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Unanswered Cries [Kindle Edition]

Thomas French
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Book Description

The night she was attacked in her Florida home, Karen Gregory let out a scream so piercing that it carried for several blocks. More than a dozen neighbors heard her, but none called the police. By the time her body was discovered, thirty one hours later, the trail was already cold. The detective assigned to solve the murder ran down one blind alley after another, eliminating one suspect after another, until finally the evidence led him to the front door of one of his best friends -- a friend whose wedding ceremony he had officiated over just a few months before. At first the detective didn't want to believe it. But as the mystery deepened, he found himself studying his friend's hands, trying to tell if they were the same size as the bloody handprints left on Karen's leg.

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From Publishers Weekly

While no murder is inconsequential, readers have reason to expect that a book devoted to a killing will highlight some aspect that sets that crime apart, yet this account by St. Petersburg Times reporter French makes no such claim. Karen Gregory, a 36-year-old graphic artist from Gulfport, Fla,, was slain in 1984 as she was moving into the house she was to share with her lover. Stabbed 20 times, her one scream was ignored by neighbors; but French's suggestion of an analogy with the infamous 1964 Kitty Genovese case in New York City is tenuous. The police work was undistinguished; the sergeant who solved the case appears to have been doggedly persistent rather than brilliant. In 1987 local firefighter George Lewis was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. French's compassion for the family and friends of the victim is the most notable element here. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Who are the victims of violent crimes? Is it just the person who was killed, raped or otherwise brutalized, or is it also the friends and families of the victims? Of course, the answer is both, as revealed in this story of Karen Gregory, a 36-year-old graphic artist who, in May 1984, was brutally attacked, raped, and stabbed to death by an unknown assailant. The crime devastated her boyfriend, her family, and her close friends. As the search for the killer seemed to fall through the cracks for want of an answer, her friends and family became increasingly depressed, fearful, and unable to cope. When a close neighbor was arrested and put on trial, they were pushed aside, forbidden from entering the courtroom. All rights apparently belonged to the accused. This book goes beyond being a true crime and courtroom drama; by focusing on the rights of victims, it gives readers a perspective not often told. A worthwhile acquisition for public library collections.
- Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Language: English
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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The young man, his manner so well described by French, asked me if his girlfriend, Karen Gregory, who he introduced to me, could sit in on my class so that she would know more about him and his major, criminal justice. I still have a vivid visual memory of them and where they sat-- "in the back" so they would not be intrusive, he said. Much later, her brutal rape and murder shocked me when I read about it in the first series in the St. Petersburg Times. It took place near where I had lived, too. And then, later, French did a 7 part series, which this book is based on, that captured not only the crime, but the slow and improbable way the case wound through the criminal justice system, so filled with human error and with human caring. Her artist friend's portrait of her in the first installment of that series was extraordinary. There are pictures in the book, but not of her. Since its publication, whenever I have taught the introductory criminal justice course at the University of South Florida and elsewhere, I have required my students to read the book and to write a critique of the system based on it. What do they think should have been done differently? What was done right? The students get caught up in the book, much as have the other reviewers on this page. And I recommend this book, as I know they would. But it is special to me, it haunts me as does my memory of Karen and her boyfriend, a decent guy who now has a Ph.D. in social work. French has now won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of another St. Petersburg murder tragedy; and his latest book might help you understand something of how the school boy murders at Colombine happened, though it is not about them. But read Unanswered Cries, it is real and it is revealing.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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I found this book doing a search for Kitty Genovese, a young woman murdered over several hours as many heard and watched--and did nothing. (...) He lived across the street with his girlfriend. The murderer,(...) used his "kindness" and "helpfulness" to ingratiate himself with the neighbors, and to explain why, at times, he appeared in places he had no business to be. His best friends were the local law enforcement. "Georgie couldn't do a thing like that," his family and friends insisted, though it appeared, after all, that none of them knew him very well.
I refer college students to this book as a resource for discussions about ethics, crime, and sexual assault. The book provides an excellent description of the criminal justice system. The defense used the flashy attack-the-victim and diminish-the-victim techniques we came to know so well in the OJ Simpson case. Ms. Gregory's sister, Kim, was barred by the defense from entering the courtroom because she might emotionally sway the jury if she wept--under the pretext, of course, that she "might" be called as a witness. Yet the murderer was let out on bail and allowed to parade his toddler daughter and by-then wife in front of the jurors. During sentencing, dozens were allowed to talk about what a great guy the murderer was. No one was allowed to talk about the murdered woman (I believe this is not the case in Washington State, where I live; family members are allowed to state the effects of the crime on their lives).
Unlike many crime books, this is extremely well-written. The language is straight-forward and simple, and therefore manages to convey a pathos that penetrates deeply. This title should be listed under "ethics" and "US courtroom practices" rather than simply "true crime." If you had heard Karen Gregory scream, would you have called the police?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NICELY UNDERSTATED April 3, 2001
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One of the nicest things about this book is its understatement: it's very level-headed & unexcitable ... one of those books that grows on you after you're done with it. French chose a crime that, on the face of it, might not leap out as fodder for a newspaper series, let alone the book it later became. It was grisly & no doubt devastating for everyone whose lives it directly touched (what murder isn't?) but it hardly seems sensational ... & that's French's achievement in "Unanswered Cries." He makes you care about the victim, the crime, the do-nothing neighbors &--yes--even about the murderer. French does a particularly good job of illuminating the victim & her friends & family without overdoing it. Murderers' actions have consequences far beyond the death of their victim ... & French documents that very well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I was pleasantly surprised to see Mr. Harper's review of this book - I took Criminal Justice at Troy State under Mr. Harper and the reading of this book was probably the highlight of his class. I picked up another copy about a year ago at a bookstore and it brought back some fond memories of school. Excellent book to read and it makes you think about the horrific crimes that could be committed just right next door without your knowledge or someone just ignoring that cry for help. I think a picture of the victim in this book would have cheapened the effect - the picture in your mind is set from the very beginning of the scene, the people in the story, and it would not be as a great read if everyone was pictured in the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars And these two are the absolute worst of any I've read of so far
Try very hard NEVER to be the victim of a crime in Florida!!!

This book made me very angry. Read more
Published 7 days ago by LadyRegina
3.0 out of 5 stars Unanswered cries
It was a pretty good book it did drag out in some chapters,but other chapters kept you very interested. Read more
Published 28 days ago by john e haley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Excellent book!!! I read it when it first came out as I know many of the people written about including the killer George Lewis. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lovin my kindle
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The story could have been very powerful but tended to go on and on and on.
Published 1 month ago by Specialpops
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
The case was interesting, and the writer approached it from the viewpoint of the victim's family and friends, the investigators, law enforcement, and the lawyers for both the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Irleshga
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared
After reading this I feel for both families in this case. As much
As you want justice for karen, this book leaves the reader wondering if Lewis is guilty
Published 2 months ago by Michael Bailey
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old
Not a bad book, but a bit outdated and redundant. The book is sometimes as vague as the evidence! Not the best,not the worst
Published 2 months ago by Erik
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Interesting case which also gives you huge insight into our judicial system and the lack of rights for the victim and their loved ones. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bonbon1958
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
Well written with little repetition. Good insight into the tactics of the criminal system by both sides. Will keep you reading late into the night.
Published 2 months ago by Anna Hodge
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Book was well written...kept my interest. I liked it a lot. Would read more books by this author. Author certainly did his homework.
Published 2 months ago by April Hayman
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