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BOOK REVIEW— FROZEN TEARS: THE FORT LEONARD WOOD MP MURDERS

Updated: Dec 21, 2023




FROZEN TEARS: The Fort Leonard Wood MP Murders

By J.B. King


Four teens were attacked at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri on January 13, 1977. Three died. One was shot but lived. In spite of her wounds, she went for help to the nearest house. Frozen Tears is the story of how law enforcement tracked down the killer and gathered the evidence to convict him.


The culprit was an MP at the Army base outside Waynesville, Missouri. The public was absorbed by the incident and fear of MPs continued for years.


J.B. King, the author of this book, became one of the law enforcement officers who dealt with the case. His true story of the capture and conviction of Johnny Lee Thornton is fascinating reading.


Frozen Tears is Red Engine press’s best-selling book. It’s very well written.

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