The Darkest Night: The Murder of Innocence in a Small Town
Casper, Wyoming:1973. Eleven-year-old Amy Burridge rides with her eighteen-year-old sister, Becky, to the grocery store. When they finish their shopping, Becky’s car gets a flat tire. Two men politely offer them a ride home. But they were anything but Good Samaritans. The girls would suffer unspeakable crimes at the hands of these men before being thrown from a bridge in
This book details the heartbreaking, true account of the abduction of two sisters- one who was murdered and the other was left for dead. Franscell (the author) does a good job describing what happened on that horrific night and pays tribute to both of the victims in a caring way. This is how all true crime books should be written! I feel like the author did his research really well with this book and most of the facts seem to be legit according to fellow reviewers and t ...more
It's my belief that The Darkest Night is one of those true-crime books that should -- or maybe it has -- wound up on your special reading shelf -- not just to read once, but to pull back out at a later point in your life. Maybe a year after you've read it. Maybe five or 10 years from now.
It's one of those special non-fiction books that makes you think about human life. Your values. Y ...more
In a town in Wyoming in 1973, 18-year old Becky and her 11-year old sister Amy went to pick up some groceries. By the next morning, Amy was dead in a canyon, thrown of a high bridge, and Becky somehow managed to survive the night with a broken pelvis after having been raped and also thrown off the bridge. The author was the girls’ neighbour. The book not only looks at the crime, but it also looks at Becky and Amy’s lives, the lives of the two convicted murderers/rapists, and the author ...more
By Wyoming standards, the horrifying 1973 murder of 11-year-old Amy Burridge and the rape of her older half-sister still looms as a contender for crime of the century. As a subject for traditional, in-depth true-crime treatment, however, the case pales beside more complex and gruesome events. It remained a mysterious “who-dunnit?” for just eight hours and the resulting trial unfolded as a slam-dunk conviction complicated only by a half-baked, desperate atte ...more
This is the true story of a little girl murdered to keep her silent and of the sister who survived rape and attempted murder to tell the tale.
Written by the "boy next door" over 30 years later.
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I grew up in Casper long after this had happened and always heard the whispers, but this story still isn't talked about very often. It was difficult to read because of the intensity of crime. This crime affected and still affects that entire town.
If you are interested in true crime, this is a book that you need to pick up and read. The story centers around rape, murder, 2 young girls, and the two attackers. But beyond the actual crime itself, the author delves into a variety of background information. He also explores different aspe ...more
Franscell wants to tell the story like the newspaperman that he grew up to be, but he also wants to tell the story behind it — the story o ...more
The story itself is haunting. Two young sisters are kidnapped an ...more
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