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Blood in the Snow

The True Story of a Stay-at-Home Dad, his High-Powered Wife, and the Jealousy that Drove him to Murder

Tom Henderson

St. Martin's True Crime

Washington Township, Michigan: Valentine’s Day, 2007. Stephen Grant filed a missing person’s report on his beloved wife, Tara. The stay-at-home father of two was beside himself with despair. Why would Tara abandon him and their family? Was she involved with another man?

Stephen’s frantic, emotional search for Tara made national headlines, and the case was featured on Dateline among other television shows and news outlets. But key elements in Stephen’s story still weren’t adding up: Why did he wait five days to go to police? What was the nature of his relationship with his children’s beautiful, nineteen-year-old babysitter? Why did Stephen have cuts on his hands, and random bruises? Then, the police made a gruesome discovery.

Parts of Tara Grant’s body started turning up around the woods near the Grant’s home. The truth was finally coming to light…and, after a two-day manhunt, Stephen admitted to having killed Tara—first strangling her, then cutting her body into fourteen pieces before burying them. This is the shocking true story about a bitter, cheating husband whose crimes were revealed by the BLOOD IN THE SNOW.

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THE CHATTY LITTLE GIRL WITH THE BIG SMILE
 
Tara Lynn Destrampe, growing up in the little town of Perkins in the southwest corner of Michigan’s sparsely populated Upper Peninsula was the last person anyone would have pictured running operations in the San Juan office of a worldwide construction and engineering giant.
The Destrampes were better off than most, in a place where hardscrabble is a very useful adjective. The UP has the highest unemployment year in and year out of any region in the state. Good jobs are scarce. Those lucky enough to mine or log or work for the county
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“Vivid characters carry the action in latest book about grisly Metro Detroit murder . . . a page turner.”—The Detroit News

“[Blood in the Snow is] the third book about the case but it's also the only one that had police cooperation. And that makes all the difference. . . . Henderson's book offers behind-the-scenes insights. He crafts a story of the Grants' marriage, their relations with family members and later, displays how those personalities manifested themselves during trial preparation. In all, it's a wild ride of a read that's still compelling.”—Metro Times

“Vivid characters carry the action in latest book about grisly Metro Detroit murder . . . a page turner.”—The Detroit News

“[Blood in the Snow is] the third book about the case but it's also the only one that had police cooperation. And that makes all the difference. . . . Henderson's book offers behind-the-scenes insights. He crafts a story of the Grants' marriage, their relations with family members and later, displays how those personalities manifested themselves during trial preparation. In all, it's a wild ride of a read that's still compelling.”—Metro Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Tom Henderson

  • Tom Henderson, a native of Michigan, has worked as a news reporter for many years.  He has been a sportswriter for Detroit Free Press, a freelance writer for Detroit News, and a senior editor for a monthly business publication called Corporate Detroit. He currently covers finance and technology for a weekly business publication, Crain’s Detroit Business. Henderson is the author of Afraid of the Dark, A Deadly Affair, Blood Justice, and Darker Than Night—all available from St. Martin’s True Crime Library. 

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    The True Story of a Stay-at-Home Dad, his High-Powered Wife, and the Jealousy that Drove him to Murder

    Tom Henderson

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