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Among Murderers And Madness: A Journalist's Journey Toward Justice Paperback – March 14, 2012

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Sonny Long covered the triple homicide in East Texas since the day the bodies of Gerri Faye, Jessica and Mackenzie were discovered on a drizzly Monday morning in January, 1992. Even after the initial outcry died down and the main suspect released from jail, Long continued to write about the case. He became an active participant in the annual memorials for the victims, personal friends with the family of the victims, a trusted ear to the mother of the suspect, and was a regular contributor to an Internet discussion forum on the case. Long has been an award-winning newspaper reporter for more than 20 years, dabbled in radio announcing and served as a master of ceremonies at numerous public events. He is the co-author of “Bad News for McEnroe” (St. Martin’s Press 2004), and two independently published books, “A Long Look” -- a collection of poetry and short stories and a collection of newspaper columns. While a journalist in the U.S. Army, Long was the editor of the Fort Ord (Calif.) Panorama and later a member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) and covered the opening ceremonies of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., as well as numerous ceremonies at the White House and Pentagon. Long is a journalism graduate of Auburn University with a Masters Degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in sports information for several years at Auburn and with the Southeastern Conference Commissioners Office. He has met eight Heisman Trophy winners during his career. He is currently a reporter for the Victoria Advocate, a daily newspaper in South Texas, covering the nonprofit beat and ranging into outlying counties for coverage. While at the Advocate, he covered the trials of the Twilight Rapist, the murder of a Texas Game Warden and the starvation death of an 8-year-old girl by her adoptive parents.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468035835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468035834
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,134,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Among Murderers and Madness" by Sonny Long is a true crime saga that begins in a small east Texas town on the night of Super Bowl XXVI, January 26, 1992, and comes to a conclusion (of sorts) seventeen years later. Three people were murdered that night--a 29 year old mother and her two daughters, shortly thereafter a suspect was arrested but never indicted, and a great many people had a great deal to say about the matter, much of which has been carefully preserved and is now presented by the author, who was at that time the publisher of a small weekly newspaper in the town.

Although he did not know the victims, Sonny Long is deeply affected by the murders. The subtitle of the book reads: "A Journalist's Journey Toward Justice," and Long is determined that the case should stay active until the killer/killers are found, tried and punished. He stays in constant touch with everyone involved, quoting at length the opinions and actions of friends, foes, cops, and DAs.
This is the sort of stuff that daytime TV thrives on, so the murders are duly accorded that brief national notoriety. More surprisingly--keeping in mind that this all began in the early '90s--a group of the murdered woman's friends become very active on a web site ostensibly established as a forum to obtain information related to the crime (and, incidentally, to trash both those who are agin and with their cause). Long prints it all, including letters from one of his most articulate pen-pals, the mother of the prime suspect, who is not deterred from continuing her correspondence simply because she is in the pen for having murdered her husband. The ladies of Atlanta, TX are as interesting a group of housewives as you're going to find on any reality show.
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Book content okay, but was disappointed it was a small paper back considering the price I paid. I could have gone to my local bookstore and got a hardback for less than I paid for this. I feel cheated.
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I have to buy this book. I live in Marshall, less than an hour from Atlanta, and I remember this case well. Back then, we didn't have much internet, so what information I got, I got from the news. I waited and waited, but nothing. My daughter was the same age as the youngest little girl, and the thoughts of her being drowned, tortured me. Never have I wanted justice as much as I wanted justice for those 2 little girls. Well, after we did get internet access, I'd google their names ever so often and look for updates, but there were rarely any changes...until 1 day, lo and behold, they got that SOB. And I say that literally, because his mama is no better than him, and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and all that. I remember watching the Maury Show, and the thing that struck me, was this guy's wife or ex wife, (or whatever she was), really thought she had 'married well'. Her main objective was to make it clear, that Jerry Butts was NOT Kevin Hailey's girlfriend, he'd never 'date' or spend money on somebody like her, she was beneath him, and was just somebody he hooked up with after the bars closed. I got the impression that she didn't give a hoot about this mother and her 2 daughters being murdered.
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This book shares what happened in the small town of Atlanta, TX where I live... I grew up living down the road from this family.
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