A violent home invasion took a young mother's life. But was that what really happened?
"Invitation to a Murder," available in stores on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008, is the fourth book from 48 Hours Mystery.
In this riveting account of a crime first documented on the broadcast, producer Gail Abbott Zimmerman unravels the lethal secrets inside a seemingly perfect marriage to find out who was behind a chilling double homicide.
"My wife is dying on the floor! Please, please come help!" The frantic 911 call sent emergency units racing to a tidy brick home in suburban Springfield, Ill.
Beautiful, vivacious Donnah Winger had been bludgeoned to death by a male intruder. Her attacker was fatally shot by Donnah's husband, Mark. In the aftermath of the horrific home invasion, family and friends rallied round Mark, a well-liked and respected nuclear scientist, and the infant daughter he and Donnah had just adopted. Some even called him a hero.
But one rookie detective didn't buy Mark Winger's version of the grisly events of that August afternoon. After four years of relentless investigation, a closed case is reopened, and fragments of truth-including shocking new witness testimony-come together to reveal how Mark Winger turned a chance meeting with a troubled young man into the almost seamless killing of his own wife, with an Invitation to a Murder.
About Gail Abbott Zimmerman:
Gail Abbott Zimmerman is a three-time Emmy Award-winning television news producer and a producer for 48 Hours Mystery. She was previously a producer for ABC News 20/20, and a director on a variety of programs including several network news productions and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. She lives in New York City with her husband, Albert.
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