In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains

In Cold Storage Sex and Murder on the Plains In the small southwest Nebraska railroad town of McCook became the unlikely scene of a grisly murder More than forty years later author James W Hewitt returns to the scene and unearths new detai

  • Title: In Cold Storage: Sex and Murder on the Plains
  • Author: James W. Hewitt
  • ISBN: 9780803256637
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1973 the small southwest Nebraska railroad town of McCook became the unlikely scene of a grisly murder More than forty years later, author James W Hewitt returns to the scene and unearths new details about what happened After pieces of Edwin and Wilma Hoyt s dismembered bodies were found floating on the surface of a nearby lake, authorities charged McCook resident HaIn 1973 the small southwest Nebraska railroad town of McCook became the unlikely scene of a grisly murder More than forty years later, author James W Hewitt returns to the scene and unearths new details about what happened After pieces of Edwin and Wilma Hoyt s dismembered bodies were found floating on the surface of a nearby lake, authorities charged McCook resident Harold Nokes and his wife, Ena, with murder Harold pleaded guilty to murder and Ena pleaded guilty to two counts of wrongful disposal of a dead body, but the full story of why and how he murdered the Hoyts has never been told Hewitt interviews law enforcement officers, members of the victims family, weapons experts, and forensic psychiatrists, and delves into newspaper reports and court documents from the time Most significant, Harold granted Hewitt his first and only interview, in which the convicted murderer changed several parts of his 1974 confession In Cold Storage takes readers through the evidence, including salacious details of sex and intrigue between the Hoyts and the Nokeses, and draws new conclusions about what really happened between the two families on that fateful September night.

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    1. “In Cold Storage” by James Hewitt tells the story of a 1973 double murder in McCook, Nebraska. Hewitt revisits evidence, newspaper articles and interviews many of the witnesses, including the murderer himself, who was in prison at the time. When body parts started showing up on the shores of Harry Strunk Lake, the citizens of “McCook feared a deranged lunatic was loose in the community.” Nobody suspected that one of their neighbors could have done this-in fact, a man encouraged his wife [...]

    2. This one jumped out at me because of the title. When I picked it up and read the description, I saw that it took place in Nebraska, which is where I have lived for the majority of my life. I hadn't heard of this case before. The story itself was pretty interesting. I was annoyed by the author's constant sex shaming. Also, the book jumped around quite a bit and seemed disorganized. There was a lot of repetition, especially when it came to the author's speculation. I'd recommend this to people who [...]

    3. In Nebraska?Quite interesting this should happen in small town America especially during that time period. I have visited the area but never knew is story.

    4. An interesting read. The book is set in McCook, Nebraska and is about Harold and Ena Nokes and how-why they murdered Edwin and Wilma Hoyt. This crime occurred back in the 1970's. The writing is not the best as the author is a lawyer. At times I had to reread parts to follow the storyline. In the end Harold is still in prison and will be until he dies. Though it is unclear as to exactly why he killed two people. He has given a statement back in the 70's as to what happen and then decades later sa [...]

    5. Not a light & fluffy beach summer read. Not a well written book. Interesting only because I live in Nebraska and it takes place in our state. I was a child when this event happened so I don't remember it, nor have ever heard anything about it. I wouldn't have read this book if it hadn't been a book club selection for my group. Luckily it read fast and was fairly short so I survived it.

    6. Slice of life true story. The author is a lawyer who lays out the facts. Not a great story-teller perhaps but the story is amazing.

    7. This book is about a murder in my home town. My mind is blown!!!! I will never look at my neighbors the same!!!

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