In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth (Audio CD) (Abridged)
In the Still of the Night The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Ann Rule, Blair Brown (Narrator) It was nine days before Christmas 1998, and thirty-two-year-old Ronda Reynolds was getting ready to travel from Seattle to Spokane to visit her mother and brother and grandmother before the holidays. Ronda’s second marriage was dissolving after less than a year, her career as a pioneering female Washington State Trooper had ended, but she&... more »nbsp;was optimistic about starting over again. "I’m actually looking forward to getting on with my life," she told her mother earlier the night before. "I just need a few days with you guys." Barb Thompson, Ronda’s mother, who had met her daughter’s second husband only once before, was just happy that Ronda was coming home.
At 6:20 that morning, Ron Reynolds called 911 and told the dispatcher his wife was dead. She had committed suicide, he said, although he hadn’t heard the gunshot and he didn’t know if she had a pulse. EMTs arrived, detectives arrived, the coroner’s deputy arrived, and a postmortem was conducted. Lewis County Coroner Terry Wilson, who neither visited the death scene nor attended the autopsy, declared the manner of Ronda’s death as "undetermined." Over the next eleven years, Coroner Wilson would change that manner of death from "undetermined" to "suicide," back to "undetermined" -- and then back to "suicide" again. But Barb Thompson never for one moment believed her daughter committed suicide. Neither did Detective Jerry Berry or ballistics expert Marty Hayes or attorney Royce Ferguson or dozens of Ronda’s friends. For eleven grueling years, through the ups and downs of the legal system and its endless delays, these people and others helped Barb Thompson fight to strike that painful word from her daughter’s death certificate.
On November 9, 2009, a precedent-setting hearing was held to determine whether Coroner Wilson’s office had been derelict in its duty in investigating the death of Ronda Reynolds. Veteran true-crime writer Ann Rule was present at that hearing, hoping to unbraid the tangled strands of conflicting statements and mishandled evidence and present all sides of this haunting case and to determine, perhaps, what happened to Ronda Reynolds, in the chill still of that tragic December night.
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Merlene D. reviewed In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I've been a big fan of Ann Rule and her true homicide books for years. This one follows the same pattern of most of her books, very in depth about both the victim and the law enforcement officers investigating the crime, and also the murder trials that follow. However, my complaint about this book is how it leaves the reader with unfinished business. I don't recall any of her other books ending before the crime was solved. So while I still liked this book, I wouldn't list it as one of my favorites of hers.
Rita P. (RDP) reviewed In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Ann Rule has done it again! This book is a gripper detailing much about the life and trials of Ronda Reynolds and walking you through her mother's angst and search for the truth. Leaves you with a desire to reach out and help.
Darla T. reviewed In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth (Audio CD) (Abridged) on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is a great book about a mother's search for the truth about her daughter's "suicide". She was murdered but the local police/sheriffs department didn't agree.
I liked this book because it wasn't about a bad person and what they had done and their capture/trial.
Ann Rule and the mother are still tracking down what happened the night the daughter was murdered. Sounds like they are close to finding out. Hope to hear in the next year the result.
This is, I think, one of the only books of Ann Rule's where the crime remains unsolved. I found this to be a great, if hard to believe, read. It is appalling to me that the justice system has so far failed Ronda Reynolds and her family. This is the story of Ronda Reynold's strange death, that spent so long being classified as a "suicide" that it seems the detectives and the crime scene investigators forgot that they were supposed to be doing a proper investigation. Ann Rule lays out the crime scene details and the strange behaviors of certain individuals so that even though the crime is not yet resolved, you get a pretty good idea of who is responsible for it. I feel badly for the Reynolds family and fervently hope that this crime is solved soon.
Rule's emotional attachment to the victim's mother comes through in this book. It's almost as if she's entering a different phase in her writing. While I enjoyed it, there were some typos, some awkward phrases, and some extraneous passages which I didn't feel added to the professional job she usually does. The case is fascinating - and still to be solved. The legal process is disgusting, and she fully explains how a coroner's office managed to escape doing their job for a truly unbearably long time. The victim is not particularly sympathetic; one gets the feeling she might have been quite a difficult person. But the end she meets is so unjust and horrifying. I enjoyed the book a great deal.