My cousin died in 1977. Her killer has been in prison for decades. But she had no justice until last week.
Ms. W's insight:
This is an article discussing a cold-case and profiling serial killer Rodney Alcala. Ellen Hover was a 23-year-old young woman who lived in New York. She had an appointment to meet with a young photographer, but she never returned. Almost a year later, her remains were found near the Rockefeller Estate in New York. The article discusses how they found Rodney Alcala and the horrific crimes he committed including multiple murders and rape. When Rodney was tied to the murder of Ellen, he was already on death row for his other crimes. It was not until 2010 that Rodney was officially found guilty of Ellen's murder as well as the murder of four other women. Rodney remains on death row and is fighting his convictions.
Relation to the book:
This article relates to the book because both stories were about women in their low-mid twenties who made poor decisions to meet with or go home with men that they did not know. Both suspects had committed previous crimes and/or had been accused of prior domestic violence or sexual assault with previous girlfriends. Unfortunately, both of these young women unexpectedly and unknowingly met with evil.
Review of Finding Amy (978-1-58465-533-6): On a late October night in 2001, twenty-five-year-old Amy St. Laurent disappeared from the Old Port section of Portland, Maine during a night out with an acquaintance who was visiting from Florida.
Ms. W's insight:
Finding Amy is a true story about a girl named Amy St. Laurent who disappeared in 2001. Amy was a responsible, well-liked twenty-five-year-old who had her whole life ahead of her. When her parents hadn't heard from her, they filed a missing persons report. Police visited her apartment and found evidence that Amy never made it home the night she went out with a friend. Police started interviewing every person that knew Amy trying to get leads on the case. Several suspects were questioned, and many were removed from the list. This is a story about the police investigation into a young woman's disappearance and a race against time to find Amy and capture her killer.
I enjoyed reading Finding Amy. The story starts from the beginning of when Amy was pronounced as missing. It is told through the eyes of the Maine Police, which allows you to see how attached police officers can become when it comes to solving a case and bringing justice to the family. The books shows how police officers can come to think of the victim as their own family, which motivates them even more to solving the case. Finding Amy allows you to see just how hard police officers work and yet how long it can take before a person is found and a killer is caught. If you like stories of crime and the behind the scenes look at how crimes are solved, this is a book for you!
Theme/Moral of the Story:
I believe there are a couple themes to the book depending on which perspective you are examining, but the book is written from the viewpoint of the police officers working on the case. Therefore, the theme for the police in this book would be "If you work hard, you can reach your goal" or "Hardwork pays off". It shows in the book just how frustrating it can be for some officers when they feel like they are reaching a dead end in the case. However, they prove that working hard and never giving up will end with positive results.
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