By M. William Phelps
The crime surprised quiet Mineral Wells, Texas: 49-year-old Bob Dow shot execution-style in his personal mattress, his invalid mom locked within the subsequent room—and a cache of do-it-yourself porn starring the town's underage women. the 2 accused killers—teen fanatics Bobbi Jo Smith and Jennifer Jones—were at the run, motive on going out in a cross-country blaze of glory. M. William Phelps exposes a gripping story of sexploitation, lust, and betrayal, whereas wondering the court's fateful verdict in a tantalizing forensic puzzle. have been either women both responsible of homicide? Or used to be one purely a pawn within the other's dainty, blood-stained hands?
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Though they would close on their house on December 20th, Eric thought it was still important to attend a dental conference near Secaucus, New Jersey, scheduled for midDecember. He said he wanted to keep up on the latest technology. The gathering lasted four days. While he was away, Doris came down to help her daughter pack and watch Alix, since Tracy had to work at the ofﬁce. By New Year’s Day the Thomases had moved into their new home. The week she was there, Mayor MikeVoll appointed Eric to the planning board as an alternate.
It wasn’t right. Eric returned a week later after seeing Woods defeat defending champion Nick Faldo. On April 8, 1997, two months after the accident, Dr. Gross issued his autopsy ﬁndings on Tracy’s death. Gross reported that the cause of death was blunt force trauma with asphyxia. AIR BAG PLAYED ROLE IN MIDDLE TOWNSHIP WOMAN’S DEATH . . air bag was among several elements mentioned in the report Gross completed this week. “The positioning of Tracy Thomas in the vehicle at the time of impact, as well as the pregnancy and the effects of restraints and the sudden deployment of the air bag” were contributing factors, Gross said.
Mellon, tall and thin, with pale blue eyes, would handle the strategy and public relations. His colleague, Elliot Kolodny, a large man with lots of energy, the ﬁrm’s top litigator, would 54 Cape May Court House handle the injury claims. He would try to prove to a jury that the air bag in the Thomases’ Explorer killed Tracy. The ﬁnancial arrangements were standard. Mellon’s ﬁrm would advance all the costs of the litigation. The rest would go to Thomas. On July 26, 1998,Tracy would have been thirty-nine years old.
Bad Girls by M. William Phelps