By Rebecca Godfrey
Who have been the likely usual young ones who beat and killed a woman who longed to be their pal? and the way may possibly they cover the homicide from their mom and dad and academics and the police for 8 days?
Drawing on six years of study -- together with interviews with the accused -- acclaimed author Rebecca Godfrey solutions those questions during this wonderful account of the infamous "Schoolgirl Murder." via a skillful combination of not easy journalism and riveting narrative, Godfrey takes us into the bedrooms and study rooms of a strong hip-hop-obsessed clique and the loner-victim who simply desired to belong, then into the police stations and courtrooms the place adults -- grieving, devastated -- needs to reckon with the stunning crime. Highlighting alongside the way in which the deeply entrenched social tensions that provoked the homicide, below the Bridge is greater than a true-crime booklet -- it truly is an unforgettable warning sign.
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If someone told you to think of a number, I know what number you’d think of. You don’t believe me? I’ll prove it to you. Think of any number up to a thousand—the first number that comes to your mind. Picture it. Now see how well I know your secrets. Open the little envelope. Gurney uttered a noncommittal grunt and looked inquiringly at Mellery, who had been staring at him intently as he read. ” “Hmm. ” Clearly Mellery had not thought of it that way. “If what you mean is, did I think of a number, yes, I did.
It grew into a series of lectures that I gave at a dozen other Unitarian churches, and the lectures turned into my first book. The book became the basis of a three-part series for PBS. Then that was distributed as a set of videotapes. “A lot of stuff like that happened—a stream of coincidences that carried me from one good thing to another. I was invited to do a series of private seminars for some extraordinary people—who also happened to be extraordinarily wealthy. That led to the founding of the Mellery Institute for Spiritual Renewal.
The contact between them had been less frequent, less significant, less friendly than Mellery’s words suggested. But he got the impression that Mellery had chosen his words carefully—that despite its simplicity, the note had been written and rewritten, pondered and edited—and that the flattery, like everything else in the letter, was purposeful. But what was the purpose? The obvious one was to ensure Gurney’s agreement to a face-to-face meeting and to engage him in the solution of whatever “mystery” had arisen.
Under the Bridge: The True Story of the Murder of Reena Virk by Rebecca Godfrey