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Weep for the Living

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A respected retired criminologist picks up a pistol and shoots his wife five times as she rocks on her plantation home's gallery. WHY?? In this riveting book, the wife who miraculously survived provides some answers with remarkable candor, compassion, even humor. This is not fiction it's stranger!
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 30th 2000 by Xlibris Corporation (first published 2000)
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True story of Anne Butler, the owner of Butler Greenwood Plantation/Bed and Breakfast and her husband, the former warden of Angola State Prison, who shot Anne five times and left her for dead. What makes this story especially spine tingling for me is that we have stayed at BG many times, know Anne personally, and saw her now deceased husband lurking about the place each time we visited. In fact, we had been there two weekends before this tragic event. She writes honestly (a little too honestly f ...more
I was cleaning out a storage unit and found this book. I decided to read it because it takes place very near where I grew up. Amazing story of survial and forgiveness. Anne Butler married a former warden of Angola Prison. Seven years into the marriage he ends up shooting her and then watches her bleed to death. Or so he thought. This is the account of her survival. A fairly quick read, there are lots of characters in this book but they are fairly easy to keep straight. I really felt sorry for he ...more
Althought not especially well written, I enjoyed this book. I can not imagine going through something like this and still able to have so much forgiveness in my heart. How sad that someone could be so vicious in the act of trying to kill someone, and then try to say they didn't remember anything about it. BULL! This man was just plain mean. I do admire Ms. Butlers strength of survival. She certainly was not perfect, but no one deserved what she went through. Nor did her children! I have actually ...more
Beth Fisher
There but by the Grace of God go I. I also used to be a paralegal but I left the field because I haven't believed in the justice system for a long time. This book restored a little bit of my faith but not a lot. Ann told this story in a no-nonsense, this-is-what-happened to me kind of way. She's an extremely strong person and I have a lot of respect for her! Having met her before I read her story I never would've guessed the horror she's been through. Another testament to a true southern lady.
The forward did a fantastic job of preparing me for a good book. Then... the history of Anne Buttler's house for quite a few pages. The book was not what I expected. It felt like more of an unfeeling view of the facts. I know that she wanted to be objective, but her husband tried to murder her. I expected more emotions, more drama, or more anything from this book. Still was an interesting story overall, though.
That was a hard book to read, I can't imagine living it.
I was shocked to discover a book they co-authored on Angola
on my reading list from years ago. A little brush with
the fact that all this really did happen. An incredible
woman-not the most skilled author, but the story is just
Yeah, it was interesting and generated a lot of discussion, but it wasn't an enjoyable book, nor was it exceptionally well written.
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Anne Butler, who also writes as Anne Butler Hamilton, is a native of St. Francisville and operates a bed and breakfast at the Butler Greenwood Plantation, which has been in her family since the 1790s. Motivated by her love of culture, she has reached a wide audience through articles published in the Los Angeles Times, Country Woman, New Orleans Magazine, and Country Road. She is also the author of ...more
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