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       As a homicide trial attorney for 23 years, once I picked up A Voice out of Nowhere, I found it impossible to put down, the story working its way into the deep fibers of my nerves as I read on.  Janice Holly Booth put me right in the court room with word-for-word verbatim accounts of what had occurred:  I was reading transcripts, police reports and autopsy reports, giving me the chill of a court room.  A Voice out of Nowhere is electrifying, spine-chilling, engaging, and riveting, telling a true story that directly pertains to our national crisis in mental health.  Take Colorado, Virginia Tech, Newtown -- proof that we're not dealing with the darkest side of untreated mental illness.  In fact, we're ignoring it to our peril. -- Michael "Judge Mazz" Mazzariello, legal analyst, radio host of "Closing Arguments," and syndicated television host of "Street Court."
       Janice Holly Booth brings her considerable writing skill and talent to bear in the telling of this fascinating and tragic story.  True crime books abound these days, but few writers have the personal connection to their material Booth does. From the haunting opening to the nail-biting climax, this is a journey into madness and murder you will find hard to put down. -- C.E. Lawrence, award-winning author of the Lee Campbell "Silent" thriller series.

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In the pre-dawn hours of a drizzly winter morning, a 22-year-old man with no history of violence savagely murdered six members of his family.  What incited him to kill the people he loved?  What was in his mind?   A Voice out of Nowhere is the true story of a young man's sudden plunge into mental illness where voices and delusions commanded him to do the unthinkable.  Drawing from court transcripts, interviews and eye-witness statements, A Voice out of Nowhere takes the reader deep into the mind of a psychotic killer and explores the awful consequences of untreated mental illness.

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  • File Size: 1962 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149223558X
  • Publication Date: September 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F25LCOQ
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Born in British Columbia, Janice Holly Booth is a lifelong equestrienne and avid solo traveler. She has published fiction, short stories, literary criticism and poetry, although she stopped writing poetry in 1980 as "a humanitarian gesture." Her occasional travel series in the Gaston Gazette entitled "On Adventure with Janice Booth," chronicled her off-the-wall adventures (and a few misadventures) and inspired many of her readers to summon courage and have adventures of their own. She is also an accomplished photographer and has spent the last 20+ years as a non-profit CEO working in service of children. Between adventures, Janice is now a full-time writer, speaker, and full-on Adventurista.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robyn on October 7, 2013
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This timely, important, page-turner of a book is a must read for all of us as we continue to see increases in violent crimes committed by those with mental illness. This book explores a true case and highlights the many, many signs and interventions that were ignored, which were opportunities to help prevent this violent tragedy. The author pieces together the events leading up to the heinous crime committed in a riveting manner. She exposes problems inherent in current mental health systems, which must be addressed. This book is written with compassion and insight for both the victims, law enforcement, medical community and the criminal, who are essentially victims of a broken system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary V. Powell on September 29, 2013
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What makes Janice Holly Booth's book so poignant is that nearly every family has at least one member who is alcoholic, addicted to drugs, or suffering from some form of mental illness. The sad and scary truth is that what happened to the Blackman family could happen to any family. In "A Voice Out of Nowhere" Janice explores the rapid downward spiral of a troubled young man and the terrible consequences of his untreated disease. In chilling detail, we are taken into the mind of a schizophrenic haunted by inner voices and strange compulsions. Even as his family tries to help him, the voices and compulsions drive Bruce Blackman to become one of Canada's worse mass murderers. But this story doesn't end with the killing. Janice goes on to consider the viability of the "insanity" defense and its ramifications for perpetrator, victims, and society as a whole. I read the entire novel in two sittings, unable to put it down. The characters Janice brings to life stayed with me for days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K & M on January 18, 2014
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I could not put this book down. Although the subject matter is tragic, the story consumes you. The book is extremely well written and the tie-ins to the more recent tragedies and the state of mental health treatment is thought-provoking. My daughter is a school psychologist who never reads true crime but I have already recommended this book to her. I am so very glad that Ms. Booth finally felt the time was right to tell the story that she couldn't forget. In all my years as an insatiable reader this is the first time I have written a review. I can't wait for more from Janice Holly Booth!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on December 5, 2013
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This was a great read. I read it in two evenings. Really gave me an appreciation of mental illness and the ripple effect of suffering that surrounds it. I wonder where Bruce is now, in his early 50's- whether his family ever forgave him and whether he ever forgave himself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2014
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I definitely like this book because it not only told a very interesting story, bit it also educates one about paranoid schizophrenia and has bought home the point by telling Bruce's story.It's a very sad preventable tragedy, but learning from this can help to save lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PhyllisW on June 18, 2014
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The author wants us to understand the chaotic thought processes that can lead a normal human being into a world of darkness, fear, and ultimately to murdering his family. Ms. Booth accomplishes this very well by incorporating transcripts of the subjects disordered and delusionary mind, court documents and numerous interviews conducted by psychiatrists and police in this horrible case. She completes the readers journey by providing background information related to the "humane" efforts (in Canada and the U.S.) that demonstrate the problems posed by closing most of the mental institutions that might have helped prevent the events described, leaving the reader with much to consider.
I'm not sure I would recommend this to the "casual" reader - it is not fiction, and is not entertaining - but it does provide a clearer insight into the mind of the severely mentally ill that most of us do not understand. I recommend for those who want to understand better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 17, 2013
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This is the first time I have ever commented on a book. Very well written and hard to put down!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Layton on September 7, 2013
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"A Voice Out of Nowhere" is frightening, chilling and true. Janice Holly Booth has taken the facts of an authentic mass murder and skillfully entered the minds of the murderer, the police and others affected by the crimes. Devotees of true crime may think they have read it all, but Booth provides many surprises. Crimes by the mentally ill take on a special fascination and horror because so many psychotic individuals are undertreated, placing communities and families at risk. That was true when this crime took place and remains true today. Booth's style is crisp and intense but beneath the facts lies her concern that her book's scenario could happen again. The reader becomes immersed immediately and cannot rest umtil the author releases him. A compelling read, it is a book I will never forget.
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