The Ends: Two Young Lovers' Crimes and the Aftermath

The Ends: Two Young Lovers' Crimes and the Aftermath

by Doresa Banning
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Shortly after World War II, two 20-something lovers with troubled backgrounds left a Maine fishing village on foot to start life anew, together, somewhere far away. At the same time, an older, friendly bachelor was vacationing, exploring the western U.S. by car, alone. They crossed paths in Nevada, and each impulsively acted to fulfill their own desires, to achieve certain ends.

The lone traveler generously picked up the penniless hitchhikers, drove them about eight hours to the city in which he had a cabin reservation and let them crash there with him overnight. The next day, the couple lured him to a remote, forested spot in Hirschdale, California and committed what the local newspapers dubbed the diabolical "Sex Lure Slaying." After, the duo partied in Reno and Las Vegas.

From childhood to death, twist-filled The Ends chronicles the true events that occurred before, during and after the lives of these ordinary people converged.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733602143
Publisher: Doresa-Ellen Banning
Publication date: 12/09/2020
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Doresa Banning is a 20-year freelance journalist and a nonfiction author writing about gambling history and true crime.

In her blog It Really Happened!, Doresa tells gambling- and casino-related stories of the past, with an emphasis on Nevada, and hosts the website,

Her previous book, A Bold Gamble at Lake Tahoe: Crime and Corruption in a Casino's Evolution, chronicles a gambling business' journey from concept to stability during the 1960s and '70s, a time when the industry was Mob infiltrated, often volatile, theft and cheating prone, and unpredictably policed.

In her free time, albeit limited, Doresa loves to read, solve crossword puzzles (in pencil!), jog, root for the (really San Diego) Chargers and watch crime shows.

For more information about her, visit Connect with her there or via Facebook or LinkedIn.

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