No Such Thing
by Judi Coltman
A killer lurked the Woodward Avenue corridor of Oakland County, Michigan in 1976-77. His prey; children. For one year, he stalked, abducted and murdered young boys and girls, laying their lifeless bodies out in a macabre public display.
In 1977 the killing abruptly stopped, but the killer was never found.
This is the story of what could have happened.
Newly divorced and ready to relaunch herself, Sydney Powell and her retired K9 move back to the city in which she grew up to write a book about the infamous Detroit Purple Gang. Having once lived in a house built and used by the Purple Gang to run liquor, Sydney takes the opportunity to rent the place, believing it will give her insight into Detroit mafia history.
Met with opposition from her psychotic mother and her long brooding brother, Jack, who believe the real story of the house is about ghosts, she begins to dig into its history. Her research yields very little about her intended subject instead pointing to an entirely different history tied to the disturbing death of a young boy.
Peeling away the layers of legal paper, news articles and shuttered memories, Sydney, with help from Jack, becomes acutely aware that the house holds secrets. Unspeakable occurrences linked not only to the gruesome murder that rocked the state, but deeper, more disturbing events held hostage in the walls.
The real life saga of the Oakland County Child Killer sparked the largest murder investigation of its time, reinventing how missing children cases are handled. No Such Thing weaves the many theories and suspects in these unsolved crimes into one dynamic story of ruin, resilience and redemption.
- Judi Coltman, November 2012
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