This is the engrossing, true story, of a woman who screams for help while being stabbed repeatedly, and though many neighbors heard her no one calls the police. The reasons those people give for their behavior, or non-behavior, are varied but meaningless. A woman is dead, brutally murdered, and no one tried to help.
Though the police work is pretty much what one would expect from a small town force, somehow with all the bungling, several suspects emerge. One detective in particular ploughs on, revisiting the crime scene many times, and finally, though he finds it hard to believe, comes up with a name. That person is the one who had been least suspected of all.
The author, Thomas French, a reporter for the local newspaper The St. Petersburg Times, (Florida) was closely connected to the crime. He wrote articles following the police leads, and keeping the murder in front of the public, as time wore on and on. He has used those articles and his research for this true crime book. If you like well written true crime, this book will keep you interested from the first to the very last page.
I highly recommend it.
One of the nicest things about this book is its understatement: it's very level-headed...
French chose a crime that, on the face of it, might not leap out...it hardly seems sensational ... & that's French's achievement in "Unanswered Cries." He makes you care about the victim, the crime, the do-nothing neighbors &--yes--even about the murderer.
French does a particularly good job of illuminating the victim & her friends & family without overdoing it. Murderers' actions have consequences far beyond the death of their victim...& French documents that very well." amazon review
If only neighbors would have checked out the scream they heard on this night, would Karen Gregory still be alive. Was it someone who knew her or a stranger in the night!
You can find evil and darkness right next door. Close the blinds and pull the curtains at night lest someone could be watching and lurking outside. Senseless and without motive, this murder boggles the mind and leaves you wondering who you can trust. I couldn't put it down and I dare anyone to try once they start this. Left me breathless.
This book is riveting. A true story of a woman's brutal death and a question arises? Why did an entire block here her last scream & no one , not one person, called the police , not even anonymously. It makes us rethink our morals. Would you call the police if you heard a blood curdling scream in your neighborhood? How good of a neighbor our we? Who lives across the street from you? Do you really, really know that person? Or do you just think you do? 5 stars on this one.