Perfect Murder, Perfect Town

by Lawrence Schiller | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0061096962 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winginnaewing of Aurora, Colorado USA on 6/1/2023
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by winginnaewing from Aurora, Colorado USA on Thursday, June 1, 2023
picked up at the Friends of the Aurora Public Library Book Outlet for GoryDetail's True Crime bookbox (thought I should contribute a little true crime from Colorado)

Journal Entry 2 by winginnaewing at Aurora, Colorado USA on Thursday, June 15, 2023
I'm adding this to GoryDetail's True Crime bookbox - forum thread with mailing order here, bookbox journal here). Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Made a short stay at my house. It will continue its journey in the True Crime box.

Journal Entry 4 by Chicvolley99 at Denver, Colorado USA on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Received in the True Crime Bookbox.

Journal Entry 5 by Chicvolley99 at Denver, Colorado USA on Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Released 7 mos ago (9/5/2023 UTC) at Denver, Colorado USA


Released in the True Crime Bookbox.

Please enjoy!

Journal Entry 6 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, September 18, 2023
This book came home with my True Crime bookbox; many thanks!

Later: I still remember the contemporary news stories about the tragic and mysterious death of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey in 1996. The case was shocking, all the more so because of the bizarre combination of actions and events that muddied the crime scene - possibly past any hope of a solution, as even at this late date there's no official consensus as to the identity of the killer.

This book, published in 1998, is the author's attempt to present a more nuanced view of the people involved in the tragedy, instead of that resulting from the more sensational news coverage. Indeed, the book opens with the family's Christmas letter from 1996 - a letter that's all the more poignant given that JonBenét died the day after Christmas. That alone was more of a reminder that this was, apparently, a normal, happy family, before the world tilted...

Given the sensational nature of the case, from little JonBenét's beauty-pageant career (itself a problematic issue) to the kidnapping-turned-murder setup - with the child's battered body found IN HER OWN HOUSE hours after her parents reported her missing, it's not surprising that it's held public interest over the years. But it's worth remembering that this was a six year old child, who died in what must have been a frightening and painful manner, probably by someone who was inside her home.

Speculation as to what really happened - and whether any of her family members were directly involved - remains rife, but as Schiller points out, "The urge to blame someone is deep-seated. But we are obliged to remember the presumption of innocence."

Journal Entry 7 by wingGoryDetailswing at Little Free Library, Holly Hill Dr in Amherst, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (2/21/2024 UTC) at Little Free Library, Holly Hill Dr in Amherst, New Hampshire USA


I plan to leave this book in the Little Free Library; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

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