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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Justice Vs True Crime

    Head shot By Burl Barer A murder Mystery and good fiction are often parallel to a true crime of some nature. Burl Barer writes with accuracy, a settled grace, and imagery that gave this reader several nightmares! Sarah Weinman wrote, "Crime fiction spends a great deal of time sorting through the chaos to find some order, a sense of resolution for the often inexplicable madness of murder. Real crimes, however, don't work that way. Evidence is misfiled, suspects evade arrest on technicalities, and investigations stretch out for years before an end comes in sight - if at all. True crime is a messier affair, but in the hands of these writers, the true specter of violence and mayhem, science and psychology is elevated to literary art." Mr. Barer's genius writing skills is not only evident in Head Shot but his ability to captivate a reader with the truth of crime shocks and leaves the reader with a deeper understanding of criminal nature and the dogma of the crime itself. As the book is described Paul St. Pierre was an alcoholic, psychopath, and has an urge to kill. His younger brother, Chris, committed unspeakable acts to "fit in" with the group. This includes the holding of a young girl hostage. Paul's childhood friend, Andrew K. Webb, took drugs, talked to skulls, and yearned to eat human flesh. With a menu of alcohol and Drugs the world of crime cover-ups and friend against friend and brother against brother begins. Andrew was attacked by a friend of Damon Wells and two men were murdered by the St. Pierre brothers. Andrew K. Webb was the third party involved and was the motive force behind the first of the murders. Victim John Achord, age 22, was killed by the trio and had his head cut-off and placed it in a bucket of cement and placed in the Puyallup River. Chris St. Pierre stated that Paul St. Pierre killed John Achord by shooting him in the head with a .45 automatic. Damon Wells body was stuffed in a mummy-style sleeping bag. During the trial, Dr. Lacsina found that Achord was stabbed to death. Paul's confinement and isolation in prison is quoted as to have driven Paul mad. Yet, the circumstance of Paul's death in prison is highly questionable. Paul died from supposedly shoving feces filled toilet paper down his own throat while under guard in supervised holding. I found the story very accurate with the courtroom legalistic talk. It is important for the reader to know that in the courtroom it is not all that exciting and full of drama. It was difficult to completely understand the legal jargon at times for me. However, Burl does a great job explaining several important justice and injustice of the courtroom. Nevertheless, I tend to wonder if this book has any connection to Burl's book Headlock. For example, there is a character named Travis Webb .if I remember correctly. Moreover, as stated before all fiction has a hint of truth in it. HEAD SHOT is recommended for some if you would like to understand a bit of the justice system in action and true crime with all the gore and ugliness. I do warn the readers that the pictures in the book are very graphic and should not be view by children or adults that may not be able to handle the images. The most frightening aspect to this reader is that Andrew Webb has been paroled since 2007.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2002

    Head Shot

    Burl Barer, one of America's best non-fiction authors, turns his famed research and narrative talents to this exceptionally strange story of three young men who commit an inexplicable double murder. Once again, Barer leads us into the minds and mayhem of real-life killers, and the equally twisted domain of America's legal system. The 'disturbing photos' are actually disturbing, but pale in comparison to the actual deeds. Not only are the crimes revealed in detail, but the trials and legal battles for the lives of the defendants, and the life of America's Bill of Rights, are also filleted before our eyes. If you have a marked aversion to decapitation, humiliation, midnight burials, senseless beatings,rape, incest,insanity, or are uncomfortable with uncovering ugly creepy crawly things under the dark rock of justice, USA-style, stay away -- but if true crime and legal thrillers are to your taste, dig in! HEAD SHOT is Burl Barer in top form.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2001

    Head Shot

    Every fan of true crime will love this latest bone-chiller from Edgar Award winner Burl Barer. When a trio of Tacoma, Washington rowdys decide to beat up a defenseless kid --- 4'9' and 110 lbs == and then kill him, they find themselves in a quicksand of crime, coverups and multiple confessions, each blaming the others. But there's more buried out in Elbe, Washington than just one body, and the second one doesn't have a head! The pictures are graphic, not for the squemish, and the writing style is slick, engrossing, and moves right along. I especially enjoyed the insights into the pre-trial legal battles, and the family history of Anderew Webb, one of the kilers. If you like true crime, you'll love this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Head shot

    Well written book....Bn

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Unbelievable

    WOW. This was a great read beware horrific pics

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Boring

    Didn't really enjoy this. Had way to much court room happenings, every little detail,rather boring. Would have liked much more background and story telling.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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