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Little Girl Fly Away: Haunted by the Demons Within Her: One Woman's True Story

Little Girl Fly Away: Haunted by the Demons Within Her: One Woman's True Story

by Gene Stone

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1977 Ruth Finley, 47 years old, married, a mother and living in Witchita, Kans., began to receive disturbing letters. The letters gave way to harassment, which in turn culminated in her kidnapping and stabbing by the elusive criminal dubbed the ``Poet.'' After four frustrating years the case was solved when a new police chief deduced that only Ruth herself could be the Poet. This deeply moving account re-creates not only the supposed crime but also the successful psychotherapy which followed. For five years, Ruth was treated by a psychiatrist named Andrew Pickens, gradually revealing that she had been a victim of childhood sexual abuse and that, while not suffering from multiple personality disorder, she still had the abused little girl in her psyche and that girl, resentful that no one had come to the adult Ruth's aid when her husband was stricken ill, became the Poet. Freelance writer Stone tells Ruth's engrossing, bizarre story with great sensitivity. Photos. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Ruth Finley of Wichita, Kansas led a normal, quiet life with her husband, family, and friends until 1977, when she became the victim of a stalker whom the police named ``the Poet.'' He harassed Ruth through the mail and on the phone, and he even kidnapped and stabbed her. The case remained open and unsolved until 1981, when the chief of police proved that the Poet was Ruth herself. Ruth, however, had no idea of what she was doing, and the last chapters of this account deal with her seven years of psychotherapy. With the help of a doctor, Ruth retrieved memories of severe abuse, both sexual and psychological, at the hands of a neighbor. The Poet had roots in her childhood trauma. This is an unusual and compelling story written in a style that pulls the reader in. Both readers of true crime and psychological accounts will enjoy this book. Highly recommended.-- Lisa J. Cochenet, Plainfield P.L. Dist., Ill.
Sue-Ellen Beauregard
From 1977 until 1981, Wichita, Kansas, resident Ruth Finley, in her late 40s at the time, was seemingly stalked by a man who threatened her in telephone calls and letters, damaged her home, and stabbed her during an encounter in a parking lot. The media dubbed the mysterious stalker Poet because of his propensity to communicate in verse. Finally, after years of surveillance, police detectives discovered the truth. Poet existed only in the mind of mild-mannered, passive Finley. She not only composed and sent the poetry to herself but faked the stabbings, kidnappings, and home destruction. Stone fascinatingly reconstructs this unusual case, following Finley through five years of psychotherapy that unearthed childhood sexual abuse as the root of Finley's delusions. An empathetic portrait of a severely traumatized woman who, coming to terms with her abusive childhood, finally proved able to put her life back on a steady course.

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Gene Stone is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Bush Survival Bible and Duck!: The Dick Cheney Survival Bible. A former book, magazine, and newspaper editor, as well as the author or ghostwriter of more than thirty books, he divides his time between Manhattan, upstate New York, and worrying about the planet.

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