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Little Lost Angel: Shocking True Story of the Teenage Conspiracy to Kill 12-year-old Shaanda Sharer [Paperback]

Michael Quinlan
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5 Feb 1996
This is the story of how four girls in Indiana went to a rock concert, drove around and then lured a 12-year-old girl into their car, torturing and eventually burning her to death. It explores the motives behind the killing, revealing how the girls wanted to be popular and loved - at any cost.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (5 Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671884689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671884680
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,547,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little lost angel 23 April 2013
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A very sad book. A horrific way to die. Just shows that our society has fallen beyond words when teenagers can committing such a horrendous act on another human being. My heart goes out to the little angels family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but compelling read 28 Feb 2013
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This is a true and sad story detailing some of the worst in human kind.
I did enjoy it and felt for the characters (although they are real people) in the book.
Couldn't put it down and is a great, easy read but tragic.
Would recommend (but not if you are troubled by murders).
Great read overall.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SHOCKING AND SO VERY SAD. 7 Feb 2006
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IF YOUR'E NOT EASILY SHOCKED THEN READ THIS BOOK..IT BROKE MY HEART, SHANDA GETS TANGLED UP IN A LESBIAN LOVE TRIANGLE SHE IS ONLY 12 SO PROBABLY VERY MIXED UP AND MAYBE IT WAS MORE OF A CRUSH.....BUT THE LOVE RIVAL IS A HEAD CASE AND SPURED ON BY HATE AND JEALOUSY, GETS HER FRIENDS TO GO CALL FOR SHANDER AND TELLS HER HER LOVER IS WAITING TO TALK TO HER..SHE GOES OUT, NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN.
HER LOVER ISN'T THERE BUT HER RIVAL IS..ALONG WITH 3 FRIENDS, THEY SLAP SHANDER ABOUT A BIT IN THE CAR RIDE ROUND WITH HER ALL HAVING A GO AT HER, WHEN THEY HAVE BEATEN HER NEARLY TO DEATH THEY PUT HER IN THE BOOT..AND DRIVE ROUND LAUGHING HEARING HER CRIES FOR HELP..THEY EVENTUALLY DUMP HER AND SET HER BODY ON FIRE WHILST STILL ALIVE RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET.
I CRIED AND HAD TO PUT THE BOOK DOWN FOR A BREATH HERE AND THERE BUT THE AUTHOR HAS DONE A BRILLIANT JOB AND THIS BOOK IS WELL WORTH A READ..WILL STAY WITH ME FOR A VERY LONG TIME...POOR SHANDER AND ONLY 12.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Tragedy 17 Feb 1998
By abraytisj@doleta.gov - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Both "Little Lost Angel" and "Cruel Sacrifice" cover the Shanda Sharer murder, and I recommend that you read both. "Cruel Sacrifice" presents a lot of background on the four young killers, while the focus of "Little Lost Angel" is Shanda Sharer. Thus, both books approach this horrific tragedy from different viewpoints.
This is a story of a complete tragedy. Not just twelve-year-old Shanda's gruesome murder, but the wasted lives of her assailants moved me deeply. Like any great book, both "Little Lost Angel" and "Cruel Sacrifice" were educational in the best sense.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't rest easy after reading this case 30 July 2008
By Deidre Huesmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
How does one even begin to approach this horrid, gruesome true story about the atrocities committed against Shanda Sharer? Moreover, how does an author write objectively, so all sides can be seen and the reader can draw his or her own conclusions about Shanda and the four girls who killed her?

Michael Quinlan manages to do this, not only objectively, but thoroughly.

The book has been out of print for quite some time now, but even read second-hand, with the pages nearly falling apart, you can't tear your eyes away from the pages. I started it last night and finished it this afternoon, hardly able to sleep.

Shanda Sharer was the new twelve year-old at school in a small town in Indiana. Always an outgoing girl, she quickly made friends, even with a girl she got into a fight with within her first week. This girl was Amanda Heavrin. Amanda, though already in a relationship with classmate Melinda Loveless, took a liking to Shanda and, over time, persuaded her into an intimate relationship.

