The quiet Atlantic coastal town of Ormond Beach, Florida, seemed like the last place one would expect a brutal murder of a woman to take place, especially a woman of the character of the once very popular Sharon Newlin. Sharon Newlin was a former journalist, married, and the mother of two young children. She was a member of a writing group known as The Senior Writers of Ormond Beach. They referred to themselves by the acronym of the SWOBs. The discovery of body parts floating in two trash bags in the Tomoka River by a fisherman early one morning started a frenzy of activity with the police. They later confirmed the body was indeed that of Newlin. The butcher-style killing and dismemberment alarmed the citizens of this tourist haven, a place once held special by the likes of the wealthy, like John D. Rockefeller. When the area people read or heard of the grisly murder they quickly locked their doors and watched their kids much more closely. Life was generally slow and steady in this small city on the Atlantic where families came to relax on vacation and lay on the broad beaches of the area, hard sandy beaches where driving cars was still allowed. But now the news of the brutal murder had changed things and people were extra careful in their daily comings and goings, always watching over their shoulder.
Ormond Beach Police Detective Sergeant James Calloway was assigned to the case of the murdered woman. It would be his job to weave his way through the myriad of people Sharon Newlin was close to in her daily life, people who could be considered as potential early suspects in the case. Most of these people were members of the SWOBs group, and most of them were characters with very interesting personal lives. Calloway discovered while talking to her husband that Sharon had suffered from multiple sclerosis, a disease of the immune system.
Detective Calloway never once considered the dead woman to be a victim of random murder, but rather a cold and calculated killing by someone who had a serious personal grudge to settle. But what could Sharon Newlin have done to deserve such a horrible fate? Who could have hated her so much they could kill her in such a horrific way?
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Published November 8, 2012
by Paul R. Meredith.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime.