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The Darkest Night: Two Sisters, a Brutal Murder, and the Loss of Innocence in a Small Town

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ONE CAR RIDE. TWO YOUNG SISTERS. A BRUTAL FATE.

Casper, Wyoming:1973. Eleven-year-old Amy Burridge rides with her eighteen-year-old sister, Becky, to the grocery store. When they finish their shopping, Beckys car gets a flat tire. Two men politely offer them a ride home. But they were anything but Good Samaritans. The girls would suffer unspeakable crimes at the hands of these men before being thrown from a bridge into the North Platte River. One miraculously survived. The other did not.

A CRIME THAT TORE A SMALL TOWN APART.

Years later, author and journalist Ron Franscell—who lived in Casper at the time of the crime, and was a friend to Amy and Becky—cant forget Wyomings most shocking story of abduction, rape, and murder. Neither could Becky, the surviving sister. The two men who violated her and Amy were sentenced to life in prison, but the demons of her past kept haunting Becky…until she met her fate years later at the same bridge where shed lost her sister.

“Heartbreaking…not unlike Truman Capotes In Cold Blood.”  —Chicago Sun-Times

“This uncommon story has every chilling component of human terror, drama and suspense that readers of true crime look for… I highly recommend this engaging book.”  —Vincent Bugliosi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter

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Casper, Wyoming:1973. Eleven-year-old Amy Burridge rides with her eighteen-year-old sister, Becky, to the grocery store. When they finish their shopping, Beckys car gets a flat tire. Two men politely offer them a ride home. But they were anything but Good Samaritans. The girls would suffer unspeakable crimes at the hands of these men before being thrown from a bridge into the North Platte River. One miraculously survived. The other did not.

Years later, author and journalist Ron Franscell—who lived in Casper at the time of the crime, and was a friend to Amy and Becky—cant forget Wyomings most shocking story of abduction, rape, and murder. Neither could Becky, the surviving sister. The two men who violated her and Amy were sentenced to life in prison, but the demons of her past kept haunting Becky…until she met her fate years later at the same bridge where shed lost her sister.

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Franscell was just a child when a brutal crime shattered his close-knit Casper, Wyoming, community in 1973, ending the life of one friend and forever changing the life of another. Franscell returns to examine the widespread effect of evil and its poisonous effect on the people and town of Casper.

About the Author

Ron Franscell is a journalist whose work regularly appears in publications such as the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He is also a novelist, whose books include Angel Fire and The Deadline. He grew up in Wyoming and currently lives in Texas.

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buell_m2, February 15, 2010 (view all comments by buell_m2)
I have not read this book. Indeed, I've carefully pushed this tragedy deep down hoping to never have to confront it ever again.

I knew Becky. She was beautiful, vivacious, a wonderful caring young woman.

I just read the selected excerpt from the book and am still shaken. It's too voyeuristic for my taste's but well done and seems to capture an aspect that I never wanted to know about.

I did see Becky a few years after the tragic events but we didn't speak about this, in fact we consciously avoided the topic. It had consumed her. There was no denying that such tragedy would consume anyone. No need to rehash events or feelings. Best to remain superficial less the demons emerge and cast her back...

Upon learning of her fate once again at the bridge there were tears.

I've never returned to that area.

As so many do, I miss Becky very much. Her courage, strength and beauty are inspirational.

God Bless you Becky and Amy.

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest
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loubigfish, March 9, 2008 (view all comments by loubigfish)
Enlightening and a tragic story that unfolds into something of meaning and projects how life and time can change some of the most quiet places. It motives you and places you somewhere in time with the victims. A moving account of a true story and unfortunately the killers have a better existence than the victims..... Why is that?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312948467
Author:
Franscell, Ron
Publisher:
St. Martin's True Crime Classics
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Crime
Subject:
Murder - Wyoming - Casper
Subject:
Murder - Wyoming - Natrona County
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 8 pages of photographs
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.7 x 4.23 x 0.815 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

Casper, Wyoming:1973. Eleven-year-old Amy Burridge rides with her eighteen-year-old sister, Becky, to the grocery store. When they finish their shopping, Beckys car gets a flat tire. Two men politely offer them a ride home. But they were anything but Good Samaritans. The girls would suffer unspeakable crimes at the hands of these men before being thrown from a bridge into the North Platte River. One miraculously survived. The other did not.

Years later, author and journalist Ron Franscell—who lived in Casper at the time of the crime, and was a friend to Amy and Becky—cant forget Wyomings most shocking story of abduction, rape, and murder. Neither could Becky, the surviving sister. The two men who violated her and Amy were sentenced to life in prison, but the demons of her past kept haunting Becky…until she met her fate years later at the same bridge where shed lost her sister.

"Synopsis" by , Franscell was just a child when a brutal crime shattered his close-knit Casper, Wyoming, community in 1973, ending the life of one friend and forever changing the life of another. Franscell returns to examine the widespread effect of evil and its poisonous effect on the people and town of Casper.
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