My third novel, Stealing Jenny, is about a pregnant woman who is kidnapped by a mentally unstable infertile woman.
Over the past six years, I’ve noticed a disturbing increase in news of pregnant women being kidnapped. I particularly found the Laci Peterson case tragic. Although her husband was eventually arrested and convicted for her murder, these cases have been growing in number each year, and the “usual suspects” have been females.
In case anyone has doubts that the scenario of my novel, Stealing Jenny, is unrealistic or too hard to believe, these chillingly similar cases (some with sad endings) are illustrative of the extents some unstable infertile women will go to “have a baby.” (Warning: some of these articles are graphic).
October 11, 2011 Maritza Ramirez-Cruz (baby and mother died).
April 2011 Jamie Stice (Jamie died, baby survived.)
December 8, 2009 (The pregnant woman and baby survived).
July 2007 Amanda Howard (Amanda and baby girl survived.)
April 4, 2005 Sarah Brady (Sarah fought back and escaped)
Photo copyright James Hrkach