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Looking For Closure: The Theresa Ferrara Story by Maria Stewart

Full Description:
On the afternnon of February 10, 1979, Theresa Ferrara took a phone call at Apple Hair Cutters on Long Island, New York. Then she headed out the door-"to make an easy $10,000," as she told her niece. She said she'd be back in ten minutes. That was the last time anyone saw her alive. The FBI ruled it a homicide. But what really happened to Theresa Ferrara? Was she killed over her involvement in the Mafia's legendary Lufthansa Heist-the biggest in history? Was she murdered in connection to her rumored informing on New York drug dealers? Or was it something else entirely? Was she even dead?
Looking For Closure chronicles her niece's courageous and decades-long journey to uncover the truth behind her beloved aunt's mysterious disappearance-and the partial remains that turned up three months later, identified as Theresa's. Using police and court records, newspaper reports, interviews and forensics technology, Maria Stewart pushes for a renewed investigation into the case. And she discovers the incredible secrets behind a life she thought she knew. Through it all, this real-life thriller provides important details on the case that riveted the papaers and served as inspiration for characters in the movies Goodfellas and Ten Million Dollar Getaway. Stewart examines every possible lead from phone calls purporting that Theresa was still alive to a psychic's intriguing statements. But what she discovers could be even more shocking than she imagined possible.


About Author:

Maria Stewart is the oldest niece to Theresa Ferrara. For more than twenty years, Stewart has been examining ever piece of the case. At age 40, she uncovered major flaws in the official investigation, prompting a new look at what happened to Theresa. Stewart has three children and lives on Long Island, New York.

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My Take on the Book:
I'm almost at a loss on where to begin. It was a really great book to read, but because of the subject and nature of the book, I feel I must tread softly in this review. It is not some tale to be told for sport, this was someone's life, and their family does not deserve more bad talk or lies. My heart is still wrenched for the family of Theresa Ferrara. They may have a little more closure, but in many ways it is still very much up in the air. With so many unanswered questions surrounding her disappearance and death, correction murder, how can the family feel resolve. I know if it were me, I would wonder everyday, "what if?" It doesn't help if you have crooked police and agents at every turn.
I am thankful for the Author sharing her story with me. It must have been the hardest thing anyone could do, in writing about it. I hope anyone who reads this book, will see what the family needs most. Which I believe are answers. Though the crime happened in the 70's, if anyone has information or any piece of news at all, please come forward. If you haven't heard of the story before, I highly recommend you take the time to read it. It will open your eyes to many things, but mostly you will learn of one womans life, love and family.

~I did not receive any compensation for this post. This is my honest opinion.~


  1. Sounds like an interesting book. I had never heard of Theresa Ferrara until your teaser the other day.

  2. I personally think this book was terrific, easy reading, the feelings of the writer were heartfelt. I hope she goes far with her writing, she deserves it. It had to be very hard to write a true-life story about someone you loved very much, and lost. this book is 5 stars to me.

  3. I had not heard the story until I read your review. Hopefully the family will get some answers.

  4. I love true life murder mysteries but it is hard to think what the family goes through in these situations. My heart goes out to them!

  5. Sounds like a difficult read

  6. this sounds like a very complicated book that i will have trouble putting down

  7. She was a beautiful person who cut my hair as a young child. She had a smile for everyone and made you feel as if you were the only person there, even as an eight year old. She was larger than life to me and 40 years later I still remember her smile and beauty.


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