Letting Go

Author: Alex Hanscombe

Publisher: HarperElement

ISBN: 9780008144296

Category:

Page: 272

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The stunning and heartbreaking story of the young son of Rachel Nickell - who witnessed the brutal attack on his mother and whose childhood was shaped by the media storm that followed. A coming-of-age story that begins with a tragedy but ends in optimism, forgiveness and peace. On a beautiful July morning in 1992, just three weeks before his third birthday, Alex Hanscombe and his young mother, Rachel Nickell, went walking on Wimbledon Common. Life was never the same again. Shortly after ten o'clock that morning, Alex was discovered by the side of his mother's body - she had been assaulted, stabbed forty-nine times in a frenzied attack, and left dead. Alex was the only witness to the attack. Letting Go is Alex's heartbreaking account of that morning, the aftermath, and the devastating effect on his father, the extended family and the wider community. Alex tells the story of the resulting media storm, the legal cases following and the peace and understanding that he has now found, as a young man. In telling his story, and the truth, this is the last stage of Alex's incredible journey to letting go.

Letting Go: A true story of murder, loss and survival by Rachel Nickell’s son

Author: Alex Hanscombe

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008144273

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

View: 9432

This is Alex Hanscombe’s powerful, inspirational account as seen on This morning, BBC Breakfast, BBC Newsnight and published in The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and The Sun. ‘I was the most famous child in the British Isles...’ Now for the very first time, Alex shares his incredible story.

The Murder of Rachel Nickell

Author: Mike Fielder,Michael Fielder

Publisher: Blake Pub

ISBN: 9781857823387

Category: True Crime

Page: 238

View: 8177

Rachel Nickell was walking with her two-year-old son and and their dog on Wimbledon Common when she was savagely assaulted and murdered. A young undercover policewoman befriended the man that police wrongly-suspected of being the murderer, and this is the story of this dramatic investigation.

Why Ben?

A Sister’s Story of Heartbreak and Love for the Brother she Lost

Author: Brooke Kinsella

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847399029

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 6473

At 2.30 in the morning of 29 June 2008, Broke Kinsella received a phone call. It was her sister Jade, telling her that their beloved brother Ben had been stabbed while out celebrating finishing his GCSEs. The Kinsella family's shock soon turned to grief when Ben lost his fight for life later that day, surrounded by those who love him. Too upset at the time to speak about Ben's senseless murder, and with Ben's killers now convicted and behind bars, the former East Enders actress is able to reveal her full story in this heartbreaking and beautifully written memoir that celebrates the life of a young man whose future was so cruelly stolen from him. Beginning with Ben's death an ending with the aftermath of the trial of his killers, the book is an extremely personal and powerful portrait of loss in the age of knife crime. From their first Christmas without Ben to facing the accused in court for the first time, Brooke writes in detail about the devastation that was caused in one night and which has changed her and her family's life forever. It is a powerfully moving and brave exploration of grief.

Was This in the Plan?

Author: Stephanie Nimmo

Publisher: Hashtag Press

ISBN: 0995780633

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 194

View: 4173

Far from being a misery memoir, Was this in the Plan? Is a frank, open and no-holds-barred account of how a family was determined not just to survive but to thrive when the odds were against them. It will make you question your own attitude to life and how you choose to respond when unexpected events throw you off course.

My Sister Milly

Author: Gemma Dowler

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1405927569

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

View: 4125

This is Gemma Dowler's powerful account, as seen on The One Show and This Morning . . . 'My name is Gemma Dowler. On 21 March 2002, a serial killer named Levi Bellfield stole my sister and sent our family to Hell...' Everyone thinks they know the story of Milly Dowler. Haunting headlines about the missing schoolgirl splashed across front pages. The family's worst fears realised when her body was found months later. The years of waiting for the truth, only to learn that the killer, known to the police, lived just yards from where Milly had vanished. The parents subjected to horrific psychological torture at a trial orchestrated by the murderer. And the shocking revelation of what journalists would do for a story - criminal acts that brought down a national newspaper. But these bare facts hide the true story. In My Sister Milly, Gemma Dowler shares the heartbreaking account of Milly's disappearance, the suspicions that fell on the family, the fatal errors made by the police, and the media's obsession that focused relentlessly on every personal, intimate and emotional aspect of the Dowlers' lives. It is the story of two stolen childhoods - Milly's and Gemma's - and about the love that kept the family together as they struggled with terrible darkness and injustice. However, this book is a story of hope and recovery. It's taken fifteen years of pain for the family to find their voice. The family has worked hard and has received intensive therapy to recover from the trauma of Milly's murder. Their story shows that whatever suffering you endure in life, there is always hope, and there is always love. Now, for the first time, Gemma tells their story and that of the real Milly. Above all, in this book the family want to bring back to life their incredible daughter and sister. Now, finally, the truth about Milly Dowler can never be denied.

