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Who Killed Stephanie Crowe: Anatomy of a Murder Investigation
Paul E. Tracy  More Info

One reader said of Who Killed Stephanie Crowe: Anatomy of a Murder Investigation, “In response to your comment "Trust me...nobody is that sleepy not to hear a family member walking in late at night." First of all, that is an extremely ignorant thing to claim, I would say that it happens all the time! Are you entirely unfamiliar with the concept of kids sneaking out at night? But more to the point, based on your assertion, I suppose that means that you find it much more likely that a man was able to come in through a noisy glass door and vertical blinds a foot away from the parents' heads, proceed to walk around their bed and go through their bedroom door allowing ambient light to shine right into their eyes, go to Stephanie's room and brutally stab her nine times, then walk back through that same route and back through the vertical blinds and the noisy glass door without anyone waking up? That seems a bit more ridiculous than the idea of someone being so sleepy that they didn't hear a family member walking in (the front door!) that late at night, doesn't it?

One other thing is that you also assert that "Aaron said that he would have slashed Stephanie's throat and stabbed her in the chest even though the wounds on Stephanie's body were on her back and no neck wound was found". Well in response to this erroneous information, I would just like to point out that she had three wounds to the head, two wounds to the NECK, three wounds to the right shoulder, and one wound to the left anterior chest. This is all just to point out one clue among several that you did not pay as close of attention to the details of this case or the book as you would like to portray that you did.

This is really a thought-provoking book with a lot of insight that really needed to be pointed out. So I hope that potential readers will not let this Matthew person's (or anyone else's) ignorance keep you from reading this book. If you have an open mind going into it, I think you will see that the evidence does indeed show differently than what was ruled in court.”

Chris McDonough is a retired member of the Oceanside Police Department (California) who has spent 25 years in Law Enforcement, 13 of those years as a Detective investigating homicide and death cases. Chris McDonough has been involved in the investigation of hundreds of homicide cases and has assisted and consulted nationally on an untold number of death cases. He is a recognized expert and instructor in SIDS deaths. Chris McDonough has worked on and/or consulted on some of the country’s highest-profile homicide cases including, the Jon Benet Ramsey case, and the Leticia Hernandez, Stephanie Crowe, and Matthew Cecchi cases. He lectures on the university level on criminal behavior and is a co-author of the recently published book Who Killed Stephanie Crow, Anatomy of a Murder and has also contributed to a chapter in the book Analyzing Criminal Behavior II, a law enforcement training manual.


Chris McDonough’s other career assignments have included 10 years as a member of his Departments S.W.A.T. Team serving as a Hostage Negotiator, Special Enforcement Intelligence Detective and K-9 Handler. Chris McDonough has a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and has been recognized by the California State Assembly, California State Senate, United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives for his work in law enforcement.


Chris McDonough is a nationally recognized criminal behavior expert who has been an invited guest on the Oprah Show, Dateline NBC, CBS’s 48 Hours, the Leeza Show, the BBC as well as numerous other television and radio programs. He is an expert in homicide and death investigation, interviewing and criminal behavior analysis and trains law enforcement all over the U.S. with the Institute of Investigative Science.

About the Oceanside Police Department

Oceanside is a beach community located 45 miles north of San Diego in California. The Police Department serves Oceanside's population of more than 170,000. The department has 174 sworn and 90 non-sworn employees and handles approximately 120,000 calls for service each year.


Their motto, "Service With Pride", speaks to their focus of quality customer service and efficient service. According to their website, “We are committed to public safety and to implementing innovative crime prevention techniques to ensure a safe and healthy community. Our proven success is evident in the continuing decline of the city's crime rate, which hit a 10-year low in 2000, and in the positive customer satisfaction survey results.”





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