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Innocent Victims

The True Story of the Eastburn Family Murders
Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
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On Mother's Day, 1985, the bodies of Kathryn Eastburn and her two young daughters were found in their Fayetteville, North Carolina, home. Katie, an air force captain's wife, had been raped and stabbed to death. Kara and Erin's throats had been slit. Their toddler sister, Jana, was the only survivor of a bloody killing spree that terrified a community still reeling from the conviction, six years prior, of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald for the savage slayings of his pregnant wife and two daughters. 

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department soon focused its investigation on US Army soldier Tim Hennis. Detectives and local prosecutors built their case on circumstantial evidence and a jury convicted Hennis and sentenced him to death. But his defense team refused to give up. Piece by piece, they discredited the state's case, exposing false testimony, concealed evidence, and prosecutorial misconduct. At a second trial, Hennis was found not guilty and released from death row. 

But an even more stunning turn of events was yet to come. Twenty-five years after the murders, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation tested a crucial piece of DNA evidence from the crime scene. The shocking results led to an unprecedented third trial to determine Tim Hennis's guilt or innocence.

©1993 Scott Whisnant (P)2019 Tantor

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A good one

I've been a true crime listener for years. this is one of my favorites. I'll listen again

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A Monster Finally Caught

The author asks a question that I can answer, Tim Hennis; he is the person that sleeps at night after cutting the throat of two babies. The writer was very sympathetic to a mass-murdering, rapist & baby killer. It fills me with rage, an eye witness who was able to give a good description of the offender, an offender who had been to that home and got a dog from this unfortunate family got released from prison. Why was this eyewitnesses testimony dismissed? And some women who only came forward much later believed? This murderer got to live his life with his child & wife even going on to have more children while two babies and their mother never got that privilege. I don't know how the lawyers, jurors or his family sleep at night after having made every effort to free a very sick individual — my sympathies to Gary and Jana. I found the book slightly frustrating in the tone it took towards a monster as if he was the victim. The victims are Kathryn, Kara, Erin, Gary and Jana Eastburn. His lawyers even advised him to get out of the Army they must have known the evil that they released Tim Hennis would face justice one day, he was just too arrogant to think he would be accountable.

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