For Laci

A Mother's Story of Love, Loss, and Justice

Author: Sharon Rocha

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 9780307351975

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9798

Laci Rocha Peterson, 8 months pregnant, was last seen by her sister, Amy, in the late afternoon of December 23, 2002. She spoke to her mother, Sharon Rocha, at 8:30 p.m. that night. This would be the last time anyone from her immediate family ever spoke to her. A search began which lasted an agonizing four months. Sadly, Laci Peterson and her son Conner were found dead on the shores of San Francisco Bay on April 18, 2003. Her husband, Scott, was eventually arrested and charged with the murder of Laci and Connor. After a sensational, media-saturated trial, Peterson was found guilty of capital murder and was sentenced to death on March 16, 2005. This book deals with the story in three separate sections: first, Sharon describes the ordinary, loving life her daughter led, including fond memories of her childhood and adolescence. Second, it covers her marriage, disappearance, the community's moving search for her, and her and Connor's eventual recovery from San Francisco Bay. Third, it tells the story of the trial in detail not before revealed. Sharon will also talk about victim's rights, a subject on which she now campaigns regularly. From the Hardcover edition.

The Handmaid's Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547345666

Category: Fiction

Page: 311

View: 9648

Now a Hulu Original Series The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men in its population. The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and a tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

Dance With the Devil

A Memoir of Murder and Loss

Author: David Bagby

Publisher: Diversion Books

ISBN: 162681967X

Category: True Crime

Page: N.A

View: 701

Immortalized in the spellbinding documentary Dear Zachary, this angry, raw, and brutally honest memoir of murder and loss chronicles a system’s failure to prevent the death of a child. In November 2001, the body of a young doctor named Andrew Bagby was discovered in Keystone State Park outside Latrobe, Pennsylvania, five bullet wounds in his face, chest, buttocks, and the back of the head. For parents Dave and Kate, the pain was unbearable—but Andrew’s murder was only the first in a string of tragic events. The chief suspect for Andrew’s murder was his ex-girlfriend Shirley Turner—also a doctor. Obsessive and unstable, Shirley Turner lied to the police and fled to her family home in Newfoundland before she could be arrested. While fending off extradition efforts by U.S. law enforcement, she announced she was pregnant with Andrew's son, Zachary. The Bagbys—hoping to gain custody of Zachary—moved to Newfoundland and began a long, drawn-out battle in court and with Canadian social services to protect their grandson from the woman who had almost certainly murdered their son. Then, in August 2003, Shirley Turner killed herself and the one-year-old Zachary by jumping into the Atlantic Ocean. DANCE WITH THE DEVIL is a eulogy for a dead son, an elegy for lives cut tragically short, and a castigation of a broken system.

Jo Cox

More in common

Author: Brendan Cox

Publisher: Two Roads

ISBN: 9781473659186

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 2990

'Jo Cox's selfless service to others made the world a better place' Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States THE NUMBER 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Jo's dedication to a fairer and kinder world beautifully told ...' Bear Grylls | 'A desperately tender account ... part love story, part grief memoir ... resolutely uplifting' Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian | 'Brave, inspiring, and full of love' Daily Express | 'A chance to get to know the woman behind the headlines - a tiny ball of energy with a heart as big as a lion, a person who wanted to make a difference' Lorraine Kelly, Sun Jo Cox's murder in June 2016 shocked the world. In the aftermath of her tragic death her husband Brendan Cox urged us to remember Jo's life and what she stood for and not the manner of her death. In this inspiring and impassioned portrait of Jo - as daughter, mother, wife, sister, MP and campaigner - we see how much she gave and much more she had to give. The values she embraced of togetherness, inclusion and compassion are needed now more than ever. A touching and very human portrait of an extraordinary woman, whose legacy has already inspired others. This summer over 100,000 events were part of The Great Get Together in honour of Jo. 'We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.' All Brendan Cox's royalties will go to the Jo Cox Foundation. 'Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.'

