A Descent Into Hell
Bright, attractive, and both from good families, University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning. Cave, an ex-cheerleader, had just landed an exciting new job, while a big-money scholarship to UT's prestigious business school lured Pitonyak to Austin. Yet the former altar boy had a dark, unpredictable s...more
1. The title. I mean, A Descent into Hell? Really? It sounds like a title that the Lifetime TV movie people rejected as too trite. At least Baby Monitor: The Sound of Fear and Ski Lift to Death (hey, look them up if you don't believe me) had some character.
2. The subtitle. "An Altar Boy" and "a Cheerleader"? Need I say more?
3. The pacing. This is a story about a murder, people. Let's at least bring the pacing up to the level of an episode of He-Man and the Masters ...more
Cave, a pretty redhead, grew up in Texas and became a party girl in high school. She moved to San Marcos and later Austi ...more
1. Title of the book is overselling it. While every murder is shocking in it's own way and every family involved deeply shaken, regular non-fiction readers will find the case quite ordinary. However, while the narrative of the murd ...more
Colton Pitonyak is a brilliant honor student and popular athlete educated in private parochial schools in Arkansas who earned a scholarship to an elite business school at the University of Texas. Once there Colton completely derails and descends into dangerous drug addiction, severe alcoholism and full-on illegal drug dealing. Spiraling out-of-control, narcissistic, drugged out of hi ...more
It was also the saddest one of hers I'd read-it was a lot more personal than her others I'd seen. You really got to know Jennifer and like he ...more
I thought Ann Rule was the queen of true crime books, but Kathryn Casey is a queen in her own right. riveting story, so many facts, so many emotions, written in a easy to read and well researched way. thoroughly was mesmerized by this story and how written it was. a must read for any true crime fanatic.
It sounds wrong to say that I enjoyed the production of this audiobook. The story is far too disturbing. At the same time, I am pleased to be able to share this true story with a wider audience. Kathryn Casey does a great job of researching all the 'characters' in her true crime books, and providing them with a history and context in which the public events of their lives play out.
In my voiceover work, I've narrated ten books. A year after its ...more
My one criticism, and here I intend no disrespect to the parents, is that the author moralizes a bit in a world where rich teenag ...more
Laura Hall should've gotten more time. That attitude of hers! I don't think I would've been able to keep from bashing her head into the floor from sheer annoyance. I found her callousness to be especially repugnant.
Wait! Hold that thought!
In an awesome demonstration of Karma, Ms. Hall got the length of her sentence overturned (it was five years for one charge and one for the other to be served at the same time.) At her second sentencing trail, she received the maximum s ...more
I liked the investigation and trial parts of this book but I thought the first half describing the drugs and friendships went on too long. As a native Austinite, there were two very minor details that sort of rankled me. Please fix them in the next edition. It's Congress Avenue, not Congress Street. And the Drag is not Sixth Street -- it's Guadalupe between MLK and 26th Street. But all in all, a riveting book I could not put down.