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Fourteen: The Murder of David Stukel

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"Chicago Tribune" editor Bill O'Connell O'Connell explores one of the most heinous but least publicized crimes in Illinois history: the 1968 abduction, sexual assault, and murder of fourteen-year-old David Stukel by fourteen-year-old bullies Billy Rose Sprinkle and James Perruquet. O'Connell-David Stukel's Little League teammate-recalls the victim's idyllic childhood and t ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published November 7th 2007 by iUniverse
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Anita
Aug 08, 2008 Anita rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any parent
Excellent! Has special meaning for me because of who the victim was, where it took place, and all the characters who played a part. A true story. The author has taken care to detail it factually and provide a vivid look at the lives of three 14 year old boys who had little in common, and came to interact on a fateful day leaving one of them murdered. A introspective look at three lives each different from the other, the families, the community and the future of a sleepy corner of the world that ...more
♥ Marlene♥
Quick read. I bought this book from amazon and to be honest I am not sure what to rate this.

Update Jan 17.
I did not rate this book cause I thought it very hard to do so.

This is a book about a horrible killing. The author then has interviewed many many people about the killing. What they were doing. Their thoughts.

Plus there was a lot of stuff about the killers families. That they grew up in a very loveless house. If I had felt the author was excusing the 2 killers because of that, I would have s
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Connie
A haunting tale of the murder of a fourteen year old boy. Committed by two of his classmates, also fourteen. I live in the same town, so the places mentioned in this book are familiar to me. However, I think that even if I had never heard of Joliet, Illinois, I would still find the truth and straight facts of this story captivating.
Marcia
This is a true story about a 14 yr.boy murdered during his freshman year in high school. It is unique to me because I taught at the school he attended and know the author of the book. This book proved to me that you are what you come from; the effects of one's upbringing on future behavior. 4 stars.
Charlotte
Couldnt put it down!....Amazing how the author so accurately describes the place i grew up even more than a decade before my existence. The crime itself was gruesome and chilling and just shocking.
Kcbutters
As a true-crime reader, I am more haunted by this story than any other I've read. As shocking as the murder is, the rest of the book is just astounding
Amanda Sprinkle
This book was extremely detailed and well written.
Being the daughter of Bill Sprinkle, it is hard for me to finish the book.
I long to not only know this of my history.
The Stuckel family has my prayers daily. As I find it odd that I was born on September. 17, 1985... It is hard. My birth made the papers. .
Mr. O'Connell captured much in this story. But know that the pain within this story is more rooted than even words could describe on accounts of all whom have been affected as a result of the
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Katrina
The only reason this book maintained my interest is because I live in the same town where the murder was committed, and it was interesting to recognize names and landmarks as I read. That being said, I've never read a more poorly written or edited book in my life. The author, supposedly a Tribune journalist, is incapable of creating a narrative arc. Instead, he bombards the reader with page after page of unfiltered, disconnected quotes from interview sources and meaningless details.
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Very well written account of a 14 year old being murdered by two other 14 year olds in my hometown of Joliet, IL in 1968, ten years before I was born.
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