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5.0 out of 5 stars The Survivor's Tale, 17 Nov 2009
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This review is from: The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders (Hardcover)
This book is the story of Sanford Clark, the surviving victim of his serial killer paedophile uncle, Gordon Stewart Northcott. Sanford, at the age of 13 and with his mother's consent, went to live with her brother Steward in Wineville, near Hollywood. Sanford was repeatedly raped and beaten by his unspeakable uncle.It is obvious that his mother knew what her brother was - the rest of her family had left Canada in disgrace and set their son up with a chicken farm in the middle of nowhere. They knew what Stewart was, too. With his own sex slave and general dogsbody, Stewart began to bring back a succesion of young or teenage boys and began to rape, torture and murder them. Sanford was then expected to bury the bodies. Eventually, his sister came looking for Sanford as neither she nor her father believed the letters Stewart had dictated to his nephew were from Sanford. Jessie, the sister, having been told very little by Sanford, knew what was happening and began to force her will on the whole family and they eventually ran. She also telegraphed the police and let them know where her brother was. Sanford felt terrible guilt and shame, but was truthful and he told the police everything. He served three years in a young offenders' home but his uncle was hanged.He went to the scafford whining "No, don't, please", doubtless the words Sanford and many of his murder victims had used. I would like to know what happened to the grandmother, Louise, who also murdered a child. I would have liked a little more family background - both the Northcott children were conscience-less and their father a shadowless figure, just as Sanford's mother behaved to her husband and eldest son. Forget "Changeling", the movie. This is what really happened. Sanford suffered from PTSD, flashbacks and migraines for the rest of his life, but he and his wife adopted two boys, known to be difficult and turned their lives around. It's a must-read!
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