Death in a Fish Pond
A Perfect Husband. A Perfect Marriage. A Perfect Murder?
by Howard R. Lemcke
A terrified scream forever shattered the quiet calm of a Utah neighborhood. A distraught husband pulled his beloved wife from the backyard fishpond he had recently constructed. The neighborhood was shocked that this terrible accident struck such a vibrant, loving couple. Nobody suspected that the beautiful young woman was the victim of a calculated murder.
Howard R. Lemcke brings the terrifying story of David Mead and his wife Pamela, the ostensibly perfect couple who demonstrated that appearances are deceptive. At first glance, police had no reason to be suspicious regarding Pamela Mead’s death. Her husband David was obviously suffering from the loss and no evidence immediately pointed to foul play.
However, in the days and weeks that followed, suspicions were steadily aroused. Women who claimed to have relationships with David contacted police with troubling stories. David’s cousin, a recovering drug addict, surfaced to recount a shocking proposal made shortly before Pamela’s death. An unusually large life-insurance policy was purchased mere months before the so-called accident. And when police returned to the Mead household to gather more evidence, the fishpond where David Mead found his departed wife was gone.
What ensued was a cat-and-mouse game between David Mead and law enforcement that stretched across years and two trials. Now Howard Lemcke, the prosecutor in David Mead’s criminal trial, tells the entire chilling story of the perfect husband and the perfect murder.
Howard R. Lemcke has served as a prosecutor in Utah for the past twenty-two years and has tried several hundred cases, including more than sixty homicides. His articles have been published in the Utah Chiefs of Police Association newsletter and Desert News. He currently serves as the Co-Vice-Chair of the Utah State Bar Criminal Law Association. He lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A New Horizon Press Release
6 x 9, 224 pages
LC #2004118081, world rights
ISBN-13: 978-0-88282-260-0 (hc), $24.95