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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468035835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468035834
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sonny Long covered the triple homicide in East Texas since the day the bodies of Gerri Faye, Jessica and Mackenzie were discovered on a drizzly Monday morning in January, 1992. Even after the initial outcry died down and the main suspect released from jail, Long continued to write about the case. He became an active participant in the annual memorials for the victims, personal friends with the family of the victims, a trusted ear to the mother of the suspect, and was a regular contributor to an Internet discussion forum on the case. Long has been an award-winning newspaper reporter for more than 20 years, dabbled in radio announcing and served as a master of ceremonies at numerous public events. He is the co-author of “Bad News for McEnroe” (St. Martin’s Press 2004), and two independently published books, “A Long Look” -- a collection of poetry and short stories and a collection of newspaper columns. While a journalist in the U.S. Army, Long was the editor of the Fort Ord (Calif.) Panorama and later a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) and covered the opening ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., as well as numerous ceremonies at the White House and Pentagon. Long is a journalism graduate of Auburn University with a Masters Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in sports information for several years at Auburn and with the Southeastern Conference Commissioners Office. He has met eight Heisman Trophy winners during his career. He is currently a reporter for the Victoria Advocate, a daily newspaper in South Texas, covering the nonprofit beat and ranging into outlying counties for coverage. While at the Advocate, he covered the trials of the Twilight Rapist, the murder of a Texas Game Warden and the starvation death of an 8-year-old girl by her adoptive parents.

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Sonny Long has been a newspaper reporter for more than 20 years, dabbled in radio announcing (including an 18-inning high school baseball playoff game), and is the co-author of "Bad News for McEnroe" (St. Martin's Press 2004), and two independently published books, "A Long Look" -- a collection of poetry and short stories and a collection of newspaper columns.
He published "Among Murderers and Madness," a true crime account of a triple homicide in East Texas through CreateSpace in 2012. The book earned an honorable mention at the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival.
In his career, Long covered the opening ceremonies of the 1980 Winter in Olympics in Lake Placid and has met eight Heisman Trophy winners. While at Auburn University, where he graduated with a degree in journalism, Long worked in the school's sports information office. He later worked in the Southeastern Conference Commissioners Office in the public information office.
Long has a masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduate school, he worked with Host Communications producing media guides and game programs for UT athletics.
Long later won an East Texas Press Association award for column writing while sports editor at the Atlanta Citizens-Journal. While in Atlanta, he operated the Pine Country Bulletin, a community newspaper in newsletter format from 1991-2005. Pine Country Media later included a four-color quarterly magazine and a regional news website, eTexasnews.com.
He is currently the senior reporter for the Victoria Advocate, a daily newspaper in South Texas, and has covered the trials of the Twilight Rapist, the murder of a Texas game warden and the starvation death of an eight-year-old girl.
At the Advocate, Long was part of a team of reporters that won a Texas Managing Editors award for coverage of a scent-dog controversy.
See more at www.sonnylong.com, Facebook and Twitter.

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As a fan of the true crime genre this was a great find.
Denny Jackson
So reading this book, it was clear that Sonny knew the goings-on in our small misshapen town.
jeanie
This is a very interesting book mainly because it happened in my hometown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DEF on September 3, 2013
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This is a very interesting book mainly because it happened in my hometown. It also makes you wonder if Kevin really was responsible. I guess we'll never really know for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Review on January 1, 2013
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"Among Murderers and Madness" by Sonny Long is a true crime saga that begins in a small east Texas town on the night of Super Bowl XXVI, January 26, 1992, and comes to a conclusion (of sorts) seventeen years later. Three people were murdered that night--a 29 year old mother and her two daughters, shortly thereafter a suspect was arrested but never indicted, and a great many people had a great deal to say about the matter, much of which has been carefully preserved and is now presented by the author, who was at that time the publisher of a small weekly newspaper in the town.

Although he did not know the victims, Sonny Long is deeply affected by the murders. The subtitle of the book reads: "A Journalist's Journey Toward Justice," and Long is determined that the case should stay active until the killer/killers are found, tried and punished. He stays in constant touch with everyone involved, quoting at length the opinions and actions of friends, foes, cops, and DAs.
This is the sort of stuff that daytime TV thrives on, so the murders are duly accorded that brief national notoriety. More surprisingly--keeping in mind that this all began in the early '90s--a group of the murdered woman's friends become very active on a web site ostensibly established as a forum to obtain information related to the crime (and, incidentally, to trash both those who are agin and with their cause). Long prints it all, including letters from one of his most articulate pen-pals, the mother of the prime suspect, who is not deterred from continuing her correspondence simply because she is in the pen for having murdered her husband. The ladies of Atlanta, TX are as interesting a group of housewives as you're going to find on any reality show.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denny Jackson on May 17, 2012
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As a fan of the true crime genre this was a great find. Sonny Long has meticulously documented every aspect of this case so much so I felt I was living in Atlanta, Texas following the case with him. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ZHM on June 22, 2012
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Well written and detailed account of the murders of a mother and her two daughters in Atlanta, Texas. The author shows how painstakingly slow the wheels of justice move particularly in small towns, where politics, power plays, and personal agendas block the path. The stories of the accused and the victims families are well developed. If you are a fan of true crime you will enjoy this story.
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Everyone should read this book! It's truly a wonderful read about a true crime. My friends story of how they died!
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By jeanie on January 31, 2014
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It seems that it would be inappropriate to say that this was a wonderful read. I grew up in Atlanta, Tx. The murder of the Butts family is infamous here. Everyone has their theories, questions, and lack of answers. Having started this book, a friend and I were talking about it and the people involved and believed to be involved. It doesn't seem like a cold case around here. My brother went to school with Jessica, I grew up around the staff at Hanners (who were haunted by the horrific crime and scene), and we have all met (at one point or another) many of the people mentioned in Sonny Long's book. So reading this book, it was clear that Sonny knew the goings-on in our small misshapen town. He has the knowledge that "outsiders" just don't seem to get. We still have a crooked as all hell police department (although apd has happened upon a couple of good cops in recent years) tj hawley is still employed as a cop, and in a sick twist, he is in charge of the firearms courses ( he OPENED FIRE AT A CAR THAT WAS STEALING GAS!!!) anyhow, we all know the seediness of atlanta and blemishes on the facade presented for tourists, and it was nice to read a book by someone who gets it. This book was one that gripped you and held on to you. It captivated you on a hometown level. This man is writing about the most gruesome crime commited in any recent years in east tx. Over all- book was very well written, an interesting and informative read, and unbias even though he wrote that he believes in kevin's guilt. He kept hisself neutral and wrote the facts. Great job!! Our small backwards town has had many murders in recent years.. I could see a sequal about the other murders in this town, and would definately read it if Sonny put it to pen and paper!!
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By TerriB on January 22, 2014
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I felt like some of it was repetitive & got bogged down in it but overall was a good story & glad it was told.
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This book shares what happened in the small town of Atlanta, TX where I live... I grew up living down the road from this family.
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