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She's So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devasted a Family

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Think this couldnt happen to your family? Think again.


In the winter of January 1998, the small town of Escondido, California, was horrified when the body of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe was found brutally murdered in her own bedroom. The police used psychological manipulation to force three 14-year-old boys to falsely confess to the murder. Shes So Cold traces the twists
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Published June 9th 2019 by J & E Publications
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Valerity (Val)
This is a book on a fascinating subject that comes up from time to time, about false confessions being pressured from people by police. They are especially found in cases where there is a lot of pressure to solve a case in the community, or often when there are suspects that are juveniles or those who are mentally challenged. This story revolves around the murder of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe, who is found on a winter morning in January, 1998 on her bedroom floor, having been stabbed and left ...more
Kelly Long
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, nonfiction
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book for me to read in exchange for an honest review.
This true crime book is unlike many I have read before. The police procedural aspect and the "interrogations" to obtain the "confessions" was quite frightening. It was a bit tedious to get through but interesting anyway. Part 3 of this book was easier to get through. Overall, it was an interesting book.
Mayke ☕️
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come
Vicki Willis
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I remember this case so clearly when it happened. It was shocking and disturbing as the facts came out and San Diegans were led to believe three teenage boys were responsible for the brutal murder of one of the boy's sister. This book is not about the case and the victim, however. It is actually about the justice system and its treatment of children involved with the case. It is about the tactics of the detectives and police department who abused the rights and used psychological warfare to ...more
Marti M
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
I love reading about true crime cases and somehow I had never heard of this one. 12 year old Stephanie Crowe was found stabbed to death in her bedroom and police had no suspects. But she had a teenage brother who was into violent video games, so they used horrifying coercion tactics to get a confession out of him and his two best friends for her murder. They were completely innocent.

That is so scary and mind boggling to me. And while I can appreciate everything this case has done in regards to
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Mallory (onmalsshelf) Bartel
Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange of an honest review.

Dennis McInnis shares a story of how a police department united against three teenage boys in San Diego county for the murder of a 12 year old girl. The problem? No evidence and two coerced confessions. Dennis was the defense attorney for the one boys that did not give a confession under duress. Dennis and two other attorneys fight for the boys in court against a prosecutor dead set for trying all three boys as
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Cheryl
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of true crime stories, you will like it but it might be a slight departure from other true crime novels. This is because this book is not so focused on the "victim" but more about the questioning that Stephanie's brother and two friends endured during the interview process. The main focal point of this book is to showcase Childrens Miranda Rights Warning and a Bill of Rights for Children.

As I was reading this book, I did feel and experience injustice as well as anger. The type
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Kayo
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Truly sickening how these boys and families were ruined. Good information. Something to learn here....

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
MayorEmma
May 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eh... I didn't really enjoy this one. I got kind of bored because it just. kept. dragging. on forever.





I received an arc of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Stephanie
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My true crime interest in general and the fact that I have family members living in north San Diego County pretty much guaranteed that I REALLY wanted to read Shes So Cold by Donald McInnis, and thanks to J&E Publications and NetGalley, I received a copy in exchange for this honest review.

Back in 1998, a 12-year-old girl named Stephanie Crowe was found murdered in her bedroom in Escondido, CA in the middle of the night. There was no sign of forced entry, no clues to who committed the murder.
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Donna Hines
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Have you ever heard of a case in which a suspect is not only a young child but her own brother who confessed to her murder?
This is just such a case from the late 90's in California in which Stephanie was killed in her own bed.
Now faced with intense scrutiny the focus is upon those closest to her including her brother.
However, there is a fine line between a confession and one that's forced by deceptive police tactics such as psychological manipulation through use of force and or entrapment to
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teleri llinos
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would, and it could be because I havent read a true crime in so long but the book just felt refreshing.

The book followed both the interrogations and the court case (which is something that fascinates me) so I was counting down the chapters until the lawyers got involved.

I don't really have much to say but one fault that I personally had with it was that the beginning gave away the ending. I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't know if the trio were
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Trisha
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for a free copy of the e-book in exchange for an honest review!
This book is exhaustive, and at times repetitive, in detail. But I think that heavy attention to detail is necessary for such a book. Though I think it's clear that the author isn't a born writer, he does do a great job at telling this story, and educating people in the process.
This is a very tragic story. I can only hope that, now 21 years on, these boys, and especially the family of Stephanie Crowe, have found
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Pam
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is was a very insightful book that takes the reader into a very controversial case. The "false confessions" that are given by suspects and how it is comes about was eye opening in this book. The treatment of the juveniles that were accused and arrested was beyond acceptable. The tunnel vision of the police officers involved was seen from the beginning of the investigation. The sad realization that this was not the first case and will not be the last case of false confessions because of the ...more
PJ
Just finished this one. Wow. Just wow! This is a true story that's very sad and disturbing on many levels. I'll try not to give too much away.

This book was written by one of the defense attorneys for one of the three boys accused of killing a 12-year-old little girl.

Most of the book is the actual interrogations of the three boys which allows you to see the deceit and manipulation used by the police on these kids.

