He Killed Our Janny

A Family's Search for the Truth

Non-Fiction - True Crime
253 Pages
Reviewed on 10/21/2014
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Author Biography

Sherrie Lueder, author of "Until Someone Gets Hurt" and "He Killed Our Janny," was born on Nov. 13, 1951 in Tracy, Minnesota and christened Sherrie Rae Taarud. She would be the 2nd oldest of 4 siblings. She met her husband, a lifelong resident of WI, where they chose to settle & raise their 4 children.

Sherrie grew up in Iowa & loved spending her summers near the water & enjoying long days of lounging on the beach reading mystery novels & writing poetry. One of her poems "A Tribute to Mom" was published in a local newspaper (The Lake Park News, 12/29/79), and later in Eddie-Lou Cole's Anthology of Great Poems.

Her 1st book "HE KILLED OUR JANNY" A Family's Search for the Truth was self-published on 9/21/11. In Jan. 2013 it won top 10 True Crime Book Awards. Within days, "HE KILLED OUR JANNY" went on to become Amazon Top 100 best sellers in two categories, True Crime Murder/Mayhem and Family Relationships/Dysfunctional Families. Today it remains an international bestseller.

Sherrie's 2nd true crime book UNTIL SOMEONE GETS HURT was released May 2013. In Oct. 2013, Sherrie appeared as a narrator on Investigation Discovery in its new series "Forbidden," episode 9 "Prince of Darkness," a documentary featuring one of the book's convicted killers, Kaushal Niruola.

Now the grandmother of 7, Sherrie is currently working on her 5th book, a biography. Her sister, Dawn Taarud, who has assisted her on her last few books will now co-author with Sherrie on her upcoming books. For the true crime lovers...2 books are in the works.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

He Killed Our Janny: A Family's Search for the Truth by Sherrie Lueder is a true crime story that will take your breath away. Who really killed Denver, Colorado top model Janyce "Janny" Hansen? It was on September 21, 1984, when her husband returned to find her body in the car parked in their garage. She’d been murdered! Twenty-five years later, her children undertake the difficult, seemingly impossible challenge to prove that her husband might not be the innocent witness the courts and the media have portrayed him to be. In fact, the man who might have been a victim, given the circumstances, could actually be the perpetrator of the crime that has brought untold suffering to a family riddled with dark secrets.

Sherrie Lueder’s retelling of this family’s history is masterful. Working with the victim’s children and court records, she unveils disturbing facts and truths about a case that could have been considered solved, and one of the stories that reveals the untold pain of abuse prevalent in American society today. The author’s voice comes across as sympathetic, filled with clarity, and at times poignancy. Besides being a wonderful storyteller, Sherrie Lueder has the gift of leading readers into the minds of her characters by exploring every aspect of their psychological mindset and the depths of their pain. The facts of this gruesome tale are arranged to allow readers a good understanding of the criminal’s mind, without losing anything regarding the unfolding of the sinister story. He Killed Our Janny: A Family's Search for the Truth by Sherrie Lueder is a story you will read with tears in your eyes and yet you will not be able to stop reading. It’s riveting!