The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese: The Truth Behind the Headlines

The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese: The Truth Behind the Headlines

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The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese: The Truth Behind the Headlines by Daleen Berry, Geoffrey C. Fuller

New York Times Bestseller

Journalist Daleen Berry and investigator Geoffrey Fuller give you the little-known details behind one of the most horrific and shocking murders of our time.


One hot July night, three popular, pretty girls snuck out for a midnight joyride. Only two came back.

Stabbed so savagely she was almost decapitated, Skylar Neese was left bloody on the side of the road, buried beneath rocks and branches.

For six months, people wondered and waited, hoping Skylar would return. Instead, the community was stunned when Rachel Shoaf confessed to Skylar’s murder. The budding actress and singer accused the third member of the inseparable trio, Shelia Eddy, of being the ringleader. People were even more shocked to learn the murder was not a crime of sudden rage—but premeditated.

Now, friends, family, and the public are left with so many unanswered questions: Why did investigators believe her murder was connected to a rash of bank robberies and an interstate heroin ring? What part did drugs and social media play in Skylar’s killing and its aftermath? How did other high school students and even her own mother help discover who killed Skylar? And, if Rachel’s confession is true, what would lead two teenage girls to kill their best friend in one of the most horrific crimes in recent years?

With firsthand interviews with those close to the case and written in cooperation with the victim's parents, Dave and Mary Neese, The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese is the most comprehensive, detailed and in-depth source on the Skylar Neese murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940363110
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 219
Sales rank: 161,080
File size: 558 KB

About 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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The Savage Murder of Skylar Neese: The Truth Behind the Headlines 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this true story is tragic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a life long Morgantown resident with a teenager, this is a book I would recommend to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story of three best friends getting along and suddenly something goes wrong and two of the three turn on skylar and murder her viciously. So sad the story is told as if i was actually there. Awesome book. This happened very close to my hometown
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
cinderellaRM More than 1 year ago
most disturbing story of a true murder so devastating to all families involved that it would of seemed most likely could not of happened. In todays world you have to always wonder what goes on in a childs mind because it does not matter where your from the unthinkable can happen.It blows the mind that someone can be friends for so long and then kill so easily and brutely and then go about life like nothing happened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Was a little disappointed that there wasn't a clear cut reason for the murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and the compassion it showed for Skylar. It went deep into the questions the killers were asked and did their reseach into social media. The only thing i wish is that more of the trial was covered.
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Colleen_S More than 1 year ago
Very well written.  Gave me true insight on such a tragic story.  My heart breaks for the Neese Family.  As a Mother of two small children, a boy (2 yrs) and a girl (6 yrs), I want nothing more than to put them into a bubble and protect them for forever.  This book gives great detail behind such a tragic murder.  Highly recommend to anyone who loves true crime stories. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hmph
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good read. much more info than the TV showa about this crime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the most well written book I have ever read, but the storyline was okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book tells what actully went on behind the scenes and what the media didn't know. It sets the record streight!
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"Depressing, huh?" -She say with a low sigh, her back against the door frame.-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Yeah."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flies onto her head.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-fowns- "what was that about" -i muttered-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These two writers dont seem to kmow how to write true crime there are no forensics they spend a lot of time repeating sentiment and the go on and on about social media this book is notfor someone who wants to know facts and how the crime is solved and why it was committed the cops look like fools and the case would be opwen if one of the perpetrators hadnt confessed. What a wasre