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A Violent Act

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Early on the morning of September 22, 1986, Mike Wayne Jackson - age forty, a drifter, in and out of jail for almost twenty years, exhausted, filthy, at the end of his rope - entered the annals of major crime. Stepping out of his house on a quiet residential street in Indianapolis, he shot and killed the man who was approaching: his newly appointed probation officer, a man...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 15th 1994 by Vintage (first published February 9th 1993)
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On September 22, 1986, Mike Wayne Jackson killed his probation officer and 3 others in Indianapolis before seemingly disappearing. In A Violent Act, author Alec Wilkinson recounts both the killing spree and subsequent manhunt in great detail.

The book is separated into 5 segments:
1. The crime spree/Jackson’s background
2. The manhunt
3. The tracker who finally catches Jackson
4. The effect on the probation officer’s family

Parts 1, 3, and 4 are excellent. Part 2 is not. Unfortunately, Part 2 is the...more
I was a little afraid that this book would focus a little too much on graphic violence, kind of like Helter Skelter, but it didn't. While it does go into the violent crimes, it focuses a lot more attention on the repercussions for the victims and their families. These interviews with the victim's families were by far the most touching and important parts of the book. In particular, interviews with the wife of one of the victims, even ten years later, were devastating.
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