Murder in Memphis
The True Story of a Family's Quest For Justice
Current Events / True Crime
Authors: Dorris D. Porch and Rebecca Easley
Autographed on the inside - Dorris D. Porch (and) Rebecca Easley
From the cover:
Pretty and warm-hearted 24 year old Debbie Groseclose, the mother of two small children, disappeared the day after she'd reported to her mother being accosted and followed home from her job as a medical receptionist by a loutish, bearded stranger in biker garb. Her family became instantly alarmed.
They search everywhere for her to no avail. Five days later, Debbie's mutilated and decomposed body was found. "Murder in Memphis: The True Store of a Family's Quest for Justice" tells the riveting story of the horrific crime and its shocking aftermath. The police looking for the perpetrators of two other nurse murders, immediately suspected the bearded male who'd terrorized her. They launched an all out manhunt.
However, Debbie's mother Aline, aunt Dorris, and sister Rebecca, suspected an even more diabolic scenario - that at the center of the gruesome crime was Bill Groseclose, Debbie's seemingly charming naval recruiter husband.
Two men are taken into custody but point accusing fingers at Bill, the person they say hired them. In a gripping trial, the gut wrenching truth comes out. The grieving family goes home to heal.
But their trial is not over. During the years that follow they must endure appeal after appeal and hearing after hearing at which the killers fight for their "right to live." The men have not counted however, on the vigilant voices of the victim's family, voices which will not be stilled.
Even 20 years later, when they learn the nightmare is about to begin again, Aline, Dorris and Rebecca vow that they will not allow justice to be denied. They will not rest until justice is done.
Dorris D. Porch wrote Murder in Memphis to relate the story of her niece Debbie's murder and the survival of her family in the face of tragedy and betrayal by someone they had once welcomed. She hopes her book will offer support to anyone who has had a family member fall victim to a violent crime and for scores of people who will, unfortunately, also become victims.
Rebecca Easley, Debbie Groseclose's sister, is an outspoken and well-known victims' right advocate, law enforcement lobbyist, and sought after speaker. She is a member of the National Council of Women Advisors to Congress and the National Victim Center Policy Board. She was instrumental in the passage of 1995 Tennessee legislation which limits the number of death row inmate appeals.