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The case was closed, but for journalist Nancy Rommelmann, the mystery remained: What made a mother want to murder her own children?On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Forty minutes later, rescuers found the body of four-year-old Eldon. Miraculously, his seven-year-old sister, Trinity, was saved. As the public cried out for blood, Amanda was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison.Embarking on a seven-year quest for the truth, Rommelmann traced the roots of Amanda's fury and desperation through thousands of pages of records, withheld documents, meetings with lawyers and convicts, and interviews with friends and family who felt shocked, confused, and emotionally swindled by a woman whose entire life was now defined by an unspeakable crime.



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Nancy Rommelmann

Nancy Rommelmann is an author and journalist whose work appears in the Wall Street Journal, the LA Weekly, and the New York Times, among other publications.

Her book TO THE BRIDGE, A TRUE STORY OF MOTHERHOOD AND MURDER, the story of Amanda Stott-Smith, who in 2009 dropped her two young children from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, will be published in July 2018.

She is the author previously of the novel THE BAD MOTHER (2011) . THE QUEENS OF MONTAGUE STREET (2012) , a digital memoir of growing up in Brooklyn Heights in the 1970s, was excerpted in the New York Times Magazine. The story collection TRANSPORTATION was released in 2013. DESTINATION GACY, an e-book about Rommelmann's visit and interview with serial killer John Wayne Gacy, published in 2014.

Rommelmann grew up in New York City and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

More at nancyromm.com. Follow on Twitter, @nancyromm



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