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Escaping the Arroyo

Escaping the Arroyo [Kindle Edition]

Joyce Nance
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2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards finalist

2013 eLit gold medal in True Crime

Rated #2 on list of "Top 25 Best True Crime Books"

On April 5, 1981, two college coeds were kidnapped from a residential street of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The next morning, the girls were found in a desolate mountain arroyo; one raped and murdered, the other savagely stabbed 33 times and left for dead. As fear engulfed the University of New Mexico's quiet campus, police had few clues to assist them in tracking down the vicious killer. This book is based on the true story of what happened that night in the Sandia Mountains, a shockingly brutal crime that changed the city of Albuquerque forever. It is a gritty tale of unspeakable violence and the relentless search for justice, but it is also the story of a young woman's incredible will to live ... and her life-long struggle to escape the legacy of that deadly arroyo.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 674 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985621214
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088QJGWQ
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 9 Jan 2013
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This was one of those books that was heartbreaker to read but hard to put down. As an account of a real crime the book was well written. As a true story you are shown the results of a sick human being and how difficult life is for the victims of horrendous crime. I hope that Colene Bush will find happiness in the future, but that will never make up for her terrible past.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 8 July 2012
By wbowes - Published on
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As a criminology student as well as a fan of history, I found this book to be a great insight into the indignity and tragedy that befalls a victim of violent crime. And I was stunned to realize that I lived less than two miles from the crime scene and was at home snug in my bed when this crime was taking place (I was only 7) As a criminologist, it is my job to try to determine what differentiates a criminal from someone else in society and this book frankly makes the waters murkier. Overall, a great book from a budding author, I hope to see more from this author in the future, I would definitely give it two thumbs up.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Affecting 8 Sep 2012
By Russ Or Michelle Sanderson - Published on
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This is an honest and well-told account of a devastating personal tragedy that happened many years ago, but still resounds today... The reader can not help but feel, along with the victims, the horror and loneliness of such a brutal crime, the battle to survive and the ensuing trials in the process of pursuing some kind of "normal" life. It is a story that needed to be told so that we might better understand what victims face when the courtroom trial is over. I think it could be useful in social services work as well, as caseworkers will be inspired to compound their efforts in preventing child abuse. It is a powerful story.
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A study of an indomitable human spirit. 9 Oct 2012
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This author's version of the true story of two University of New Mexico students who are kidnapped, raped (one) and murdered (or so the perpetrator mistakenly believes) is a study in the absolute human will to survive. Brutal, horrific, shocking and depraved are words which attempt to portray the savage attack that left Colene Bush clinging to life, her throat slit multiple times and her body ravaged with 33 stab wounds. Her attacker had already raped and killed her friend Julie Jackson and he finally left Colene in the bottom of an arroyo, semi naked and thoroughly brutalized that nobody could live through the savagery of his attack...or so he thought. Colene Bush, on the other hand, did live and with superhuman willpower, hauled her mangled body inch by inch across cactus strewn gravel and sand, up and over two huge steep hills, across a lightly traveled road and onto and across I-40 where she was finally discovered by three Good Samaritans, alive, but barely so. The book details her amazing will to live as well as her long and difficult recovery. It also describes her testifying at the trial of her attacker and her attempts to keep him behind bars until his death sentence could be carried out. In a cruel twist of fate, her assailant gets his death sentence commuted by an outgoing governor and she is only able to attain a degree of closure when inmates attempt to kill him in jail. He barely survived the attack and was in a long-term care unit at the Los Lunes correctional facility in central New Mexico. His health status is currently unknown to this reviewer.

This is a very difficult book to read, as it shows the depths to which animals among us will journey in their desire to force their wills upon their fellow man. You'll notice I did not name the murderous savage who perpetrated this crime nor the governor who commuted his death sentence. In my mind, neither deserve the continued recognition and/or the glory of having their names in print. They should both be relegated to the obscurity usually reserved for victims of crimes like these.

God Bless both you, Colene Bush, and your friend Julie Jackson; your tragic story is a lesson to us all: No matter the odds against you, fight for what is honest and right until there isn't a thread of fight left in you, then fight some more.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lesson for the country's judicial system... 5 Nov 2012
By April The Great - Published on
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I don't typically go for the true crime novel, as simply turning on the evening news can tell you all you need to know about man's inhumanity to man. However this book caught my attention because of the location. I spent half of my childhood in Farmington NM, visiting my grandparents, then as an adult moving there, and then moving down to ABQ. Tijeras Canyon is a place I have been to many times "rock hounding" and passing by on my way up to Sandia Peak to spend the day in the mountains. New Mexico is my "happy place", and I am not naive enough to believe that nothing bad ever happens in the place I love, so I felt compelled to know how a such a beautiful place could be the place of torment for another. And there in the arroyo, I see how off of Old Route 66, hell can be right down the street.
Colene Bush survived what most people have never even seen in their nightmares and Julie Jackson lost her life in this same unimaginable scenario. Although this may not be the greatest work of literature ever written, Joyce Nance's passion, love and admiration for Colene Bush comes through on every page, as well the distain for Michael Guzman and disgust with former governor Toney Anaya is clear as day. I found this book captivating and enthralling, not because of the heinous crime itself, but because of the realization of how our society puts the killer on a celebrity type pedestal, but the victims are just nameless extras that are disposable, pun intended. How many serial killers can the average American name? Now how many of those same people can name the victims? Or go beyond the sensationalism and see the aftermath left behind for the victims and the victims family and loved ones to sort through year in and year out?
The monster gets splashed across the TV and papers. People cry out for mercy because after all there are always "circumstances" that led to such bad behavior. Mindless morons make statements like, "In a civilized society we shouldn't stoop so low as to put an end to the life of another human being", even though said "human being" is a raping murder with no hope of being anything other than a danger to society and a drain on our economy. So the monster gets life in prison, free medical care, 3 meals a day, an education and cable TV. And justice has supposedly been served. But you never see those same people crying out for the innocent lives shattered by the monster. They need to just simply get over it and move on.
I hope that this book is read across the nation, so that we as a society will begin reevaluate what we call justice in this country. If even one killer gets fame, admiration, and a free ride by the government while the innocent vicim is left to flounder in pain, isolation, fear, and a continuous cycle of victimization by society's short term memory and apathy, we as a society have failed...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riviting but Heartbreaking 20 Oct 2012
By Beth - Published on
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WOW what a book! The true story of a hell of a courageous woman who not only survived a horrible ordeal but has had to survive life as well. It is sad that the outside scars heal, but the inside scars stay raw forever. It takes as much courage to survive the horror as it does to deal with the rest of her life and the people who keep rubbing the wounds raw by not letting her do what she feels she needs to do. I have had the pleasure of meeting both the Author, Joyce, and Colene, the hero, and my heart and thanks goes out to both of them for bringing to light the trials and ordeals that many a victim has to endure. I highly recommend this book.
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