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After nearly twenty years of research, Bonnie Thompson, the daughter of former Logan County State’s Attorney Roger W. Thompson, releases her tell-all trilogy, Buried Truth, a unique true crime saga about one woman’s undying perseverance in a lonely battle for truth and justice.
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After nearly twenty years of research, Bonnie J. Thompson, the daughter of former Logan County State’s Attorney Roger W. Thompson, releases her tell-all trilogy, BURIED TRUTH, a unique true crime saga about one woman’s undying perseverance in a lonely battle for truth and justice.
In Part Three: Plea for Justice, Thompson corresponds with Michael Drabing, then goes to Menard Correctional Center to question and encourage him to submit to brain fingerprinting. Upon leaving the prison, she and a friend have an alarming encounter, which does not appear coincidental. In 2004, Thompson publishes a screenplay about some of the murders called, Process of Elimination, and also True Facts & Findings, a critical review of a book written by former Lincoln PD Detective William Krueger.
Thompson’s requests for DNA testing physical evidence in two of the murder cases go unheeded by Lincoln authorities, but then an upstate Illinois detective reveals that his department has purchased her book and reopened their investigation into the disappearance of Michael Mansfield, one of the unsolved murders. Shortly thereafter, the Lincoln PD creates a media event and conducts an “empty-handed dig” for the remains of Ruth Martin near the Lincoln High School and Immanuel Lutheran Church.
In 2007, the retired ISP lieutenant is surprisingly appointed chief of the Lincoln PD, but despite his knowledge of Thompson’s investigation, the Ruth Martin case remains dormant. In 2011, Russell Smrekar—convicted murderer of the Fry double homicide and long-suspected perpetrator of the two unsolved murders—reportedly makes a “deathbed confession” to killing Mansfield and Martin. Through the years Thompson introduces supporting evidence that accomplices more than likely aided and abetted Drabing and Smrekar, but Lincoln authorities disregard her ongoing plea for justice and consider the Martin and Schneider cases closed. Thompson finally realizes she must expose her investigation in the hope that public interest and media attention will force official reinvestigation of the murders.
“When we thought no one was doing anything for our son, Bonnie Thompson was there. She helped us through our pain and offered information. We made a friend forever and can’t thank her enough.”
—2014, Marvin and Renee Mansfield, parents of cold case victim Michael David Mansfield
Bonnie J. Thompson is no stranger to the world of criminal law and courtroom drama. Her father, Roger W. Thompson, and grandfather, Donald L. Thompson, were both noted trial lawyers. The Logan County Courthouse provided Bonnie with a very important education, for it was there that she learned the value of truth and justice. Although she often considered pursuing a degree in law, she found herself more drawn to music, writing, and investigation. In her spare time, she performs as a professional singer/songwriter/guitarist, and she particularly enjoys singing jazz and blues standards. Her previous works include a screenplay entitled, Process of Elimination, and True Facts & Findings, a critical review of a book written by former Lincoln Police Detective William Krueger called, A Force for Evil. Thompson’s books are available through her website: www.buriedtruthtrilogy.com and/or www.processofelimination.info.