"A chilling chronicle of victims brutally murdered by a cold, merciless killer, against a backdrop equally as unforgiving - the Last Frontier. Through meticulous reporting, Francis uncovers the shocking truth about how the Alaskan justice system failed and allowed a warped predator to strike again." - Henry K. Lee, author of Presumed Dead: A True-Life Murder Mystery
5つ星のうち5.0Wow, this book is so well written and riveting ...
Wow, this book is so well written and riveting. I'm not a huge true crime fan, but this book has me hooked. I read Monte Francis's first book, By Their Father's Hand, which is equally as riveting, so I've been on the lookout for more titles by him. Keep 'em coming! The amount of research that went into writing this book is staggering. I couldn't put it down!
By Their Father's Hand: The True Story of the Wesson Family Massacre
I am oftentimes leery to read a true crime book by an author of which I am not familiar, but, the price was right (Book Bub) and the case sounded interesting so I purchased Ice and Bone for my Kindle. Monte Francis did a very nice job writing this book. He went into detail but was not repetitive (as is often the case in these true crime books). He conducted a lot of interviews with the families and the friends of the victims, as well as the prosecuting lawyers, and he was sensitive and compassionate in the way he shared their "voices." The actual murders and court cases take up about 75% of the book, and then Francis really gets to the heart of the case, which is how Joshua Wade got away with murder to only murder again. I was frustrated and mad at a judicial system that could allow this to happen. I wonder if the scenarios would have been the same if the order of these murders would have been reversed? Discrimination plays a role here. I recommend this book if you are interested in true crime cases.
This was an interesting read. The first trial was a bit tedious but the rest was quite good. The interviews with the prosecution team, were very helpful in understanding the result of that trial. Of course, the interviews with family and friends were heartbreaking and truly brought home the fact that the acts of one sick individual can spread pain and anguish in so many different directions. I was particularly moved by the interview with Josh's sister. She gave insight into possible reasons why her brother is the way he is and certainly allowed me to have a little bit of compassion even for him or maybe I should say the wounded little boy he was. Thanks to Monte Francis for getting as much of the whole story as possible.
5つ星のうち5.0Guaranteed read well written book captivating you from page 1
Tracking an Alaskan Serial Killer in September of 2000, 33-year-old Della Brown was found sexually assaulted and beaten to death inside a filthy, abandoned shed in seedy part of Anchorage, Alaska. Joshua Wade was arrested after bragging to his friends and taking some of them to see Della in the abandon dwelling he had killed her in. Sadly, though after a three-month trial, Joshua Wade would walk free. Due to the insufficient evidence and the work the defense attorneys put forward. Sadly, the prosecutor dropped out and the 2 inexperienced prosecutors who had never tried a murder trial and did not have the resources to get up to speed found through no fault of their own that the better case by the defense team got Wade freedom and a pass to kill again. In 2007, when Wade kidnapped a well-loved nurse psychologist from her home and then executed her in the remote wilderness of Wasilla. She was his next door neighbor a psychiatric nurse who under different circumstances maybe could have helped Wade. Mindy was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Wade broke into Mindy’s home raped her and took her from her house at gun point then drove about an hour in her car and killed her executioner stile by getting her to kneel down, after taking her from the car and promising to set her free but instead put a bullet in his gun and shot her. Wade had a very cocky attitude when arrested and when the police charged him with two counts of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft … and access-device fraud,” Wade ears pricked up and he said what’s that. Perpetrators of crime weren’t familiar with the term access device fraud. It just means that you used an ATM card of somebody that’s not yourself … and that person did not give you permission to do so. Agent Thoreson one of the police who interview Wade said. “We actually talked to Mindy, you know.” A devious smirk came over Wade’s face. If there was any doubt before that moment that Wade had killed Mindy Schloss, for either Agent Thoreson or Detective Perrenoud, it evaporated with one facial expression. His eyes said it all You couldn’t have talked to her, because I killed her. After a lengthy trial Wade confessed and was found guilty of both murders. It turns out he had committed quite a few other murders but the police have not charged him with them. At least up to 6 more people where probably killed by Wade maybe more. It is a chilling account of one sick twisted individual which no amount of rehabilitation would work. Lethal injection is to good for him and for the family’s affected at least knowing he is behind bars never to kill again until he dies but having been put in isolation and 10 years going by he will have plenty of time to reflect on what he is missing out on in the outside world. life I hope is hell for him in his cell 23 hours a day. To the families of his victims my heart goes out to you all. You will not be disappointed in the story about the killings in Alaska. Congratulations Monte Francis this is a well written book, with the author captivating you from the beginning A well-researched book on Joshua Wade.
I can honestly say that this is one of the best TC books that I have ever read. Author Monte Francis obviously researched this book very extensively and it was very well written, complete with footnotes. Murderer Joshua Wade obviously had mental problems from the time he was a young child and it is so sad that he did not get continued mental health care after his institutional stays. I highly recommend this page turner.
I lived in Alaska for many years, and knew Mindy for 10 years. And I've been haunted by the sufferings of Native women. As a middle aged, professional white woman, I felt invulnerable in a state with a high rate of violent crime until Mindy's death. I am impressed and grateful for the author's grasp of the múltiple issues in this tragedy. The book would be stronger, however, if the author had a little more feel for Alaska. ( No one ever drove anywhere from Shismareff.)
Some true crime books focus on the macabre. They're all about shock value and voyeurism. But the best true crime give us the background and psychological elements to help us understand how a little known part of society gets caught up in the sort of horror that even a work of fiction would find difficult to emulate. Francis is, in my opinion, one of the best true crime writers in the country. An author who reveals much about the human condition through his careful study and depiction of what motivates and explains the unfathomable.
This is a true story. About a murderer in Anchorage Alaska. It was a good well written story that deeply affected me. A few weeks after I read this book. I woke up screaming. Reading this book had triggered a memory. Of my own run in with Joshua wade. In 93 when I lived in Anchorage.
As an Alaska resident, I knew of these incidents prior to reading this book, and the book is well done. I still haven't made the connection between the title of the book and the story, though. I know some of the people in the book, and appreciate the thoroughness of the writing. Thank you, Mr. Francis, for your interest in crimes against women and children.
I am not usually a big fan of true crime, but this one had me consumed. The author's research and knowledge is evident in his details of the cases, but it is his compassion towards the victims and their families that stands out. I felt emotionally attached and looked forward to each page.
I could not put this book down ! Stayed up,all night to read it. I live in Alaska and remember the cases and knew a few of the folks mentioned in the book. Mr. Francis did a e cellent job researching only one teeny tiny error!