Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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A 12-year-old boy cowers in his closet while a lunatic killer slaughters his family . . . a nursing student unwittingly opens her home to the serial killer on her front porch . . . an 11-year-old girl drifts alone at sea on a flimsy cork raft for almost four days after a mass murderer kills her vacationing family aboard a chartered yacht . . . a brave firefighter suddenly finds himself in the crosshairs of a racist sniper almost nine stories ...

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Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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Overview

A 12-year-old boy cowers in his closet while a lunatic killer slaughters his family . . . a nursing student unwittingly opens her home to the serial killer on her front porch . . . an 11-year-old girl drifts alone at sea on a flimsy cork raft for almost four days after a mass murderer kills her vacationing family aboard a chartered yacht . . . a brave firefighter suddenly finds himself in the crosshairs of a racist sniper almost nine stories above the ground . . .

And, astonishingly, they all survived.

From Howard Unruh’s 1949 shooting rampage through a quiet New Jersey neighborhood to Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee’s reign of terror in 2002, the corpses piled up and few lived to tell the horror.

Now, award-winning journalist Ron Franscell explores the wounded hearts and minds of the ordinary people these monsters couldn’t kill. His mesmerizing accounts crackle with gritty details that put the reader in the midst of the carnage—and offer a front-row seat on the complex, painful process of surviving the rest of their haunted lives.

In intimate, gripping prose, Franscell takes the reader on a pulse-pounding dash through the murky intersection of pure evil and the potency of the human spirit. This journey into the darkest corners of the American crime-scape is a penetrating work of literary journalism by a writer hailed as one of the most powerful new voices in true crime.

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610599252
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,208,357
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Ron Franscell is the author of The Darkest Night, a well-reviewed book about a survivor of a harrowing murder attempt in which her sister died. He also works as a journalist whose work regularly appears in publications such as the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. His books include Angel Fire and The Deadline. He grew up in Wyoming and currently lives in Texas.

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From Delivered from Evil, Seventy-Seven Minutes in Hell, McDonald’s Massacre, San Ysidro, California, July 18, 1984.

Keith Thomas slid down beneath the table as the room exploded in an endless shudder of deafening bursts. He had never heard anything as horrifying as the earsplitting rake of semi-automatic gunfire, much less in the confined, peaceful spaces of a neighborhood McDonald’s. Everything was upside down.
Under the seat against the wall, shielded by Ron Herrera, Keith couldn’t see anything except the camouflaged pants of a man walking deliberately just feet away.
“What’s happening?” he asked.
“Be still!” Ron commanded him. “Don’t move!”
Keith turned his face to the wall and closed his eyes. He no longer wanted to see what might be coming. He already knew.
He was about to die.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Shadowlands Between 8

1 "They're all Dead": Charles Cohen and the Insane Spree Killer Howard Unruh 12

2 "Today is Gonna be Visual": Brent Doonan and the Atlanta Day Trader Spree 40

3 Seventy-Seven Minutes in Hell: Keith Thomas and the McDonald's Massacre 66

4 Nightmare at Noon: Suzanna Gratia Hupp and the Luby's Massacre 94

5 Death From Above: Tim Ursin and the Howard Johnson Sniper 118

6 The Darkest Tower: Roland Ehlke and the Texas tower Sniper 142

7 Evil on the Front Porch: Dianne Alexander and the Serial Killer Derrick Todd Lee 166

8 The Devil you Know: Anthony Majzer and serial Killer David Maust 188

9 A Prayer Before Dying: Missy Jenkins and the West Paducah High School Shooting 210

10 Alone in a Dark sea: Terry Jo Duperrault and the Bluebelle Murders 234

Selected Bibliography 259

Acknowledgments 264

About the Author 265

Index 266

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    Excellent reading!

    Ron Franscell tells the stories of ten survivors. It is an amazing tale of courage and yet so haunting. It will keep you reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    Darkness

    Sts atching

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    He<_>ll

    Moonfang we nt have time for this cr<_>ap. Bloodclan is going to attack so get over it andprotect your clan!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Disappointing for sure!!!

    Reads like a magazine reads and thats ok, but this book was suppose to celebrate survivors. It was just a biography of the killers. And parts super slow to get thru.

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