True Crime from J.L. Abramo, Shamus Award winning author of Circling the Runway, Chasing
Charlie Chan and American History.
Homeland Insecurity is the story of two men accused of taking the lives of three fellow human beings—a 15-year-old girl in Mahwah, New Jersey
and a pair of young police officers in El Segundo, California.
Two men born 8 days apart in 1934.
Two men who died 57 days apart in 2017.
Crimes committed 140 days apart in 1957.
At a time when Americans were beginning to feel much less confident about the safety of their families.
One convicted murderer spent nearly 15 years on death row at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, continually professing his innocence.
The other perpetrator escaped detection for more than 45 years.
Homeland Insecurity is also an account of the hits and misses of the law enforcement agencies and judicial institutions which—over the course of nearly five decades—eventually stumbled upon justice.
Finally, it is a look at the post-World War II American experience leading up to the murders in 1957, and the profound changes to come after.
When Rock n’ Roll, rebels without a cause, and catchers in the rye all burst upon the American landscape.
When fear of nuclear annihilation and real-life monsters crept into the national consciousness.
And when those three murders in 1957, and a growing sense of national insecurity, may have had mutual effect.
The first full length work of nonfiction
by novelist and social psychologist J.L. Abramo, Homeland Insecurity is both
a compelling true crime narrative and
an exploration of America's descent
into fear and unrest since the end of the Second World War.