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NO ANGELS: The Short Life And Brutal Death Of Brandaline Rose Duvall Paperback – July 17, 2020
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A Steve Jackson True Crime Classic
A little before midnight on May 30, 1997, fourteen-year-old Brandy DuVall waited at a bus stop in the Denver area for a ride back to her grandparents' home after spending the evening at a friend’s home. She was wearing a bright-red Chicago Bulls jersey bearing the number of her favorite player, Michael Jordan.
It was the shirt, a favorite of the Bloods gang, that attracted the five young gang members in the car that circled the block and came back to where she stood. Why Brandy got in the car that night would remain an unanswered question. Was it voluntary? Was she abducted?
Whatever the answer, the consequence was an unimaginable nightmare of torture, rape and murder at the hands of a vicious Denver street gang, particularly “Pancho,” a violent psychopath, and other members of the Deuce-Seven. The crime, the investigation, the betrayals and deals cut with the devil, and the subsequent court cases, including four murder trials and two death penalty hearings, tore apart families, and affected all who were caught up in the brutal crime and its aftermath.
Now, twenty years after he first wrote about this horrific true crime, New York Times bestselling author Steve Jackson returns with NO ANGELS, a gripping narrative delving into the circumstances that would forever change the fate of Brandy, two previously inseparable brothers, and the mothers who sat on opposite sides of the courtroom and yet shared a common grief.
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About the Author
- Publisher : WildBlue Press (July 17, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 318 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1952225302
- ISBN-13 : 978-1952225307
- Item Weight : 12.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.72 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She was seen getting into a car at the bus stop. Did she do so willingly .. or was she coerced? No one will ever know.
Brandy DuVall, later that same night, was bound, raped, tortured, stabbed.... murdered, dumped by the side of the road like garbage. Brandy was just a couple months away of turning fifteen.
Two witnesses come forward who knew who the culprits were .. .all members of a violent street gang ,, the Deuce-Seven.
The young men involved had grown up together ... their families were all friends or well known neighbors. When the crime was investigated, these 'brothers' started turning on one another.
All in all, there were four murder trials and two death penalty hearings.
This is a tale of families, ripped apart at the seams. Brandy wasn't the only victim. Family and friends were also affected. Two mothers whose sons had grown up in the same household .. their lives were altered and their close ties were destroyed even as they shared a common grief.
Well-written narrative that delves into the backgrounds of all concerned ... why did this happen? How did it happen? It's a close look at a tragic death that didn't need to happen.
Those responsible where all members of a street gang in Denver called the bloods who did such terrible things to a Young 14-year-Old who was wearing the wrong colour top and was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A handful of people in the gang go to trial for Brandy’s murder and the book goes through each trial individually. It is very graphic and written in horrific details about Brandy’s last hours of pure hell and torcher on this planet. Steve shows the reader how lives are changed, not only for the victim's family but for those accused also. Both mothers are in a courtroom, and both are hurting only for different reasons.
It is an incredibly sad book and your heart goes out to everyone in court except the perpetrators. Animals behave better. I can see how the book affected everyone and thankyou once again Steve for telling the story of Brandy.