Justice for Marlys : A Family's Twenty-Year Search for a Killer

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2006-02-24
  • Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr
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Marlys Wohlenhaus was an animated, energetic eighteen-year-old girl. Then, one afternoon, everything changed. She should have been safe working at the town restaurant. She should have been safe in her own home. She should still be alive today. But in May 1979, Marlys became the victim in every parent's most horrific nightmare. At once a gripping story and an in-depth look at the grief of losing a child, Justice for Marlys relates the true account of a serial killer, Joseph Ture Jr., who slipped past the law again and again during a three-year-long crime spree. It was Ture who brutally murdered Marlys Wohlenhaus in her own home. John S. Munday, the husband of Marlys's mother, reconstructs the murder and the seventeen-year investigation that led to the capture and conviction of Ture, allowing the reader to explore the horror, obsession, dedication, and finally the peace that he and his wife experienced in the search for and eventual conviction of her daughter's killer. Justice for Marlys generates suspense and sympathy as Munday recounts how Marlys's case was solved through the efforts of the victim's tenacious family, supportive news media, and persistent investigators. Munday gives readers a terrifying sense of the unimaginable grief and despair in the hearts of those who lose a child, yet he also shares his intensely personal exploration of the resilience and power within the human spirit. John S. Munday is an intellectual property attorney who lives with his wife Fran in Isanti County, Minnesota. He is also the author of Surviving the Death of a Child, a contributing editor for Grief Digest, and a member of the board of directors of the Other Side Magazine.

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John S. Munday is an intellectual property attorney who lives in Isanti County, Minnesota

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
A Place in the Countryp. 3
A Butterfly Is Crushedp. 12
A Long Way to Fallp. 20
The Investigation Beginsp. 28
Killing Chickens Wasn't Enoughp. 38
God, Why Are You Punishing Me?p. 47
The Crime Spree Continuesp. 57
The First Exilep. 69
Out of His Own Mouthp. 80
If I Can't Have Marlys Backp. 93
Reviving the Investigation
Seeking Justice Nowp. 105
Beginning to Participatep. 115
48 Hours, Finallyp. 126
Who Was Watchingp. 135
Did You Know the Wohlenhaus Girl?p. 146
In the Presence of Evilp. 157
Sick and Tired of Bad Newsp. 168
A Courthouse, Not a Hall of Justicep. 178
What Is Our Reply to Evil?p. 186
Acknowledgmentsp. 191
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