Former Omaha World-Herald investigative reporter John Ferak (www.johnferak.com/) covered murders in rural Murdock, Neb., and has now produced a book about the crime scene investigation he has been promoting in Omaha. His readings and signings continue tomorrow with an afternoon reading at the Baright Public Library and an evening reading at the Plattesmouth Public Library in Plattesmouth, Neb., where the scheduled guest is to be Jerry Soucie, public defender for a suspect who was jailed and later released.
His web site features Amazon links to the initial pages including the first chapter of the book, "Bloody Lies: A CSI Scandal in the Heartland." The Reader also provides a sample (www.thereader.com/site/comments/true-crime) in which the suspect who was jailed was released after further investigation.
Ferak's web site has an extensive list of names mentioned in his book, including attorneys and law enforcement personnel in Douglas County and Cass County in Nebraska. He also discusses a reading in Horicon, Wis., at which the mother of a key figure in the book spoke with him, as well as another appearance in which a police chief appeared.
Ferak, whose hometown is Joliet, Ill., was an investigative journalist for the Omaha World-Herald from 2003-2012 and is now the investigative team editor for Gannet Wisconsin Media.
Also in the works for Ferak's planned week-long trip back to the Omaha area were television appearances. He had three previous readings scheduled in Omaha and a radio appearance on the Tom Becka Show.