Surviving Murder: A True-Crime Memoirby Linda Principe
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Where were the heads? On June 27, 1990, that was the question of the hour. The night before, the evening quiet had been shattered by the bloody aftermath of a son’s rage against his parents. Two dismembered, headless corpses would be tomorrow’s headlines ... corpses that had been the author’s aunt and uncle. The murderer was her own cousin. This gripping, first-hand account of a surviving family member portrays an ordinary citizen forced, in the blink of an eye, to become a solitary advocate for two murdered relatives. Her personal odyssey begins with the murders and, after a nine-year span of anguish and delays, leads to a gut-wrenching trial. This true-crime memoir depicts the horror murder begets, how survivors are victimized by the system designed to protect them, the plight of those whose lives are forever changed by one person’s unthinkable act, and how the human spirit manages to transcend it.
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Surviving Murder is a chilling tale about a family who is profoundly changed in the aftermath of a double homicide. Principe's skillful writing style captures each detail describing the gruesome scene of the crime to the grueling trial years later. Emotional and intense, the memoir pays tribute to family loyalty and survival.
Very moving epilogue of a family suffering through the murder of two of its members by another member. Well written. I enjoyed this book a great deal, one of the better true crime reads and I have read most of them. I would highly reccommend this book to anyone, true crime fan or not.
I typically don't review books I've read, in this case I'm making an exception. Ms. Principe wrote with such wonderful care, sensitivity & honesty of the brutal impact & lasting effects of murder on family & loved ones. Her skill as an author evidenced itself from the very first page & I hope to see future books by her.
SURVIVING MURDER is an authentic account of the utmost inconceivable. If I could think of more compelling words, I would use them. Ms. Principe’s proficient and open narrative of the events leading up to, during and after the horrific incident that occurred on June 26th 1990 is nothing less than poignant--in all aspects of the word: moving, distressing, affecting, heartrending..and stirring...etc. Not to leave out a most important reality—it personally happened to her and her family. To quote the opening line of chapter 3: “The thing about murder is that it happens to strangers, not to people you know and love.” Although, I left for college and afterward decided to settle with my family a couple of hours north of the city, I was personally born and raised on “the Island” and still consider myself, in some aspects, a Staten Islander. With this, I am able to look at the storyline as both an insider and an outsider and, with both perspectives, fully recommend it as a read that will have a definite affect on you as a human being.
Great Read very informative I didn't realize the horrible details the entire family went through. What a horrible experience!