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Echoes in the Darkness
Echoes in the Darkness
Author: Joseph Wambaugh
On June 25, 1989, the naked corpse of schoolteacher Susan Reinert was found wedged into her hatchback car in a hotel parking lot near Philadelphia's "Main Line."  Her two children had vanished.  The Main Line Murder Case burst upon the headlines--and wasn't resolved for seven years.  Now, master crime writer Joseph ...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780553269321
ISBN-10: 0553269321
Publication Date: 9/1/1987
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 48 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Echoes in the Darkness on + 149 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The bizarre, seven-year-long case of an Upper Merion, Pa., high school teacher, Susan Reinert, found murdered in 1979, and her two missing children receives masterful treatment from police novelist Wambaugh, who is now building a reputation as a true-crime writer. He shows the dead teacher's lover, colleague and beneficiary of her insurance policiesamounting to about $750,000to have been a superficial intellectual, able to dazzle impressionable high school students and to gather around himself a coterie of naive and trusting neurotics. There is no doubt in the author's mind that William Bradfielda Pied Piper of the chronologically adult but psychically underdevelopedcommitted the crime in concert with the former principal of the school, Jay Smith, whom he portrays as a sociopath. The skein of murder is highly complex, but Wambaugh unravels it superbly.
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Sex ring? Murdered school teacher? Another gripping book by Wambaugh. A fine summer read if you like true crime drama.
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14truecrime avatar reviewed Echoes in the Darkness on + 4 more book reviews
Good book but left me with questions. I do't see how the author shows any relationship with the teacher and the principal outside of school.

Further research shows a possiblility that the author may have paid Jack Holt $45,000 to go for a prosecution of the principal. It was also said that Mr. Holt withheld evidence to convict the principal.
Readnmachine avatar reviewed Echoes in the Darkness on + 1437 more book reviews
True crime story of a the murder of a Pennsylvania school teacher and her two young children that took seven years for an obsessed investigative team to unravel.
reviewed Echoes in the Darkness on + 36 more book reviews
True story of murder investigation of School
teacher Susan Reinert and the dissappearance of
her 2 children
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Synopsis (from B&N)
On June 25, 1989, the naked corpse of schoolteacher Susan Reinert was found wedged into her hatchback car in a hotel parking lot near Philadelphia's "Main Line." Her two children had vanished. The Main Line Murder Case burst upon the headlinesâ"and wasn't resolved for seven years. Now, master crime writer Joseph Wambaugh reconstructs the case from its roots, recounting the details, drama, players and pawns in this bizarre crime that shocked the nation and tore apart a respectable suburban town. The massive FBI and state police investigation ultimately centered on two men. Dr. Jay C. Smithâ"By day he was principal of Upper Merion High School where Susan Reinert taught. At night he was a sadist who indulged in porno, drugs, and weapons. William Bradfieldâ"He was a bearded and charismatic English teacher and classics scholar, but his real genius was for juggling womenâ"three at a time. One of those women was Susan Reinert. How these two men are connected, how the brilliant murder was carried off, and how the investigators closed this astounding case makes for Wambaugh's most compelling book yet.
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The bizarre, seven-year-long case of an Upper Merion, Pa., high school teacher, Susan Reinert, found murdered in 1979, and her two missing children receives masterful treatment from police novelist Wambaugh, who is now building a reputation as a true-crime writer. He shows the dead teacher's lover, colleague and beneficiary of her insurance policiesamounting to about $750,000to have been a superficial intellectual, able to dazzle impressionable high school students and to gather around himself a coterie of naive and trusting neurotics. There is no doubt in the author's mind that William Bradfielda Pied Piper of the chronologically adult but psychically underdevelopedcommitted the crime in concert with the former principal of the school, Jay Smith, whom he portrays as a sociopath. The skein of murder is highly complex, but Wambaugh unravels it superbly.
AntGiant3000 avatar reviewed Echoes in the Darkness on + 159 more book reviews
My Grandmother LOVED this book so much, she read it three times!!


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