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Darker Than Night: The True Story of a Brutal Double Homicide and an 18-Year Long Quest for Justice (St. Martin's True Crime Library)

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ON A COLD, SNOWY NIGHT IN 1985, TWO MEN BEGGED FOR THEIR LIVES.

In 1985, two 27-year-old friends left their suburban Detroit homes for a hunting trip in rural Michigan. When they did not return, their families and police suspected foul play. For 18 years, no one could prove a thing. Then, a relentless investigator got a witness to talk, and a horrifying story emerged.

 

FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES, THEIR KILLERS WENT FREE.

In 2003, this bizarre case hit the glare of the criminal justice system, as prosecutors charged two brothers, Raymond and Donald Duvall, with murder. With no bodies ever found, the case hinged on the testimony of one terrified witness who saw a bloody scene unfold-and who was still nearly too frightened to talk.

 

THEN A WITNESS TOLD HER CHILLING STORY

Now, the truth behind an 18-year-old mystery is revealed against the backdrop of an unusual, electrifyingly dramatic trial. Raymond and Donald Duvall bragged to friends that they killed their victims, chopped up their bodies and fed them to pigs. A Michigan jury soon had evidence of this brutally methodical execution-evidence that would lead a shocked courtroom through the heart of evil and beyond a shadow of a doubt.

 
WITH 8 PAGES OF DRAMATIC PHOTOS

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In 1985, two 27-year-old friends left their suburban Detroit homes for a hunting trip in rural Michigan. When they did not return, their families and police suspected foul play. For 18 years, no one could prove a thing. Then, a relentless investigator got a witness to talk, and a horrifying story emerged. Original.

About the Author

TOM HENDERSON, a native of Michigan, has worked as a news reporter for many years.  He has been a columnist for Detroit Free Press, a freelance writer for Detroit News, and has been a Senior Editor for a monthly business publication called Corporate Detroit.  He is the author of A DEADLY AFFAIR and BLOOD JUSTICE. 

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msmalysa, April 8, 2014 (view all comments by msmalysa)
I have not brought myself to read the book yet, I'm close enough to these people that they could be family. I guess you could call it family by marriage. I'm real close with one of the brothers (coco) daughter. Someone said on here that they djnt understand why the family never came forward and said anything well let me tell you something about this family, blood or no blood loyalty is a must or there are major consequence to be paid. They killed 2 young men over who got the deer and there was another reason that I'm not sure was talked about in the book. Now just imagine what would of happened if someone had snitched on them... Think about it eventually the witness came forward,all ended up dead, couincidence i think not and the key witness never came forward in the first place because they put the fear of god in her. The duvals were not people to be messed with if you crossed there pass sideways they were going to take care of you or make you aware of what they were capable of to where you made sure to never cross them again. Cocos wife was murderd by her new husband his oldest daughter stabbed a job 72 times and is,in prison and his youngest is left in this life alone trying to self medicate, so yeah that family has been threw a lot but i thought i would shed a little light. Like i,said i have not read the book yet but there's a lot more to the story than what someone wrote on paper.
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The Loopy Librarian, January 12, 2012 (view all comments by The Loopy Librarian)
The disappearance of two hunters in the Michigan Woods in 1985 took 18 years to solve and prosecute. This story was not so much a who-done-it as it was a how-to-prove-it. The break in the case came when one eyewitness to the brutal homicide was eventually persuaded to testify by state policeman Bronco Lesneski. He worked the case every day. He spent many of his off hours tirelessly re-interviewing witnesses. Everybody seemed to have an opinion as to what had happened, but nearly all fingers and lines of questioning pointed back to the Duvall brothers. It’s a story straight out of Deliverance. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of this case was that it was successfully prosecuted without a body, without a weapon, and without one iota of physical evidence. The courtroom testimonies are the most fascinating and at many times rather amusing parts of this story. It’s a horrific crime. No doubt about that. And certainly nothing amusing about it either. But the cast of characters is so unbelievable that one can’t help but laugh. And some of the testimonies were beyond belief.

The writing however was sloppy, and the editors missed many an error. The mystery didn’t really carry the story either because early on, the reader had a good idea of what happened and who had done it. What keeps the reader engaged is perhaps one of the same motivators that kept Lesneski plowing away. The reader wants to see justice done and the truth come out.

I’ve read better true crime novels. Ann Rule is hard to compete with in terms of quality of writing and storytelling. However, the courtroom drama in this book makes it worth the read for true crime fans. It leaves the reader shaking his head and wondering if he picked up a work of fiction or non-fiction. There’s a quote attributed to different people that says the difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense. That’s how I know this crime and these players are real. No one could have made them up in their wildest imaginations. The witness who by his own definition was a recovering amnesiac still has me laughing. The world can be a crazy…and scary…place.
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mysteryjunkymonkey, October 27, 2010 (view all comments by mysteryjunkymonkey)
I just finished Darker Than Night and was blown away by the pure evil in the Duvall brothers. Family members should have come forward to give peace sooner to the families of these two young men. When I finished the book I was chilled by what I had read and had terrible dreams for a few days.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312936761
Author:
Henderson, Tom
Publisher:
St. Martin's True Crime
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Duvall, Donald Dean
Subject:
Duvall, Raymond Wilbur
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
St. Martin's True Crime Library
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 8 pages of photographs
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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"Synopsis" by , In 1985, two 27-year-old friends left their suburban Detroit homes for a hunting trip in rural Michigan. When they did not return, their families and police suspected foul play. For 18 years, no one could prove a thing. Then, a relentless investigator got a witness to talk, and a horrifying story emerged. Original.

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