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Afraid of the Dark

The True Story of a Reckless Husband, his Stunning Wife, and the Murder that Shattered a Family

Tom Henderson

St. Martin's True Crime

Detroit mortgage broker Mark Unger adored his wife Florence and their two young sons. But after a decade of marriage and increasing financial trouble, Mark’s life began to slowly unravel. He became addicted to pain killers and gambling, and ended up spending five months in rehab.

Forced to go back to work, Flo became bitter and resentful of Mark and began to have an affair with one of his friends. When Mark returned home and his disability checks weren’t enough to make ends meet Flo filed for divorce.

Panicked by the thought losing her, Mark did everything he could to win Flo back. Even though she resisted his efforts, Flo did agree to a weekend getaway at the family’s favorite lakeside resort. But after their first night there, Flo went missing…and the next day her corpse was found floating in the water. Mark claimed that her death was an accident—one that must have happened while he was up at the cottage, putting the kids to sleep. But soon a jury would be convinced of what Flo’s friends and family believed to be true: That Flo would never have been alone on the boat dock that night because she was deathly AFRAID OF THE DARK.

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A CANDLE ON THE DECK
Friday, October 24, 2003
It was, thought Linnaeus Duncan, fixing to be a fi ne week­end. It was his favorite time of year, the seven-days- a-week of summer hubbub having ended, so a man could relax and enjoy himself and his surroundings.
And, my, what surroundings: a Technicolor forest encir­cling the small lake, and the sun still capable of lifting the temperatures into the 70s if a north wind  wasn’t blowing in.
Linnaeus (whom everyone called Linn since his days in the service, when they shortened it at mail call) and his wife, Maggie, 
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  • 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 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 Reckless Husband, his Stunning Wife, and the Murder that Shattered a Family

    Tom Henderson

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