Disturbing the Peace is still a work in progress.  

This book has been in the works since 2008.  

The intent was to remove all author's license from
The Homecoming.

Seven years have passed since I started writing this book.

Any version of this manuscript that has been leaked or might be leaked has been
done so without my consent.

Copyright infringement is a federal crime.

Unfortunately, I am not in a position to release this book.

I would love to do so, but I cannot.

I am sorry for that.

However, I have not let this go.

I am holding back for good reason...
In 2009, I thought I was ready to publish this book, but I was not.

I rewrote.

In 2012, I thought I was ready to publish this book, but I was not.

I rewrote.

In 2013, I thought I was ready to publish this book, but I was not.

2014 -- Same.  

Today -- Same.

No version of Disturbing the Peace has ever been published.

In 2012, I pulled the book at the last minute on the advice of legal counsel.

When I'm ready, I'll give this book away.

I'm not ready.

I have good reason.

I was taught some valuable lessons in 2012 that have kept me from publishing this book.

I have even more reason now, but I cannot speak about those reasons currently.

Here's what I wrote in 2012, with a bit of editing now:

LESSON ONE: Assure that my sources, who wish to remain anonymous would be willing to swear to
their statements in court. Otherwise, what validity would any of my claims have?

To put it another way, would my sources "put themselves out on a limb" to offer me the same
protection I have been affording them by quoting them as anonymous?

LESSON TWO: Assure that I have the time to deal with any reaction to what I have written. I am still
working long hours at other jobs. Writing has never paid the bills. This website costs me money to
run. Book royalties have never closed that gap for me. Which is fine. I don't mind taking a financial
loss on my work, but I will do so on my own terms.  

LESSON THREE: Is there more to research, more to vet, more to edit?

Clearly, there is.


In the past, I gave a few weak examples of what I have included in my writing and will continue to
edify as time unfolds:

A half-assed death threat sent to me through this website a day after the release of

name = G.
email = profit_from_murder@asshole.com
phone = 555-555-5555
comments = Why don't u try accepting the fact that you are more responsible for her death at this
point than anyone else could ever have been. If u wanted to be a celebrity in "yankton, S.D." u could
have worked at mcDonald's and made more money. In reviewing the facts, u are probably the one
who killed her. If I were u, I would watch your back. You never know who could end up in the ravine,
this time justified.

Murder versus the reporting of a murder? C'mon...

Morally twisted, don't you think?

I could also publish the words of somebody whose handwriting evidently matched Eric Stukel's.

This somebody with Eric Stukel's handwriting wrote the message just after Tammy's body was
discovered. The message was found in a notebook seized at the Adamson household. That night,
Stukel and his friends were recording their thoughts in a notebook while going through the regular
routine of getting drunk and high:   

"Life is short—stay hard! Someone will have Mr. 'Confusious' come and take you in! Something is
wrong! They (the FEDS) can fuck you up! I just feel so crushed. No one forget how Mr. Bottoms

To 'Tea'                                         
I love you.
I’m telling the truth.
Aren’t I?

See you in another life
I love you mom and dad
and brothers and sisters
and I love you Tammy Haas
I’ll never forget you Honey.

Even Stukel questions his own ability to tell the truth here.

Bottom line. You don't kill people you love. So, no, you were not telling the truth.

Unfortunately, the book Stukel checked out from the Yankton High School library while Tammy was
missing, the book that had a chapter on beating polygraphs, didn't clarify the nature of truth to him.

I also wonder who this Mr. Bottoms is and how he "became."

Maybe I need to "Dust" off my "List" of suspects in the cover-up to get at who Bottoms could be...

I only know of one person from that time who went by the nickname of Bottoms. And, boy, does old
Mr. Bottoms just, jump, jump out from that passage, that trembling tough with Mommy's 12:13 alibi
for him and his buddy.

Two kids just wrestling around the floor, playing grab ass, while Tammy was being dumped in a

I just wonder how Mr. Bottoms became.

People know what happened to Tammy...but will they step up and do the right thing?

I'm not holding my breath.

I also elucidate on several people who claimed they had no clue what might have happened to
Tammy on the night she died, but were out looking for her in the exact spot where her body was
discovered, before she was reported missing.

Hmmm... were they out looking for her or doing what most do in this situation, returning to the
scene of the crime to face the reality of what happened? I would love to go further.

I'm not in a position to go any further.

I'm glad I have friends who have convinced me of this.

I'm not done.

When I'm ready to speak, I will speak.

I'll put my name out there proudly as I have always done so in the past.

I hope those who care, and truly seek justice for Tammy, understand that my purpose has not been
blunted and still needs no whetting.

m.c. merrill