This inspiring-and sometimes shocking-TRUE story is about love, trust, incest, murder and, yes, an actual miracle.
The producer of the 2017 Discovery ID TV episode featuring Cheryl Cuccio says, " I laud Cheryl Pierson Cuccio and Rob Cuccio for blazoning their traumatic pasts and valiant love story so that others who suffer in silence might be emboldened to seek help. Like so many, I was first drawn to their story for its spectacle, but have come through it deeply humbled and indebted."
In 1986 Cheryl Pierson was a sixteen year old abuse and incest victim. Day after day her father placed the fear in her no one would believe her if she revealed their dirty secret. But Cheryl had made a promise to her mother, as she lay in her coffin, to protect her eight year old sister from the monster Cheryl's father had become. To honor this promise and end the daily hell she endured, the distraught teenager hired a classmate to murder her father.
The name Cheryl Pierson was in the national media for years, filled with assumptions and fabrications surrounding the murder, but her side of the story was never truly covered from her perspective. The one interview she did give to a reporter was while she was still in shock from what had transpired.
Now, after thirty years, Cheryl has come out of the shadows to tell her true story--what really happened behind the doors at 293 Magnolia Drive, and what the life she and Rob have shared has been like.
She is a strong survivor and hopes to inspire courage in those who walk in her shoes, and to promote abuse and incest awareness with this book. That strength was called into action in 2012 and the result was a miracle!
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About the Author
Through parental love, nurturing and guidance, Samantha, the eldest daughter, has a earned degree in forensic psychology and Casey, the youngest, is in medical school. Despite her early years, Cheryl is a strong, confident woman who aspires to be a best-selling author and motivational speaker.
Throughout her life's journey she has experienced many far-from-normal trials and tribulations, and intends to use her lifetime knowledge to help as many people as she can. She speaks out about being a victim and how she became a survivor through strength and perseverance.
ROBERT C. CUCCIO has been married to Cheryl for twenty-seven years. He has been a registered nurse for twenty-one years with ONS Oncology Nursing Society certification and worked in various departments of hospitals including the ER (emergency room). Robert has practiced his specialty as an oncology nurse for twenty years, and for the past ten years ran the infusion center where patients receive treatments like chemotherapy.
After a massive heart attack, Robert was pronounced dead in 2012, brought back to life, and recently awarded "Nurse of the Year for New York 2015" by the International Nurses Association.
When working with people with cancer, he strives to inspire them while motivating them to accept their diagnosis and follow their treatment plan with confidence. Robert has been interviewed numerous times by the media. He hopes to help many people by sharing his past experiences.
MORGAN ST. JAMES, an award-winning author, columnist and speaker, is on the board of Writers of Southern Nevada. This is her fifteenth book.
She co-authors the Silver Sisters Mysteries series with her real life sister Phyllice Bradner. A Corpse in the Soup, was named Best Mystery Audio Book by USA Book News. She has written various stand-alone books either solo or with co-authors. and earned recognition and awards for multiple short stories. In 2012 she co-authored La Bella Mafia, Bella Capo's chilling memoir about surviving abuse. She is honored that the Cuccios chose her to help tell their story. St. James has appeared on authors' panels, radio shows and in other media forms.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite It’s rare for me to review a book subjectively, but in the case of Incest, Murder and a Miracle by Cheryl Cuccio, Robert Cuccio, and Morgan St. James, I felt I had no choice. For starters, details, many of which were inaccurate, about the young teen, Cheryl, who paid to have her father murdered after he sexually abused her from ages 11-15 were blasted over every media channel available at the time. I remember the case well and perhaps readers will too. Secondly, like Cheryl, I also was a victim of incest for many years during my teens. But unlike Cheryl, my ugly secret never made headlines because like most victims of incest, I kept the deadly silence that seals such ugly family secrets, sometimes forever, and lets the public continue to believe situations like Cheryl’s are rare, when nothing could be further from the truth. I waited until I was 65 to write my memoir. So, with that in mind, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to review Incest, Murder and a Miracle, Cheryl and Rob Cuccio’s effort to set the record straight and spell out the truth behind Cheryl’s father’s murder. Incest, Murder and a Miracle is a plea for understanding from the majority who choose to support abusers and condemn the abused. How well victims understand Cheryl’s motivations! We have lived her hell and know how desperately one wants the abuse to end. Victims reach the point of no longer caring what becomes of them; they cannot think clearly beyond just wanting the abuse to stop and to hell with the consequences. And anyone who hasn’t faced repeated rape by a father can understand Cheryl’s desperation. I certainly can, and as a result, applaud her efforts to tell her true story with the help of her husband Rob and author, Morgan St. James. But there’s more to the book, Incest, Murder and a Miracle than just Cheryl’s story of the incest and subsequent murder. There’s a Part Two, as it were, that tells the fascinating true story of Rob Cuccio dying from a heart attack and coming back to life 45 minutes later. Yes, you read that correctly.That coming back to life was a miracle. But so was Cheryl’s incredible strength in being able to carry herself and their children through this medical trauma, that led to a malpractice lawsuit against her husband’s physician. Where did Cheryl find such strength after all she’d lived through, including imprisonment? Cheryl Cuccio found her seemingly bottomless strength, as so many victims who survive sexual abuse do, in the struggles she’s had to overcome. Some victims succumb to alcohol, drugs, prostitution or end up in prison. Others, like Cheryl and myself, fortunate enough to find supportive husbands to love and lean on, are able to take control of their futures instead of being controlled by their pasts. All the adages apply to Cheryl’s story of Incest, Murder and a Miracle: the strong will to survive; when the going gets tough, the tough get going; in struggling we find our true strengths. Incest, Murder and a Miracle will speak to all victim/survivors of sexual abuse and encourage them to speak up, to believe there are some good, caring people in our world and that we too can have a happy ending to our sad stories. Well done, Cheryl, Rob and Morgan. Great to see another book shedding light where there is too much denial and darkness.