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"An idealistic college student shot by the Texas Tower sniper who entered the ministry; a survivor of the 1984 McDonald's massacre who developed a fetish for firearms; and a survivor of a 1949 rampage who buried his memories in an old suitcase ... What happens to them after the television cameras and reporters have left?"   -- CNN.com

"Meticulously researched, the book is graphic and chilling. In the end, it is a testament to the constancy of the human spirit." -- San Antonio (TX) Express-News

"The names of mass murderers are household words, but we rarely are able to identify their victims. Ron Franscell tells the stories of survivors of mass killings in a book that rehashes familiar stories of past crimes, but with a new twist. ... No survivor of a mass killing lives happily ever after." -- Denver Post

“In Ron Franscell’s captivating account of the darkest chapters of our history, the author skillfully reminds all of us the meaning of grace and the triumph of the human spirit.” —Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of Twisted Faith



“In an age when we glamorize killers, Ron Franscell gives a voice to the forgotten victims, a voice you won’t and can’t forget.” —Erin Moriarty, Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS’ 48 Hours

About the Author

Ron Franscell is a bestselling author and journalist whose atmospheric true crime/memoir The Darkest Night was hailed as a direct descendant of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and established him as one of the most provocative new voices in narrative nonfiction. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Delivered from Evil is his fifth book. He grew up in Wyoming and now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592334407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592334407
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robin Cogan on December 13, 2010
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Your life can change in an instant. Life is fragile. Be productive. Make your life meaningful. Make your family proud. Life must go on. It has to. My dad was 12 years old the morning of September, 6 1949, when his world would be forever altered. Life as he knew it was over. As he hid in an upstairs closet, his father, mother and grandmother were brutally slaughtered along with 10 other victims. Thirteen dead, many wounded, with repercussions still felt today, 61 years later. The story of my dad, like the stories of all of the survivors in this book, is that life must go on. Will it ever be the same, will the pre-violence innocence ever be restored? What is the legacy passed onto the children of these survivors? Was it a deep dark family secret that held shame and created a legacy of fear? How does life go on after unthinkable tragedy.

Ron Franscell captured the essence of each of the survivors' voices in this unique and well researched homage to the spirit of human resilience. I can attest to the accuracy of my dad's story because I watched the level of detail that Ron absorbed for his story alone. My dad had crammed 60 years of history into a suitcase that held newspaper clippings from the darkest days of his life. My dad saved clippings about his own unthinkable tragedy, but he also would save stories about other killings over the decades. He felt the pain of the survivors each time another event unfolded in the news. He would call his kids and say, "did you hear about....., are you ok? Be safe."

My dad wanted his story told, not for the public recognition, but for educational purposes. He wanted people to know that survivors are among us and life does go on beyond the tragedy. His life was a testament to a life lived with purpose and conviction.
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Ron Franscell's DELIVERED FROM EVIL, is a unique look into a world few of us understand (even though we may try), and that's the world of survivors of mass murderers. All of these living victims were ushered into a fraternity of sorts, wherein each share a common experience of having survived a traumatic and life-shattering event. Although their hearts remained beating, they're no less victims than their deceased counterparts, and each has struggled in his or her own way to put the broken pieces of their lives back together again. Doing so is never an easy task, and it is always a very long and drawn out process. Within the pages of this book you'll find their stories, as they allow you to accompany them on a road very private and personal. By doing so, you'll come away with a far greater understanding of what it's actually like for those forced to deal with such a tragedy.

Most true crime books speak only for the dead, while covering the ensuing investigation and the ultimate outcome of the case. Here, however, Franscell has concentrated on the survivors of these horrific acts, and has eloquently brought their stories to life.

I highly recommend DELIVERED FROM EVIL for those seeking to understand what it's like to survive violent crime at the hands of the mass murderer. It is a book that needs to be on every true crime shelf in the nation. Indeed, it's the kind of book you may find yourself revisiting long after you've read that last page.
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I absolutely and thoroughly love this book!! I am a "Ronette," for sure, but I was truly pleased with this one!! What an interesting perspective! I don't think that I've ever seen anyone look at mass murder scenarios with so much emphasis on those who survived the terror. As always, Ron researched his subjects well and made every effort to meet and interview those involved. There is just no doubt - in my mind - that Ron is well on his way to becoming a card-carrying member of the club who have reached the apex of the True Crime greats. I adored "Outlaw Texas," but I am afraid that this one has surpassed it. A great read; my house is full of true crime and this is one of the best. Trust me, I should know. You won't be disappointed!!
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A very chilling book regarding 10 major cases of True Crime. Most likely some already will know about these cases, but what makes Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived, a cut above the rest, is the mastery of the extremely able writer, Mr. Ron Franscell. I could not put this book down, as the pages flew by, I realized how skillful of a writer the author was, to be able to write a book with this title. The photos included in the book are by far superior to just about any other book, since some were in color, and made the reader feel the whole intensity of the stories. This author is on the fast track to stardom in the world of True Crime, and I, for one, am eagerly waiting to his next book, hoping there will be one. I have read countless True Crime books, some excellent, some average, a few with no redeeming qualities, but this one ranks very high in my list. Those who survived are truly revealed, before and after, in the telling of their stories. The price was not too steep, and at the end of reading the book, I kept wishing it would have been longer, for in the chilly pages of the superior story telling, I found a very good book. 4.5 Stars.
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