A True Crime Story
By Frank P. Stiles
GREED AND MURDER shattered the serenity of an affluent Ohio village and set police on a frantic quest to find the killers. The murders of 67-year-old Harriett Wernert and her 97-year-old mother, Velma Bush, in the confines of their own home shocked the quiet, affluent village of Ottawa Hills. It also demonstrated that evil can occur in any community. There had never been a murder in this small village, located on the edge of Toledo in northwest Ohio.
The murders sent shock waves through the village as residents pressed local police for answers and scurried to find ways to protect themselves. Additional deadbolts and security systems were added, and some residents purchased guns.
The village Chief of Police looked to the city of Toledo's Police Department for help, and because of the authors' investigative experience he was assigned to assist in the search for answers.
The ensuing investigation, arrests, and trials of the three murderers, held simultaneously in three Common Pleas courtrooms, is packed with suspense.
Frank P. Stiles: A highly decorated police detective with many policeman-of-the-year awards
Retired after 25 years with the police department
Today is the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office Chief Investigator. "BLIND TRUST" is Frank Stiles second true-crime book. "Evil Brothers," released in 2008, told the story of two brothers who committed rape and nine murders of young people sitting in their cars or walking alone at night. Stiles was the lead detective who tracked down the serial killers and put them in prison.