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The Missing Girls - Linda O'Neal (32)

  • Publisher: ‎ St. Martin's True Crime; Illustrated edition (Jan. 2 2007)
  • Paperback: ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN: ‎ 978-0312941611




Ashley Pond was only twelve years old when she vanished from a school bus stop in a town south of Portland, Oregon. As a shocked community came together and police began a frantic search, another tragedy was just about to take place.

Miranda Gaddis was Ashley's best friend. Just two months after Ashley's disappearance, Miranda was on her way to school when she, too, was abducted. Nobody knew the scandalous, unspeakable secret that the two girls shared…except for one man who lived just one block away.

The police and FBI managed to overlook the girls' neighbor whose daughter was a friend of Miranda and Ashley's―and who had a catalog of sexual-assault allegations behind him. Author Linda O'Neal was a private investigator intimately involved in this shocking case. Now, she and her co-authors―also participants in the case―tell the chilling story of one town's devastating loss…and how the murderer was finally found.


AUTHOR BIO:
Linda O’Neal is the step-grandmother of Ashley Pond and was the lead private investigator during the case. She has taught several courses on criminal and legal procedure at The College of Legal Arts. She is author of The Missing Girls.


REVIEW:
A friend and co-worker of mine lent me this book. I love true crime, and had not heard of this particular case before.
What a sad, tragic story about two girls murdered in Oregon. Unfortunately if it wasn't for a third teen being raped, the murderer wouldn't have been discovered. I cried a couple of times. As a mom, it was tough to read about. The abuse and savage murders were too much for me. The manipulation and head games disgusted me to my soul. I had to put the book aside so many times.
The writing felt like reading a news report at times. Not throughout, but enough to sometimes be a snooze fest. It was the only downside to reading it. It also added to me taking a bit to read it.
I love true crime though. Reading facts and real stories excite me like reading a horror novel. I'm sure I'm not alone either, so pick his one up.


3.5/5




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