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The true story of an innocent young boy whose tragic life ended in murder—and the real-life wicked stepmother who would pay for her crimes . . .
On May 2, 1993, in Lantana, Florida, the naked body of ten-year-old Andrew “A.J.” Schwarz was found floating face down in the family swimming pool. But authorities were quick to question the supposed drowning. How could the boy have drowned when the water level was only four feet deep? And why was his body covered with cuts and bruises from head to toe?
Suspicion soon fell upon A.J.’s stepmother, Jessica Schwarz—a woman who described herself as “loud and crude.” She was obviously a crass brute and a bully—but was she a torturer and child killer? The sad answer was “yes.”
Authorities soon uncovered a long-time pattern of physical and mental abuse that Schwartz had inflicted on the boy with such unfeeling intensity that hardened police investigators were left sickened. Even during her trials, Schwarz was smugly defiant, until convictions for criminal child abuse and second-degree murder wiped the smirk off her face . . .
Carol J. Rothgeb, author of Hometown Killer, and Scott H. Cupp, the prosecutor who successfully convicted Jessica Schwarz, now tell the riveting inside story in a “wake-up call for those who feel that they can’t make a difference when it comes to . . . child cruelty” (Reviewing the Evidence).