Olathe, Kansas—the same town that played host to the quadruple murder made famous by Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood—achieved notoriety again in 1982, when a gentle man named David Harmon was bludgeoned to death while sleeping. David’s wife, Melinda, and best friend, Mark, were suspected of the brutal murder. But rather than receiving a just penalty, Melinda and Mark walked away without charges being pressed, thanks to a defense by the growing Christian evangelical church in Olathe to which the victim and the suspects all belonged.
Two decades later, two Olathe police officers revived the cold case, making startling revelations that would not only reopen old wounds in the Olathe community, but follow Melinda and Mark to the new lives they had made elsewhere. They were now living separate, successful, law-abiding lives. Melinda now lived in suburban Ohio, a devoted wife and mother of two. Mark had become a Harvard MBA, a high-paid corporate mover, a family man, and a respected community member in a wealthy suburb of New York City. But some twenty years after the brutal murder, justice would be served.
Featuring a new foreword from the author, A Cold-Blooded Business provides fascinating character studies of Melinda and Mark, killers who seemingly returned to normalcy after a night of graphic violence. A fast-moving true crime narrative, A Cold-Blooded Business is a chilling exploration into the darkest depths of the human psyche.
A Cold-Blooded Business
Adultery, Murder, and a Killer's Path from the Bible Belt to the Boardroom
6 February 2018
6.00 x 9.00in.
About the author
Marek Fuchs is a teacher, journalist, and volunteer firefighter. After six years as a stockbroker, he became a journalist, in which role he has written columns for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, and TheStreet. Fuchs speaks regularly on business and journalism issues, and currently serves as a member of the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in a loud house with three children in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.