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Darker than Night: The True Story of a Brutal Double Homicide and an 18-Year Long Quest for Justice (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – October 3, 2006

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ON A COLD, SNOWY NIGHT IN 1985, TWO MEN BEGGED FOR THEIR LIVES.
In 1985, two 27-year-old friends left their suburban Detroit homes for a hunting trip in rural Michigan. When they did not return, their families and police suspected foul play. For 18 years, no one could prove a thing. Then, a relentless investigator got a witness to talk, and a horrifying story emerged.

FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES, THEIR KILLERS WENT FREE.
In 2003, this bizarre case hit the glare of the criminal justice system, as prosecutors charged two brothers, Raymond and Donald Duvall, with murder. With no bodies ever found, the case hinged on the testimony of one terrified witness who saw a bloody scene unfold-and who was still nearly too frightened to talk.

THEN A WITNESS TOLD HER CHILLING STORY
Now, the truth behind an 18-year-old mystery is revealed against the backdrop of an unusual, electrifyingly dramatic trial. Raymond and Donald Duvall bragged to friends that they killed their victims, chopped up their bodies and fed them to pigs. A Michigan jury soon had evidence of this brutally methodical execution-evidence that would lead a shocked courtroom through the heart of evil and beyond a shadow of a doubt.

WITH 8 PAGES OF DRAMATIC PHOTOS

About the Author

TOM HENDERSON, a native of Michigan, has worked as a news reporter for many years. He has been a columnist for Detroit Free Press, a freelance writer for Detroit News, and has been a Senior Editor for a monthly business publication called Corporate Detroit. He is the author of A DEADLY AFFAIR and BLOOD JUSTICE.

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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime; Reissue edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312936761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312936761
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Donna L. Pendergast on October 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As the Prosecutor in this case I wondered if anyone could really capture the essence of this horrific story. There were just so many different aspects to the case, the mystery surrounding Brian and David's disappearance, the years of wondering what had really happened to the point where the case became a Michigan legend, the dogged investigators who never gave up chasing down thousands of tips over eighteen years, the eventual electrifying discovery of an eye witness who had lived in fear for nearly two decades and the gut wretching trial which revealed the horrific truth about the murders of Brian Ogjan and David Tyll. It's all in the book. Tom Henderson did a masterful job of telling the real story and letting the reader get a true life feel for what really transpired in this horrendous murder case. I was astonished at how he caught the true essence of the case. A mezmerizing read that I couldn't put down. Fabulous job Tom! You got it right.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By David Chopin on October 7, 2006
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I almost didn't write this review because about 2 weeks ago I wrote a sincere review for a book called iWOZ. This book was so childishly written it was almost a waste of time but because it was written by a famous person all the reviews said how wonderful this person was and overlooked this, at best, average book.

I told myself I would never bother writing another review in Amazon because the reviews are mostly popularity contests rather then reviews of "the book".

This book arrived the other day and I could not put it down. The author Tom Henderson becomes, in my opinion, one of the 3 best true crime writers in the country(and I've read most of them).

I buy true crime books for the mystery aspect. The best written TC books take the reader along in the solving of the mystery or crime. I don't even read fiction mysteries because once your read a book like this one...fiction can't equal-up.

The author does not, like so many cookie cutter TC authors, tell you everything about the murder-crime in the first chapter and let the book and reader go down hill from there. The last 3 true crime books I read did exactly that and I tossed them in the garbage.

This author takes you on the roller coaster ride of two 18 year old murders and you experience the emotions of the various detectives, suspects, and surviving relatives as they try to find the answers to these horrible crimes.

This unsolved mystery keeps the reader turning page after page.

I actually have not finished but I am on page 255 but I am so pleasantly pleased that this author is giving me more than my money's worth I feel I should let other TC readers know this.

Well done Tom Henderson!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on October 7, 2006
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Two Michigan hunters go up North Michigan for a weekend of hunting and male bonding. They get into a little trouble with the wrong people and are never heard from again right before Thanksgiving 1985. One man was married and the other was engaged. They were lifelong friends who would die together.

I am fascinated by the book. The short chapters of two pages can be a little annoying at times but Tom Henderson is a great crime writer in trying to explain to the reader of the problems that arose from these hunters' disappearances.

The locals knew what happened or knew who was involved. A family that would make the film Deliverance look like a step up. The Duvalls were responsible for terrorizing witnesses and obstructing justice in order to maintain free for many years.

They were the kind of family that you should not be a part of. There was abuse, violence, hatred, and anger for each other as well for their loved ones including their own relatives. They were abusive to their wives, girlfriends and lovers over the years.

One of the Duvalls shot the matriarch and the patriarch Duvall died without much mourning.

They lived more like animals than human beings and scared and frightened witnesses who knew what happened to those poor hunters who came from loving families and homes in Detroit.

Thank God for the investigators like Schram and Bronco. Believe it or not, Bronco was also the nickname for the lead investigator who helped bring down the Duvalls but the hunters were driving a Bronco at the time.

It might have been wiser to use his last name or his first name rather than his nickname because we wouldn't want to confuse the reader with the missing Ford Bronco.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Connie Lowrey on March 12, 2007
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I read this book cover to cover without putting it down for more than a few minutes at a time. Henderson is an excellent writer. He captured personalities and feelings as well as an excellent example of "Good vs. Evil" with good winning in the long run. Unfortunately, evil triumphed for 18 years leaving a wake of terror, heartbreak and abuse. I grew up in Hale, MI where my family still resides and where the Duvall brothers were finally arrested. I was friends with Bob Lesneski in my teens and am proud to say most people from that area are a lot like "Bronco" - honest, dependable, caring and hard working. In 60's and 70's, this rural area was a true community, where no-one locked their doors, everyone knew and trusted everyone else, ironically making it a prime target for the permeation of evil. To be reminded that this horrific crime happened in my back yard, my safe haven, was very scary. I knew most of the people in the book and had been to most of the places mentioned. To my surprise, I even knew Lesneski's boss, Dan Miller. He was a friend of mine when I attended college at Northern Michigan University and I never knew that he was associated with Lesneski and the solving of this crime. It's a small world after all. Reading this book should put everyone on alert. Not only is it a true story and a good read, it leaves you with a lasting impression of good and evil which could very well be in your back yard.
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