Jan Roseboro had everything a woman could want: a beautiful (and very large) home, four wonderful children, a financially secure future. Everything except a faithful husband.
Michael Roseboro was well-respected in his small hometown of Denver, Pennsylvania. He was a third generation mortician and majority owner of the Roseboro Funeral Home – a family business founded by his great-grandfather. Even his penchant for extramarital affairs couldn’t keep most townsfolk from liking the man with the creepy profession.
But all of that would change on July 22, 2008. For it was on this night that Jan was brutally murdered in the couple’s backyard.
While many were, at first, willing to give Mike the benefit of the doubt, an unsurpassed number of lusty emails between he and his mistress, Angie Funk - who would also soon announce that she was pregnant with Mike’s baby, would quickly change their minds.
And get the tongues wagging in the strictly religious – Amish, Mennonite, and Pennsylvania Dutch – communities making up Lancaster County.
There’s a lot of books on the market about men who have affairs and kill their wives, but I can assure you that Love Her to Death isn’t your standard cheating man true crime because Mike Roseboro isn’t your typical cheater.
The arrogance, deceitfulness, and outright narcissism of Mike Roseboro really pops in M. William Phelps’ new book. Detailing the life of the Roseboro family as well as the insidious secret lifestyle of Mike and his mistress Angela Funk while not bogging down the book with continuous repetition or trial segment that’s better at putting one to sleep than counting sheep, makes Love Her To Death a first rate pick of this genre.
Just a little warning, as I realize many of you personally hate a book sporting an author’s running commentary: You’ll find such is present in this book, but this time it truly makes the story. I found that Phelps was putting into print the exact thoughts running through my head.
* Also visit the 48 Hours Mystery site to watch a full episode on this case titled Lady in the Pool along with audio recordings of Mike’s 911 call and conversations between him and Angie. It doesn’t matter whether you see the episode before or after reading the book, because the book offers so many more details and answers many of the questions left unanswered in the television version.
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