Anyone But Duane
This is a true-to-life book about multiple murders that happened in 1965 during a bank robbery in Nebraska, but it so much more. Running through the book are accounts of what happened during Duane Pope's boyhood that influenced his bizarre killing of a bank president and two of his workers, and a paralyzing of a fourth, who died recently. Duane was a shy boy who was punished by his brutish parents for everything he did wrong. Consequently, he tried to do everything right and this resulted in a frustrating situation for him, although he was a star athlete and of perfect behavior. He secretly planned the bank robbery, thinking every step of the way that someone would stop him. No one did, and he killed the bank workers and wounded a fourth, fleeing in the meantime. He would have gotten away but turned himself in to law officers after a couple of weeks. He was tried twice—once in federal courtroom and a second time in state court—and convicted both times. He is now in his seventies and in a federal prison where he has reverted to his original self and is considered a model prisoner by his guards. I covered his trial and was struck by how he admitted doing the deed, but why did he do it? This book covers the "why."
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