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On January 22, 1994, two-year old Renee Goode played happily with her sisters and cousin, as the four of them enjoyed an impromptu “slumber party” at the home of her father, Shane Goode. The next day she was dead.
The local medical examiner could not determine the cause of the little Renees death. But her mother Annette and grandmother Sharon were convinced she’d been murdered—and that they knew the identity of Renee’s killer: her handsome father, Shane Goode, a manipulative, emotionally abusive man who displayed virtually no interest in Renee—until he took out a $50,000 insurance policy on her life.
With the help of a courageous female police investigator and Assistant DA, Sharon launched a case against Shan and had Renees tiny coffin, lovingly filled with her favorite stuffed animals, exhumed from its final resting place. And her small corpse revealed what her grandmother had suspected all along: cold, calculating Shane Goode had murdered his own daughter to cash in on her death.
When the bodies of three teenagers were found on the shores of Lake Waco, Texas in July, 1982, even seasoned lawmen were taken aback by the savage mutilation and degradation they had been subjected to. Yet only 52 days after the gruesome triple-murder was discovered, frustrated authorities suspended the case indefinitely.
Patrol Sergeant Truman Simons, who had been called to the scene that night, saw the carnage first-hand—and vowed to find the ferocious killer or killers. He soon became a man with a mission, risking his career and his family’s safety in search of evidence. Plunging himself into a netherworld of violence and evil, Simons finally got close enough to a murderous ringleader to hear his careless whispers—and ultimately, put him and his three accomplices behind bars for the brutal slayings.
Now, in his Edgar Award-winning account of the Lake Waco killings, acclaimed true crime writer Carlton Stowers lays bare the facts behind the tragic crimes, the twisted predators, and the heroic man who broke the investigation—with important updated information based on new developments in the case.