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Pure Murder

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  326 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The crime was unspeakable. On a summer night in Houston, two bright, beautiful, success-bound teenage girls crossed paths with a group of young men fueled with alcohol and rage. Four days later, when searchers finally found Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Peña, their bodies were unrecognizable.

At first, the teenage boys grabbed Elizabeth,
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Pinnacle
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*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
I would have given this a five star rating, and believe me it almost was a fiver for me, but I wanted to know more about the girls. Who they were, and what they liked, instead we just get generic details like, "they did what all girls do." Still this was a great read that should hold the attention of any true crime fan from beginning to end.

I find it incredible that we have so many rotten potatoes in one pot. The likelihood that they would all meet up, and form such a lethal group is beyond terr
What happened to these girls was absolutely horrific and I am just glad they caught these guys before they killed anyone else. But the story really wasn't that well written, I felt like I was reading a bunch of mini-newspaper reports from my college paper or something. the end got better, but there was a lot of unnecessary and distracting details. I am serious when I think this book could of EASILY been 100 to 150 pages shorter. NO JOKE. Don't think I'll be reading another book by this author. e ...more
I was only a few years younger than Jennifer Ertman when this crime occurred, and I remember it being mentioned on the nightly news. I bought the book a few years ago, and since I was on a true crime kick, I decided to finally read it.

The crime detailed in the book is horrible. Six men, three of them technically juveniles (which is totally arbitrary, how you can be 17 years and 364 days old and your culpability is lessened in the eyes of the law, whereas if you are 18 years and 0 days old, you a
♥ Marlene♥
Oct 02, 2009 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all true crime fans
One of the best true crime books I've read in a while and I think it is the best of Corey Mitchell. Loved the way he build up the suspense and not began with the murders. (he told me his next book will have the same concept) I did not know what this book would be about but of course you slowly understand where this is going and it is going far, to hell and back. This is such a sad book.Highly recommend. 4.5 stars
Celia Sweet
Jul 27, 2008 Celia Sweet rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes true crime
Recommended to Celia by: No one
I learned that a bunch of teenage boys hopped up on drugs and booze can be a terrifying scene if they chose to be violent. It wouldn't matter if they are teens or senior citizens. I just so happened it was teenage girls.
Alexandra Kelly
Very disturbing what 6 animals could do to 2 innocent girls. They all should die for what they did to Elizabeth & Jennifer. This book is not for the faint of heart.
I did not take notes when I read this story. I did not intend on reviewing it at any time. However, I have since learned something about a good friend that has brought this story to the forefront of my mind (No, he wasn't involved in this crime but similar). I will have to re-read this book with a notebook to give an accurate and fair review. For now I am going off my memory and emotions.

I have a hard time wrapping my head around the actions of these men. How can someone take random strangers an
I am not rating this book based on the story because I feel what happened to these girls was truely horrible and no one should ever have to go through something like that.I am rating this book based on how the story was delivered and it was delivered well enough for me to know and understand what happened to those girls and the senseless murder that took place, even though i believe all of those boys should have recieved the same treatment 17 years old in my opinion is not to young to know your ...more
This was I think Corey's best true crime book ever written. He always said when the last death row guy was zapped he would tell me what he truly thought happened but then a heart attack took him last October 2013 before he could! If you want something written fom the heart, in the deep of it, etc. you won't be able to put this one down! I couldn't put any of his books down until I was done with them!
I am not even sure how to rate this book. It was a book I could not put down! But how do you rate something that is so graphic, detailed, makes your heart hurt to know that stuff like this really does happen in the world? This is a true story and its so detailed that it makes you feel like you are right there during the murders and in the court room during all the trials. I ended up giving this book 4 stars because it was a fascinating book and the author did a great job with research and gettin ...more
The violence and savagery that these young men were capable of and the blatant disregard for human life was absolutely shocking and terrifying. The pain those girls had to ensure is unfathomable and I felt for their families.
I'm glad those monsters got what they deserved!!!
I cannot remember the last book I read that was detailed like this one...the last true crime book I read where the murderer did such horrible things!!

I was shocked by the most people's eyes it was the right outcome but I am still torn on my views on it.
Very well researched book. This is the 2nd book I've read by this author & he always does his research. These 6 boys were animals pure & simple. To rape & murder these girls. They showed no remorse at all! The parents raised these boys to believe that they could do no wrong! (Gee....I wonder why they turned out the way they did?) Even after all the trials the families were still put through hell with all the many appeals & reversals. I can't imagine having to live with what these ...more
wow...I've not only have I read this book numerous of times,but these girls were killed in the neighborhood I grew up in...My brother and sister went to school with these girls in Waltrip Highschool my sister even shared gym class with Elizabeth. Our entire community was shocked of what happened to them and how it happened whom was evolved in committed this heinous crime. My husband and I often visit their memorial in Tc Jester park, and sometimes leave flowers and teddy bears...RIP girls
I was so pleased to find abolition about the area I live in, but also that all suspects received the death penalty! I was disgusted by the fact that the probation officers refusal to do their job, resulted in the brutal murder of two young women. I believe they should have been held accountable to some extent.
A horrific true crime book that reads like fiction. Two girls' lives cut short by five monsters in a brutal attack. Good background was provided about all of the murderers, as well as follow-up about the cases up to the time that this book was published. Highly recommended if you like true crime.
Sonia Flores-wallis
great story of a parent's fight for their daughters justice...years later they are still fighting I hope they get their justice soon. once again I believe in justice and believe your punishment is/should be as you've done to your victim!!
Since we moved to Katy Texas 4 years ago reading this book was kind of eerie. Many of the places and things mentioned in this book I have been too or have seen. It was a very interesting read.
Joe Golden
Aug 22, 2008 Joe Golden rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes true crime
Recommended to Joe by: got it at K-mart
Some True crime is hard to beleve.This ones not.Drugs bring out the worst in teens or anybody for that matter.And these boys couldent have done worse.
One of the best true crime novels I have ever read. Mr. Mitchell puts you right there;you feel as if you are witnessing everything first hand.
I enjoyed this book... It made me upset that these boys could do this to these young girls
a true story.. surprising at how some humans can act!
Chicken Little
Very sad. RIP Jennifer and Elizabeth.
so sad but so true ....
Really good author!
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