Murder on the Common

Author: Keith Pedder

Publisher: John Blake

ISBN: 9781844540570

Category: True Crime

Page: 553

View: 1815

This is the book that the Metropolitan Police tried to ban. It containshocking letters between police and the chief suspect of this terrible crime,hat will make you wonder if justice was really done...No one could havemagined that when beautiful young Rachel Nickell went for a walk onimbledon Common with her little son, it would have resulted in a wicked,ickening crime that appalled a nation; or that the police investigation thatollowed would cost over a million pounds. This is the inside story of thatperation by the police detective that headed it up. It reveals informationhat has hitherto been withheld, and spectacularly prints letters from theolice involved in the operation to the chief suspect that will astonish theeader and bring the details of this terrible case right back into the publicye...

Killer in the shadows

the monstrous crimes of Robert Napper

Author: Laurence J. Alison

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781906015213

Category: Serial murder investigation

Page: 289

View: 3602

Who Really Killed Rachel?

Author: Colin Stagg,David Kessler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780958202725

Category: Mistaken identity

Page: 405

View: 1015

Paper Hearts

Author: Meg Wiviott

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481439855

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4762

A forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this “beautifully told true story about brave young women who refused to be victims and walked out of Auschwitz with their heads unbowed” (School Library Journal). An act of defiance. A statement of hope. A crime punishable by death. Making a birthday card in Auschwitz was all of those things. But that is what Zlatka did, in 1944, for her best friend, Fania. She stole and bartered for paper and scissors, secretly creating an origami heart. Then she passed it to every girl at the work tables to sign with their hopes and wishes for happiness, for love, and most of all—for freedom. Fania knew what that heart meant, for herself and all the other girls. And she kept it hidden, through the bitter days in the camp and through the death marches. She kept it always. This novel is based on the true story of Fania and Zlatka, the story of the bond that helped them both to hope for the best in the face of the worst. Their heart is one of the few objects created in Auschwitz, and can be seen today in the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.

Josie's Journey

Author: Shaun Russell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780563537144

Category: Attempted murder

Page: 224

View: 5024

Originally published in 1971, Harry Van Trees' Detection, Estimation, and Modulation Theory, Part II provides a useful reference in the area of nonlinear modulation theory and analogue communication.

Little House on the Prairie

Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Publisher: Egmont Books (UK)

ISBN: 9781405264143

Category: Children's stories

Page: 243

View: 3423

Classic tales by Laura Ingalls Wilder about life on the frontier and America’s best-loved pioneer family. The sun-kissed prairie stretches out around the Ingalls family, smiling its welcome after their long, hard journey across America. But looks can be deceiving and they soon find that they must share the land with wild bears and Indians. Will there be enough land for all of them? Little House on the Prairie is the sequel to Little House in the Big Woods and On the Banks of Plum Creek. Beautifully bound in this gift book edition from the Egmont Heritage range, Little House is now even more of a book to be cherished and shared.

The Wimbledon Common Murder

The Shocking Story of How an Innocent Man Nearly Got Sent Down for Life!

Author: David Kessler

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781494945855

Category: True Crime

Page: 222

View: 3808

Colin Stagg spent thirteen months in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Rachel Nickell - a crime he did not commit. The case against him was weak from the outset, but was a classic example of the way in which facts can be mis-represented in the hands of professionals, be they lawyers, psychologists or police officers. When the case agianst Stagg collapsed, his life was made a living hell by the tabloid press, portaying him as a man who had got away with murder. Police leaks, and a book by a psychologist who had assisted them, led to the ongoing perception that Stagg was a murderer. This nightmare carried on for fourteen years until a "cold case review" identified faults in the original investigation. This culminated in the identification of the real culprit - a man who had indeed slipped through the net and gone on to kill again...