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The autopsy report ruled peritonitis was the cause but the startling photos of the boy suggested murderHow could the Jurgens kill a small child and get away with it? Determined to find answers detectives Ron Meehan and Greg Kindle tracked down old witnesses and rebuilt the case brick by brick until they exposed the demons that drove an ado This book is a heartbreaking look at the painful realities of child abuse In White Bear MN in 1965 3 year old Dennis Jurgens died a horrific death at the hands of his parents Despite that these parents continued to be able to adopt other children The system failed these kids as well as neighbors friends and family The book is getting 3 stars because it got a little slow in the middle

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A Death in White Bear LakePted parent to torture and eventually murder a helpless child Just as compelling they investigated why so many people watched and did absolutely nothing A vivid portrait of an all American town that harbored a killer A Death in White Bear Lake is also the absorbing story of two detectives who refused to give up until they had the killer col Minnesota isn't really a very interesting place to live as far as current crime goes Sure there's some gangster history But even the woodchipper murder featured in the movie Fargo which was partially set in Brainerd really came from ConnecticutBut Siegel's book A Death in White Bear Lake The True Chronicle of an All American Town explores than just another killing This is the case of Dennis Jurgens a 3 ½ year old boy who was brutally abused to death by his adoptive motherHere's the story in a nutshellJerry Sherwood a 17 year old living in a juvenile home was convinced to give up her newborn son for adoption in December 1961 She regretted that decision and waited until he was an adult to track him down She discovered that the boy had died in April 1965 of peritonitis from a ruptured bowel and that the cause of death had been marked deferredSuspicious and angry Sherwood badgered investigators to look into her son's death What they found was disturbingHarold and Lois Jurgens wanted a baby desperately They adopted a uiet little boy named Robert and soon longed for another boy so Robert could have a brother They got DennisThe book details the atrocities Dennis suffered at Lois's hands It also describes the social mentality towards child abuse in the mid '60s People looked the other way; it was a private family matter This case rocked that attitude when pediatricians and psychiatrists put their heads together to identify battered child syndrome The chapter titled Revolution looks into how doctors began recognizing distinct signs of child abuse In 1965 Minnesota was the first state to enact legislation reuiring certain caregivers to report signs of abuse to policeIn the time between Dennis's death and Sherwood's demands for justice the Jurgens adopted four children who also experienced abuse from LoisIt took 21 years for the medical examiner to come up with the cause of Dennis Jurgens's death It was ruled a homicide in the end Lois Jurgens went to trial under the laws governing homicide in 1965 and was convicted of third degree murder an unintentional killing She received a 25 year sentence of which she would serve eight yearsUnfortunately Siegel worked in a complete history of White Bear Lake a township located northeast of the Twin Cities It seems out of place and unimportant in contrast to the truly horrifying treatment of a little boy and the slow response by lawmakers to protect children Still this book is worth reading and Siegel is a decent writer who clearly does his research

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A Death in White Bear Lake mobi ↠ Mass Market Paperback read ✓ We want to talk to you about my brother who was murdered twenty one years ago can we come in? The veneer of tranuility in White Bear Lake Minnesota began to crack the day Jerry Sherwood and her son showed up at the police station to inuire about her firWe want to talk to you about my brother who was murdered twenty one years ago can we come in? The veneer of tranuility in White Bear Lake Minnesota began to crack the day Jerry Sherwood and her son showed up at the police station to inuire about her first born son Dennis adopted by Lois and Harold Jurgens and dead before his fourth birthday Interesting book that encapsulates a national tragedy child abuse was pretty well neglected by both the medical profession and law enforcement up until the 1960's  The attitude was who would do something like that and it's really none of our business  Once the scope of the abuse of children began to come to light both the medical profession and law enforcement stepped up to face the challengeWhat is so very sad about this book is that it is not about an isolated instance but rather it is just an example of what was going on through out the country  Even in today's world abuse of children continues unabated  The year Dennis Jurgen died White Bear Lake became the All American city of 1965  The irony of this is what makes this story so compelling  This review was originally posted on The Pfaeffle Journal