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Too Beautiful a Day to Die

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Laurie Dann's increasingly psychotic behavior went ignored for years--until May 20, 1988, when she embarked on a brutal rampage that destroyed the tranquility in Winnetka, Illinois, forever.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published November 1st 1992 by Berkley (first published July 1991)
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Apr 06, 2009 Louise rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Laurie Dann is a mentally disturbed girl who's family, unfortunately just didn't see that their daughter needed serious help. The police had contact with this girl on numerous occasions for threatening type behaviour, making harrassing telephone calls, purchasing hand guns and possibly even stabbing her ex-husband with an ice pick while he slept. Yet, no one thought to seek mental help for this girl until it was too late and she walked into an elementary school armed with 3 guns and began ...more
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Sad that I swapped this book and that my copy has passed away in Canada I was told.

Checking my old bookcrossing shelf I see I gave it 7 out of 10 stars which sounds about right. Copied from bookcrossing:-->

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Jun 04, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, adults
I thought I knew a lot about the Laurie Dann case, but I truly didn't. The depth Egginton goes into, both in Dann's life, as well as those of the victims, police and doctors involved in the crimes is impressive. This is well done true crime, although it does feel a bit dated.
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Sep 11, 2016 Gia Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely one of my top 10 True Crime Books.
Egginton was so thorough and full of detail and life within her words it was almost as though I was there. From beginning to end it was a fantastic "couldn't put it down" book.
May 30, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This was a good read, focusing a lot less on Laurie Dann's pathology than MURDER OF INNOCENCE and spending a lot more time on the ripple effect she caused in Winnetka. Tells you what the police, emergency-service people, hospital staff and the victims of the crime went through. This is a great one for those interested in the long-term societal effects of a crime on a community.
Jan 18, 2016 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fascinating story of this bizarre and shocking crime which uncovers a plethora of puzzles surrounding the events and the people involved. It is a well-written detailed account of horror that stays in your mind and never leaves. This author did a superb account in the telling of it. I recommend it.
Dec 26, 2012 Jacqueline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uninteresting for a book about a mass murder, the author failed to grab my attention long enough for me to finish the story, which is sad because I'm a true crime buff.
This book is about Laurie Dann and the horrible acts she did in Chicago's northern suburb of Winnetka. It took place in 1988. Very good but very sad and and sometimes hard to read book.
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