The Berman Murders: Unraveling the Mojave Desert’s Most Mysterious Unsolved Crime

Rowman & Littlefield. Mar. 2024. 246p. ISBN 9781538186381. $34. CRIME
The 1986 murders of Barry and Louise Berman in the Mojave Desert remains unsolved. Countless theories, including alien abduction, have been mentioned in the speculation as to what happened to the couple, who were in the area on a camping trip. Attorney and journalist Kari, in his first book, presents a theory that could help solve the case once and for all. He probes whether an encounter with former U.S. Marine Corps captain Michael Pepe on the same day they went missing led to the Bermans’ deaths. Readers will learn more about that chance meeting, the link between Pepe and a Cambodian sex-trafficking ring. Readers should expect graphic descriptions of the crimes.
VERDICT For true-crime fans who want to be taken through the details, the theories, and every piece of evidence of the Berman murders case.
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