By Janine Cummins
While my mom and dad packed my brother, sister and me into the family members van and drove us to Missouri for Spring holiday, we introduced our completely imagined city-hardness with us. The not easy fact that we have been approximately to profit used to be that, in truth, we weren't tricky teenagers in any respect. Our existence within the urban had now not ready us for something. not anything may perhaps organize us for this.
A Rip in Heaven is Jeanine Cummins's tale of an evening in April 1991, while her cousins, Julie and Robin Kerry, and her brother, Tom, have been assaulted at the Chain of Rocks Bridge that spans the Mississippi River simply outdoors of St. Louis. whilst, after a harrowing ordeal, Tom controlled to flee the attackers and flag down support, he proposal the nightmare might quickly be over. He couldn't were extra mistaken. Tom, his sister Jeanine, and their complete relatives have been simply at first of a terrible odyssey throughout the aftermath of a violent crime, an international of surprising betrayal, never-ending heartbreak, and utter disillusionment. It was once a tribulation through hearth from which not anyone could emerge unscathed.
It used to be a headline tale within the big apple instances and united states this day. It used to be coated by way of court docket television and profiled at the Ricki Lake convey. Now, this is the intimate memoir of a surprising crime and its aftermath...one family's quick and unforgettable tale of what sufferers can endure lengthy when they may be secure.
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