Truth is stranger than fiction.

catherinebroad

Did you know that six works of fiction based on these abductions and murders have been published since 1980?  One weak nonfiction book was published in 1984.  More on that later.

The first of these books was Angel in the Snow, (Pocket Books, January 1980) by Patricia Welles.  Welles wrote Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice in 1969, and the themes were infidelity and wife-swapping.  The book was the basis of screenplay for a popular movie with the same name.  In Angel, victim number five was a little girl who escaped.  The abductors/killers were an older businessman and his younger male partner.  Welles gives thanks in the opening pages to “the Birmingham Police Department, Birmingham, Michigan, for the help they gave me in the writing of this novel—both in the opinions and the fantasy offered.”  Umm—right, ok.

The second was The Oakland County Child Killer, by “Michael L…

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