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Survived by One: The Life and Mind of a Family Mass Murderer

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On November 8, 1985, 18-year-old Tom Odle brutally murdered his parents and three siblings in the small southern Illinois town of Mount Vernon, sending shockwaves throughout the nation.  The murder of the Odle family remains one of the most horrific family mass murders in U.S. history. Odle was sentenced to death and, after seventeen years on death row, expected a lethal ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Southern Illinois University Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Nov 25, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
I am from Mt. Vernon, IL and this was/is a really big thing that happened in our community. Of course there were always rumors about everything you never really knew who was embelishing the truth. I really was very interested in knowing what happened or what drove hime to do this. I was just 6 years old when this happened but still it happened 6 blocks from my childhood home. Not only that but there was another brutal murder of a young nurse that happened I believe in 1987 not to far from the ...more
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Dec 07, 2013 Kathy Finley-chicago rated it it was amazing
This book is fascinating. Mass murder is happening daily in America, and Family Mass Murders are also becoming commonplace. We all want to know why and more importantly, how to try to stop these horrible crimes before they occur. They've become part of our culture, sadly. Dr. Hanlon tells this story from a most unique perspective, perhaps a never before account of a mass murderer telling his story in his own words. As a forensic expert in hundreds of murder cases, Dr. Hanlon writes, in a ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Molly rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5
I live in Mt. Vernon, not very far from where the Odle house used to be. It was a VERY interesting read, especially considering the fact that I come from here. I found some of the legalese difficult to understand in the book, and some of it was hard to understand because it was repetitive and kind of oddly worded at times. It was so weird though to read this book - I recognized some of the names mentioned...for instance, Sid Milliner has mowed my family's yard for years! I real
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Mar 17, 2014 Lee-anne Organ rated it it was ok
Repetitive and poorly written, it was interesting to have the contributions from the murderer but hard to know how much to believe from his story. He continued to blame things on his mother which demonstrates that he hasn't been able to accept his culpability, he very much comes across as a clever psychopath who has managed to seduce his psychiatrist by playing on the human longing for redemption. This projection from the author speaks more of his good moral standing than of the murderers change ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Shana rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime, memoirs
Part psychology text, part true crime book and part memoir, this is a very interesting account of the murder of a family by one of the sons, the events leading up to the crime and its aftermath.
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