The Darkest Night: Two Sisters, a Brutal Murder, and the Loss of Innocence in a Small Town

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Macmillan, Mar 4, 2008 - True Crime - 282 pages
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ONE CAR RIDE. TWO YOUNG SISTERS. A BRUTAL FATE.

Casper, Wyoming:1973. Eleven-year-old Amy Burridge rides with her eighteen-year-old sister, Becky, to the grocery store. When they finish their shopping, Becky's car gets a flat tire. Two men politely offer them a ride home. But they were anything but Good Samaritans. The girls would suffer unspeakable crimes at the hands of these men before being thrown from a bridge into the North Platte River. One miraculously survived. The other did not.

A CRIME THAT TORE A SMALL TOWN APART.

Years later, author and journalist Ron Franscell—who lived in Casper at the time of the crime, and was a friend to Amy and Becky—can't forget Wyoming's most shocking story of abduction, rape, and murder. Neither could Becky, the surviving sister. The two men who violated her and Amy were sentenced to life in prison, but the demons of her past kept haunting Becky...until she met her fate years later at the same bridge where she'd lost her sister.

"Heartbreaking...not unlike Truman Capote's In Cold Blood." —Chicago Sun-Times

"This uncommon story has every chilling component of human terror, drama and suspense that readers of true crime look for... I highly recommend this engaging book." —Vincent Bugliosi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter

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User Review  - BellaFoxx - LibraryThing

September 24, 1973 started like any other day in Casper, Wyoming, the events that transpired that evening into the next day changed life for everyone. Eleven-year old Amy Burridge and her half-sister ... Read full review

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User Review  - kishields - LibraryThing

A good read, but I felt it might have dragged on a bit too long, especially at the very end. Maybe a little too much philosophizing that didn't really strike home, at least for me. A compelling and ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Ron Franscell is a journalist whose work regularly appears in publications such as the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He is also a novelist, whose books include Angel Fire and The Deadline. He grew up in Wyoming and currently lives in Texas.

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