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The Oregon City missing girls’/Ward Weaver case

On January 9, 2002, twelve-year-old Ashley Pond left her family’s apartment in Oregon City, Oregon, to catch her bus to school. 

She vanished.

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 REVIEWS from other authors

"Does serial killing run in families? Close to Home, Janine O'Neill's exhaustive investigation of the murder of young girls in Oregon and the three generations of a family of serial killers, will convince you it does.

"In Close to Home, O'Neill draws on her long experience as a prosecutor and journalist to investigate the extraordinary saga of child disappearances, abuse, and murder. 'Genes are not destiny,' one researcher tells O'Neill. But when combined with sexual abuse and neglect, they can create a perfect storm - and a serial killer.

"O'Neill is obsessive about attempting to understand child abuse and incest, neglect, molestation, and the human brain. She doesn't 'just' conduct interviews and obtain case files - she dissects years of a family's drama to try and understand why a family of men turned to killing girls. 

"For lovers of true crime shows and fans of deep dive, immersive books, here is one they will not soon forget.

Rebecca Morris

Rebecca Morris is the New York Times bestselling author of Boy Missing: The Search for Kyron Horman and other true crime books. 

reader reviews

“This gripping tale of two missing teenage girls in Oregon City, Oregon becomes a fascinating examination of three generations of murderers in one family and their crimes. The author, Janine O'Neill, wove in her own experiences in Oregon as a prosecutor of sex crimes, a reporter, and a mother which makes it even more compelling. In addition, she did hours of thorough research to try to understand the grotesque behavior of these men. You won't be able to put down this well written true crime book!”
***** Amazon and Goodreads, October 21, 2023

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