The New York Times–bestselling author’s pioneering true crime classic: It’s “Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood turned inside out” (Newsweek).
During an armed robbery in 1974, five hostages were held in the basement of a small home-audio store in Ogden, Utah, by a group of enlisted US Air Force airmen stationed at a nearby base. The victims—including wife and mother Carol Naisbitt—were brutally tortured, shot in the head, and left for dead. Yet somehow, Carol’s sixteen-year-old son made it out alive—and “the emotional strain his family underwent during his year-long hospitalization, is the heart of Kinder’s story” (Kirkus Reviews).
In Victim, the first true crime book to go beyond the headlines and tell story of love, loss, courage, and survival, “the crime in question becomes not merely something that happened to somebody else somewhere else, but rather an event that touches us all firsthand and very deeply.” A compelling and tragic look at how lives can be changed forever by a random act of violence, it remains one of the most influential books in the victims’ rights movement and has become required reading for trainees at the FBI Academy at Quantico (Boston Herald).
Wonderful - wish everyone could read it
Victim, by Gary Kinder, is the riveting, moving, heartbreaking yet inspirational story of a mass murder in Utah back in the 1970s. The point of view is unique in that it is that of the victims and the secondary victims (Their loved ones), instead of that of the perpetrators. While telling the story of the torture and murders, as well as the after-effects on all the victims, Kinder quotes victims, witnesses and attorneys verbatim throughout the book. So we have people's honest thoughts and feelings - rather than an author's slant on them. I spent many years helping felony crime victims as an Advocate, and this is the best book that I have ever read about a crime. It is not at all exploitative, but rather simply an important story that needs to be told, and read as many people as possible. For this story represents not only the victims of these unconscionable murders, but they also represent other victims of violence whose stories are vital.