By Jon Wells

  • Release Date: 2013-06-25
  • Genre: True Crime
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Veteran true crime writer Jon Wells leads us into a real-life crime investigation and the twisted mind of a murderous man

A man rages in his home on April 4, 1999, breaking furniture and dishes. A woman wants to leave him. “You’re not going anywhere,” he tells her. Later that day, a police officer reports to the house and finds human tissue and organs in a bag left out for garbage. The person of interest in the case is a steelworker named Sam Pirrera, who lives in the house. But who is the victim? Sam’s current estranged wife, Danielle? It is known that they had a stormy relationship; Sam had assaulted her as his coke addiction returned. Forensic detectives find traces of blood in the basement and then the entire corpse, dismembered, the parts hidden behind a false wall and packed in boxes, each of the parts wrapped and doused in gasoline. The victim’s identity is discovered through prints to be a prostitute named Maggie Karer. The dismemberment, “defensive mutilation,” is calculated and deliberate, and the detectives wonder: Are there more victims?

Following an investigation led by veteran homicide detective Peter Abi Rashed, who had once chased a young Sam Pirrera on the streets of Hamilton’s east end many years before, Vanished takes us behind the scenes of a grisly real-life case and its shocking outcome.


  • "Vanished" by Jon Wells

    By SolitaryWoman
    You must distill the story from the mess his writing makes of it, but it's a good story & unusual like "Poison" and, so, worth wading through his B.S. to enjoy. I've been reading about true crime & hardcore mystery for almost 60 years and the killers in these two books take the cake! I don't think I've met such diabolical murderers as these two psychos in all my reading! I couldn't be his writing, could it? I think not. I tried comparing them to the first grisly serial killer that came to mind - Ted Bundy - no comparison! Maybe it is his writing. There's one difference between the guys in "Vanished" & "Poison" & Ted Bundy & his crew, those serial killers frighten me. The guys that Wells writes about make me so angry that I see red! The stories are awesome! Enjoy!