While They Slept : An Inquiry Into the Murder of A Family

While They Slept : An Inquiry Into the Murder of A Family

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Random House, Inc.
Early on an April morning, eighteen-year-old Billy Frank Gilley, Jr., killed his sleeping parents. Surprised in the act by his younger sister, Becky, he turned on her as well. Billy then climbed the stairs to the bedroom of his other sister, Jody, and said, “We’re free.” But is one ever free after an unredeemable act of violence? In this mesmerizing book–based on interviews with Billy and Jody as well as with friends, police, and social workers involved in the case–bestselling writer Kathryn Harrison brilliantly uncovers the true story behind this shocking crime and examines the extent as well as the limits of psychic resilience in the aftermath of tragedy.

Baker & Taylor
Describes how eighteen-year-old Billy Gilley, Jr. brutally murdered his parents and younger sister and the aftermath of the shocking crime, in a study that reflects on the deadly effects of abuse and violence within a family.


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Jan 10, 2014

Error in the description - the 1984 Gilley murders took place in Medford, Oregon, not the Midwest. Beautiful writing and thoughtful analysis.

Oct 01, 2012

It was more of a inquiry not really a story like it says but it just didn't spark my interest!

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