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An incredible true crime story
on June 25, 2013
As much of a news junkie as I am, I knew nothing about the events related in the story. But I was hooked with the first sentence, and I raced through the book to find out if the murderers had been found and brought to trial. Thanks to one police detective who didn't buy a witness's story, the shocking truth was revealed about one of the most heinous and bizarre crimes in recent US history. Author Peter Ross Range has written a superb true crime story about events that happened on March 11, 2011 in an upscale yoga apparel boutique in Bethesda, Maryland, a city not known for violent crimes. It's a brief but thorough look at the facts of the case, including the investigation, trial, and sentencing of the killer.
One of the most appalling revelations was that two employees in the Apple computer store next door actually heard the screams of the two women in the boutique, yet failed to call the police. (That reminded me of the murder of Kitty Genovese in New York City in 1964, a crime that shocked the nation for its brutality, but is remembered most for the neighbors who saw her being repeatedly stabbed, but didn't want to get involved.)
Kudos to the author for a remarkable and very suspenseful piece of journalistic writing.