A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath by Janine Cummins

By Janine Cummins

While my mom and dad packed my brother, sister and me into the kinfolk van and drove us to Missouri for Spring holiday, we introduced our completely imagined city-hardness with us. The tough fact that we have been approximately to profit used to be that, in reality, we weren't difficult young children in any respect. Our existence within the urban had now not ready us for something. not anything may possibly organize us for this.

A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins's tale of an evening in April 1991, whilst her cousins, Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, have been assaulted at the Chain of Rocks Bridge that spans the Mississippi River simply outdoors of St. Louis. while, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom controlled to flee the attackers and flag down support, he suggestion the nightmare may quickly be over. He couldn't were extra flawed. Tom, his sister Jeanine, and their complete kin have been simply at the start of a bad odyssey during the aftermath of a violent crime, a global of surprising betrayal, unending heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It used to be a tribulation via hearth from which nobody might emerge unscathed.

It was once a headline tale within the long island occasions and united states this present day. It was once coated through courtroom television and profiled at the Ricki Lake express. Now, this is the intimate memoir of a surprising crime and its aftermath...one family's speedy and unforgettable tale of what sufferers can endure lengthy when they may be secure.

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The cranial vault wasn’t all Dover brought me. He also brought news that had been radioed to him while he was in flight. Down an 44 FORENSICS AT THE SPEED OF FLIGHT old logging road near the trailer where the skull-toting dog lived, a team of searchers had found more bones and some clothing. Could I fly back to Houston County with Dover, the authorities wanted to know, and help identify the additional skeletal material? I agreed, and offered to bring Steve with me. I was wearing a suit—hardly the best clothes for crawling around in the woods at night—but Dr.

Some of the lakes on the Tennessee’s tributaries—Norris and Fontana lakes, for instance—are lowered by fifteen or twenty feet every winter; Fort Loudoun Lake, though, must remain navigable by barge traffic, so TVA drops it by only a few feet. Even so, a drop of several feet is enough to expose large stretches of shoreline—prime territory for arrowhead hunters looking for souvenirs of the valley’s prior, pre-TVA inhabitants. I don’t know whether this Blount County boy was looking for Indian relics; in any case, what he found was a human skull.

Before leaving Kansas, I’d searched the literature and found that there were no modern studies of the people of the Solduz Valley. An anthropologist named Henry Fields had measured several populations in the Middle East, including groups about seventy or eighty miles south, but none in Azerbaijan, and certainly none in the Solduz Valley. I asked Bob Dyson if I could measure workers during lunch breaks or other slow times, and he said sure. So I’d go around and measure people who were on the crews—their stature, arm length, cranial length and breadth, and the height and width of their noses (which tended to be big and beaklike).

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