While Quinlan's prose may seem to imply Shanda was tricked into the lesbian affair, it's a valid viewpoint considering Shanda's alleged "boy craziness" and how she got a new boyfriend quickly after transfering out of Amanda and Melinda's school. This was not a homophobic viewpoint; merely a presentation of how Shanda behaved before and after meeting Amanda.

Shanda was not portrayed as the perfect little girl. She lied to her parents, made mistakes, and tried to hide her relationship with Amanda not only from her parents but Melinda Loveless as well. Once she switched schools, she became more like her old self, hanging out with boys and rebelling less.

Despite the horror of what she helped to in the torturing and murdering of Shanda, Melinda is given a fair background as well. Her tormented home life--which was never confirmed, but still weighs as a heavy possibility--would help explain her drastic mood swings between loving Amanda and saying she never wanted to see her again; claiming Shanda is cute but she wants her dead.

Laurie Tackett, Hope Rippey, and Toni Lawrence are all described in their home lives, their pasts, and their behavior during the murder. All sides are given--they are despicable, yet you find yourself almost wanting to sympathize with them.

Almost... because the details of how Shanda was tortured and murdered are gruesome. No website online even touches upon the details like Quinlan does. The imagery is nightmarish--how Shanda is stabbed, the proof of sodomy, her eyes rolled back into her head, the trunk door slammed on her, how her corpse was found charred from the waist up with her arms outstretched. And that's only a portion of what this 12 year-old girl suffered at the hands of her murderers.

Quinlan has done a wonderful job portraying this heartbreaking story. It proves how just simple communication between parents and children could prevent something like this happening, whether the children are in Shanda's shoes, Amanda Heavrin's, or even Melinda's.

This book really ought to be republished. No one with even a vague interest of true crime should lack this volume in their libraries. It's emotional, factual, and presented in a way that honors Shanda Sharer's memory.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book ever 23 Jan 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
We thought the book was an incredible insight into what can go wrong with the youth of today, coming from broken homes and minimal parental involvement. The descriptions were graphic and horrific, we had many sleepless nights feeling the pain and desperation of poor little Shanda. The author's writing style allowed us, as readers, to become part of the Shanda murder and trial, allowing us to feel as though we were there. We definetly would rate this book with a two thumbs up (Maybe four).
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How I loved and hated the book 3 Aug 2000
By sugarHon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just finished reading this truly shocking book a few moments ago and I cannot stop thinking about it. I'm 13 this year 2000. When Shanda was murdered, i was a mere 5 years old. The thought that she could be a 20-year-old young and fine lady at this point in time saddens me. I cannot believe it. The story itself was written in such a way I couldn't put it down. I finished the whole book in 25 hours, stopping to sleep and go to school. I absolutely loved the book. BUT THEN... last night when i was 3/4 through the book, I couldn't get to sleep, the murder was so gruesome I kept thinking about it. I couldn't stand those shadows in my bedroom wall, knowing I might not be so safe after all... nevertheless, read it if you feel you are mature enough to gulp such horrible facts easily.
39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Lost Angel blows Cruel Sacrifice out of the water 7 April 2000
By Jack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As someone who actually KNEW Shanda, went to school with her, ate lunch with her occasionally and was forunate enough to call her my friend; I must say that Mister Quinlan hit the old nail on the head when he wrote this book. Ms. Aphrodite Jones set out to portray Shanda as a little dyke when she wasn't! She was only 12 1/2 for crying out loud, people. :( I know Melinda Loveless and I feel that she got exactly what she deserved. The same is to be said for Laurie Tackett, Hope Rippey and Toni Lawrence. This is not something that is easily forgotten, especially by me; more so by them though. No longer can Shanda's bell like laughter fill my ears, no longer can I tell my innermost personal secrets to her. She was my friend and I'll never forget her. Thank you and God bless, Jack Eugene Moore III
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