You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families. Since no organized religion will claim affiliation with the WBC, it's perhaps more accurate to think of them as a cult. Lauren Drain was thrust into that cult at the age of 15, and then spat back out again seven years later.
loved it. Although I don't agree with what WBC believes, I can now understand them better. What Lauren survived isn't as horrific as some others who have escaped extremed religions but something about the subtle abuse is almost more disturbing. Everyone knows physical & sexual abuse is wrong but what Lauren suffered was very manipulative verbal, mental, & emotional torture. This is the kind of abuse that doesn't leave a visible mark for us to become outraged by. Nevertheless it is damaging. Lauren isn't exactly someone you would think you would root for but you gain a new understanding of her & the world she lived in as she describes the horrific things she did & said to others in honest detail all the while cringing at the real villains: the WBC elders & even her parents. The only critique I have is the end is somewhat rushed. I would have loved more info & details about her life post-WBC & it would have been great if she had more comments on the other defectors. She heavily mentions Megan Phelps-Roper who did end up leaving in 2012, I would love her thoughts on that & I wonder whether they reconnected.
In September, 2008, Roanoke, Texas, police discovered a house of horrors: poisoned pudding, a bathtub set up for electrocution, a bloody butcher knife, and a hank of chopped-off hair. The worst was yet to come. Days before, 17-year-old Jennifer Bailey, her 13-year-old brother David, and their friends Paul Henson and Merrilee White had made a gruesome pact: they'd kill their parents, steal their cars and credit cards, and flee to Canada. Paul and Merrilee's parents thwarted their fates, but Jennifer and David's mother Susan Bailey wasn't so lucky.
the story is very interesting the narrator does a good job there are times when the story does get a bit repetitive I have noticed that as a pattern in true crime novels however I will say the writer does seem a little bit biased not exactly impartial however it is hard to be in partial when you consider how gruesome this crime Was
In 1991, eleven-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped on her morning walk to the school bus. But despite her family's tireless efforts, Jaycee's disappearance remained a mystery. Then, in August 2009, a registered sex offender named Phillip Garrido appeared on the University of California, Berkeley, campus alongside two young women whose unusual behavior sparked concern among campus officials and law enforcement. That visit would pave the way for a shocking discovery: That Garrido was Jaycee Lee Dugard's kidnapper.
explains alot but does repeat itself at times so that can get old but over all good
Juan Martinez, the fiery prosecutor who convicted notorious murderess Jodi Arias for the disturbing killing of Travis Alexander, speaks for the first time about the shocking investigation and sensational trial that captivated the nation. Through two trials, America watched with bated breath as Juan Martinez fought relentlessly to convict Jodi Arias of murder one for viciously stabbing her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, to death.
i was hoping to gain new insight but this is just a recap of the trial
It was the trial that stunned America, the verdict that shocked us all. On July 5, 2011, nearly three years after her initial arrest, Casey Anthony walked away, virtually scot-free, from one of the most sensational murder trials of all time. She'd been accused of killing her daughter, Caylee, but the trial only left behind more questions: Was she actually innocent? What really happened to Caylee? Was this what justice really looked like?
as a law student this was both entertaining & educational. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the legal process, not just the story