Tree Stand Murders

Tree Stand Murders

by David B. Whitehurst


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This true story splashed all over the news on November 21, 2004. A deer hunter shot eight and killed six other deer hunters including a young woman. In the Blue Hills east of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Chai Soua Vang―caught trespassing on private property and occupying another hunter's tree stand―became infuriated and exploded into a rampage after being tongue-lashed by the property owner. Anguished over marital and financial woes, exhausted by working two full-time jobs, and possessed of a quick temper, Vang carried a heavy load of anger―he was walking dynamite. Because the shooter was Hmong and the victims were white, the media reported this as racial. In actuality, race played a minor role. Cultural differences, private property rights, and a personality clash created a gripping drama. Containing information not previously known to the public, the book illuminates, in easy-to-read story format, the backgrounds of those involved, the anger-filled and heart-wrenching incident, the exemplary trial―and answers the critical question of who shot first.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478741848
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/2015
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 1,214,325
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

A deer hunter in the Blue Hills for 25 years, Whitehurst and his hunting buddies became aware of trouble when three ambulances screamed through the woods followed shortly by a surveillance airplane at tree-top level. He interviewed numerous individuals related to the incident, attended the trial, and studied over 1,600 pages of police reports. He and his wife, Mary, have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.

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Tree Stand Murders 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very familiar with this case before I read the book and bought it to see if there was new information or an interesting back story. The facts of the case and the trial are accurate but the other information included wandered off course and did not add to the story. It took me two weeks to finally get through the book. I am very interested in the topic so I pushed through and read it all, others may not be so motivated.