Trace Evidence

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1980s & '90s

Robert Banfelder

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Brothers Howard and Jeffrey Mills are initially suspects in the murders of three prostitutes. Eventually, homicide detectives zero in on Howard as their primary target. An avalanche of forensic evidence leaves no doubt that the women were killed in Howard’s one-room rental. But is Howard Mills the murderer?


Crime, Drama, Mystery, Suspense / Thriller,

Short Summary

Detective York misrepresents himself as an attorney who promises to help Howard if he confesses; otherwise, life in prison without the possibility of parole versus the death penalty are Mills’ two alternatives. Howard accepts the offer but is left hanging.

Detective Gary York’s suspicions are raised that eventually point to another family member. The motive is money and invaluable properties—a veritable fortune if that person can successfully manipulate Howard into relinquishing his assets . . . sooner than later.


Long Island, New York

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

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Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Howeard Mills

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Crazy, Criminal, Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Homicide Detective Gary York

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Villainous, Aggressive, Badass, Charming, Confident, Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Jeffrey Mills

Age: 38

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Crazy, Criminal, Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Beth Tracy

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Aggressive, Beautiful, Crazy, Criminal, Sexy

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 7-12

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available



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