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A Savage Murder and the Death of Three Families' Innocence
By John Philpin

Avon, August 2006 ($7.99) True Crime
ISBN: 0060766328

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

"On the evening of January 20, 1998, in the small California city of Escondido, 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe was brutally murdered in her own home, in her own bed..."

There was no indication of a forced entry. Police were convinced that Stephanie's older brother and two of his teenage friends were responsible for the horrible crime. Ultimately the boys were "broken down" and "confessed" to the crime. And that's where things really went wrong...

Shattered Justice is the true crime account of the murder of Stephanie Crowe, the arrest of her older brother and two friends for the vicious crime, the eventual solution to the case, and pursuit of justice by another cop, not the investigating officers who coerced confessions from the young suspects.

The original crime was horrific enough but after reading this book, I am left wondering what lasting impact the interrogation and arrest of the three teenage boys will have on them throughout their lives. I am not so naive as to think there will be no long lasting effects and that everything is okay now that things have been put "right."

The author is a retired psychologist with an international reputation as an expert on violent behavior. He was one of the first criminal profilers in the U.S. and has written two other true crime books. BEYOND MURDER, is a true crime book about the Gainesville student murders, and STALEMATE, is a true story of child abduction and murder in the San Francisco Bay area. He has also written five novels.

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