Broken Doll

Broken Doll

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by Burl Barer

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Near Miss

In May, 1988, in Everett, Washington, four-year-old Feather Rahier disappeared while playing outside after dinner. Her frantic cries drew Feather's mother to the dark garage that was home to Richard Matthew Clark. Clark had stolen the child, bound and gagged her, and begun to undress her. Only at the last instant was the little girl saved by her


Near Miss

In May, 1988, in Everett, Washington, four-year-old Feather Rahier disappeared while playing outside after dinner. Her frantic cries drew Feather's mother to the dark garage that was home to Richard Matthew Clark. Clark had stolen the child, bound and gagged her, and begun to undress her. Only at the last instant was the little girl saved by her mother's desperate intervention. The next victim wouldn't be so fortunate.

Without A Trace

On the night of March 31, 1995, Roxanne Doll, 7, was abducted from the bedroom she shared with her younger sister. It was not until the following day that her mother discovered Roxanne's disappearance. A week later, Roxanne's raped and stabbed body was found. Evidence led investigators to a man the family had trusted as a friend: Richard Clark.

No Remorse

Clark was a petty criminal, jailbird, alcohol and drug abuser who couldn't control his pedophilic and homicidal urges. In April, 1997, after his conviction for aggravated murder, he mocked and derided the dead girl's parents in a shocking courtroom display. Here is the brutal, heartbreaking true story of the crimes and punishment of a monster who preyed on the most vulnerable victims of all—and of the determined prosecutor who swore to bring him to justice.

Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos

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Burl Barer is an Edgar Award winner and two-time Anthony Award nominee who has won praise for his true crime and fiction. His books have been translated into seven languages, and he is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows. A native of Washington State, he now lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book tells the heartbreaking tale of the rape and murder of Roxanne Doll by a family friend. I have read many true crime books, few have upset me as much as this one. Richard Clark had the audacity to lure an innocent 7 year old girl from her bedroom while her 5 year old sister was sleeping in the same room. And after he rapes and kills her, he buries her like garbage, where she was eventually discovered by accident by 2 other very young girls playing in a field. And as if this is not enough, right after he raped and murdered Roxanne, Clarke goes on a camping trip with her dad, which camping trip comes to a premature end when it becomes known that Roxanne is missing. The book is a compelling read, and clearly well researched, with some shocking photo's , including one in black and white showing the upper portion -from the waist up-of Roxanne's body after it was recovered. I did have a bit of difficulty trying to keep track of Clark's movements on the night of the murder ' real and/or as alleged by Clark himself', but this is due in part to the contradicting information Clark told police about this aspect of the case. This book made me cry, and think about how precious life is, how much poor Roxanne -and her family since-must have suffered. If only Clark could have been locked up for good after he tried to attack then 4 year old Feather Rahier a few years prior, Roxanne would still be alive today. This story has so riveted me that I have done a Google search to update myself on the current state of affairs in this case. I won't spoil it for others who have not yet read the book. Finally, All parents should take note of this case and the sad lesson it reinforces: Beware not only of strangers, but also the ones you know. RIP little Roxanne, you are gone but not fogotten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Broken Doll- a title that befits the story of little Roxanne Doll¿s abduction, rape and murder. Somewhere between the night of March 31 1995 and April 1 1995, little Roxanne Doll was taken from her bed by a man she trusted as her father¿s buddy. A week later, two little girls made a gruesome finding ¿ a little pale foot protruding from a bush proved to be Roxanne¿s. DNA helped make the connection between killer and victim. Richard Mathew Clark, who was a constant visitor at the Doll residence was arrested. His van was ransacked. Socks containing Roxanne¿s saliva was retrieved. A shirt that belonged to Richard had a blood stain consistent with Roxanne¿s blood type. An electrifying trial ensued, bringing a community together in their rage against a man who preyed on the vulnerable and the young. But amidst the grieving family and the livid society, there were men and women who fought for the `monster¿. His defense lawyers vigorously contested the death penalty that the prosecutors were adamant to impose on him, his family pleaded that he had a pitiful, loveless childhood which formed part of the mitigating circumstances that should abandon the punishment of death. However, Richard Mathew Clark showed no remorse or emotion throughout the proceedings and had even ridiculed the victim¿s family in court. Burl Barer goes into the mind of a killer, and tries to look at how he was raised, at the circumstances in which he was born. This kind author tries to give the beast the benefit of the doubt by implying that he would probably turn out a different way if he had not been exposed to alcohol when he was a mere foetus in the womb, or if he had not been open to the elements of drugs and alcohol as he was growing up. Burl Barer brings a tremendous amount of humanity to a story that would certainly shock the world, and was ultimately any parents¿ worst nightmare. A good true crime thriller for those interested in the genre. Ann Rule is at the top when it comes to insight and possesses more journalistic flair but Burl Barer comes in close behind.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because of Feather Rahier, the book tells a story of her being a victim before, by her own father. I wish the author would of done more research. Feather and I have something in common, we are half-sisters. We share the father mentioned in the book and I can tell you while that man was not Father of the Year, and struggled with many things, he was NEVER a child molester. Knowing what I know, reading the first part of this book made me dislike the entire book altogether.  
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is interesting. I didnt read the book but I can tell you that Feather had almost forgotten until the book came out. She has sufferend long and hard as a result of this and probably wouldn't be happy knowing I wrote this. I don't know what the legalities are in printing her name but she didn't know it was gonna happen and a whole slew of demons were released as a result of her name being used. Sad, simply sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Burl Barer is my favorite true crime author, and this book had me rivited. Poor little girl is kidnapped by a 'family friend' -- what a sicko! The cops bring him to justice, but in the process we find out that his life has been almost as dreadful as the little girl's. Don't miss reading this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Burl Barer always seems to pick the most compelling and tragic true crime stories, and BROKEN DOLL is no exception. As usual, Barer grabs you from the beginning and drags you through the horror of destroyed lives and lost opportunities. Without fail, he also shows how things could have been different 'if only..' and how we can hopefully keep such tragedies from happening again. Every one of Barer's books is more than just a 'reading experience,' but a vicarious emotional trauma. If you read true crime, you must read BROKEN DOLL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is something about the way Burl Barer writes true crime that I find incredibly compelling...not exploitive or sensationalist, but also not dry and dreary, plus he always raises the victim's death to the level of sacrifice. This tragic story of the rape and murder of a 7 year old girl by a so-called 'Family friend' is disturbing on numerous levels, yet it is a true crime book that is a MUST READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Burl Barer, America's #1 true crime journalist, once again proves his worth in this tragic story of seven-year-old Roxanne Doll who was kidnapped from her bed in Everett Washington. As with Barer's other excellent pageturners, this book goes beyond the mere recitation of facts and delves into the lives of all concerned, giving a horrific portrait of lives gone wrong and lives destroyed. A MUST READ for all fans of true crime.