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1985 Cocalico High School Yearbook

    When it is all said and done, I think we will Learn that Mr. Roseboro is a classic Narcissist; they present one face to the world, but a darker side exists, they care deeply about their reputations, are deceptive liars, and have difficulty with intimate relationships once they pass the “honeymoon” stage. Thus, they have one affair after another. When they are thwarted or challenged in any way, they fly into a rage.  I ache for what Jan suffered; not only that night, but probably many, many times throughout that marriage. He is a sham, and now he selfishly chooses to drag his family through the mud and subject his children to more torture.  And as for Angela?  I hope she thinks it was worth it.  When my kids were little I didn’t have time to cheat, but then, my priorities were obviously different than hers.  As for his emails to Angela?  So pathetically cheesy.  Mike and Angela threw away more than most people ever have.

    I have printed the above comment to a local, now defunct, forum several times on this site.  It was posted within days of Jan Roseboro’s murder and the release of the information regarding his affair with Angela Funk.

    I have just about finished reading M. William Phelps’ “LOVE HER TO DEATH,” and this brief paragraph offers more insight than his entire book.

    I will have a full review this weekend, but suffice it to say that I can’t imagine this book would be compelling to anyone but those who live locally and/or have followed this story.  You get to the end and say, “Why did I spend my time reading that?”

    People want to walk away from a crime book with a fuller understanding, a motive and a moral.  Phelps offers none of these. 

    His ending:

    A self-proclaimed God-fearing man, Roseboro had allowed two of the Seven Deadly Sins to control his life: greed and lust.  From there, he broke several of the Ten Commandments, the foremost being “thou shall not murder.”

    All because he didn’t want to give up his luxurious life.

    In the end, though, Michael Roseboro lost all of it, anyway – including the woman (and their child) he had supposedly killed for.

   What a bunch of bunk!  The first writer had far deeper insight.

Tomorrow, it’s back to the news.

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17 Responses to LOVE HER TO DEATH?

  1. Just Me says:

    On there are 6 reviews and all have 5 stars.
    I thought it was a good read. One thing was not true, the author may have misunderstood what he was told, Angie and her first husband never lived with her step-father and mother. and, I don’t think Angie will appreciate being called average with a pixie haircut (like Peter Pan). lol In the end, the children are the ones who suffered and will suffer the most. Some parents can be so stupid and selfish!

  2. Amish says:

    It Doesnt surprise me about the references to the Amish. When I heard the book was being wrote I said to my husband “It will open with something like… Deep in the heart of Amish country”. I also said when the tv story came on that they would show a horse and buggy and they did.

    The Amish draw people in like or not. However in this case it had nothing to do with the Amish community.

    But it was bait to have people buy the book.

  3. goopsie says:

    @Neighborhood Girl, I had thought Ann and Ralph moving may have had something to do with Angie and the proximity of homes. Driving by today I could only think Angie still doesn’t “get it” – she is a victim that placed herself in such a role. Jan died at the hands of her spouse. Angie needs to really do some serious life reflection on cause and ripple effect of our free-will actions.

  4. Uncle Leo says:

    is the review still coming?

  5. Neighborhood Girl says:

    Not surprised – I doubt Angie ever apologized. What I had heard was that the reason Ann and Ralph moved from Denver to Morganshire was because Angie was trying to force them to accept Matthew as their grandson, I’m sure she wanted him (and herself) provided for by them. It would have to be impossible to live so close to her.

  6. Not surprised says:

    I also thought it was a interesting read. I am however curious as to if any apologies were made to the Roseboro family from Mrs. funk. Many say she thinks she was a victim just like Jan.I find that outrageous if there is any truth in that.

  7. Neighborhood Girl says:

    I thought the editing of the book was poor – mispelled words, the name of the Voler’s neighborhood is Morganshire not Mustang Trail, too many parenthesis and commas; the grammar was just awful. I agree with the excessive use of “Amish” – Mennonites, sure, but there are practically no Amish that live in Denver or Reinholds. Even though I live in the area and heard a lot of the backstory through the Roseboro family’s propaganda and read the news in the paper, I still found it an interesting read.

    I actually had nightmares the night after I read how Jan was autopsied. How horrible. I’m glad that bastard’s in jail. How his family is still defending him disgusts me also.

  8. goopsie says:

    I finished the book and found the backstory or investigative aspects the most interesting. One thing struck me concerning the suspicion Mike may be bisexual. It was something the investigators could not prove or didn’t have enough actual evidence to toss to the jury. My only complaint about the book was the constant reference to the Amish. There was also an editing error, the word “pore” was used instead of “pour”. Otherwise, Mr. Phelps told a story, he is not a forensic psychologist! Could he have added a chapter or two or three from a criminal profiling expert? Certainly would have made it more interesting but all in all, a nice read. I liked it so much I ordered another Phelps book.


  9. Kim Cantrell says:

    I found your site after reading Love Her To Death and googling “Angie Funk” because I wanted to see those internet forums Phelps mentioned. (Yeah, I’m a nosy gal like that)

    Anyway…I respectfully disagree with your opinion about Phelps’ book. As an avid true crime reader, I think it’ll be one of the best this year.

    It may be tedious and mundane to anyone who is there and heard much more of the gossip, innuendo, etc. but to the average reader, who has little to no prior knowledge of the case, it’s an intersting one indeed.

    That said…Mike is a narcissist. Angie Funk is a homewrecking slut who tied herself to the Roseboros by getting knocked up. Whew, what a story! The ONLY people I feel sorry for in this whole mess are the Roseboro children, the Funk girls, and the new baby. Truly innocent victims of the insanity!

    • Becky says:


      Thanks for the comment. I took down the link to your site – but first checked for a review of this book and didn’t find one. Is there a link to a review?

      P.S. It will be reviewed here tomorrow.

  10. Uncle Leo says:

    Lookin’ forward to the full review. I already wasted my money, but if it’s that bad, maybe I won’t waste my time

  11. marigrace says:

    I know all the major details. It was the many smaller details I didn’t know about, and what made it an interesting read. The one thing that floored me was that a mere two hours after Baby Matthew was born, East Cocalico Detective Larry Martin was there with a warrant to take blood tests. Another surprise was that Michael Roseboro admitted to a fellow prisoner that he did kill his wife. The book doesn’t say whether it was sarcasm or not.

  12. marigrace says:

    Ugh..I could kick myself. Had a pile of work to do this afternoon and evening and ended up reading the whole book. It read like a Harlequin Romance. The sad thing is, that it actually happened. There were numerous parts of the book I took issue with, especially the picture of the Denver Mennonite Meeting House,as if Angela Funk would have attended there, which she never did.

  13. TBO says:

    PS – “Listening to Prince” and the nickname “Rose.”

    Only thing missing is “jazz hands.” Maybe Roseboro was trying to overcompensate for something more deeply rooted in his psyche.

  14. TBO says:

    Serious question: Does this publishing company and/or the author cater to formulaic type of books? That might explain why the book is written the way it is.

    Romance novels are written to formulaic criteria that a lot of readers (who enjoy such books) expect and enjoy. Same thing goes for that series of Amish books. They follow a formula that their readers expect to enjoy.

    If the publishing company follows certain guidelines for its authors, then the book could be considered a success for faithful readers of that genre.

    • Becky says:

      Yes, it’s a formula book and a bad one. Remember, Phelps was not at the trial and I was. Further, I wouldn’t believe a word that comes out of Shawn Roseboro’s mouth. And there’s a lot more!

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