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About Rod Kackley
Rod Kackley is an award-winning journalist and author who has created The St. Isidore Collection and the Shocking True Crime Stories Collection.
He lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., but was born and raised in Metro Detroit. Rod's suburban upbringing is reflected in much of what he writes about St.Isidore, a community that he created in his mind.
Rod has had a lifelong fascination with crime, which is reflected in his writing. Much of the St. Isidore Collection is based on true crime stories. In fact, many of the books, such as The Coffee Shoppe Killer and A Wicked Plan could best be described as true crime novels.
Rod has also written for such publications as Crain's Detroit Business, MiBiz, and PJ Media.
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November 2, 1945: On her way to a high school football game with friends, a fourteen-year-old girl vanishes after driving away with a man who says he needs a babysitter.
The FBI unleashes its top kidnapping expert, an agent who helped bring John Dillinger down. Will that be enough to find the girl and her abductor?
Agents chase the suspected kidnapper from California to Illinois and back again.
Arrested in Los Angeles, he admits abducting the child. He also tells the FBI he killed the girl and threw her body into the Pacific Ocean. A search for her corpse proves fruitless.
Then, when all hope is lost, authorities discover the skeleton of another young woman who's fallen victim to this madman.
Ready for another twist? The wife of the man who made that discovery is found dead at the bottom of the cliff.
During the accused killer's trial, women around the country fall in love with the handsome monster and literally break down the doors of a courthouse to get close to him.
Wild enough for you? Wait. After the child's killer is convicted and sentenced to the gas chamber, a scientist shows up and says he can bring the murderer back from the dead.
The Murder of Thora Chamberlain: A Shocking True Crime Story: This is the wildest, most shocking, true crime story you've ever read.
Someone you know or even love is the person who will kill you. Usually, that’s true.
But that is not what happened in 2018 to two college students in Iowa.
Two young women who had everything to live for, were killed by two men with nothing to lose. Completely random attacks. Neither case had anything else in common except they both shocked the nation and even the world.
What’s worse, being murdered by a loved one or a stranger who jumps out of the bushes when you are most vulnerable?
Previously published as We’ll Find You and Let’s Do Murder, The Iowa Murders tells the shocking true crime stories of the senseless deaths of Mollie Tibbetts and Celia Barquin Arozamena.
When Mollie Tibbetts disappeared on July 18, 2018, her mother, Laura Calderwood, promised she would never quit searching.
For five weeks in the summer of 2018, she searched, and the whole world watched Brooklyn, Iowa because this was more than a murder story — it also became one of the top political stories of 2018.
Then, just after her killer led police to Mollie’s body, hidden in a cornfield, news of another shocking, senseless homicide came from Iowa.
Celia Barquin Arozamena was ready to begin the next phase of her life, including a professional career and marriage.
Collin Richards only wanted a woman to rape and murder.
Celia had everything to live for, and Collin had nothing to lose.
They would come together one day in September 2018.
Only one would survive.
The Iowa Murders is the shocking true crime story of two communities and two families coming to grips with the worst crime imaginable, knowing that even if the killer’s put behind bars today, another could be waiting tomorrow.
The Iowa Murders: A Shocking True Crime Story is a heartbreaking, gripping, page-turning thriller that you won’t want to miss.
She hated needles, but trusted him enough to roll up her sleeve and allow him to give her an injection. Little did she know he wanted her to have the kind of deep, peaceful sleep from which she’d never awaken.
Her friend, who wanted to be more than just a ‘friend’ had access to medicine to let her sleep. She trusted him enough to give her a shot to help her find peace, not realizing how much he’d grown to hate her.
When the young woman is found dead in Gainesville, Florida, police officers don’t see any injuries. No one forced their way into her home. On the autopsy table, the medical examiner finds nothing that could have killed this woman.
But then the ME finds a tiny puncture wound that’s smaller than a freckle on the woman’s arm, and the investigation is on.
The Murder of Michelle Herndon: A Shocking True Crime Story is at a heartbreaking and tragic tale of a young woman’s murder and a police department’s refusal to allow her killer to escape justice.
The MacCormack’s marriage looks ideal from the sidewalk outside their home. But inside it’s living hell of drugs, deceit, and disappointment for Vanessa MacCormack. Soon it will be a house of death.
