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Anyone But Duane Paperback – October 31, 2008

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143890990X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438909905
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Apparently the four previous reviewers each have a connection to either the author or the killer. I have none.

The facts of the June 1965 Big Springs bank robbery and triple murder are (unusual for such a case) not in dispute. The week after he graduated from college, Duane Pope, 22, traveled 400 miles from his home to rob a bank in Big Springs, Neb. After robbing the bank, Pope made four bank employees lie prone and he shot them in the back and neck, killing three and paralyzing the fourth. The police and FBI figured nearly all the details out even before Pope was captured, and then Pope made a detailed confession. The FBI even managed to recover evidence that Pope tossed out of his car at random places on the highway. There was incontrovertible evidence of premeditation. So there has never been any question that Pope was guilty. The author's quest, then, is to posit reasons why someone who led a life free of any kind of run-ins with authorities at any level would commit such a cold-blooded crime. (Indeed, a Leavenworth warden is quoted that Pope was a model prisoner.) The author weakens the strong descriptive record of Pope's life, crime, and victims by delving into possible reasons for the robbery and murders. He plumbs a number of possibilities, including theories from psychiatric testimony aired at Pope's trial, such as schizophrenia or schizoid behavior; and some that weren't, such as a head trauma Pope received when he was a boy. The author also raises -- wholly without foundation -- suggestions that Pope was a victim of childhood sexual abuse or suffered from autism. These last charges make the ending of the book smell like an apology for Pope's crime.
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This book needs an editor. Punctuation errors and factual inconsistencies abound, which surprises me from an author who claims to have written for National Geographic and touts that magazine's focus on accuracy as a reason to trust his own writing. The story is interesting and ultimately very tragic, but the errors certainly detract from the level of trust I place in its accuracy.
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As a person who knew Duane Pope while at McPherson College, I found this book to be compelling reading. As a result of his extensive research, the author revealed aspects of Duane Pope's life that likely few people knew. If I were a person who did not personally know Duane, I would be interested in his story as a psycological case study as it details how a person seemingly did a total, but temporary change in personality to commit this terrible act.
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I graduated from McPherson College in Kansas with the author. Noel has created a real page turner that rivals "In Cold Blood," the definitive non fiction novel. Noel's research is monumental. I also enjoyed and benefited from the sections "The Writer's Notebook" in which the author presents "back of the scene" documentation of his research and personal reaction during the preparation of this book.
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I live not far from Roxbury and just two years older than Duane so I remember this sad incident very well. This book helped me understand Duane much better and I am always interested in the psychology of events like this.
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We were shocked when this happened as we knew almost everyone involved. It is spellbinding. Once you start you can hardly put it down. I read it almost all in one evening. (Staying up very late!)
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