A modern murder mystery for the blogging and Twitter age

It’s that time when the weather turns cold and people begin nesting. Many of the fun activities include spending time indoors with loved ones playing board games, cuddling up to a good book, making your favorite dishes to enjoy with family and friends or just kicking back and relaxing with a good TV show or movie.

Another favorite is experiencing an old-fashioned “who-done-it murder mystery.” We’re turning that nice tradition to fit the modern times of the digital media space.

Take a read of this mystery book or just get the overview below and share your thoughts at the end of this blog post. Reader discussion and interaction are encouraged as we strive together to find out what really happened. 

When murder is the only way out, which is the name of a book, what are the dynamics of a situation that offers murder as the only option?

And whose murder is this about? Who is the murderer and who is the victim?

Murder, the Only Way Out is a true, unsolved 60-year-old Boston murder which neither the Boston Globe, nor the Boston Police Department investigated, assuming the tragedy was a murder-suicide. 

Martha Buckland married a friend of her boyfriend who was killed in World War II.

The marriage was kind of a fall-back position, though she was a good wife and good mother of their two little boys. The husband, George, was a part-time musician, who could not seem to live without heroin.

The two try to wean him off the drug and go through terrible times in that process, but soon George reverts to “shooting up” where ever and whenever he can.

Martha evaluates her life and sees it as not worth living, yet she has two childen she cannot leave behind because she knows how they would grieve for her, and she does not want to leave them with a father who is a drug addict.

George expresses his wish to be free of a wife who constantly nags him to bring his earnings home so they can buy groceries and pay the gas bill, rather than using his small income for heroin.

From their shabby fifth floor apartment, Martha’s two children, aged seven and two, and their mother, come flying out the window to the startled neighbors walking in the sidewalk below. The two-year-old survived.

What do you think happened? Did Martha murder her kids or was she a victim of murder herself?

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About June Stephenson

June Stephenson is the author of 20 books about women’s issues, parental responsibility, the humanities, philosophy, comparative religion, music, architecture, parenting, sexual abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, incest, crime, women’s studies, aging, tyranny, family, marriage, and divorce. The accomplished author has a degree from Stanford in economics and a Ph.D. in psychology with 25 years of teaching experience in history and English. Stephenson’s well-researched and documented approach combined with an easy-to-read style, offers readers enrichment and enjoyment. She also is an award-winning artist with many red ribbons from juried art shows throughout California. Stephenson has two daughters and two granddaughters, and lives in Palm Desert, California, with her Labradoddle named Happy.

9 Responses to “A modern murder mystery for the blogging and Twitter age”

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    • June Ortegren Stephenson Bailey November 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Hi Diablo 3 gold.Thanks for your comment about my book, Murder, The Only Way Out.
      It’s a good read. Sad but true. Junestephenson.

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      Hi moncler pas cher, Thanks for your comment re my book, Murder, The Only Way Out. I’ll be happy to check out your site.

  3. I tried to Google this story to find out what really happened, but nothing turned up in the search results.

    It’s hard to imagine that these tragic incidents are still happening. Look at Susan Smith and her deplorable actions that killed her young kids. I can’t imagine how horrible of scene.

    Not sure if the mother in this case is responsible but I am suspicious of George. He would have more a motive than Martha.

    • June Ortegren Stephenson Bailey November 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Dear Laura: Thanks for your comment. The book is accessible on Amazon and it is a good read. What drives women to kill their own children. I would say, absolute desperation. No way to turn so that Murder is The Only Way Out. But who knows? It’s a good read. It’s a toss-up, who has the greater motivation? You’re on to it.

  4. Dear Ms. Bailey, I hope you received my email answering your reply. I would so much like to hear from you about this book.
    Thank you, Paula

  5. “As a ten-year-old girl in 1930, June Stephenson tried to “beat city hall” for the girls’ share of city recreation funds earmarked for boys. From childhood through old age she has fought to right the wrongs of injustice.

    Neither a rabble-rouser nor an activist, she quietly, persistently, and effectively meets injustice head-on…..”

    Oh? And where is the justice in this when the some of the “facts” in the book are hideously erroneous and you don’t seem interested enough to reply to my emails?