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- Print Length: 373 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495386392
- Publication Date: March 28, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JBWWQEQ
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Unfortunately, it is the only publication currently available on the Virginia Tech mass shooting, which occurred on April 16, 2007. And the author makes insightful, pertinent points about administrative, law enforcement, and psychiatric errors made that day which, if executed differently, would have saved many lives or prevented the shooting altogether.
That being said, Cariens allows his anger and zealousness for the subject matter to override the need for calm, rational analysis. Therefore, he kicks the book off by ranting and raving about the injustices. So much so, that it becomes tiresome to read--especially when he repeats the same points over and over, in the same exact phrasing.
After the diatribe in the first chapter titled, "I Write" went on a while, I couldn't stand it anymore. So I skipped to Chapter Two. However, before I did that, I tried to find the Amazon refund button.
When I couldn't find it, I proceeded to Chapter Two, Crime Scene Analysis #101. This starts with a timeline summary of the unfolding events, which is probably taken directly from the State of Virgina's official report. But it is good good information. However, Cariens then revs up and moves into repetitious rant mode again. So I quit reading the book.
After a few days absence, I picked the book back up and began with Chapter Three this time. It covers the perpetrator's background and mental health issues and is somewhat better. However, I haven't read any further.
Sadly, this is a poorly written book for a writer who is intent on readers getting his message.There is potentially good information provided here, but it needs to be revised to gain the general public's interest.
I've read Dave Cullen's book, COLUMBINE and Matthew Lysiak's book, NEWTOWN, and there's no comparison. I'm furious I spent $9.95 for this compilation of data.
As a parent my journey to wholeness began with the question, Can I forgive? Yes. But wouldn’t it be better to a HOKIE. Who is this HOKIE, the mascot of Virginia Tech? My Hokie is the Hokie my son Matthew embodied. He had substance, character, goodness and he prevailed. Why, because he redefined a Hokie as Hearts Of Kindness Invalidate Evil. So get armed with the truth and get those symbolic burning candles off the drill field at Virginia Tech and into your every day actions. A good way to start is by reading this book and building on the facts.
Barbara La Porte
Proud mother of Matthew Joseph La Porte
One glaring omission in this and other books on the shooting is the evil history of the Duck Pond area on campus. Since Shawnee indians killed settlers there in the 1760s in the Draper's Medow Massacre, the entire area of the original Draper's Meadow, which runs from the Duck Pond area to the building where Cho killed, had been the site of violence and evil. The list of violent acts at this location includes multiple suicides, rapes, and yes even a few murders.
I plan to write a book describing the Duck Pond and why it is the epi-center of the evil that lurks to this day in this part of the Virginia Tech campus. Why did Cho go there right before he killed? I believe he intentionally went there was to "juice up" on the evil that lives there.
The book will detail the horrible history of the Duck Pond and what can be done to cleanse it before something terrible happened again.
However, Mr. Cariens was poorly served by his editor(s).
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Will recommend to others. This sad story is a part of America's legacy about pros and cons of "Guns in America".