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A Descent Into Hell: The True Story of an Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder by [Casey, Kathryn]
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"Msterfully, Casey weaves a dark and disturbing look into a world of advantaged youths who throw it all away."--Carlton Stowers

Msterfully, Casey weaves a dark and disturbing look into a world of advantaged youths who throw it all away. --Carlton Stowers"

About the Author

Kathryn Casey is an award-winning journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, Texas Monthly, and many other publications. She's the author of seven previous true crime books and the creator of the highly acclaimed Sarah Armstrong mystery series. Casey has appeared on Oprah, Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen network, Biography, Nancy Grace, E! network, truTV, Investigation Discovery, the Travel Channel, and A&E. She lives in Houston with her husband and their dog, Nelson.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2352 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0013TXA2C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is the fourth book I've bought now by this author and for me the best by miles. The others have had mistakes in which lost them stars for me but I only spotted one in this book right at the end almost where she mentions people leaving court including Laura where I'm sure she meant Lauren !! Also, she for some reason always wrote website as Web site....
It was also the saddest one of hers I'd read-it was a lot more personal than her others I'd seen. You really got to know Jennifer and like her too despite some of the dubious choices she made in life at times. Then don't we all ?? It was so awful she was finally getting things sorted out and had landed that terrific new job (and also her new boss of one day, Bill, deserved a HUGE pat on the back for his concern for her-he clearly saw potential in his new employee and went to a lot of trouble to see what the matter was).
Once again it's pretty shocking to read of indulged rich kids who end up killing others, clearly under the apprehension that their parents will buy their way out of any trouble because they have before.
I loved the way the author got so much into the timeline on the crucial day and could let us know JUST what all the people featured were doing at the time, mostly thanks to modern technology which is such a boon to crime detection these days. I really liked Jim.....he was a smashing guy and he was tasked with imparting a lot of very terrible things to Sharon, bless him. I really felt for him.
I felt Laura got off pretty lightly in the end, really. She was a nasty piece of work for sure. I found it shocking she was allowed to return to school after being mixed up in Jennifer's death !!
Despite the sad story there were still the odd lighthearted moments in the book that made me smile.
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Couldnt finish this book. Got sick of the female murderer being over described time and time and time again. Just padding to add pages. I used to be a great Ann Rule fan having read probably about 6 of her books but like Casey it would appear that Ann too is padding out her books by describing every character in infinite detail to the point of becoming boring and losing the plot.
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A tragic and pointless crime that destroyed not only Jennifer Cave but also the lives of all who loved her. This book is factual and follows a clear countdown of all those involved lives and what led up to this horrific crime. I'm glad I read this book and got to know not just about the crime but about the victim Jennifer.
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Brill read so sad, very informative in every part of her life
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great read thank you
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Yet again Kathryn Casey delivers. A fantastic book. Read when I was holidaying in Tunisia. The book was so good I enjoyed it more than my holiday. Colton Pitonyak was a wannabe gangster who had a drug problem and no conscience. He also had an obsession with Jennifer who just wanted to be friends while he wanted more. Also the girl that he eventually hooked up with was a strange one who even helped cover up the murder instead of turning him in as most normal, decent human beings would. they ended up on the run from the authorities and cared not a jot for the carnage they had caused.
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This a well written informative book. I liked the format Kathryn Casey used. She introduced the victim and her family to you and then the murderer and his family. You got to know these people from childhood to adulthood. So when the murder occurs, even though you knew if was going to happen, you are so shocked. Her descriptions of the horror of what drugs can do to a person is graphic. The ensuing court case and the effect on the victim’s family is heart breaking. The machinations of what goes on in private between the defence lawyers and the judge is an eye opener.
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A very sad book that shows clearly the damage that senseless,evil murder does to the perpetrators as well as the victim and the families.I hope Jennifer Caves family find peace!
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