MISSING WIVES, MISSING LIVES is now available on Amazon!

Missing Wives, Missing LivesRelease day is finally here! Thank you to all my friends and fans for your incredible support.

My new book, Missing Wives, Missing Lives, was released today in paperback and eBook! Want it in Audiobook format? That will be available in a few weeks!  Click here to purchase now!

Everyone who pre-ordered was automatically entered to win 1 of 2 $100 Amazon gift cards! The first drawing took place on June 9–Congrats to JoAnn Brown! The next drawing will take place later today (June 16) and the winner will be announced on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jjslate

When a wife goes missing, her husband is often the prime suspect in her disappearance. But what happens when she is never found? These are the true stories of thirty missing women.

“A riveting read that paints a vivid picture of disappearing wives whose lives converge toward what the reader knows is a horrifying conclusion. Well researched and written.” —Crime Magazine

“A compendium of some of the most notorious cases where women have disappeared. Too many husbands are literally getting away with murder. We must remember that many of these women were moms as well. The subject of this book is fraught with emotions for the reader. Thousands of women and girls are missing and every day more and more simply vanish. We need more books like this for public awareness. Congratulations to the author on this her debut book. Highly recommended.” —Missing Justice Gender Advocacy

 

Missing Wives, Missing Lives is now available for pre-order!

I am so excited to announce that my book, Missing Wives, Missing Lives, is now available for pre-order in paperback and eBook! The Audiobook will be available soon after its release on June 16. Pre-order today and you won’t pay until the release date. Click here to purchase now!

Everyone who pre-orders is automatically entered to win 1 of 2 $100 Amazon gift cards! Drawings will take place on June 9 and June 16. Make sure you like my Facebook page too, so you can see who the winners are! https://www.facebook.com/jjslate

When a wife goes missing, her husband is often the prime suspect in her disappearance. But what happens when she is never found? These are the stories of thirty missing women.

Fascinated by missing persons reports and cold cases for as long as she can remember, JJ Slate’s debut true crime book highlights thirty shocking true stories of wives that have mysteriously vanished, presumably at the hands of her husband. Countless cases like these have played out under the public spotlight, and many of them have been solved after the wife’s remains have eventually been found. But some of these women remain missing years later, denying the families their right to bury their loved ones. Many of these families continue the gruesome search for the remains of their daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, or mother years, even decades, later.

Missing Wives, Missing Lives focuses on thirty unique cases in which the wife has never been found and the undying efforts of her family as they continue the painful search to bring her home. The book covers decades old cases, such as Jeanette Zapata, who has been missing since 1976, to more recent and widely known cases, such as Stacy Peterson, who has been missing since 2007. Keeping these women’s stories alive may be the key to solving the mystery and bringing them home to their families. Someone out there knows something.

Cold Case: Where is Angela “Cherice” Gwinn Stephens?

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Twenty-three-year-old Angela “Cherice” Gwinn Stephens has been missing since October 1, 1993. Today, nearly twenty-one years after she was last seen, Raleigh County Commissioners in West Virginia signed a petition declaring her legally dead. Her husband, Norman E. Stephens II, claims that Cherice dropped him off at work that Friday, and never returned to pick him up at the end of his shift. Instead of reporting her missing, Norman waited twenty-seven days and then filed for divorce. Cherice’s family reported her missing eleven months after she was last seen. Norman reportedly told the police that his wife had called him from out of town, letting him know she was not coming back. He hired a lawyer and refused to take a lie detector test.
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Cold Case: Missing since 1977, Mary Stuart and her two young daughters have never been found

Where are they?

