Runaway Devil: How Forbidden Love Drove a 12-Year-Old to Murder Her Family Hardcover – Aug 4 2009
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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER
“A page-turning thrill.”
— Publishers Weekly
“The authors have done a masterful job of crafting the true story like a crime novel … chilling and compelling.”
— Fast Forward Weekly
“An authoritative account of the murders that rocked this city.”
— Medicine Hat News
“Runaway Devil tells a story you don’t forget…. gripping … I also commend Zickefoose and Remington on humanizing the victims.”
— Peterborough Examiner
“A great read … powerful, scary, maddening, but you can’t put it down.”
— Gord Gillies, Global TV Calgary
“In spite of severe legal restrictions, Runaway Devil effectively details … a shocking Canadian triple murder… it brings to life the characters — the victims, the criminals and the supporting cast. This book does a better job than many in the genre.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
“Well written, excellent, highly recommended.”
— Reg Hampton, CTV News Calgary
“The book is a cautionary tale on several fronts: the perils of the Internet, Goth culture, heavy-metal music, violence in film.”
— National Post
“Dogged reporting had led the pair to countless scoops and insights into the bizarre case even before the girl was taken to trial and found guilty of murder….[it’s] as full a picture as we are likely to get into how the unimaginable happened.”
— Calgary Herald
“Expert journalistic handling … Runaway Devil will have you checking the contents of your daughters’ iPod and watching how much time she spends on social networking.”
— January magazine
“Elegantly crafted and written, Runaway Devil is a fine attempt to explain the inexplicable.”
— Elliott Leyton, author of Sole Survivor: Children Who Murder Their Families
“A finely constructed narrative of a horrific crime that shocked a nation … never again will I see youths hanging around a mall with nothing to do and not think about JR and Jeremy.”
— Nick Pron, author of Lethal Marriage: The Unspeakable Crimes of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka
About the Author
Robert Remington is a columnist with the Calgary Herald. His journalism career has taken him to Pakistan, East Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Central America. He was formerly a western Canadian correspondent for the National Post, an editor and columnist at the Edmonton Journal, and a syndicated columnist for United Features, New York.
Sherri Zickefoose is a crime reporter for the Calgary Herald. Her tenacious reporting on the murders led her to an exclusive interview with Steinke’s mother, who revealed a different side of the man being called a monster.
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Top Customer Reviews
The vast majority of criminal offences happen in a context, though, and finding an easy answer to the question of "Why?" risks missing some of those important nuances and circumstances. Robert Remington and Sherri Zickefoose are reporters from the Calgary Herald who covered every aspect of this case, from the initial discovery of the bodies by a boy looking for his playmate, through the separate trials of JR and of Jeremy Steinke, and even up to the annual review hearing for JR's court-mandated Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision (IRCS) order. They are skilled writers with knowledge of the intricacies of the murders and of the murderers, though the story they tell in Runaway Devil never wallows in unnecessary detail. Tenaciously, Mr. Remington and Ms. Zickefoose tracked down members of the perpetrators' families, as well as friends of JR and Jeremy, verifying versions of events, weaving in courtroom testimony, and adding evidence never admitted in the trials, all to tell the story of how a seemingly bright, friendly, athletic young girl so quickly turned against her family.Read more ›
This book scared the hell out of me. I can still remember some of the little punks hanging around at the mall. Even though reading it 9 years after the crime it still had a profound effect on me. Having an intimate knowledge of where these punks hung out ( blocks from my house) even makes it that much more disturbing. Something must have been wrong with this girl from the start. Jeremy was just a puppet...not to bright ...and went with it. Threw the book in my backyard fire pit right after reading. Good, well written book but will not have it on my book shelf. It creeped me out that bad.
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