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The whole truth : a case of murder on the Appalachian Trail
Pohlman, H. L., 1952-
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Publication Information:
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
ix, 249 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

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KF224.C368 P64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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On May 13, 1988, Stephen Roy Carr, a so-called mountain man living in Michaux State Forest in south central Pennsylvania, shot two female hikers while they were making love at a campsite near the Appalachian Trail. Rebecca Wight died at the scene. Claudia Brenner, despite five bullet wounds, survived to testify against her attacker.

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The 1988 shooting of two hikers on the Appalachian Trail has stayed in the public consciousness despite lacking a colorfully nicknamed or celebrity perpetrator. Rebecca Wight was killed. Her lover, Claudia Brenner, stumbled down to the highway despite multiple bullet wounds and survived to tell her tale in the compelling Eight Bullets (1995). Eventually, "mountain man" misfit Stephen Roy Carr plea-bargained and was tried and sentenced to life without parole, and Brenner became an activist against antigay violence. Pohlman's interest in the case was ignited by the O. J. Simpson trial, which spurred him to write up a typical murder case--that is, one involving no celebrity resources for legal counsel or undue media attention. He chose the Appalachian Trail case, and his consideration of it includes extensive quotation from depositions and court testimony, analysis of antigay sentiment in the conservative area in which it occurred, an interview of Carr, and the killer's textbook background of dysfunctionality and substance abuse. Some may find this painful, though thought-provoking reading, best taken in small doses. --Whitney Scott

Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Hikersp. 9
The Suspectsp. 31
The Manhuntp. 53
The Lawyersp. 73
The Preliminary Hearingp. 95
The Suppression Hearingp. 121
The Pretrial Conferencep. 148
The Decisionp. 174
The Trialp. 190
The Aftermathp. 204
Conclusionp. 215
A Conversation with Stephen Roy Carrp. 223
Acknowledgmentsp. 241
Indexp. 243