Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bristol boyz Stomp Book Review

When I was first contacted by Doreen McGettigan, the author, to review her book I did not know that her book would be so gut wrenching, so real and make me so red hot mad! She had told me that it was a real true story but it did not sink in that it would be so "real". I know that does not make much sense but in some weird way I just did not think it would be so emotional. Her story is about her brother who one night had band practice and was followed by some guys when he left to go home.

They beat him to death and this book is Doreen's journey through the whole process of how justice was served or in this case, how justice was not served. Doreen and her family had lots of evidence and eye witnesses who saw the crime and murder but for some odd reason the prosecutor would not go for the maximum and they would not even arrest the other members of the gang.

Only 2 men were ever arrested and they got off relatively free. I could not wrap my mind around the concept of how this could have happened or why. They had numerous witnesses who testified and could point out the men but still they were not prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Please read this excerpt from her book:
In the small town of Bristol, Pennsylvannia, where everyone knows everyone and all is seen and heard, a henious murder cannot go unpunished - or can it? When David Albert and two of his bandmates are attacked at random one night, David is beaten, suffering severe brain damage, and left for dead in the middle of a driveway.

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 protocol, David's family attempts to fight for justice for the soft-spoken gentle giant with a great musical talent. When two men are finally charged with conspiracy and third-degree murder, the family is unsatisfied, continuing to believe there is more to the story.

As years pass without more convictions and politics continuing to work against them, David's family remains heartbroken, still struggling but devoted to finding justice. Join David's sister Doreen McGettigan in Bristol boyz Stomp as she takes you on a journey, navigating throught the justice system, learning to deal with the media and facing the grieving process. A painfully gripping honest detail that will leave you wanting to hug everyone you love and forever....looking in the rearview mirror.

Doreen McGettingan has written for several Philadelphia area newspapers. Since the brutal murder of her brother, she is committed to being an outspoken advocate for victims of all crimes and their families. She is a member of the Suburban Philadelphia Press Club and The Delaware County Chapter of BNI. She resides in Delaware County, Pennsylvannia, with her husband, John. To learn more visit her website.

This story will touch you in ways I find hard to explain. I don't know anyone who has ever been murdered, let alone a close family member. Doreen struggles for a long time with her grief. I could not imagine what it must have been like for their family to sit in that courtroom and have a prosecutor and a judge not give you closure. Only two men were arrested and they got light sentences, the longest being 5 years, when that charge should have been an automatic 25 years!

There were so many witnesses and still the prosecutor did nothing and the judge showed mercy on two of the killers. The others were identified by many witnesses but were never arrested. I don't know what kind of town this is, but in my book, somebody must have either took a bribe or were threatened by this gang of men called the Bristol boyz Stomp. This story is a disgrace to everything we hold dear in our country and it should be a disgrace to every cop, judge and prosecutor.

Why would no one stand up for David? I am not talking about his family and friends or the witnesses, I am talking about the justice system. To this day, Doreen still has not found closure and this murder took place in 1999! Check out Doreen's blog to read more about her and her journey. And yes, she is one of us, a blogger who needs us in her quest for justice. Just by stopping by and leaving a comment from time to time to cheer her up or to give her the strength to keep fighting, whatever you can offer will be a blessing.

This story will horrify you because if it can happen once, it can happen twice and maybe someday it will be one of my family members who is beaten to death with a hammer to the head and left to die in the middle of the road. Because, you see, this murder was in fact, a road rage murder. David's only crime was that he was following the speed limit and the men behind him thought he was going too slow and when they all stopped at a red light, they yanked him out of his car and brutally beat him to death. For God's sake, he did nothing wrong except follow the law, and in the end, the law let David down.

Doreen McGettingan has been so kind as to offer one reader a book of their own to read. Open to the U.S. only.


Doreen McGettigan said...

Thank you Mary you have made my day! I so appreciate your kind words and the time you took to read my story. XXXOOO

CvilleLady said...

This would be a story that I would like to know more about. Thank you for the giveaway.
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Georgette C said...

Thank you for the review and thank you to the author for letting this book be part of the hop. I'm a bookstore manager and I would personally love to read this book. I love "real" books as well as my "ficion" titles, but this is something I hadn't heard about before your post, so glad I was enlightened.

Merry said...

I'm always on the lookout for new reads that get me really involved in the story and make me care about the characters. Sounds like this would be one. Thanks for the detailed review!

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