With her husband, Andrew, snorting $500 a week worth of coke up his nose and pawning Vanessa’s wedding ring to pay for his blow, she wants out. No more marriage. Vanessa wants to take their child and leave.
Suddenly, Vanessa is dead, the victim of a horrible, bloody, violent murder. Andrew collapses in tears on the front lawn of his home that’s now a crime scene.
Andrew tells Vanessa’s mother he can’t believe someone could do this to beautiful Vanessa. But his mother-in-law, Karen, is sure that she knows who murdered her daughter.
"No one in this world ever loved Andrew the way Vanessa did, and he repaid that love by killing her,” says Karen Masucci.
But Andrew says she, and everyone else who calls him a murderer, are wrong. “The explanation is a simple one: I did not murder her. I have never raised a finger to Vanessa, and I sure as hell didn't kill her.”
So who did it? Who’s responsible for the murder of Vanessa MacCormack?
Don't miss your chance to get totally wrapped up in this true-crime thriller, an amazing tale of domestic violence, family murder, and gut-busting true crime.
The Murder of Vanessa MacCormack: A Shocking True Crime Story is a page-turning, heartbreaking tale of love, marriage, and murder, that you’ll never forget.
A thirteen-year-old girl is kidnapped, ripped from the arms of her murdered mother by a man who fantasized about someday abducting a girl, any girl, and making her his own. Living under a bed for most of her eighty-eight days of captivity, the girl never gives up hope. Then one day, left alone, she seizes her opportunity and runs to freedom. Will she make it? If she does run to freedom, can her life ever be the same again?
88 Days: The Abduction of Jayme Closs is the most compelling, shocking true crime story you’ve ever read. Previously published as part of a short story collection titled Kalamazoo’s Suitcase Killer, author Rod Kackley has republished this amazing true crime thriller as a stand-alone true crime novel, and packed it with new information.
88 Days: The Abduction of Jayme Closs is more than a shocking true crime story; it’s a thrilling story of survival, justice, and above all, hope.
#Justice For Ashley is not just a shocking true crime story. It's an amazing, compelling true crime story. Ashley: a beautiful young woman. Utterly open to life and love. Yes, she was gullible, but she was the light of so many lives.
Jared: Scum of the earth. A monster without a conscience.
He did Ashley wrong. But, she took him back, because, well, that was Ashley.
Her mother knew Jared was terrible for Ashley. She didn't want this to happen. But it did. Now, Kristine demands justice for Ashley. She wants her daughter to be returned to her. All of her.
You won't believe how this fantastic, shocking true crime story ends.
#Justice For Ashley is a true-crime thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page. And this is one book about a shocking true crime that you'll never forget.
#Justice For Ashley: A Shocking True Crime Story is only one of the tales of murder and mayhem you'll read in this book.
Killed in The Backseat!
Husband Arrested, Wife's Remains Discovered: A Mother's Worst Nightmare!
Hooker, Serial Killer Or Both?
Serial Killers Are Everywhere
New to true crime? This is a great place to start.
If you love true crime, and you know it, you'll never forgive yourself if you don't read #Justice For Ashley. Buy this book right now!
Doug Stewart even has an ironclad alibi. He's been seen hundreds of miles away when his lovely wife, Venus, vanishes. What better plan could any murderer hope for?
But Doug's forgotten one thing: the power of a mother's love.
Venus' mother believes her daughter's husband lured her outside. They fought. He won. Venus' mom wants her daughter back, dead or alive.
Never Forgive, Never Forget: A Shocking True Crime Story by Rod Kackley tells the true story of a woman whose fear of her husband seems to turn out to be justified. It's also the story of a mother’s quest to win the return of her child — her best friend — even if it’s only to bury her.
The disappearance of Venus Stewart is a shocking true crime story that rocked southwest Michigan and eventually the nation. Hundreds of volunteers spent thousands of days searching for the mother of two young girls.
The police and her mother were sure Venus’ husband killed her. But he was in Newport News, Virginia when the crime was committed in Michigan. The neighbors saw him. He used his credit cards and even paid on his account at his lawyer’s office.
And it wasn’t just the day that Venus disappeared that her husband was seen in Newport News. He was spotted the next day too. How can anyone be in two places at one time?
Here’s something else: no corpse. That’s right, the police don’t have a body. How can investigators even be sure Venus is dead?
