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Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In this gripping and emotional memoir, a woman confronts the man who murdered her father twenty years earlier.

When Carys Cragg was eleven, her father, a respected doctor, was brutally murdered in his own home by an intruder. Twenty years later, and despite the reservations of her family and friends, she decides to contact his murderer in prison, and the two correspond for
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Published November 14th 2017 by Arsenal Pulp Press
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Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
DEAD RECKONING : To attempt to figure out where you are and where you are going based on where you have been.

When Carys Cragg was eleven, her father was murdered by an intruder in their family home. As a Social Worker nearly twenty years later, Cragg became aware of a restorative justice initiative – in which facilitators would carry letters between her and the incarcerated murderer of her father, with a view to eventually meeting him if that's what she desired – and realising that this was fi
Vicki H
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting story of the process of restorative justice.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
this is a very moving book about the complexities of compassion. highly recommended.
Aaron Koenig
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!
Alex Hunt
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How do you reclaim a life that has been stollen by a person? Better yet a series of lives? When Dr. Cragg was killed it destroyed a family and a community. The ripple effect of the one act of a unwell individual reached farther than I think anyone can understand. This book was difficult to read but also one that I think is important for people to read to better understand trauma.

Carys Cragg wrote with such bravery and honesty that I felt honoured and a little guilty to be reading many parts of
Trudy Jaskela
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Author's father, an Orthopedic resident from Vancouver, was killed in 1992 in a break-in at his home in Calgary. He was defending his wife and 4 small children, The author, at the time of the murder, was 11 years old.

Twenty years later she wished to learn more about the event and about the murderer, Sheldon Klatt. Through the Restorative Justice Program, she began corresponding with Klatt, who at the time was in prison in Drumheller, AB. They each wrote 8 letters. Then Cragg and Klatt met in pe
Rena Graham
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
This beautifully written memoir held my attention long after the final page. It's a powerful love story from the writer to her father, who she lost to a horrific act of random violence while still a child. What makes the book such a profoundly different read is how the writer used the system of restorative justice to heal that loss. What would have remained an abstract concept, is now in clear sharp focus through careful, heartfelt storytelling. I applaud the honesty and bravery it took to both ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This book went above and beyond my expectations. This book is not an angry story about what happened to Cragg’s father more than 25 years ago, it is an honest and deeply personal account of how Cragg communicated with her father’s murderer. Cragg uses honesty and truthfulness to try to understand what happened the night her father was killed in her very own home. This memoir has taught me so much, much of it will stay with me for a very a long time.
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Instead of the eerie and dramatic story I was expecting (which the cover indicates), I found this to be actually a really inspiring read. At 30-years-old (it impacted me that she was the same age as me) Carys displays such maturity and understanding towards the offender instead of hate or rage. I was impressed by her outlook of the bigger picture of the offender’s upbringing and how this contributed towards the killing of her father.
This was an excellent memoir and one of the best explorations of the limits of the criminal justice system, and benefits of restorative justice, from the perspective of a victim that I've read.

All of my lawyer friends should read this.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly written, engaging and deeply moving book. It felt like such a privilege to move through this journey with the author. I couldn’t put it down and continued to reflect on every facet of my own life and the world we live in. Amazing.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing memoir on restorative justice, finding peace, forgiveness and the complexity of the connections we have. I couldn’t put it down.
Tania Millen
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bold woman; well crafted and uplifting read
Cher Lynne
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Insightful book on what effect a crime has on the victims and how restorative justice was used to help one move forward.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very moving memoir of Cragg's truth.
Amy McLay Paterson
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Who controls your story? For Carys Cragg, the story she was living—an idyllic family, loving parents, happy kids, trips to Disneyland—shattered in a single night, when her father was killed during a home invasion. At eleven years old, certainty and stability were replaced with questions, and a gaping hole where her father should have been.

Cragg’s memoir, Dead Reckoning, sees an adult Cragg still raging against the new normal that began the night of her father’s murder. After 20 years of frustra
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CARYS CRAGG writes narrative nonfiction. As a graduate of SFU’s The Writer’s Studio, her personal essays have appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Tyee, Understorey, and 48 North, amongst others. She is faculty in Child, Family & Community Studies programs at Douglas College, and holds a BA in Human & Social Development and MA in Child & Youth Care from the University of Victoria. She ...more