BAUER, Sheryle




IN THE MIDST OF MADNESS: How One Family Stole $350 Million and Escaped "Scott" Free   At 18, Sheryle worked in a massage parlor on the outskirts of Wichita, Kansas.  At 20, she traveled the Midwest and graduated to a job as a stripper.  She later married into the notorious Martin family and sought a less seedy form of employment, working at first in a placer goldmine in Montana where her husband, Scott, found a nugget the size of his fist.

While raising two children, Sheryle helped build a multimillion-dollar company, Shaperite Concepts.  During the company's most vulnerable beginnings, the Securities and Exchange Commission investigated her father-in-law, Carl, for fraud.  During the investigation, Carl's partner, Richard Brown, turned up dead.  A prime suspect, Carl ended up behind bars for SEC violations.  Soon after his release from prison, he was kidnapped by a disgruntled investor and held for $3.5 million ransom.  An unexpected turn of events led to Carl's escape while the kidnappers were apprehended.

Only an upside-down childhood could provide just the ticket to Sheryle's overcoming a family uprising, scandal, drugs, alcoholism, fraud, kidnapping, child abuse, rape, psychosis, and murder.  What she thought was a shameful start in life turned out to be the threads she used to sew a patchwork of strength in the midst of one of the most scandalous white-collar-crime sprees in America.



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