Even though the Newtown, Connecticut, police listed Helle Crafts’s disappearance as a routine missing person case, Keith Mayo, a private investigator, knew the Danish-born mother of three hadn’t skipped town nine days before Thanksgiving. Rita Buonanno remembers the words exactly: If anything happens to me don’t think it was an accident.” Helle Crafts was last seen on November 18, 1986.
In the style of a brilliant detective novel, Arthur Herzog skillfully re-creates the hour-by-hour circumstantial details that inform this grisly true-crime narrative. We observe dispassionate Richard Crafts as he buys a truck with a pintle hook for towing heavy equipment, promised for delivery before November 18. A day later he reserves a Badger Brush Bandit woodchipper.