Richie Jahnke is sick of the way his father, Richard Jahnke is treating him, his mother,Maria, and his sister Deborah. He's always beating on them, using high levels of verbal abuse and embarassing them by harassing other people in public. Richie decides to put an end to it once and for all. This true story tells how the family went through so much abuse, Richie's revenge and the aftermath. I felt this book could have been a little better than the back cover said it was. Though it was interesting to see that the children waited 18 years to even do anything about how their father was treating them.
In 1982 a shotgun blast broke the silence in a Cheyenne WY neighborhood. A teenage boy and his sister fled into the night. Their mother screamed, and their father lay dead in the driveway. Thus ended 18 years of intimate, unrelenting, shocking, family terror. The author, Alan Prendergast, a reporter for Rolling Stone, was the first to bring the facts of the Jahnke case to national attention, and later "Sixty Minutes" gave it a once-over.