Watching the towers crumble, few remembered America had been attacked on 9/11, once before. Kathleen Murray Moran's own September 11th 25 years earlier occurred when her husband Brian, a member of the New York City Bomb Squad was killed defusing a bomb Croatian freedom-fighters placed in a Grand Central Station locker before hijacking TWA flight 355 from La Guardia airport.
Life Detonated is the story of how that bomb ripped through Kathleen's life, the life she had so carefully created after spending her childhood in a bug-infested basement of a Bronx tenement, one of eight children, where the door was left open to drug dealers and pimps, until she was saved by the man who became a hero to Kathleen and the city of New York.
This is a survivor's story. It is the story of moving from being the unintended target of political terrorism to becoming the founder of Survivors of the Shield, a group that advocates for and provides support and assistance to the spouses and children of New York City police officers killed in the line of duty. It is the story of how she moved from poverty to the suburbs and refused to go back after Brian's death. It is a story of resilience in the face of senseless tragedy. And it is the story of evil villains and surprising superheroes.
The book was so well written. The author told the story so vivid, I could imagine I was there. Which was at times difficult due to the tragic nature. I would just like to say, Kathleen Murray Moran, thank you for all you have done for individuals you have help through your work. You are an amazing person and your book was excellent.
Few people realize that there was a terrorist attack on Sept. 11th 1976. Kathleen’s husband Brian was a member of the NYPD bomb squad that fateful day, and as the terrorist hijacked a plane to Paris, the bomb they’d planted in a locker at Grand Central Station detonated killing Brian and injuring several members of his team.
This is a story of tragedy, redemption, inspiration, and forgiveness. Kathleen found answers to her questions in the most unlikely of all places...with one of the terrorist (Julie Busic) who she corresponded with for three years while she sat in prison for Brian’s murder.
Beautifully written and honestly told, this book is definitely worth listening to.