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

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Think this couldn’t 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. She’s So Cold traces the twists
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Kindle Edition, 476 pages
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 t ...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.
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 clos ...more
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 Children’s 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.
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 She’s 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 obt
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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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Kelly Long
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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.
CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
She’s 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.
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 th
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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 Crowe’s 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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Maria
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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 t
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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
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 coer
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Kookie9200
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book.

I had not heard of this case, as I was in high school when it happened. It was interesting reading about the case from the point of view of the lawyer of one of the defendants. I found myself horrified by the treatment of the boys in this case, as they were the same age I was in 1998.

It's hard to rate a true crime book the same way that I would rate a novel, but I will say I enjoyed this book. The flow and ease of read
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Angela Payne
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for an ARC of this book. I could not put it down! At times I felt sick to my stomach thinking about all this family had to go through and I found it challenging to read, however, the author had me hooked on all the details of the case and I read page after page anxious to discover how it was resolved. If you like reading True Crime or are interested in the way the police and judicial system works, I would highly recommend this one!
Justkeepreading85
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
I had such a hard time with this, to be completely honest I couldn’t even finish it. The injustice of Aaron, Josh and Michael are what made me want to read this book but my goodness I found it impossible. All the interviews (over 60% of the book) I just found repetitive and tedious. I ended up giving up at about 70% of the book because I just couldn’t do it.

Thank you to netgalley and the publishers of She’s So Cold for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cristie Underwood
The author did a brilliant job capturing how everyone involved in this crime had their life impacted. The 3 young men that were forced into confessing by questionable police tactics, the victim's family, and others. This was truly eye-opening as to how stubborn some police are and the lengths they will go to if they believe someone is guilty of a crime.
Kimberly Jackson
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a sad story. The details about this case was amazing. So many people have suffered such a tremendous lost.
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