JUDGEMENT RIDGE. The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders

Author: Lehr (Dick) & Zuckoff (Mitchell)
Year: 2003
Publisher: HarperCollins
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: F/F
ISBN: 9780060008444
Price: 7.00
Hardback. On a cold night in January 2001, the idyllic community of Dartmouth College was shattered by the discovery that 2 professors had been hacked to death in their own home. Investigators searched helplessly for clues linking the victims, Half and Susanne Zantop, to their murderer or murderers. The residents of Hanover, New Hampshire, speculated endlessly - could the killer be a disgruntled student? A spurned lover? while the grisly nature of the crimes themselves destroyed, perhaps forever, the sanctity and invulnerability of their academic arcade. By contrast, the hardscrabble community of nearby Chelsea, Vermont, was relatively unaffected. The big news in Chelsea came when the school's basketball star scored his 1,000th point on a Friday, 3 weeks after the murders. As parents and teenagers streamed into the night to celebrate after the game, a stunning scene stopped them in their tracks. Outside the house of high school senior Robert Tulloch were the flashing lights of a swarm of police cars. His neighbours couldn't imagine what the trouble could be. The town discovered the incomprehensible reality that Tulloch and best friend Jim Parker, two of Chelsea's brightest and most popular sons, were now fugitives, wanted for the murders of Half and Susanne Zantop. The authors provide a vivid explanation of murders that captivated the nation, as well as dramatic revelations about the forces that turned 2 popular teenagers into killers: Could poor parenting, psychological abnormalities, or a community that fails to challenge and engage its young people be blamed? Or was it more complex? A book which conveys a deep appreciation for the lives and the devastating loss of Half and Susanne Zantop, while also providing a clear portrait of the killers, their families, and their community - and, perhaps, a warning to all parents about what evil may lurk in the hearts of boys. Illus., Notes on Sources, + Select Bibliog. 418pp. 8vo. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. F. in f. dw. A fairly heavy book which may require additional postage.


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