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 bri
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
I don't read a lot of true crime, but this one is notable for its focus on people's lives, not the gory details of the crime. A terrible tale of a heinous act and lives destroyed, told with compassion.
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
I chose those book because I grew up in Casper, WY. Born 5 years after the crime I remember whispers of afults who knew a friend who knew a friend of the girls. Always in whispered and hushed tones, this story became an urban legend to me. Too horrifying to be real. But, it was and it showed me that monsters are real and even exist in my Wyoming.
I chose this book to know the truth behind the legend that I thought existed. And life can be as scary as the imagination. ...more
Narration - 4.8 stars
Whew! Between the story and the narration, this may be the saddest TrueCrime audiobook I've experienced. The author knew the victims and that extra bit of emotion really comes through.
P.S. - I prefer to not be moved by these books, but this was quite a listen.
The story itself is haunting. Two young sisters are kidnapped an ...more
Ron Franscell lived next door to Amy and Becky. Because of that we get a ...more
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.
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|Re-titled: THE DARKEST NIGHT||2||13||May 19, 2009 03:08PM|
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