Twenty years after the roller coaster ride started for Mary Weaver, a complete story on her journey through the courts and prison for a shaken baby death has been published.
Weaver, a former Marshalltown resident, was first sentenced to life in prison in 1994 for the death of 11-month old Melissa Mathes in 1993. Weaver was the child's caregiver in Marshalltown when the baby died. After two years in prison and constant fighting by her lawyer, Steve Brennecke, a jury acquitted Weaver in 1997.
The book "Edges of Truth: The Mary Weaver Story" written by Deb Brammer with Weaver's former lawyer, Steve Brennecke, and help from Weaver is nearing release.
A book launch event for “Edges of Truth: The Mary Weaver Story” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Fisher Community Center.
A book launch event featuring appearances by Brammer, Weaver and Brennecke will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Fisher Community Center.
Weaver and Brammer will be there to sign copies of the book, which will be for sale for $13.95 plus tax.
Weaver said she has sensed the anticipation for the book.
"It's exciting to know people think it's interesting," she said. "There seems to be a lot of interest in it and it's a great opportunity to share my story."
Weaver said she has mixed emotions on the 20th anniversary of Mathes' death. Although she went through a lot personally, there is still the matter of the death of a young one.
Brennecke said he loves the way the book turned out and it could be inspiring for people.
"It's a tale of great perseverance," Brennecke said.
Brammer was introduced to the story by Brennecke and was fascinated by what Weaver went through.
"I was immediately impressed by the strong story elements and the amazing timing of events which brought about a big turnaround in the outcome of Mary's story," Brammer said. "I wrote this book to highlight the hidden dangers in the abusive head trauma controversy today. Though some progress has been made, I'm convinced innocent caregivers are still being convicted for murder."
Weaver is looking forward to the launch event.
"I think the part I'm most looking forward to is that I know there will be a lot of people there who were part of my support group," Weaver said.
As part of the event, there will also be brief presentations at 7 and 8 p.m.
For more information about the book, visit www.maryweaverstory.com.