I seriously had no idea a child could be picked up and questioned without a parent
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Luna
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Heartbreaking story about a corrupted system and its repercussions. False confessions. A tale that seems to be even more shocking because it's based in true events. A very well documented book based on the Crowe Murder case. Captivating and page turning (so hard to put it down). A must read for all True Crime lovers.
Jackie
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a disturbing examination of the murder of Stephanie Crowe in California in 1998. As disturbing as the senseless murder of a 12 year old girl is the railroading of her brother Michael and two of his friends for the murder. Investigators used deception and questionable techniques in interviewing the 16 year olds, and had their minds made up that these boys had committed the crime.
Fascinating read.
CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
Shes So Cold by author Donald E McInnis is a creepy, true crime novel and definitely worth the read! I would absolutely recommend this book!
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Keith Lytton
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
First ...right off...the author states that what you are about to read will be hard...and may make you want to put the book down...and how right he is...this is ...unfortunately ....another example of horrible shoddy police work....hmmm...but I am jumping ahead.....ok...he was right...difficult to read ...to the point where I had to put it down multiple times...but ...important to continue...

the story is a horrible one of a 12 year old girl who was murdered in her own home....in the middle of
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Proforma
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On January 21, 1998 an unknown person entered Stephanie Crowes bedroom and butchered her. She was 12 years old.

Her case remains unsolved and mysterious.

Three boys were accused of her murder, her brother Michael Crowe who was 14 at the time, his friend Joshua Treadway (same age) and their mutual friend Aaron Houser who had recently turned 15.

This book focuses on the police procedure to obtain confessions from the boys and the subsequent hearing to determine if they should be tried as juveniles
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Keith Chawgo
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This True Crime novel is a very hard read and this is not due to the writing style but more to the subject matter. The Stephanie Crowe murder case shows exactly how a police investigation can devastate the lives of three families through hunches without any evidence. The case against older brother Michael and his two friends, Joshua Treadway and Aaron Houser.

Using a technique that very clearly went against their rights as juvenile, it is a wonder how the parents seemed to let this happen and
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Amy

This work describies a true crime that occured in 1998 is the story of the murder of Stephanie Crowe and its aftermath. She was found stabbed to death in her bedroom by family one winter morning. Because of his reaction to the body and fact he woke up during the night to go to the kitchen, her brother, Michael, became the prime suspect. McInnis then charges that the police used psychological manipulation to force a confession from Micheal and two of his friends. The actual transcriptions of
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Yassemin
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was never going to be rated anything BUT five stars! This was an absolutely fantastic read. For me personally it was up there with In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I enjoyed it THAT much.

Thank you SO much to the publishers via Netgalley for giving me this to read. I really hope Donald E McInnis writes more (and keeps the good Defence work up).

As a Defence lawyer who dealt with the Police Station side of things here in the UK, representing clients at the early stage of an investigation, I
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Maria
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The 411:

WOW! Wow! Wow! This book took me 2 weeks to read and I was never so angry. So unjust. Such a piss me off. Not because of the writing or because the book was a disappointment. Completely the opposite. The tactics used by law enforcement and attorneys to get a conviction can devastate a family and I pray many read this. We should all know our rights although hopefully we will never be in a situation like this it is good to be aware. In the end the book gives up to date Miranda Rights and
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Jessica Bronder
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
In January 1998, Stephanie Crowe was discovered stabbed and dead in her bedroom. The police then coerce three fourteen year olds, including her brother, into confessing to the murder. Donald McInnis was the attorney for Aaron Hauser and saw problems associated with interviewing the boys in this case. He proposed changes to the interrogation process for children to help keep these false confessions from happening.

This is not your normal true crime story. Although we do see what happened all
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Angel Hatfield
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the winter of January 1998, the small town of Escondido, California, was horrified when the body of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe was found brutally murdered in her own bedroom. The police used psychological manipulation to force three 14-year-old boys to falsely confess to the murder. She's So Cold traces the twists and turns of a real-life mystery which eventually changed the lives of fifteen people and cost a district attorney his job. To protect children and teens from such manipulation in ...more
Jennifer
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She's So Cold is the devastating story of how the Children's Miranda Rights Warning and Bill of Rights for Children came to be. In 1998, 12 year old Stephanie Crowe was found murdered in her own bedroom. Quickly, her brother and two of his friends were prime suspects and taken into custody. Through a series of torturous and psychologically exhausting interviews, the three boys are manipulated into making false confessions.

She's So Cold was a fascinating story, but it is also truly horrifying. I
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Kitty Pollock
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She's So Cold is a true crime book of the Crowe Murder Case. A murder of a 12 year old girl, killed in her own bedroom in the dead of night, supposedly by her 14 year old brother and two of his friends. The boys confession under police interrogation is now regarded as a classic example of a false confession. What makes this book so intriguing is that the author was the Criminal Defence Attorney for one of the accused boys, which already puts this book on a good grounding for insight, research ...more
Ann
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
In the winter of January 1998, the small town of Escondido, California, was horrified when the body of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe was found brutally murdered in her own bedroom. The police used psychological manipulation to force three 14-year-old boys to falsely confess to the murder. Shes So Cold traces the twists and turns of a real-life mystery which eventually changed the lives of fifteen people and cost a district attorney his job.


To protect children and teens from such manipulation in
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Doris Vandruff
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie Crowe is 12 years old when she is found murdered in her bedroom by her grandmother. Her brother, Michael and two of his friends, Aaron and Joshua are arrested.
As juveniles these three boys lost all their rights. They were lied to, kept from going to the bathroom, not provided food or water for long hours of time. Questioned until they were falling asleep on the floor. Not allowed to speak to their parents and forced to finally confess. They were arrested. The two confessions were
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