Simon Says: A True Story of Boys, Guns and Murder

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Da Capo Press, 2007 - True Crime - 294 pages
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On a frigid New Year’s Eve, just twenty months after the Columbine massacre, three teenage boys carefully plotted the murder of a schoolmate and his grandparents at their mountain hideaway outside of Colorado Springs. The boys’ leader, Simon Sue, was responsible for strong-arming the others into believing they were members of a secret paramilitary organization-and that their very lives depended on successfully executing the organization’s “mission.” Simon Says tells the page-turning story of how these boys’ lives could have gone so horribly astray, how their parents assumed all was right in their sons’ lives, and what the fallout of the grisly murders was on all the families. Through painstaking research, journalist Kathryn Eastburn gets into the minds of these boys to reveal a place where the rites of passage to young manhood, to acceptance, come at an exorbitant price.

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Review: Simon Says: A True Story of Boys and Murder in the Rocky Mountain West

User Review  - Joyce - Goodreads

Well written account of a very sad tale of young boys who are led astray by their charismatic friend. The results are tragic and affects many. The author shows all sides of the story and how the families of all cope in the aftermath. There is no happy ending. This is real life and very sad. Read full review

Review: Simon Says: A True Story of Boys and Murder in the Rocky Mountain West

User Review  - Amanda Sledz - Goodreads

It's no mean trick to fashion a true crime book that is neither overly-sensational nor exploitative, but still reports the grizzly details and is beautifully written. I read this whole book in one ... Read full review


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Journalist Kathryn Eastburn covered the court proceedings against the boys in this case for nearly three years for the Colorado Springs Independent. She lives in Colorado Springs.

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