When my parents packed my brother, sister and me into the family van and drove us to Missouri for Spring Break, we brought our entirely imagined city-hardness with us. The hard truth that we were about to learn was that, in fact, we weren't tough kids at all. Our life in the city had not prepared us for anything. Nothing could prepare us for this.
A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins's story of a night in April 1991, when her two cousins, Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, were assaulted on the Chain of Rocks Bridge that spans the Mississippi River just outside of St. Louis. When, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom managed to escape the attackers and flag down help, he thought the nightmare would soon be over. He couldn't have been more wrong. Tom, his sister Jeanine, and their entire family were just at the beginning of a horrific odyssey through the aftermath of a violent crime, a world of shocking betrayal, endless heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It was a trial by fire from which no one would emerge unscathed.
This is one family's intimate, immediate, and unforgettable story of what victims can suffer long after they should be safe.
The author's two cousins were murdered--horribly--in 1991, and her brother, the only survivor of the grim proceedings, was charged for the crime and held until the real murderers were found. As she tells the story, paying tribute to her cousins' exemplary lives, she also ponders the implications of the death sentence, life imprisonment, and America's tendency to glorify young killers.
- True Crime
- Murder / General
- June 1, 2004
- June 1, 2004
- Jeanine Cummins