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 relatives van and drove us to Missouri for Spring holiday, we introduced our completely imagined city-hardness with us. The challenging fact that we have been approximately to benefit used to be that, actually, we weren't tricky childrens in any respect. Our lifestyles within the urban had no longer ready us for whatever. not anything may possibly organize us for this.

A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins's tale of an evening in April 1991, while 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 open air of St. Louis. while, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom controlled to flee the attackers and flag down aid, he idea the nightmare could quickly be over. He couldn't were extra flawed. Tom, his sister Jeanine, and their complete family members have been simply in the beginning of a terrible odyssey throughout the aftermath of a violent crime, a global of surprising betrayal, never-ending heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It used to be an ordeal through hearth from which nobody could emerge unscathed.

It used to be a headline tale within the long island occasions and united states this present day. It was once lined by means of courtroom television and profiled at the Ricki Lake exhibit. Now, here's the intimate memoir of a stunning crime and its aftermath...one family's fast and unforgettable tale of what sufferers can undergo lengthy when they will be secure.

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No assailant was identified and the police were unsure whether there were one or more assailants. Between these shootings and the first fire set at the Howard Johnson’s Motel on 1/7/73, police were searching for an assailant or assailants and following up leads. At the same time, police were investigating a number of reports of activities that may or may not have been related (indeed may or may not have been substantiated): shots fired, sightings of snipers, stolen cars, and suspicious fires. It was unclear which events were linked, which independent, and how many people were involved, but the stage was set for the plausible assumption that, if some or all of these events were linked, more than one person could be involved in the event that unfolded at the Howard Johnson’s Motel on Sunday morning, 1/7/73.

A prominent New Orleans businessman has told Police Supt. Clarence B.  He described the gunman as light-skinned, tall and heavy, and clad in khaki clothes.  He said three other rooms started blazing shortly after the pair left the balcony (S-I, 1/19/73, byline Jack Dempsey). [Jefferson Parish sheriffs Deputy David Munch] said yesterday that a sniper accompanied by a woman fired at him from the eighth floor patio of the hotel. m.  He said he spotted the woman about an hour later, when he was on the street.

The statement that “Others are seeable,” despite its apparent straightforwardness, turns out to gloss a complex set of processes. Seeing a second sniper, either with Essex, different from Essex, or after Essex’s death, was taken initially as self-evident confirmation of the existence of an Other-certain enough that police fired their weapons at that Other. Later the self-evidentiary quality of sightings came in for questioning, reassessment, and alternative explanation. Others and Their Actions Are Hearable Sounds-both gunfire and voices-supplemented sightings and also served as evidence in their own right of a second sniper.

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