Her mother had to wait more than eight long years — 3,101 days — before finding out what had happened to her child.
A community rose up to stand by Therese McComb and her mission to learn the truth, and after searching for Venus hundreds of times, they stood by Therese at the very end.
Never Forgive, Never Forget: A Shocking True Crime Story is a page-turning, hard-hitting tale of a mother’s undying devotion and love for her child; and two police officers’ refusal to give up. It's a story that you will never forget. This gripping book will also leave you with a question. If you were Venus' mother; could you ever forgive?
Never Forgive, Never Forget: A Shocking True Crime Story by Rod Kackley. If you love page-turners that keep you up all night, you need to order this book, now.
These three innocent decisions prove fatal.
Murder’s Always Murder.
And that’s just the first of more than 60 Shocking True Crime Stories waiting for true crime aficionados like you. For instance, there's the story of a man who wanted to serve his neighbor’s almost-beating heart with fried potatoes to his family. Needed to “release the demons,” he said.
Serial killers, serial rapists, teenagers who are planning massacres, bank robbers, stone-cold who-done-its, and the victims of these heinous crimes; you'll read about them all in Murder's Always Murder.
And, then there’s the story of a woman who believes she’s receiving threatening messages written in her jailhouse peanut butter.
There are more shocking true crime stories like The Denver Suitcase Killer, Scottsdale’s Torso Killer, Boiling Mommy’s Head, and Poisoned at Church.
Let’s not forget the Martial Arts Momma, who discovered a delivery driver taking a dump in her backyard garden, or France’s most prolific serial killer, The Ogre of Ardennes.
There’s also an encounter between one of the author’s ancestors and none other than the infamous Wild West outlaw, Butch Cassidy.
And, you’ll wrap it all up by reading a warning about Your Brain on True Crime.
Murder’s Always Murder: Shocking True Crime Stories that you’ll never forget.
Why are you always killed by the one you love?
A research vessel finds a woman’s decomposing corpse floating in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about twenty miles off the Italian shoreline.
Cruise ships frequent the area. Investigators’ best guess is that she came from one of those boats. But which one? And is it a case of accidental death, suicide, or even murder?
Only one boat reported the possibility that a passenger had gone overboard. So she had to have come from the Island Star.
The mystery of how she died was also swiftly solved. For one simple reason, it had to be a case of homicide.
So, someone murdered this woman while both were aboard the cruise ship. Hundreds of people were onboard the Island Star. Who was the killer?
Another perplexing question: Why should the DA’s office in Orange County, California, prosecute a murder that occurred off the coast of Italy?
Prosecutors also have to deal with the fact that their star witnesses were thousands of miles away when Mary Takahashi went into the water.
What complicated the prosecution’s case even more, was the propensity of their star witnesses to change their stories. Both had reasons to turn on the suspect. Would the jury believe them?
The Murder of Mary Takahashi: A Shocking True Crime Story tells a story of greed and murder. But it’s also an extraordinary tale of legal intrigue and guile as prosecutors work for more than a decade to put one of their own, a fellow attorney, in prison for the rest of his life.
That’s why she hooked up with “Hard Mike” on Craigslist. That’s what killed her family.
All she asked for was $50. “Hard Mike” offered $120. How could Brooke turn that down?
She Deserved Better: A Craigslist Killer is a tragic, heartbreaking, gripping story of an eighteen-year-old woman, eight months pregnant, who was ready to sacrifice everything for her family.
It’s also the story of a thirty-one-year-old man who lived alone after being dumped by his fiancee. He had nothing but his computer and his fantasies.
She Deserved Better: A Craigslist Killer is also a Shocking True Crime Story that should serve as a wakeup call to anyone meeting strangers online for casual sex.
The moral of this story is you never know what you’re going to get online. STDs might be the least of your worries.
She’d never killed before, not even a fly. But when it came to murder, she proved to be a quick study. Disposing off the bodies, well, that proved to be another challenge. She couldn’t stand her ex-husband and found she couldn’t trust the lover who replaced him. Would the third man prove to be the charm, or would she find true love, too late?
The Coffee Shoppe Killer: Inspired by a Shocking True Crime Story is an intense mystery and suspense thriller.
You won’t be able to stop turning pages, as you go along for the ride with an undercover cop, two crime-busting reporters, and a serial killer who’s just looking for love.