Pub. Date: August 2006
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Non-Fiction, True Crime

The Shocking True Story of a Woman Who Murdered a Pregnant Mother to Steal Her Child

When Lisa Montgomery presented her husband Kevin with their new-born baby girl, he was ecstatic. Naming the child Abigail, the couple brought her to their local pastor. Miles away, police were investigating the brutal murder of a pregnant woman…

Twenty-three year old Bobbie Jo Stinnett was found by her mother, lying in a pool of blood, looking as if her stomach “had exploded.” Investigators soon determined: Someone had strangled Bobbie Jo to death—and then cut her fetus from her womb…

In late 2004, two women met in a dog-breeding internet chat room. When Elizabeth Montgomery came face to face with eight-months-pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett, prosecutors claim she already had a plan. Investigators knew that Bobbie Jo had fought desperately for her life—and that her fetus, alive or dead, was gone. Investigators scrambled after a killer. An “Amber Alert” went out for an hours-old infant. And this horrifying case was about to shock neighbors and a nation: of a woman accused of murdering for a baby…

Like most true crime books, this book covers the lives of the suspects and the victims. Diane Fanning also gives us the history of the town, background information, the search for Bobbie Jo’s baby, how this case changes certain laws. Included in this book are accounts of other women who stole babies from their pregnant mothers and other tragedies that happened to the family.

There was not much on the trial, and I took a star off because there is no resolution to the case. The book does not tell us if Lisa was found guilty or not. It could be the trial was not over when this book was written. Also there was a conflict between Bobbie Jo’s mother and Bobbie Jo’s husband over visiting the baby. This is also mentioned, then we are left hanging in the air.

This was an enjoyable, well written book. If the things I mentioned in the last paragraph won’t bother you, I recommend this book.

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

One response

  1. realanonymousgirl2011 says:

    Wow that’s pretty gruesome. Being a new mother I don’t think I could stomach this read. But it’s good to know that things like that can happen.