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While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness
While the City Slept A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness Author:Eli Sanders A Pulitzer Prize?winning reporter?s gripping account of one young man?s path to murder that exposes grave shortcomings in mental health care in America — — On a summer night in 2009, three lives intersected in an American neighborhood. Two people newly in love?Teresa Butz and Jennifer Hopper, who spent many years trying to find themselves and wh... more »o eventually found each other?and a young man on a dangerous psychological descent: Isaiah Kalebu, age twenty-three, the son of a distant, authoritarian father and a mother with a family history of mental illness. All three paths forever altered by a violent crime, all three stories a wake-up call to the system that failed to see the signs.
In this riveting, probing, compassionate account of a murder in Seattle, Eli Sanders, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his newspaper coverage of the crime, offers a deeply reported portrait, in microcosm, of the state of mental health care in this country?as well as an inspiring story of love and forgiveness. Culminating in an account of Kalebu's dangerous slide toward violence?observed by family members, police, mental health workers, lawyers, and judges, but stopped by no one?While the City Slept is the story of a crime of opportunity and of the string of missed opportunities that made it possible. It shows what can happen when a disturbed member of society repeatedly falls through the cracks, and issues a clarion call for change with the potential to do for mental health care in America what Five Days at Memorial did for end-of-life care and Dead Man Walking did for the death penalty.« less
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