Veteran true crime writer Jon Wells leads us into a real-life crime investigation and the twisted mind of a murderous man
A man rages in his home on April 4, 1999, breaking furniture and dishes. A woman wants to leave him. “You’re not going anywhere,” he tells her. Later that day, a police officer reports to the house and finds human tissue and organs in a bag left out for garbage. The person of interest in the case is a steelworker named Sam Pirrera, who lives in the house. But who is the victim? Sam’s current estranged wife, Danielle? It is known that they had a stormy relationship; Sam had assaulted her as his coke addiction returned. Forensic detectives find traces of blood in the basement and then the entire corpse, dismembered, the parts hidden behind a false wall and packed in boxes, each of the parts wrapped and doused in gasoline. The victim’s identity is discovered through prints to be a prostitute named Maggie Karer. The dismemberment, “defensive mutilation,” is calculated and deliberate, and the detectives wonder: Are there more victims?
Following an investigation led by veteran homicide detective Peter Abi Rashed, who had once chased a young Sam Pirrera on the streets of Hamilton’s east end many years before, Vanished takes us behind the scenes of a grisly real-life case and its shocking outcome.
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The story of Vanished demonstrates that the tragedy of crime spreads the misery and grief far beyond victims and criminals. It makes large, bleeding, never healing wounds in the souls of the victim’s and the criminal’s relatives...Read Full Review of Vanished: Cold-Blooded Murder... | See more reviews from Blog Critics