When a wife goes missing, her husband is often the prime suspect in her disappearance. But what happens when she is never found? In some of these cases, the husband was found guilty of murder, without a body.

Missing Wives, Missing Lives focuses on unique cases in which the wife has never been found and the undying efforts of her family as they continue the painful search to bring her home. The book covers decades old cases, such as Jeanette Zapata, who has been missing since 1976, to more recent and widely known cases, such as Stacy Peterson, who has been missing since 2007. Keeping these women’s stories alive may be the key to solving the mystery and bringing them home to their family. 

JJ Slate’s debut book depicts thirty shocking true stories of wives that have mysteriously vanished, presumably at the hands of her husband. Countless cases like these have played out under the public spotlight, and many of them have been solved after the wife’s remains have eventually been found. But some of these women remain missing years later, denying the families their right to bury their loved one. Many of these families continue the gruesome search for the remains of their daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, or mother years, even decades, later.

Missing Wives, Missing Lives

  • "Speaking as a person who basically writes about missing people for a living, this book is really good. All the women the author writes about have two things in common: they all disappeared and were never found, and they were all almost certainly murdered by their respective husbands. The author describes in detail and in a readable fashion the background of the woman and her marriage, her disappearance and the aftermath, and in spite of the similarities in the stories, there are enough differences that the book avoids being repetitive. I would highly recommend this book to people interested in the topic, and wouldn't mind reading a sequel. It's a sad fact that there are more than enough unfortunate women to fill many books like this one." - (The Charley Project)


    "A riveting read that paints a vivid picture of disappearing wives whose lives converge toward what the reader knows is a horrifying conclusion. Well researched and written." - (Crime Magazine) 


    "A compendium of some of the most notorious cases where women have disappeared. Too many husbands are literally getting away with murder. We must remember that many of these women were moms as well. The subject of this book is fraught with emotions for the reader. Thousands of women and girls are missing and every day more and more simply vanish. We need more books like this for public awareness. Congratulations to the author on this her debut book. Highly recommended." - (Missing Justice Gender Advocacy)


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