Pretty Little Killers: The Truth Behind the Savage Murder of Skylar Neese

Pretty Little Killers: The Truth Behind the Savage Murder of Skylar Neese

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by Daleen Berry, Geoffrey C. Fuller
     
 

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In Pretty Little Killers, journalist Daleen Berry and investigator Geoffrey Fuller expand upon their New York Times bestselling ebook The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese to give you even more information behind one of the most horrific and shocking murders of our time. Including over 100 pages of new material, Pretty Little Killers shares the…  See more details below

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In Pretty Little Killers, journalist Daleen Berry and investigator Geoffrey Fuller expand upon their New York Times bestselling ebook The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese to give you even more information behind one of the most horrific and shocking murders of our time. Including over 100 pages of new material, Pretty Little Killers shares the latest theories and answers the questions that have left many people baffled.

After killer Shelia Eddy pled guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison and Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to thirty years for second-degree murder, family, friends, investigators, and other key sources reveal the facts you would have learned if the case had gone to trial.

Including specific details drawn from Rachel’s confession, Pretty Little Killers looks at the crime through the eyes of the victim and killers, providing intimate testimony from the pages of Rachel’s personal journal, Skylar’s diary and school papers, and court records.

Berry and Fuller examine all this, including previously unreported details about Rachel and Shelia’s rumored lesbian relationship and explain why more than one investigator believes Skylar’s murder was a thrill kill.

Most important, Pretty Little Killers provides a satisfying answer to Skylar’s final question: “Why?”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940363660
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
07/08/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
89,098
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Daleen Berry is an enterprising writer whose national journalism career has seen her write about important social topics such as filicide-suicide, domestic violence murders, sexual crimes, and mental illness as a contributor to the Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, and xoJane. Berry’s book, Sister of Silence, has received both critical and popular acclaim, while broadcast journalist and former NPR Morning Edition host Bob Edwards called Berry a “magnificent storyteller.” Berry has become a national speaker at conferences, colleges, and schools around the country. Most recently, she was invited to give a TEDx talk at Connecticut College. In 2011, she founded Samantha's Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 charity to help educate and empower abused women and children. Berry has received awards for investigative journalism and for her weekly columns. In 2012, Berry’s as-yet-unpublished book, Lethal Silence, took first place in the Pearl Buck Award in Writing for Social Change category, given jointly by West Virginia Writers and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation.

Geoffrey C. Fuller has made a living as a freelance writer-editor for 20 years, working with both fiction and nonfiction. He has edited literary and trade journals, as well as more than 75 books. Two titles he edited, The Devil’s Son: Cap Hatfield and the End of the Hatfield and McCoy Feud and Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster, the Worst Industrial Accident in US History, were nominated by the Independent Book Publisher Association for Benjamin Franklin Awards. Monongah placed third nationally in 2008. His writing has appeared in newspapers and on radio, in literary and commercial magazines, and in anthologies, textbooks, and gift books. Fuller is the only writer to have been awarded prestigious West Virginia literary fellowships in all three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. In 2012, his crime fiction piece, “Figure-Ground,” placed first in Writer’s Digest’s national contest. His novel, Full Bone Moon, was published in 2011 by Woodland Press.

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Pretty Little Killers: The Truth Behind the Savage Murder of Skylar Neese 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money! Very poorly written, rambles all over the place- no connection
bridaniel816 More than 1 year ago
Team Skylar The story of Skylar Neese is incredibly powerful but also one of the most devastating cases in history. Skylar grew up with her parents, Mary and Dave Neese, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Skylar was an honor student, a remarkable friend, and a beautiful soul that stole the hearts of people around her. Skylar was a sophomore attending University High School with her two best friends, Sheila Eddy and Rachel Shoaf. The three girls were inseparable until July 6, 2012 when Skylar Neese was murdered on Morris Road Run in Pennsylvania by Rachel Shoaf and Sheila Eddy. The beautiful but tragic life of Skylar Neese is revealed through the novel, Pretty Little Killers. Throughout the investigation of Skylar’s murder, several themes were established. Lying was one of the most prominent themes in the book. Sheila and Rachel lied to their families, friends, and even authorities. The girls kept the secret of Skylar’s murder for six months until Rachel Shoaf confessed to the murder of Skylar Neese. Lying and guilt consumed Rachel Shoaf’s soul which led to major consequences. Rachel received a shorter sentence time than Sheila because Rachel confessed and Sheila refused to admit that she was also guilty. Lying has truly impacted their lives forever. A more positive theme of the book is a community coming together. Throughout the search of Skylar Neese, thousands of people joined Facebook pages for Skylar and helped post missing Skylar posters all over West Virginia. The loss of Skylar tugged hard on emotions of the community and they all grieved for Skylar together. Many people came to the vigil to remember Skylar and pay their respects for the beautiful girl that was lost forever. Pretty Little Killers is one of the best books I have read. The only aspect that I disliked was the fact that an innocent girl was killed and the devastating story of the brutal murder. Even though it is devastating and sad that a young life was lost to murder, it was filled with facts and information about the loss of Skylar Neese. I appreciate how the authorities and police officers took the case seriously and did not stop looking for answers until they found out what happened to Skylar. I enjoyed reading the story of Skylar and I am glad the Neese family received some closure by knowing Sheila and Rachel are behind bars for the unforgivable crime they committed. I hope Skylar’s memory continues to live in the hearts and minds of people she loved because her story was truly remarkable. I recommend this book to someone who wants to learn more information about the story of Skylar Neese. I do not recommend this book if someone wants to read an uplifting story because it is an emotional and heart wrenching story. Other recommended works are Fatal Jealousy by Colin McEvoy and See How Much You Love Me by Amber Hunt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very poorly written. Some decent analysis but no real new insights.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulled me in and couldn't put it down. Anyone who wants to get further insight should read this.
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good reads