My Book Review: Unsolved Child Murders by Emily G. Thompson

Book Description: An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States. Only one in 10,000 are found dead. Yet unsolved child murders are almost a daily occurrence—of nearly 52,000 juvenile homicides between 1980 and 2008, more than 20 percent remain open. Drawing on FBI reports, police and court records, and interviews with victims’ families, this book provides details and evidence for 18 unsolved cases from 1956 to 1998.

Author: Emily Thompson

My Review and Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book. It's heart wrenching. Intense, graphic and most of all it's an emotional reality of True Crime. Emily Thompson gives a voice to the victims and the family of the victims. Each case is written flawlessly and comes together in vivid realities. You the reader are placed there inside the crime. You become apart of the horror and sadness and brutality. The stories linger inside your mind long after the book is over and it makes you question and wonder what really happened? Who did what? Will they ever be solved?

I read this book in one sitting. I could not put it down. I have always been fascinated with Cold Cases and Unsolved Murders and the details of what goes on in theses cases. There is nothing more disturbing and sad than the death and murder and rape of a child. Emily Thompson sheds light on these stories and gives a wonderful exploration of everything involved. I knew about many of these cases, but the way Emily writes it's as if your reading about them for the first time.

Emily Thompson has a unique and dynamic way of writing that truly grabs you and never lets you go. 

The stories inside this book can haunt you. The murders of these children still haunt today, years, decades after the crimes. Each child, is calling out for justice and yet they have not received that peace they need. 

What is good and stands out as important is when authors pick up the pen and share the stories of these unsolved crimes. Emily like many others shed new light on these old cases and that is very important to the cause of trying to solve these cases. These cases should never be forgotten or over looked. They need justice, they need to be solved.

Emily Thompson wrote a fantastic book. Many of these cases gave me nightmares. The reality of knowing so many of these cases just linger with no answers. Emily gave a voice to these crying children from the grave. Emily like so many others who write about cold cases spread the information throughout pages in books to help bring more awareness to these brutal unsolved child murders. 

The Cases mentioned in this Book:

The Grimes Sisters

The Boy in the Box ( I have always been fascinated by this case. With all the technology we have we should be able to solve so many of these cases. I think the Detectives should take DNA from this boy and run it in Genealogy Data base and see if there are any distant relatives that have put there DNA into these data base.)

The Freeway Phantom
The Alphabet Murders
Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders

The Oakland County Child Killer ( Another case that has always stayed with me and given me great nightmares. I grew up and lived in the area where these murders took place and I have always been shocked and floored that this case has never been solved.)

The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders
Adam Walsh
Rachael Runyan

Johnny Gosch (Another weird and confusing case. I don't know what to make of the mothers claims. I have always kept an open mind while researching this case. I have read her book and also the books on the Franklin Cover Up Conspiracies and its one odd duck of a case that still to this day shocks and amazes me.)

April Tinsley

Jacyln Dowaliby (I remember when this case happened. I was young and just had gotten into researching and reading True Crime cases and this was one of the first cases that I ever followed in the newspapers and news. It's a case that haunts my childhood nightmares.)

Amy Mihaljevic
Angie Housman
JonBenet Ramsey
Amber Hagerman

Levi Frady ( A very odd and strange case. I had never heard of this one and was fascinated with what Emily wrote about it. Truly a weird unsolved crime.)

Christina Marie Williams

Final Thoughts: I highly recommend this book. It's well researched. Well written. It explores fascinating and tragic true crime cases. It explores the victims and also the detailed crime that took place. I feel this is a book worthy to praise and explore. I think any true crime buff will absolutely take to this book.

Would I Return to Again: Absolutely. I already have read several of the stories over again. Each one is a fascinating trip in true crime and the realty of unsolved cold cases.

Would I Recommend: Absolutely to anyone. This is not just a True Crime book, it's a well written book period. Each Chapter or Each case brings an emotional reality that creates inside you a complex emotional reality that lingers in your thoughts.

My Rating: 5 out of 5

Four Word Description: Informative. Well Researched. Brilliant.

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