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Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived Hardcover – January 1, 2011
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"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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So can i say Amazon is evil? Haha hope this gets published. They demolished Shelfari.
However this book is first-rate. Read more
the stories state facts and it tells you about victims and not to much longer it will repeat what you just read. It is confusing at times. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Loved how the book was divided into separate short stories, each about a survivor of a crime. Amazing stories, I couldn't quit reading!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Exceedingly well written Franscell book where he does let us know about the perpetrators, but more so what it does to victims of crimes/mass killings/serial killings and what... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zuzu's Petals
We all wonder what becomes of survivors of mass killings. Beyond the end of a good book, we really don't know. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kathleen Mittge
It has been said a time or two that a serial killer is remembered, but how often do you remember the victims’ names? Do you even know if any of them ever survived? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dierdra McGill
Well written and fascinating account of some of the crimes committed by serial killers. Look forward to reading more of Ron Fanscell booksPublished 16 months ago by Kerry Dawn Davies
I read this book because I wondered what it took to survive evil. I read about true crime and most of the victims do not survive. But what of those who do? Read morePublished 16 months ago by TrueCrimeBuff