Jan 25, 2011. A post by Caluna Vulgaris
From Wandering Coyote (http://coyotewandering.wordpress.com):
"One of those chilling true crime tales that is essentially unputdownable . . . overly negative, almost fear-mongering attitude towards music, a serious behavioural issue, and a group of dysfunctional kids dressing in black really, really irritated me . . . despite all this, it was a gripping read and definitely worthwhile if you can get your hands on it."
From Debbie Mutford (Bookemineset.blogspot.com):
I hope the recently released book Runaway Devil is only the first of many writing collaborations between Robert Remington and Sherri Zickefoose. Based on Canada's youngest convicted multiple murderer, the disturbing details are unsensationalized. Facts are brought to light in a chronologically captivating story with supporting documents, some of which were shown as court evidence. Their objectivity and professionalism as experienced journalists shines through the work. The murderers' goth lifestyle and wiccan beliefs are highlighted as essential main character components without blanketing goths or wiccans as a whole.
Horrific, sad, and down-right scary, the book takes a look at seemingly ordinary lives inexplicably shattered. Readers from all walks of life will find ways to relate to the story: parents, teens, neighbours, working-class, middle-class, small town, big city...everyone is affected by the inconceivable plot to kill one's parents. Unabused, loved and cared for, 12-year-old JR successfully schemes to kill her parents and sees the slashing of her 8-year-old brother's throat as merciful.
The story is one that needed to be told. It is a cautionary tale of the incomprehensible surprises that we may never see around our own corners. Remington and Zickefoose have done a fantastic job and I hope they continue to use their talents creating more books equally as compelling.
From Stephen Hunt's, Blade Runner blog (Calgary Herald):
"Oh, and as far as the best book launch of the new millenium: that would have to be the night, last month that Sherri Zickefoose and Robert Remington, two colleagues of mine, launched Runaway Devil at Pages on Kensington. It was like rock stars showed up at Pages! The top floor was jammed, and latecomers were lined up all the way down the stairs to hear Remington and Zickefoose talk about their harrowing experience covering the most heinous triple murder I've ever heard of, in Medicine Hat in the summer of 2006 and then the subsequent trial.
Runaway Devil is their non-fiction recounting of that experience, and they got to put in all the stuff that got cut out of the newspaper. At the book launch, Zickefoose read a sequence about how the 12 year old girl and her 23 year old boyfriend went out partying after killing her 8 year old brother and parents. It was absolutely harrowing to listen to -- but I have to admit, my attention span sure didn't drift the way it always does at book readings."