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Bristol boyz Stomp
by Doreen M. McGettigan   

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Category: 

Memoir

Publisher:  Tate Type: 
Pages: 

203

Copyright:  2011 ISBN-13:  9781613465639
Non-Fiction

     

When musician David Albert is attacked and murdered in a random road rage attack and politics gets in the way of justice the author is compelled to share the story.

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In the small town of Bristol, Pennsylvania, where everyone knows everyone and all is seen and heard, a heiness murder cannot go unpunished--or can it?

David's family spent seventy-two hours in the intensive care unit watching him slip away and trying to figure out exactly what happened that night.

Struggling through politics and protocal, David's family attempts to fight for justice for the soft -spoken gentle giant with the great musical talent.

A painfully gripping, honest detail that will leave you wanting to hug everyone you love and forever...looking in the rearview mirror.

 


Excerpt

The mood in the hallway of the courthouse was different tis morning. As far as my family, we all looked as if we were zombies. We were only there because we had to be. The other side,the murderer's family and friends, were buzzing around as if spring had just sprung. They were all smiles with one another and all evil glares for us. We filed into the courtroom unable to avoid bumping elbows with the enimies. God help me, I hated them--all of the murderers' family and friends. i wished horror on all of them.



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Bristol boyz Stomp
POIGNANT AND HEARTFELT Sharon Noblio/Amazon
BRISTOL bOYZ STOMP takes an intimate look at a family who must endure the trauma of a loved one’s murder to face the nightmare of an imperfect legal system. By recounting the emotional balance between grieving the death of her brother, David, and needing to remain strong – not only for her children but to seek justice for David’s killers – Doreen Mcgettigan shows with remarkable honesty one woman’s arduous path toward healing. I recommend this memoir to everyone who has suffered a loss, and anyone who wants to remember what it means to be human.



Bristol boyz Stomp
Thelma Banzhoff rated it 5 Stars http://www.goodreads.com

Imagine that you are the oldest of five children, and one day out of the blue comes word that your youngest sibling David, your baby brother of younger memories, has been horribly injured. You find out that he actually was brutally attacked and has sustained terrifying, life-threatening injuries. For three agonizing days and nights he hangs on to precious life, then fails and dies. A husband and father is gone, taken away too soon from those whom he loved and who loved him. This is what happened to Doreen McGettigan, and here she begins this account of the survivors’ journey through the initial grief and shock, the ordeal of dealing with the media, the torment of handling the contortions of the judicial system, and their disappointment in the motives of the district attorney and the performance of the presiding judge. Compounding these factors is the complete disregard and lack of feeling concerning the murder of her brother by the murderers themselves and their families. She also intertwines insights into her own grieving, depression, and feelings of being defeated. The book ends more happily, looking forward.

I could not put this book down. It is an extremely well written account which draws you in, holds you there, then shocks, amazes and astounds you as you read.



Bristol boyz Stomp
Kristi Burchfiel – Amazon

This review is from: Bristol boyz Stomp (Perfect Paperback)
The untimely death of someone we love is a horrible thing to face. But when that death comes at the hand of people we know and have been around, that makes it even more difficult to deal with. Doreen McGettigan describes just such a situation as she shares about the death of her brother in “Bristol Boyz Stomp.”

The town of Bristol, Pennsylvania is a relatively small town and Doreen and her family had grown up in and around that area for the majority of their lives. When one night, the unthinkable happens and her brother is beaten to death as he was driving home from band practice, their view of the world is challenged entirely. This book is taken entirely from Doreen’s perspective and she is very honest with her feelings and her perspective throughout this book. I really appreciated that honesty and how she openly admits how she was feeling at the various moments throughout the trial and the sentencing and just the aftermath of finding a way to pick up the pieces and keep going with her life.

This is a very well written book that provides a glimpse into the justice system as well as a look at how a situation like this can captivate and divide a small town where everyone knows both the victim and the perpetrators. While the situation described is horrible, this book was a eye-opener to the aftermath of a situation like this and helped me to see and understand better how far reaching the impact can be. This book is a great read.




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