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Casper, Wyoming: 1973. Eleven-year-old Amy Burridge rides with her eighteen-year-old sister, Becky, to the grocery store. When they finish their shopping, Becky’s car gets a flat tire. Two men politely offer them a ride home. But they were anything but good samaritans. The girls would suffer unspeakable crimes at the hands of these men before being thrown from a bridge into the North Platte River. One miraculously survived; the other did not.

Years later, author and journalist Ron Franscell—a childhood friend and next-door neighbor to the girls—can’t forget his hometown’s shocking story of abduction, rape, and murder. Exploring the nature of a small town’s memory and the poison of survivor guilt, The Darkest Night races toward a shocking ending. The result is one of the most provocative true-crime stories of the decade, told by one of the nation’s finest narrative journalists.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Heartbreaking…not unlike Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood."

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “This uncommon story has every chilling component of human terror, drama, and suspense that readers of true crime look for.

    Vincent Bugliosi, author of Helter Skelter

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About the Author

Ron Franscell is the author of numerous books, including Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived, Angel Fire, and The Deadline. His writing has been compared to Truman Capote, Charles Frazier, and Robert Olen Butler—diverse, poetic, evocative, and muscular. Ron lives in San Antonio, Texas.