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Simon Says: A True Story of Boys and Murder in the Rocky Mountain West

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
On a frigid New Year’s Eve, just twenty months after the Columbine massacre, three teenage boys carefully plotted the murder of a schoolmate and his grandparents at their mountain hideaway outside of Colorado Springs. The boys’ leader, Simon Sue, was responsible for strong-arming the others into believing they were members of a secret paramilitary organization-and that the
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 25th 2007 by Da Capo Press
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Amanda Sledz
Mar 03, 2013 Amanda Sledz rated it it was amazing
It's no mean trick to fashion a true crime book that is neither overly-sensational nor exploitative, but still reports the grizzly details and is beautifully written. I read this whole book in one greedy swallow fostered by a sunny afternoon and way too much coffee. The book details a day in 2000 when Tony Dutcher and his grandparents were brutally murdered in Colorado Springs by Isaac Grimes, a troubled boy who believed he was part of a paramilitary organization based in Ghana. If this sounds ...more
May 10, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
This is a passable true crime novel that tells the story of the gruesome murders of the Dutcher family on their property in Colorado. The murderers turned out to be young teenagers who were the friends of the youngest victim, Tony (barely fifteen at the time of his death) orchestrated by the nineteen-year-old Simon Sue. Though this book does describe the crime and process of punishment quite fully and succinctly, and does a good job of telling the emotional story of the people involved, I ...more
Jul 02, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it
A compelling read! Since the crime was committed close to home and the author is a woman that I read religiously in the alternative paper here in Colorado Springs, I was riveted to the pages. Kathryn Eastburn is a smart cookie and is able to assimilate all of the gory facts of this crime without exposing us to any more than a heart wrenching impact the whole thing had on many lives. Her tapestry of other lives and events during the long trials and hearings and legal goings on gives the story a ...more
May 03, 2008 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
It was OK. Scary, really when you think how easily adolescents can be manipulated when they are lonely...I remember wondering if when I was young and lonely, if I'd bumped into Charlie Manson and his group and been courted by them and made to feel part of their community, whether I'd be in prison today. I was strangely eager to go along with the crowd if the result was that I belonged. Guess I sort of understand the gang culture, Hitler Youth, etc. in that twisted way...

Good thing I grew up near
Summer Dutcher
Jun 17, 2014 Summer Dutcher rated it did not like it
this book is not that acurret I am summer Dutcher the granddaughter of Carl and Joanna Dutcher. this lady never interviewed my family she only interviewed the boys' family. simon was not a terrorist he was a horrible cold blooded heartless child who killed my family for no reason other then for guns. in my opinion he was a child who acted as an adult. he led three boys to kill my family I do not completely forgive any of them and not because they destroyed years for me to get to know my ...more
Feb 08, 2016 Emilie rated it really liked it
Shelves: colorado
Due to the horrific subject matter, it is difficult to say that I really liked the book, because it is awful to think that these kids who grew up where I did, and went to school with my sister, could be capable of destroying so much human life and families. Regardless, the book is very well researched and written, with an attempt being made to tell all sides of the story based on facts and evidence. There are not answers given to how as a community we let this happen, or the best way possible to ...more
♥ Marlene♥
Mar 31, 2008 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Completed this book last night. This book has raving reviews on amazon and yes it is a good report but maybe that is just it. A report by a journalist

What happened how those kids came under the influence of Simon, is a question I did not get any answers to. I would have liked to see more information about the boys. the story of the crime was told in 2 pages.

I do think it was worth the read and glad I sticked with it. Felt sorry for the murderer of Tony.

Jul 31, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Fascinating story of the murders by teenages in Guffey, Colorado. The author has a flowery and odd writing style, but I couldn't put it down. I'm sure it is more meaningful because I live in the area, and many of the locations and some of the people mentioned (although not the murderers or their families) are familiar to me.
Mar 16, 2013 Joyce rated it liked it
Well written account of a very sad tale of young boys who are led astray by their charismatic friend. The results are tragic and affects many. The author shows all sides of the story and how the families of all cope in the aftermath. There is no happy ending. This is real life and very sad.
Jun 12, 2011 Linconter rated it really liked it
A well-written reporting of the grisly murders of a classmate and his grandparents by Palmer High School students led by an evil mastermind - who couldn't spend enough time in prison to suit me.
Jan 12, 2011 Sky-guy rated it really liked it
I was fascinated since this was a local story. Very well written account of a very disturbing series of events, made a bit surreal as I regularly pass by many of the locations described.
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Jan 17, 2008 Catherine rated it it was ok
chilling story; interesting writing style; do you really know your kids?
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I knew this kid...
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Heartbreaking story. Not a quick read.
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