From Landfill to Hallowed Ground: The Largest Crime Scene in America

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From Landfill to Hallowed Ground: The Largest Crime Scene in America by Frank Marra, Maria Bellia Abbate

The morning of September 11, 2001, began like any other morning for police Sergeant Frank Marra. He woke up early, brewed his coffee, and got his son Anthony ready for kindergarten. That was until the image of the South Tower engulfed in flames and smoke interrupted televised broadcasts nationwide. From Landfill to Hallowed Ground follows the footsteps of Sergeant Frank Marra and the people whose lives were irrevocably changed in the aftermath of September 11. Marra and co-author Maria Bellia Abbate take readers to the Staten Island Landfill, where the largest moveable crime scene in America was combed and searched for those buried beneath the twisted metal, steel, and cement. Step into the landfill mire with the New York City Police Department and the volunteers who searched tirelessly, often at great cost to themselves, for the remains of those silenced forever in the ashes. This heartrending story gives readers a never-before-seen glimpse of the days and months following the attack on September 11, and the stories that echo from “The Hill”—the hallowed ground of those who perished on that fateful day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612542430
Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Frank Marraworked at the Staten Island Landfill World Trade Center Recovery Site from September 2001 until February 2002, an experience that served as inspiration for From Landfill to Hallowed Ground: The Largest Crime Scene in America. His law enforcement career included seventeen years with the New York City Police Department and the rank of Detective and then Lieutenant. He was born in Staten Island, New York, and currently resides in Millstone, New Jersey, with his wife Laura and three sons, Anthony, Dominic, and Frank.

Maria Bellia Abbate, inspired by Frank's experiences at the Recovery Site, was eager to assist in helping to put all his stories and memories together to create From Landfill to Hallowed Ground. Currently she is a teacher in Staten Island. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Maria lives in Millstone, New Jersey, with her husband Michael and her three children, Alexa, Michael, and Delilah.

Table of Contents

Author's Note: Calm before the Storm xi

Chapter 1 Held of Death 1

Chapter 2 Landfill to Crime Scene 13

Chapter 3 Personal Effects 25

Chapter 4 World Trade Center Vehicle Pound 35

Chapter 5 Vending Carts 45

Chapter 6 Red Cross Worker 57

Chapter 7 Fire Truck Row 65

Chapter 8 Men in White Suits 73

Chapter 9 Landfill to Hallowed Ground 83

Chapter 10 No Happy Ending 89

Epilogue: Staten Island Landfill 2014 103

Acknowledgments 109

About the Authors 111

Photos 113

What People are Saying About This

Levenson Jr.

Lt. Frank Marra, NYPD-Ret., artfully, adeptly, and sensitively takes us through the most horrific experiences of his honored career, leaving no stone unturned. The Staten Island Landfill, 'that sacred and hallowed ground,' became the world's largest 'moveable' crime scene, where the debris was picked apart to find anything that might identify victims who had perished, from human form to dust. This book is a must-read for those who were there, and it is an excellent resource for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as researchers in mass disasters, terrorism, psychological trauma, and the resulting stressors. I urge you to read it. --Richard L. Levenson, Jr., Psy.D., CTS, NYS Licensed Psychologist, Certified Trauma Specialist, Police Surgeon, NYS Troopers PBA

Anthony J. Marra

From Landfill to Hallowed Ground is a compelling saga, detailing the events following the horrific attack on America on September 11, 2001. Marra details how many first responders, filled with sadness and disbelief, selflessly acted with courage, love, and dignity in what became a massive recovery operation. The heroic efforts of these public servants helped restore our faith in the human spirit in the face of monstrous acts perpetrated upon so many. We shall never forget what they gave, and the victims will never be forgotten. --Anthony J. Marra, Retired Assistant Chief, New York City Police Department

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From Landfill to Hallowed Ground: The Largest Crime Scene in America 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! A behind the scenes look at a topic that has not been discussed, The Staten island landfill WTC Recovery Operation very informative .Good stories, lets you feel the sorrow and anguish the victims families went through.
Umpire1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. Very informative I found out so much that I had no idea about. I urge everyone to read this book 9/11 is a part of American History and this book supports that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found there are still things about this terrible day to be heard. A solid, informative book written by someone that was there. A must read for anyone who wants to know what happened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i'd known it was only 74 pages. I wish that in the description would say how many pages a book is. I am extremely mad & frustrated that I paid sooo much for something shorter than most short stories!! Calling this a book is misleading. It is a very interesting side of 9/11 but not worth the $ I paid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, very interesting!!!!!!!!