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An eye for an eye.

They are battered women, grieving parents, and burglarized homeowners who responded to criminal violence by taking the law into their own hands. Their cases have struck a deep chord in American society. Are they victims of a failing judicial system or criminals themselves? True crime writer Gary Provost examines the stories of ordinary citizens who have taken on the roles of judge, jury and - sometimes - executioner. Are their acts a higher form of justice...or merely revenge? You decide:

  • Bernhard Goetz, who shot four teenagers when they approached him on a subway train and demanded money
  • The young man who gunned down his own friend for killing his teenaged sister in a drunk-driving accident
  • The mother who risked her life to track down and apprehend her daughter's rapist
  • "Grambo", the Dallas grandmother who held a burglar at gunpoint for 45 minutes while waiting for the police
  • The battered wife who hired a hit man to murder her husband after 17 years of abuse

Fascinating, penetrating, and chilling, Into Their Own Hands is a controversial and thought-provoking look at what's wrong with crime and punishment in America today and what happens when victims don't just get mad - they get even.

©1994 Gail Stockwell Provost (P)2017 David N. Wilson

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you described my family as poor racist monsters

you make my family the bad family our story of the night from us different completely I'll never forget that night and you don't have facts about both sides of the night you are just telling their side my father was not the monster you made him out to be the way you make them look like my opinion is that I am convinced that this is a slander and insult to me and my family the rest of the story of the things that they done to us wasn't mentioned in the entire story and the way you are telling the story is about the thoughts of only the Johnson's and you are not worthy of your one side of the story of slandering my family's integrity and honor your lying to sell your book and it will stop by anything I have to do to get this removed and I will defend my father's death to any way necessary