Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived (Google eBook)

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Fair Winds Press, Jan 1, 2011 - True Crime - 272 pages
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A 12-year-old boy cowers in his closet while a lunatic killer slaughters his family . . . a nursing student unwittingly opens her home to the serial killer on her front porch . . . an 11-year-old girl drifts alone at sea on a flimsy cork raft for almost four days after a mass murderer kills her vacationing family aboard a chartered yacht . . . a brave firefighter suddenly finds himself in the crosshairs of a racist sniper almost nine stories above the ground . . .

And, astonishingly, they all survived.

From Howard Unruh’s 1949 shooting rampage through a quiet New Jersey neighborhood to Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee’s reign of terror in 2002, the corpses piled up and few lived to tell the horror. Now, award-winning journalist Ron Franscell explores the wounded hearts and minds of the ordinary people these monsters couldn’t kill. His mesmerizing accounts crackle with gritty details that put the reader in the midst of the carnage—and offer a front-row seat on the complex, painful process of surviving the rest of their haunted lives. In intimate, gripping prose, Franscell takes the reader on a pulse-pounding dash through the murky intersection of pure evil and the potency of the human spirit. This journey into the darkest corners of the American crime-scape is a penetrating work of literary journalism by a writer hailed as one of the most powerful new voices in true crime.

  

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Review: Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived

User Review  - Ruth Turner - Goodreads

I read some of the Goodreads reviews of this book where "tabloid style" writing was mentioned. I have to agree to a certain extent, and admit to quite a few eyeroll moments. I'd never heard of these ... Read full review

Review: Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived

User Review  - Alana - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. However, I could not give it more than three stars because of the writing. I agree completely with another reviewer who stated that this book was written in a 'tabloid ... Read full review

Contents

THE SHADOWLANDS BETWEEN
8
CHARLES COHEN AND THE INSANE SPREE KILLER HOWARD UNRUH
12
BRENT DOONAN AND THE ATLANTA DAYTRADER SPREE
40
KEITH THOMAS AND THE MCDONALDS MASSACRE
66
SUZANNA GRATIA HUPP AND THE LUBYS MASSACRE
94
TIM URSIN AND THE HOWARD JOHNSON SNIPER
118
ROLAND EHLKE AND THE TEXAS TOWER SNIPER
142
DIANNE ALEXANDER AND THE SERIAL KILLER DERRICK TODD LEE
166
ANTHONY MAJZER AND SERIAL KILLER DAVID MAUST
188
MISSY JENKINS AND THE WEST PADUCAH HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING
210
TERRY JO DUPERRAULT AND THE BLUEBELLE MURDERS
234
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
259
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
264
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
265
INDEX
266
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About the author (2011)

Ron Franscell is a bestselling author and journalist whose atmospheric true crime/memoir The Darkest Night was hailed as a direct descendant of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and established him as one of the most provocative new voices in narrative nonfiction. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Delivered from Evil is his fifth book. He grew up in Wyoming and now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

 

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