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Taken From Home

A Father, a Dark Secret, and a Brutal Murder

Eric Francis

St. Martin's True Crime

Grand Junction, Colorado, 2001: When Michael Blagg’s adoring wife, Jennifer, and his six year-old-daughter, Abby, disappeared from their home, Michael led the charge to find them, even going so far as to make a nationwide appeal on Good Morning America for information. But seven months later, investigators found Jennifer’s remains in a Mesa County landfill, and things took a darker turn…

Jennifer had been shot in the head, investigators discovered, and Abby was nowhere to be found.  While Michael, a respected prayer-group leader, played the part of grieving survivor, authorities became increasingly suspicious There was blood evidence in the back of the family’s van. Was Blagg a cold-blooded killer? A religious fanatic? This is the terrifying true story of what happened when Jennifer and Abby Blagg were…

TAKEN FROM HOME


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Chapter One

IT had just been one of those days.

The boss was out of town, so responsibility for over -seeing the entire 180-person Ametek Dixson manufacturing plant in the Orchard Mesa district on the southern industrial fringe of Grand Junction, Colorado, had been passed along to Michael Blagg, the factory’s director of operations.

Mike Blagg was the kind of capable, detail-oriented manager who would handle anything you asked him to do, so the small executive cadre at the plant didn’t question whether he could cope with a few days’ worth of extra duties,
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  • Eric Francis is a People Magazine journalist and author whose books include Broken Vows and The Dartmouth Murders.  He lives in Vermont.

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    A Father, a Dark Secret, and a Brutal Murder

    Eric Francis

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