Murder, Lies & Innocence Lost
by John W. Gemmer
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In the fall of 1988, Clarence J. Moore and his wife Jean moved to the small community of Wayne, in Grant County, Ohio. The Moores, formerly from the Chicago suburbs, made the move to accommodate Jean's new work responsibilities and for Clarence's hope for a slower paced work environment. Clarence applied for and landed the job as captain of the Detective Bureau in the Grant County Sheriff's Department. One of Detective Moore's first cases is the apparent homicide of Rachael Miller, a fifteen-year-old Amish girl, who died on December 19, 1988.
As a lead investigator for the Chicago Police Department, Moore brings an abundance of experience to unravel this complicated and unusual homicide case. During the investigation, another criminal case unexpectedly intertwines with the death of the Amish girl.
One of the main challenges for Moore is to comprehend the differences between the Amish and "the English," those who are not Amish. Moore is assisted in navigating his way through the unfamiliar culture of the local Amish community by his subordinate, Sergeant Randy T. Chilcott, a resident of Grant County, Ohio. One of the first lessons Captain Moore learns about the Amish is that they believe in a "two-world existence," in which one world is that of man, but the more important world is that of God through the examples written in the King James Bible and in the Ten Commandments.
John W. Gemmer is a native Hoosier originally from Goshen, Indiana. Following his retirement in 1999, Gemmer lived in Naples and Orlando, Florida for nine years. He has since moved back to Indiana and resides in Elkhart. He is a graduate of Indiana University in South Bend, Indiana, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in business. Gemmer majored in accounting. He served during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1972. Gemmer was stationed on a destroyer, also affectionately known as a tin can, the USS Harold J. Ellison DD-864 for a little over two years. The Ellison patrolled the north Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea (including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba), and the Mediterranean Sea during Gemmer's service aboard the ship. His last duty station was at the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic Fleet (SACLANT) headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. SACLANT is a high-level NATO Command base. When John isn't writing, he enjoys target shooting, automotive restoration, reading, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. He is an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan, and was for many years a season ticket holder. Gemmer is also a fan of the Indiana Pacers.
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