Murder in Baker Company: How Four American Soldiers Killed One of Their Own

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Chicago Review Press, Jan 4, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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Using court transcripts, personal interviews, and police records to retrace the key events of the case, this journey to uncover the truth about what happened to Richard Davis provides a disturbing, eye-opening look into the problems of today's military. After surviving tours in Bosnia and Iraq, Davis was mercilessly tortured and ultimately murdered before his remains were set on fire in the woods of Georgia. Four members of his own platoon were arrested for the crime. When one was asked why they set Richard on fire, his answer was both cold and revealing: Because that's the way we got rid of bodies in Iraq. There is no other case on record in which American soldiers have killed one of their own in such a twisted manner. They were home. They were alive. So the only question is, why? This is not only the exploration of the heinous murder of a soldier; it is also a call to action for U.S. citizens to provide support and necessary programs for veteran reentry and reassimilation into U.S. society.
 

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This is a difficult book to read when you know what the army is doing to our soldiers. I feel for this family as my son was found mysteriosly dead in the army 4 years ago. They did nothing but lie to us. I know what this family went through and I hope they find peace.(somehow) Read full review

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PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY REVIEW
"McCain sifted through government paperwork, police statements, court transcripts, and firsthand interviews. The result is a raw and compelling overview of a shocking
killing, its aftermath, and a military ignoring its soldiers’ needs." (Feb.)
McCain, a writer who grew up on army bases, takes aim at the military and the ways soldiers bring the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq home with them. In recounting the murder of 25-year-old Army Specialist Richard T. Davis by four fellow members of the army’s Third Infantry (a case that inspired the movie In the Valley of Elah ), McCain examines the tragic results of the increasing number of street gang members recruited into the army, post-traumatic stress, and “noncombat deaths” of soldiers resulting from accidents, illness, suicide, and murder. When Davis returned home to Fort Benning, Ga., in July 2003 after serving in Iraq, he was driven by four other soldiers to a wooded area, murdered, and his body set on fire. When Lanny Davis, a Vietnam veteran, attempted to find out what happened to his son, he confronted coverups, military red tape, and, finally, an incompetent investigation. McCain sifted through government paperwork, police statements, court transcripts, and firsthand interviews. The result is a raw and compelling overview of a shocking killing, its aftermath, and a military ignoring its soldiers’ needs. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/14/2009
 

Contents

1 A Father and Son
1
2 Finding Richard
13
3 The Victim Did It
35
4 A Cry for Help
51
5 Gehenna
69
6 Theres Enough Glory for Everybody
97
7 Orchestrated Evidence
123
8 The First One to Squeal
149
The Elephant in the Room
217
11 Questions Continue and Bodies Pile Up
227
Conclusion
229
Military Police and Court Document Exhibits
233
Index
277
Back Flap
283
Back Cover
284
Copyright

9 A Fallen Hero Is Among Us
197

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About the author (2010)

Cilla McCain is a writer focusing on social justice issues who grew up near various army bases until her family settled outside Fort Benning, Georgia. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.