash such destruction? While the campus massacre made national headlines, authorities began a thorough investigation and uncovered another chilling episode in Amy’s past.

When she was twenty-one, Amy fatally shot her teenage brother, Seth. His death was ruled an accident—and no charges were pressed. But for many involved in the case, Amy’s story didn’t add up, and law-enforcement officials suspected it was murder…After the Huntsville rampage, the cold case was reopened and Amy would find herself charged with killing her own brother—murder in the first degree. If Amy had been found guilty twenty-four years earlier, three lives might have been saved.

A Professor's Rage is the chilling true story of an intelligent woman with a secret past ... a past that would burst out in a shocking killing.

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Tom Pettigrew wiped a dirty hand on his blue mechanic’s pants and glanced around an auto body bay at Dave Dinger Ford—a garage owned by a buddy of his in the working class suburb of Braintree, Massachusetts. It was December 6, 1986, and Pettigrew was jumpy, looking around, waiting for some unwelcome visitor or other to turn up. He’d been that way since he stole $25,000 from an ATM two weeks earlier. He had moved the cash around a bit until it was stashed in his toolbox at the shop.
Pettigrew was a punk twenty-year-old Irish-American guy from the South Shore of
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"Michelle McPhee has done it again! A Professor’s Rage is her best yet.  Magnificent reporting and a compelling telling make this a tale that will sear America’s collective consciousness."--Richard Esposito, Sr. Investigative Reporter, ABC News; author of Bomb Squad
A Professor’s Rage is an outrageous, infuriating tale of academic privilege, arrogance and murder. With her legendary command of the facts, knowledge of police procedure, and street-wise wit, McPhee tells a story that reads like vintage Hitchcock—except it’s all true.”—Jay Atkinson, author of Legends of Winter Hill and Paradise Road 

A Professor’s Rage is a mind blowing read! Michele McPhee takes true crime fans on a terrifying, white knuckle ride through the disturbing past of alleged spree killer Dr. Amy Bishop where family secrets, small town politics and professional jealousies created a time bomb that would eventually explode on an unsuspecting college campus.”—Casey Sherman, bestselling author of Bad Blood and The Finest Hours

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Michele R. McPhee

  • Michele R. McPhee is the bestselling author of A Mob Story, A Date with Death, Heartless, and When Evil Rules—all available from St. Martin’s Paperbacks. The former award-winning Police Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, she was the courts and crime reporter for the Boston Herald where she is now a columnist. Currently she is a New England correspondent for ABC News and a Fox 25 TV contributor. A Date With Death was the basis for a Lifetime TV movie that aired in January 2011. She was also story consultant for the Lifetime movie “Who Is Clark Rockefeller?” that aired in 2010.  McPhee’s true crime stories have appeared in more than a dozen national magazines, including Maxim, Stuff, Cosmopolitan, New York, ESPN the Magazine, Gotham, Manhattan File, and other international publications. She was the host of two Court TV Mugshot specials and her reporting is also featured in the A&E TV special Crime Ink, and the Discovery series called Rats. Her journalism has taken her to crime scenes across the country and has made her a commentator on breaking news for CNN, MSNBC, and the Fox News Network. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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    The Chilling True Story of Harvard PhD Amy Bishop, her Brother's Mysterious Death, and the Shooting Spree that Shocked the Nation

    Michele R. McPhee

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