She’s So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family


This is a book on a fascinating subject that comes up from time to time, about false confessions being pressured from people by police. They are especially found in cases where there is a lot of pressure to solve a case in the community, or often when there are suspects that are juveniles or those who are mentally challenged. This story revolves around the murder of 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe, who is found on a winter morning in January, 1998 on her bedroom floor, having been stabbed and left to die. It’s such a sad case which is compounded when the police use lies and psychological trickery to get three 14-year-old boys to confess to the murder, including her own brother, Michael.

The author was a defense attorney for one of the boys, Aaron Hauser, in the Stephanie Crowe murder trial. McInnis got a first hand look at the problems inherent with young defendants being interrogated by police without a parent or legal representative when there is an admission of guilt, or a confession of any kind that they may have been pressured into by psychologicai means. These false confessions are far from rare. Which is partly why McInnis got involved, and proposed a new Children’s Miranda Rights Warning and a Bill of Rights for Children who are being questioned as suspects. The proposals need to be adopted to prevent future false confessions from children.

This was an enlightening book that would be good for true crime readers, and those interested in police procedure and the law. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Donald E McInnis, and the publisher.



Publisher: J & E Publications
Publication: June 9th, 2019
RATED: 4/5 Stars

The Author- Donald E. McInnis is a California criminal defense attorney, and he represented one of the three accused boys, Aaron Houser, in the Stephanie Crowe murder case. Over the span of his 40-year legal career, Mr. McInnis has worked alternately for the prosecution and for the defense, having served as a deputy district attorney for two California counties and as a deputy public defender for one California county during his early professional years.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.