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Mary Elizabeth (Danckert) Stuart was born on April 25, 1945. She was married to Byron McCray Stuart, who reportedly was quick to anger and not afraid to resort to violence. Mary left her home in Honeydew, California around 10:00 in the morning on Saturday, December 10, 1977. She and her two young daughters, two-year-old Jessie Flo and one-year-old Fannie Fawn, left in the family’s red Opel station wagon to run some errands. They planned to visit a television repair shop in a neighboring town, the optometrist, and a grocery store. The trio never returned home that evening.
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Remains found in Minnesota ID’d as missing woman Carrie Olson

Photo of Carrie OlsonTwenty-nine-year-old Carrie Olson went missing from Rock Island, Iowa on December 28, 2013. Now, more than three months later, remains found over 300 miles away in Hastings, Minnesota have been identified as hers. A property owner stumbled across the remains on his land in an isolated, wooded area on April 5. Investigators are working on determining how long the body has been in the area, as well as the time and manner of death.
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Skeletal remains found in 1997 identified as missing Phoenix mother Susan Cook

Photo of Susan Denise CookThis is an odd story. Susan Cook went missing from Phoenix, Arizona on December 14, 1996. I can’t find very much information on the case, but what we do know is that she was last seen by her husband in her apartment at 8130 W. Indian School Road. Female skeletal remains were found approximately six months after Susan’s disappearance in the area of 87th Ave and West Dobbins Road. Despite the fact the remains were discovered in an area less than eleven miles away from her apartment, they weren’t tested against Susan’s DNA until recently. In January 2014, the tests confirmed that the remains are Susan’s. At the time of her disappearance, Susan was thirty-two years old and married with two children. Police have confirmed they are treating Susan’s death as a homicide.
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Police digging in backyard of missing mom Patty Vaughan’s husband

Image of Patty VaughanI haven’t written the chapter on Patty Vaughan in my book, Missing Wives, Missing Lives, just yet, but her case is one of the next on my list to write about. Turns out the police have been digging at her husband’s former property in Texas this week in search of the missing mother of three. I’m so glad to see some action taking place on some of these cold cases!
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Karla Villagra-Garzon’s body found; husband charged with murder

Photo of Karla Villagra-GarzonIn a sad update to the case of missing NJ mom Karla Villagra-Garzon, Elizabeth Police have announced that they have discovered her remains in a Chatham Township residence that has been vacant since Superstorm Sandy. Reported missing on February 24 by her husband, there have been few details available about an ongoing search. Originally investigators said that Karla’s husband, Abayuba Rivas, was cooperating with the investigation, but word comes tonight that he has been arrested for first-degree murder. Bail has been set at 2 million dollars.

Husband and wife charged with murder of missing 20-year-old Heather Elvis

Photo of Heather ElvisIn an interesting turn of events in the missing case of Heather Elvis, who has been missing from South Carolina since December 18, 2013, the man she had been having an affair with and his wife have been charged with her kidnapping and murder. Sidney Moorer, 38, and his wife Tammy Moorer, 42, were both originally charged last month with indecent exposure (from two separate incidents in different locations on December 17 and 18) and obstruction of justice (giving misinformation about Heather and their whereabouts on the night she went missing). Investigators searched their home after they were taken into custody and what they found led them to charge the couple with kidnapping and murder.
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“Missing Wives, Missing Lives” Cover Reveal!

Image of book by JJ Slate titled "Missing Wives, Missing Lives"I’m very excited to reveal the cover for my first book, designed by the talented Jacqueline Cross! Missing Wives, Missing Lives will be published this summer by RJ Parker Publishing, Inc. It will be available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook.

I have always been drawn to missing persons cases, especially those that have remained unsolved for many years. Missing Wives, Missing Lives will highlight true stories in which a wife has vanished, presumably at the hands of her husband, and the undying efforts of her family and friends to bring her home. I cover the tragic stories of Stacy Peterson, Susan Cox Powell, Michele Harris, Lisa Stebic, Dawn Viens, and many more. The families of these women have suffered through a horrific experience of not knowing exactly what happened to their loved one and they continue to search for answers years later. It is my hope that keeping the stories of these women alive will bring an end to the searching and give those families the closure they deserve.