Experience the true crime story of a married father and ex-cop with a dark side in this “fast-paced, unforgettable real-life thriller” (Sue Russell).
Family On The Run
A handsome, married young father and former deputy sheriff, Gabriel Morris looked like the picture of respectability. When his mother and her boyfriend were found brutally murdered in their pleasant Oregon seaside home, authorities were shocked to find a trail leading to him. Soon, police in several states were caught up in a riveting chase as Gabriel, with family in tow, went on a cross-country crime spree. No one knew if his wife, Jessica, was a victim or accomplice; or if his four-year-old daughter was in jeopardy. In a gracious Virginia suburb, a SWAT team swooped down on the renegade family and ended their wild, dangerous ride. What followed was even more shocking, as the story of how Gabriel Morris ended up on the wrong side of the law took investigators on a dark journey into the heart of a killer . . .
Includes sixteen pages of dramatic photos.
“Unsettling. . . . While Scott paints a horrifying murder scene, he also efficiently shows how such monsters are made. . . . Unexpected shocks and disturbing surprises.” —Publishers Weekly
In this unsettling true crime narrative, Scott (Shattered Innocence) spells out how rage and obsession can become fatally warped. Scott details the national dragnet to capture Gabriel Morris, a young father and former deputy sheriff, after he fatally shoots his mother, Robin Anstey, 62, and her boyfriend, Robert Kennelly, 48, at their coastal Oregon home on Super Bowl Sunday 2010 after stalking them. While Scott paints a horrifying murder scene, he also efficiently shows how such monsters are made, discussing how the troubled young Gabe was physically abused and brainwashed by his father to believe his mother was "the wicked witch." Following a brief attempt to become a missionary for the Mormon Church, ROTC classes, and finally a failed deputy sheriff stint, Gabe becomes rootless and restless, his mental state in decline, and becomes dependent on drugs and alcohol. After the murders, the subsequent police probe, and the manhunt, Scott vividly describes what happens to Gabe, his wife Jessica, and four-year-old daughter in heart-wrenching detail, as well as the trial and sentencing, with its unexpected shocks and disturbing surprises. 16 pages of photos.